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Overview

Introduction to Kingsport, Tennessee

Kingsport, Tennessee, in Sullivan county, is 20 miles NW of Johnson City, Tennessee and 132 miles NW of Charlotte, North Carolina. The city is located in the Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol metropolitan area.

Kingsport History

Kingsport was originally inhabited by the Cherokee Indians. It was first chartered in 1822 and became a major shipping port on the Holston River. The city was named after William King, who constructed a boat yard along the river. It was re-chartered in 1917 and was designed as a garden city by John Nolen of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Kingsport and nearby Attractions

  • Kingsport Mall Shopping Center
  • Meadow View Golf Course
  • Bays Mountain Park
  • Warriors Path State Park
  • Allandale Mansion
  • Natural Tunnel State Park

Things To Do In Kingsport

Bays Mountain Park, the Eastman Recreation Area, J. Fred Johnson Park, Cloud Park, Riverfront Park and Centennial Boat Yard Park are all located in Kingsport. The Green Acres Shopping Center, Midtown Shopping Center, Southland Shopping Center, Fort Henry Mall Shopping Center and the Kings Giant Plaza Shopping Center are some of the local shopping centers. The Meadow View Golf Course and the Ridgefields Golf and Country Club provide facilities for local golfers. Local festivals include the Folklife Festival, the Old Tyme Fiddlers & Bluegrass Festival, the Fall Folk Arts Festival and the Fun Fest.

Kingsport Transportation

McGhee Tyson is the nearest major airport.

Kingsport Higher Education

Northeast State Technical Community College, Walters State Community College and East Tennessee State University provide programs for higher studies.

People

Total Population 52,898
Male Share of the Population 46.6%
Female Share of the Population 53.4%
Senior Citizens 21.7%
Employed Population 16+ 20,714
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 50.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.3%
Median Earnings25+ $30,673
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,113
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,013

Wealth

Median Family Income $52,165
% Above Poverty Level 79.9%
% Below Poverty Level 20.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.7%
Median Gross Rent $582
Median House Value $135,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.6%
US/American 0%
English 12.2%
Irish 11.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Kingsport Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 20 miles NW of Johnson City, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 132 miles NW of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Sullivan
Metro Area Johnson City - Kingsport - Bristol
Standard Zip Codes 37660, 37663, 37664, 37665
P.O. Box Zip Codes 37662
Company Zip Codes 37669
Phone Area Codes 423
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.548
Longitude -82.561

Kingsport Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station KINGSPORT
Distance 2.7 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 45 F
Apr Temp 43 to 69 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 70 F
Annual Precip 44.4 inches
Station BRISTOL TRI CITY AP
Distance 10.6 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 44 F
Apr Temp 42 to 67 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 68 F
Annual Precip 41.3 inches
Station ROGERSVILLE 1 NE
Distance 25.1 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 46 F
Apr Temp 43 to 70 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 70 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bluff City 1,863 $52,961
Church Hill 6,725 $53,717
Johnson City 64,978 $55,387
Jonesborough 5,189 $61,333
Mount Carmel 5,441 $51,843
Surgoinsville 1,986 $62,361

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Kingsport Public Libraries

Library
Kingsport Public Library
400 BROAD STREET
Kingsport, Tennessee
(423) 224-2539
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Kingsport Hospitals

INDIAN PATH MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
2000 BROOKSIDE DR
(423) 857-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

WELLMONT HOLSTON VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
130 WEST RAVINE ROAD
(423) 224-5002
Emergency Service: Yes

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Kingsport High Schools

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DOBYNS BENNETT HIGH SCHOOL
1800 LEGION DR
423-378-8400
Serves 1,786 students.

SULLIVAN SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL
1236 MORELAND DR
423-239-1300
Serves 1,022 students.

SULLIVAN NORTH HIGH SCHOOL
2533 J B DENNIS BYPASS
423-288-1400
Serves 787 students.

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