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What Bert Has To Say About Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol Metro Area

Johnson City was recently split off this “Tri Cities” metro area, although this remaining area still has three names, with Bristol listed twice because it straddles the Tennessee-Virginia line. Johnson City is the college town and minor cultural center of the area. Kingsport and Bristol, 20 miles separated, are typical small Southern centers supporting an assortment of industrial and agricultural activities. Chemicals, forest products, glass, textiles, and metal products are produced in the area.

Bristol is a center for small business and industry, and Kingsport holds the largest single industrial employer in the state, Eastman Chemical. Kingsport is a planned city with ample parkland and greenbelts and the downtown is fairly attractive. All the cities have an assortment of arts and recreational activities, as well as access to the nearby Tennessee Valley Authority lakes. The rolling terrain north into Virginia is beautiful, especially in spring and fall.

The Bristol Motor Speedway is an important NASCAR track. Cost of living is very low and the economy, while diverse, is going through some obvious adjustments. The area is geographically isolated from larger cities. Additional services are usually found in Virginia or in Knoxville 120 miles west, but it is a long drive.

The Tri-Cities Area is located in the upper East Tennessee Valley. The immediate terrain is gently rolling on the east and south to very hilly on the west and north. Mountain ranges rise 4,000 feet to 6,000 feet farther across the valley to the southeast. The variable topography has considerable influence on the weather. Mountains shelter the area from cold and some moisture but open landscape to the southwest allows moist Gulf airflow, causing warm, humid summers. Summer thunderstorms are frequent, with the most rain occurring in July. Atlantic Coast storms can bring heavy winter precipitation. Only the higher mountains typically receive snow.


Quick Facts About Kingsport

    The unemployment rate in Kingsport is 6.00 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. Kingsport jobs have Decreased by 0.11 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Kingsport's cost of living is 14.90% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Kingsport's population is 50,131 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 4.98 percent.
    Average Commute time is 18 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Kingsport is $110,500. Home appreciation the last year has been 0.60 percent.
    Kingsport public schools spend $9,071 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 15.8 students per teacher in Kingsport.

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re: Would be wonderful, except for one MAJOR probl
I drove to Kingsport today, saturday, (thursday was thanksgiving) so I dont know if the eastman chemicals was closed because of the holiday but I didnt smell anything at... (read more)
re: Would be wonderful, except for one MAJOR probl
Would someone else please write something about the adversity of living in the Kingsport area with the "stench" of Eastman Chemicals? Kingsport sounds idyllic, the... (read more)
All I Have to do is Look Out My Window
Looking out my back window tells me that this is the place for me. I can see most of Kingsport from my back deck. Bays Mountain, both hospitals, downtown, the snow in... (read more)
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