Living in Oak Ridge ~ Quality of Life
founders remember that the city had a symphony before it had sidewalks. Diverse
cultural and recreational opportunities make Oak Ridge a great place to live -
all at one of the lowest costs of living in America.
Housing costs are 89% of the national average, while Money
magazine lists East Tennessee as having the
nation's lowest overall tax burden. Healthcare, transportation and utilities
are very affordable and rank among the best in the country.
Oak Ridge boasts a variety of indoor and
outdoor sports activities including golf, rowing, swimming, tennis, soccer and
racquetball, to name a few.
- Oak Ridge is less than an hour from the Great Smoky Mountains
the nation's most-visited park, with miles of hiking trails and trout
- Melton Hill Lake is
a top course for world-class rowing events. The Oak Ridge Rowing
Association promotes the sport, and teams from around the world
use the course for Olympic training.
- With 16 city
Parks, two golf courses, 55
miles of greenway trails, Haw
and three sides of the city bordered by waterways, outdoor activities are
- The University of Tennessee Arboretum is a 260-acre outdoor laboratory with 800
species of plants in their natural habitat.
- Just 30 miles north is the less crowded Big South Fork
National Recreation Area. And 60 miles south is the Ocoee River
with its world-class white-water rafting and kayaking course used in the
1996 Olympic Games.
Arts & Leisure
- The Oak Ridge Civic Ballet, Oak Ridge Symphony and Oak Ridge Art Center
showcase the talents of area professionals and rising young stars.
- Historic Jackson Square is a popular spot with unique shops,
antiques, restaurants and the acclaimed Oak Ridge Community Playhouse.
- The American
Museum of Science and Energy
lets visitors discover firsthand why Oak
Ridge was built and the technologies it has
Children's Museum offers dozens of engaging interactive exhibits.
Methodist Medical Center
Center is a 301-bed, nonprofit,
regional medical facility serving Anderson and four adjacent counties. Its
medical staff of more than 175 physicians represents 30 medical and surgical
specialties. As the first hospital to receive the coveted Tennessee Quality
Governor's Award, Methodist is fully accredited and has received scores of
other quality care awards.
Behavioral health services in the area
a private, not-for-profit community mental health center. The range of programs
and services provides individualized care of adults, youth and children.
Oak Ridge has a wide selection of homes to meet
your needs, whatever your stage of life.
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