Known as the “Secret City,” Oak Ridge is one of the most influential cities in the United States. Not only will you find world-class science but a strong sense of community accompanied by a thriving outdoor lifestyle. Located just outside of Knoxville, between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cumberland Mountains, Oak Ridge offers the charm and warmth of a small town with the conveniences and amenities not usually found in a city its size. The temperate climate that Tennessee is known for allows residents of Oak Ridge to enjoy all four seasons.
Home to the world’s fastest super computer, Oak Ridge is the site of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, whose research and technology initiatives in scientific discovery, clean energy and security have ushered in an exciting period of growth for the area. The city schools consistently rank among the nation’s top systems, with students routinely exceeding state and national averages on SATs, ACTs, and National Merit placements. The city of Oak Ridge prides itself on being both a progressive and sophisticated city.
With a total of sixteen parks, 10 lighted athletic fields, 27 tennis courts, three golf courses, 1,336 acres of greenbelt, 64 miles of hiking trails that are backyard accessible for many residents, a premier mountain biking and trail running park with over 30 miles of trails, and 173 miles of shoreline, Oak Ridge offers a variety of recreation options – including a world class rowing venue. Oak ridge is also home to a thriving cultural community that boasts a symphony, civic ballet, arts center and the state’s oldest continuous operating playhouse.