The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly shifted the job market in cities and towns across the country. Millions of layoffs in early 2020 forced workers to search elsewhere for jobs. Record numbers of workers have quit their jobs in the past year in favor of new pursuits in different locales. And concerns over virus spread in population-dense areas also inspired many to leave urban areas, and their jobs, in favor of rural ones.

Emerging job markets in places like Austin, Texas, Nashville, Tennessee, and Salt Lake City reflect cultural shifts in what workers are looking for in their jobs and their places of residence: year-round warmth that makes outdoor activities easy, lower income taxes, and tech-focused employers.

Stacker compiled a list of metros where the most people from Knoxville, TN found new jobs using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Jobs-to-Jobs Flows. Metros are ranked by the number of people that started a new job from Knoxville, TN in the first quarter of 2021.

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#30. Lexington-Fayette, KY

– Started a new job in Lexington-Fayette, KY from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 21
— 0.3% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Lexington-Fayette, KY in Q1 2021: 22
— #21 (tie) most common destination from Lexington-Fayette, KY
– Net job flow: 1 to Knoxville, TN

#29. Charleston-North Charleston, SC

– Started a new job in Charleston-North Charleston, SC from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 21
— 0.3% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Charleston-North Charleston, SC in Q1 2021: 15
— #44 (tie) most common destination from Charleston-North Charleston, SC
– Net job flow: 6 to Charleston-North Charleston, SC

#28. Raleigh-Cary, NC

– Started a new job in Raleigh-Cary, NC from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 22
— 0.3% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Raleigh-Cary, NC in Q1 2021: 21
— #63 (tie) most common destination from Raleigh-Cary, NC
– Net job flow: 1 to Raleigh-Cary, NC

#27. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

– Started a new job in Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 23
— 0.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI in Q1 2021: 41
— #65 (tie) most common destination from Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI
– Net job flow: 18 to Knoxville, TN

#26. Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ

– Started a new job in Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 23
— 0.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ in Q1 2021: 32
— #145 (tie) most common destination from Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ
– Net job flow: 9 to Knoxville, TN

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#25. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

– Started a new job in Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 25
— 0.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN in Q1 2021: 27
— #58 most common destination from Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN
– Net job flow: 2 to Knoxville, TN

#24. Huntsville, AL

– Started a new job in Huntsville, AL from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 26
— 0.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Huntsville, AL in Q1 2021: 32
— #26 most common destination from Huntsville, AL
– Net job flow: 6 to Knoxville, TN

#23. Asheville, NC

– Started a new job in Asheville, NC from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 28
— 0.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Asheville, NC in Q1 2021: 18
— #22 most common destination from Asheville, NC
– Net job flow: 10 to Asheville, NC

#22. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

– Started a new job in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 32
— 0.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX in Q1 2021: 37
— #114 most common destination from Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
– Net job flow: 5 to Knoxville, TN

#21. Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

– Started a new job in Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 33
— 0.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN in Q1 2021: 32
— #37 most common destination from Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN
– Net job flow: 1 to Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

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#20. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

– Started a new job in Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 34
— 0.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL in Q1 2021: 49
— #71 (tie) most common destination from Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL
– Net job flow: 15 to Knoxville, TN

#19. Birmingham-Hoover, AL

– Started a new job in Birmingham-Hoover, AL from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 35
— 0.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Birmingham-Hoover, AL in Q1 2021: 32
— #31 (tie) most common destination from Birmingham-Hoover, AL
– Net job flow: 3 to Birmingham-Hoover, AL

#18. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

– Started a new job in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 35
— 0.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI in Q1 2021: 92
— #106 (tie) most common destination from Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
– Net job flow: 57 to Knoxville, TN

#17. Jacksonville, FL

– Started a new job in Jacksonville, FL from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 36
— 0.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Jacksonville, FL in Q1 2021: 33
— #72 most common destination from Jacksonville, FL
– Net job flow: 3 to Jacksonville, FL

#16. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

– Started a new job in New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 40
— 0.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA in Q1 2021: 69
— #102 most common destination from New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
– Net job flow: 29 to Knoxville, TN

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#15. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL

– Started a new job in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 43
— 0.7% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL in Q1 2021: 69
— #79 (tie) most common destination from Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL
– Net job flow: 26 to Knoxville, TN

#14. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

– Started a new job in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 45
— 0.7% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL in Q1 2021: 50
— #67 most common destination from Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
– Net job flow: 5 to Knoxville, TN

#13. Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

– Started a new job in Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 50
— 0.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN in Q1 2021: 45
— #39 (tie) most common destination from Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN
– Net job flow: 5 to Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

#12. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

– Started a new job in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 59
— 0.9% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV in Q1 2021: 64
— #65 most common destination from Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
– Net job flow: 5 to Knoxville, TN

#11. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

– Started a new job in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 72
— 1.1% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX in Q1 2021: 51
— #86 (tie) most common destination from Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
– Net job flow: 21 to Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

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#10. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

– Started a new job in Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 79
— 1.2% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC in Q1 2021: 58
— #49 most common destination from Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
– Net job flow: 21 to Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

#9. Clarksville, TN-KY

– Started a new job in Clarksville, TN-KY from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 98
— 1.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Clarksville, TN-KY in Q1 2021: 137
— #4 most common destination from Clarksville, TN-KY
– Net job flow: 39 to Knoxville, TN

#8. Jackson, TN

– Started a new job in Jackson, TN from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 102
— 1.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Jackson, TN in Q1 2021: 102
— #2 most common destination from Jackson, TN
– Net job flow: 0 to Knoxville, TN

#7. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA

– Started a new job in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 181
— 2.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA in Q1 2021: 215
— #43 (tie) most common destination from Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA
– Net job flow: 34 to Knoxville, TN

#6. Cleveland, TN

– Started a new job in Cleveland, TN from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 225
— 3.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Cleveland, TN in Q1 2021: 254
— #3 most common destination from Cleveland, TN
– Net job flow: 29 to Knoxville, TN

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#5. Johnson City, TN

– Started a new job in Johnson City, TN from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 316
— 4.9% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Johnson City, TN in Q1 2021: 363
— #3 most common destination from Johnson City, TN
– Net job flow: 47 to Knoxville, TN

#4. Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA

– Started a new job in Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 375
— 5.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA in Q1 2021: 380
— #2 most common destination from Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA
– Net job flow: 5 to Knoxville, TN

#3. Morristown, TN

– Started a new job in Morristown, TN from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 490
— 7.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Morristown, TN in Q1 2021: 523
— #0 most common destination from Morristown, TN
– Net job flow: 33 to Knoxville, TN

#2. Chattanooga, TN-GA

– Started a new job in Chattanooga, TN-GA from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 770
— 11.9% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Chattanooga, TN-GA in Q1 2021: 807
— #2 most common destination from Chattanooga, TN-GA
– Net job flow: 37 to Knoxville, TN

#1. Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN

– Started a new job in Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN from Knoxville, TN in Q1 2021: 2,184
— 33.7% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Started a new job in Knoxville, TN from Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN in Q1 2021: 2,430
— #1 most common destination from Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Net job flow: 246 to Knoxville, TN

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