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.