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Overview of Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge is located in the eastern part of Tennessee, roughly 22 miles northwest of Knoxville. IT combines the abundant amenities of a big city with a small-town atmosphere. The city is situated in two counties, Anderson and Roane. Spanning approximately 92 square miles, part of the land includes plants and facilities of the U.S. Department of Energy. Only about 30 square miles of the city include residential, commercial and municipal-owned property. In 2009, Oak Ridge was named one of the 25 fastest-growing towns where residents see their incomes go the furthest by Money Magazine.

Oak Ridge is a great community for families because of its very low crime rates, greenways, athletic fields and close proximity to national parks. The city is also the location of the Melton Hill Lake, which is recognized as the home of the Oak Ridge rowing course, which offers 173 miles of shoreline for boating, fishing and rowing. The City is also home to 16 beautiful community parks peppered around town.

Oak Ridge apartments for rent are ideal for the outdoors type because of all the amenities and beautiful weather. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Oak Ridge is more than 29,350.

Living in Oak Ridge, TN

The history of Oak Ridge began when the U.S. government built the community in secrecy during World War II as a major site of the Manhattan Project, the wartime effort that created the world's first atomic weapons. An estimated 60,000 acres of rural farmland was purchased by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers in 1942. The goal was to create a temporary city with three different facilities to develop sufficient technology that ended the war. After the war ended, the community remained and turned from a military town into an independent city. Originally, the community was self-governing, but in 1959 residents voted overwhelmingly to incorporate the area.

Oak Ridge Work and Study

Oak Ridge is home to a national laboratory and a national security complex, so there are many high-tech employers in the area. The top employers in the area include B&W Y-12, UT-Battelle, Methodist Medical Center, UCOR, SAIC, Oak Ridge Associated Universities and Energy Solutions.

Students living in apartments in Oak Ridge have several opportunities for post-secondary education, including: Pellissippi State Community College; the University of Tennessee; Maryville College Civic Arts Center; Tennessee Wesleyan College and Roane State Community College. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville was founded in 1794.

Rentals in Oak Ridge, TN and Cost of Living

Living in Oak Ridge is perfect for any budget, especially considering the beautiful landscape, abundance of recreational activities and close proximity to Knoxville. According to Best Places, the overall cost of living is 14 points lower than the national average, food is 12 points lower and utilities are 1 point higher. Similarly, the average cost of rentals in Oak Ridge is very inexpensive. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, the median gross rent is $656. 

Oak Ridge Attractions and Special Events

The Secret City Festival is a huge event that happens every year. The family-friendly event boasts countless entertainment options including live music, area's for children of all ages, nationally known entertainers, history exhibits and the south's largest WWII reenactment. The event also features arts and crafts, a juried arts show, food and much more.

The American Museum of Science and Energy is another highly visited attraction in Oak Ridge, as are the Oak Ridge Playhouse, Southern Appalachia Railway Museum, Museum of Appalachia and Children's Museum of Oak Ridge.

To find an Oak Ridge apartment or rental, check out our apartment listings. Rent.com® is happy to help you find your next home.

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Raintree Apartments

Knoxville, TN 37923

$725+

2 Beds1-2 Baths

1 Unit Available

Raintree Apartments

Knoxville, TN


$725+

2 Beds1-2 Baths
1 Unit Available
25
Vue at Ridgeway

Knoxville, TN 37909

$775+

2-3 Beds2 Baths

4 Units Available

Vue at Ridgeway

Knoxville, TN


$775+

2-3 Beds2 Baths
4 Units Available
25
Briarcliff At West Hills Apartments of Knoxville

Knoxville, TN 37919

$597+

1-3 Beds1 Bath

8 Units Available

Briarcliff At West Hills Apartments of Knoxville

Knoxville, TN


$597+

1-3 Beds1 Bath
8 Units Available
West Hills Village
1

Knoxville, TN 37909

$660+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

West Hills Village

Knoxville, TN

(1)

$660+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
The Grove at Deane Hill
2

Knoxville, TN 37919

$837+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

10+ Units Available

The Grove at Deane Hill

Knoxville, TN (Deane Hill)

(2)

$837+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
10+ Units Available
Sutters Mill Apartments
6

Knoxville, TN 37909

$685+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Sutters Mill Apartments

Knoxville, TN

(6)

$685+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
Londontown Apartments
5

Knoxville, TN 37909

$605+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

1 Unit Available

Londontown Apartments

Knoxville, TN

(5)

$605+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
1 Unit Available
The Villas at Londontown

Knoxville, TN 37909

$839+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

The Villas at Londontown

Knoxville, TN


$839+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
Willow Creek Apartments - Knoxville

Knoxville, TN 37912

$595+

1-3 Beds1 Bath

Willow Creek Apartments - Knoxville

Knoxville, TN (Norwood)


$595+

1-3 Beds1 Bath
North Park Apartments

Knoxville, TN 37912

$639+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

North Park Apartments

Knoxville, TN (Norwood)


$639+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
24
Crestridge Apartments
45

Knoxville, TN 37919

$822+

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

4 Units Available

Crestridge Apartments

Knoxville, TN (Forest Heights)

(45)

$822+

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
4 Units Available
Meadowood Apartments
2

Knoxville, TN 37912

$580+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Meadowood Apartments

Knoxville, TN

(2)

$580+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
Carlton Square Apartments

Knoxville, TN 37909

$575+

1-3 Beds1 Bath

Carlton Square Apartments

Knoxville, TN


$575+

1-3 Beds1 Bath
Papermill Square
51

Knoxville, TN 37909

$660+

1-2 Beds1 Bath

4 Units Available

Papermill Square

Knoxville, TN

(51)

$660+

1-2 Beds1 Bath
4 Units Available
4
Sequoyah Village

Knoxville, TN 37919

$540+

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Sequoyah Village

Knoxville, TN (Sequoyah Hills)


$540+

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
The Park at Fountain City

Knoxville, TN 37918

$669+

1-3 Beds1 Bath

The Park at Fountain City

Knoxville, TN (Fountain City, North Knoxville)


$669+

1-3 Beds1 Bath
37
Maplehurst Park

Knoxville, TN 37902

$615+

Studio-4 Beds1-3 Baths

6 Units Available

Maplehurst Park

Knoxville, TN (Downtown)


$615+

Studio-4 Beds1-3 Baths
6 Units Available
19
The Daniel on Jackson

Knoxville, TN 37902

$1,300+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

10+ Units Available

The Daniel on Jackson

Knoxville, TN


$1,300+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
10+ Units Available
River Hill Townhomes

Louisville, TN 37777

$735+

2 Beds1 Bath

River Hill Townhomes

Louisville, TN


$735+

2 Beds1 Bath
26
Carriage Trace Apartments

Clinton, TN 37716

$495+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Carriage Trace Apartments

Clinton, TN


$495+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths