There’s a mid-sized city in Tennessee that is getting a lot of buzz lately. Yes, indeed, Knoxville has made it to some recent top lists, such as "Happiest Cities to Work in Right Now" by, the “Top 50 Best Places for Business and Careers,” by Forbes and the “Top 10 Best Places to Retire” by

Knoxville has an estimated population of 184,000, and is the state's third largest city after Nashville and Memphis.

Knoxville is flanked by some mighty impressive natural formations. The beautiful Tennessee River winds through Knoxville, and seven lakes surround the city, all offering fishing, boating and water sports to residents and visitors. Just 30 miles from Knoxville is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the U.S., offering dazzling views and miles of hiking trails.

Knoxville is home to the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee, and the beloved Volunteers athletic teams. At home games, over 100,000 football fans fill up Neyland Stadium, cheering on their team. One of the best professional quarterbacks of all time, Peyton Manning, played for the Volunteers during his college years.

In downtown Knoxville, you will find a bustling area of restaurants, bars, museums, galleries and shops. Several downtown theaters offer popular musical acts and performances, and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra calls the Tennessee Theatre home. Retail options can be found on the east and west borders of downtown, with several malls and boutique stores. The city hosts numerous cultural festivals throughout the year, showcasing artisans, musicians, theatrical performers and culinary artists.

After the collapse of the city's dominant textile industry in the 1950s, Knoxville's commerce has become more diversified, with no one industry sector accounting for more than 22 percent of the area's total employment. Today, the stable and growing economy of Knoxville and surrounding areas is one of the region's major assets.

The median home value of real estate in Knoxville is $159,816. There are many popular neighborhoods in Knoxville. The Island Home neighborhood features Craftsman and bungalow styled homes, and is favored by young professionals. North Hills offers homes at a variety of price points. Fairmont is close to downtown Knoxville and features affordable homes built between 1920 and 1950, many with casual front porches.

Knoxville is a city with so much to offer, and it may just make it to the top of your wishlist.