Background Maps and Data

The John Sevier Corridor Study will focus on the full length of the highway, running from Alcoa Highway in South Knox County to Asheville Highway in East Knox County.

Governor John Sevier Highway is about 17 miles in length.

Study Area

Population Trends

Residential Building Activity

Non-Residential Building Activity

Employment Trends


Study Area

Block groups, from the United States Census Bureau, that abut the John Sevier Highway were used as the basis for the study area. Although the study will focus on areas closer to the corridor itself, data from the census and other sources gives insight into the overall trends of the larger community.

Population Trends

The estimated population for the study area was 14,881 people in 2015. Between 1990 and 2010 population in the corridor grew steadily at 0.5% annually. Since 2010, the rate of population growth has leveled off.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census of Population and Housing, 1990, 2000, 2010, American Community Survey, 2011-15

Residential Permit Trends

The overall level of residential building activity in the corridor has rebounded to about half of pre-recession

Source: City of Knoxville Plans Review, Knox County Codes Administration and Enforcement

Permits for New Residential Units 2006-2016

Non-Residential Building Activity

Since 2006, new construction of commercial buildings in the corridor has totaled over $63 million. Retail-type buildings has accounted for about 47% of investments.

Source: City of Knoxville Plans Review, Knox County Codes Administration and Enforcement

Permits for New Non-Residential Buildings

Employment Trends

In 2014, there were over 8,000 jobs located in the John Sevier Corridor. Manufacturing and wholesale trades, primarily clustered at the Forks of the River Industrial Park, account for 43% of employment.

Industry 2014 Percent Change from 2004
Manufacturing 2,597 30.00% -1,629
Retail Trade 1,227 14.20% 645
Transportation and Warehousing 1,160 13.40% -41
Finance and Insurance 964 11.10% 47
Accommodation and Food Services 767 8.90% 250
Wholesale Trade 587 6.80% -252
Construction 522 6.00% 29
Health Care and Social Assistance 234 2.70% 110
Administration & Support, Waste Management and Remediation 175 2.00% 151
Other Services (excluding Public Administration) 153 1.80% 71
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 88 1.00% 13
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 82 0.90% 35
Utilities 34 0.40% 1
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 12 0.10% -6
Other 22 0.30% -8
Total 8,646   -584

Source: Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics. U.S. Census Bureau, 2004-2014

Since 2004, almost 1900 manufacturing and wholesale positions have left the corridor. Some of these losses have been offset by increases in retail, food service and health care jobs.

Employment Centers

Along the corridor, there are two primary employment nodes. The Forks of the River Industrial Park on the north side of the French Broad River has over 4000 jobs. The cluster at the intersection of John Sevier Highway with Chapman Highway holds over 1600 positions.

Source: Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics. U.S. Census Bureau, 2014

Employment Distribution by Type

These major nodes have vastly different characteristics. Jobs at the Forks are the River are clustered in manufacturing and wholesale trades. Retail, food service and large call centers have located at Chapman Highway intersection.

Source: Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics. U.S. Census Bureau, 2014


Vehicle counts along the corridor show that traffic has fluctuated from year to year, but overall level volumes are have remained steady over the last 10 years.

Click a count station to view to view trends.

Source: Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization, Tennessee Department of Transportation

Contact Us

Commissioner Carson Daley
(865) 660-0019 |
9th District 7508
Government Farm Road
Knoxville TN 37920

Liz Albertson, AICP
Senior Planner
(865) 215-3804 |

Meeting Schedule

Mar 18 | Wednesday
John Sevier Highway Corridor - Steering Committee Meeting
Marble Springs State Historic Site, 1200 W Governor John Sevier Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37920, USA
Oct 28 | Monday
Oct 22 | Tuesday
City Council
6:00 pm

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