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.

Population

  • 50,000 (City)
  • 157,419 (County)
  • 480,415 (SMSA)

Climate

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

Location

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

Tax Information

  • State Tax: 7%
  • Local Tax: 2.5%
Walk This Way

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

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.

Historical Significance

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

Bays Mountain

Kingsport is 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. Bays Mountain is the nation’s largest municipally-owned park.

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.

State Parks

Kingsport is home to Warriors' Path State Park, the most visited state park in Tennessee. Kingsport is also near 5 national parks, 15 state parks and 6 TVA lakes.

Festive Culture

Kingsport is 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 more than 100 Fun Fest events each year.

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.

Sportsmanship

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.

Road Trip

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