Knoxville is a city located on the eastern edge of Tennessee. Knoxville is a middle sized city, with a population of over 180,000 residents as of 2011. The city’s metro area has a population of many times that number, coming in at 848,350 people. Knoxville was the first capital of Tennessee when it was founded in the late 1700s. Today, it sits as the county seat of Knox County, and has several attractions, such as the First Tennessee Plaza and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The city of Knoxville is served by two major highways. The Interstate 40 links the city with Asheville and Nashville, and Interstate 75 connects the city to Lexington and Chattanooga. US Routes 129, 70, and 11 are also significant highways for the city. The public busing system is handled by the Knoxville Area Transit, which the locals call the “KAT”. The Knoxville and Holston River Railroad offers passenger trains, though it mostly carries freight.