Facts and Stats

Kingsport embodies an ideal example of how rural and metro lifestyles can flourish side-by-side. An economic hub of a proud, historically significant region of the United States, ‘The Mountain Empire’, the city of Kingsport and its surrounding area have capitalized on a temperate climate, abundant natural resources, and a capable workforce to create a fulfilling, affordable, and accessible quality-of-life on every level.


  • 52,806  (City)
  • 157,419 (County)
  • 480,415 (SMSA)


  • Average Temperature is 58˚F
  • Precipitation: 41.3 inches
  • Snowfall: 18 inches
  • Elevation: 1,212 feet


  • Kingsport is in the northeast corner of Tennessee bordering Virginia.

Tax Information

  • State Tax: 7%
  • Local Tax: 2.5%

2017 Kingsport Achievements

  • Concluded a yearlong celebration of the city’s centennial by opening the $1.2 million Centennial Park
  • Rebuilt the historic Church Circle in recognition of the city’s centennial celebration
  • Purchased remainder of General Shale site, controlling 100 acres for Brickyard Park
  • Broke ground on a $31 million, 263 unit downtown apartment complex, Town Park Lofts
  • Broke ground on a $22 million expansion of Dobyns-Bennett High School
  • Broke ground on a $21 million development of The Blake at Riverbend
  • Completed a $13.7 million rebuild of the city’s raw water intake
  • Completed $10.8 million installation of sewer lines to Colonial Heights annexation area
  • Cut the ribbon on The Overlook at Indian Trail, a 168-unit apartment complex
  • Partially-completed The Villas at Riverbend, a 265-unit apartment complex
  • Began a $6.7 million project to rehabilitate the Reedy Creek sewer trunkline
  • Began a $6.6 million project to install SCADA remote monitoring technology for water system
  • Broke ground on new $4.2 million KATS transit center downtown
  • Concluded a $2.7 million renovation of MeadowView Conference Center
  • Invested $2.4 million to improve sewer service to Ridgefields
  • Finished the new Water Services Center on Konnarock Road at $1.6 million
  • Completed a $1.1 million sewer rehabilitation in the Fort Henry/Moreland area
  • Completing a $950,000 sidewalk to connect Eastman corporate campus to the YMCA/Aquatic Center
  • Spent $847,000 to pave roads in the Colonial Heights annexation area
  • Invested $750,000 to install hydrants and upgrade waterlines in Colonial Heights
  • Added $742,000 improvements to Bays Mountain Park, including The Pavilion at Lilypad Cove
  • Completed the stabilization of Riverport Road at $682,570
  • Concluded $639,000 renovation to Borden Park, the city’s oldest park
  • Invested $619,720 to signalize Memorial/Island Road in Indian Springs
  • Earmarked $600,000 to build Riverbend Park
  • Upgraded waterlines in Colonial Heights annexation area at a price of $573,000
  • Invested $541,000 to rebuild Enterprise Place to accommodate The Retreat at MeadowView Apartments
  • Added $500,000 in Greenbelt improvements, including a new boardwalk and a bridge over Reedy Creek
  • Earmarked $424,000 for improvements to the Library children’s area and colonnade enclosure
  • Celebrated the reaccreditation of our Police & Fire Departments
  • Received financial excellence awards for budgeting and financial reporting
  • Adopted one of the lowest property tax rates in city history ($1.9750)
  • Celebrated Dobyns-Bennett Band’s 6th place finish at Grand Nationals with highest score ever from Tennessee
Walk This Way

Kingsport was named as one of the Top Ten Cities in which to Walk by Walking Magazine

Road Trip

Kingsport, Tennessee, is within a day’s drive of 70 percent of the U.S. population.

Historical Significance

Netherland Inn, the nation’s only registered historic landmark that was both a stage stop and a boatyard.

State Parks

Home to Warriors' Path State Park, the most visited state park in TN. 5 national parks nearby, 15 state parks and 6 TVA lakes.

Daniel Boone Trail

The historic 200-mile Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail started in Kingsport and blazed the pathway to the western frontier for hundreds of thousands of settlers.

Bays Mountain

Home to Bays Mountain Park, a 3,500-acre nature preserve with 22 miles of hiking and biking trials, a 44-acre reservoir lake, nature center and museum, planetarium and native wildlife habitats.

Festive Culture

Home to Fun Fest, a nine-day summer family festival that is consistently ranked as one of the Top 20 Events to attend in the Southeast in July by the Southeast Tourism Society. More than 180,000 people attend.

Run, Run, Run!

The Fun Fest Crazy 8’s Road Race, which holds both men’s and women’s 8-K world records, was listed by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine as one of the Top Five Best Road Races in the South.


Because of its legendary hospitality and first-rate amenities, popular attractions and visitor accommodations, Kingsport continues to be selected among cities nationwide to host numerous Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Championships and other sports tournaments. Thousands of dollars from tournament proceeds are given to area schools each year.

Stay Fit

Kingsport’s popular Greenbelt is a 10-mile walking and biking trail that extends from one end of the city to the other, winding its way along the Holston River and through beautiful open meadows, marshlands, historic sites, flower gardens, quaint neighborhoods and even shopping and eating destinations.