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Overview

Introduction to Johnson City, Tennessee

Johnson City is located in Washington County. It hosts the popular Blue Plum Festival and the region offers majestic scenery.

History

The town was established as a railroad station in 1856 by a man named Henry Johnson. It became a prominent rail center in the Southeast. From 1870 to 1890 the area experienced significant growth due to the railroad station and the thriving mining industry. The city and the nearby town of Bristol were well known for old-time music including the notable 1928 recording sessions named the "Johnson City Sessions." During the 1920s it was called "Little Chicago" due to being involved with bootlegging activities in the Appalachian Mountains. Citizens claim that Al Capone utilized the town as a distribution center for illegal alcohol. Residents also claim he resided part-time in a nearby luxury apartment complex.

Historic Sites

  • Jonesborough Historic District features distinctive architecture. It went through a major restoration and is included in the National Register of Historic Places
  • Tipton Haynes Historic Site is a notable restored 18th Century house. The acreage features a limestone cave and nature trails
  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site showcases the life of President Andrew Johnson

Attractions

    • B. Carroll Reece Museum features art, history exhibits as well as antique musical instruments that are typical for the region
    • Jonesborough History Museum contains numerous noteworthy artifacts
    • Rocky Mount Living Museum offers education regarding the life of the pioneers
    • Barter Theatre is popular with residents and visitors
    • National Storytelling Festival is a notable event
    • Farmhouse Gallery and Gardens features wildlife and scenic beauty
    • Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium features animal habitats and provides locations for hiking and bicycle riding

Activities

Boone Lake is available for water skiing and hiking. Buffalo Mountain Park offers scenic hiking trails and places for mountain biking and bird watching. Roan Mountain Sate Park features beautiful views of the Appalachian Mountains and superb hiking areas. Tourists follow the Quilt Trail which showcases the tradition of quilting in the region. The trail features quilts situated on the walls of historic barns. Visitors walking along the trail also have opportunities to see historic sites and visit shops, galleries and other interesting locations. Excellent opportunities for trout fishing are located in the region.

Higher Education

The city is home to East Tennessee State University, which includes the James H. Quillen College of Medicine.

Demographics

People

Total Population65,415
Male Share of the Population47.7%
Female Share of the Population52.3%
Senior Citizens15.5%
Employed Population 16+30,229
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married42.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher39.4%
Median Earnings25+$32,353
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$14,880
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,495

Wealth

Median Family Income$56,487
% Above Poverty Level77.7%
% Below Poverty Level22.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone34.6%
Median Gross Rent$696
Median House Value$158,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)22.2%
English14.5%
Irish10.4%
Scottish3.1%
French Except Basque1.8%
Polish1.7%
Italian1.7%
African1.4%
Dutch1.2%
Swedish1.1%
Liberian0.7%
Welsh0.6%
Russian0.4%
Arab0.4%
Iranian0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Czech0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Nigerian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Bahamian0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
US/American0.1%
New Zealand0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Slovak0.1%
German0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Finnish0.1%
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Johnson City Almanac

CategoryValue
County Washington County
Standard Zip Codes37601, 37604, 37615
P.O. Box Zip Codes37602, 37605, 37614
Phone Area Codes423
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude36.33
Approximate Longitude-82.36

Johnson City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationELIZABETHTON
Distance7.7 miles
Jan Temp25 to 44 F
Apr Temp41 to 66 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp44 to 68 F
Annual Precip43.8 inches
StationBRISTOL TRI CITY AP
Distance10.9 miles
Jan Temp24 to 44 F
Apr Temp42 to 67 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp42 to 68 F
Annual Precip41.3 inches
StationBANNER ELK
Distance28.1 miles
Jan Temp19 to 41 F
Apr Temp36 to 59 F
Jul Temp57 to 77 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip49.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bluff City1,682$44,286
Elizabethton14,012$43,304
Erwin5,998$37,782
Jonesborough5,234$63,535
Unicoi3,573$52,038
Watauga300$45,625

Johnson City Public Libraries

Johnson City Public Library
100 WEST MILLARD STREET
Johnson City, Tennessee
(423) 434-4450

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Johnson City Hospitals

North Side Hospital
(Non-profit)
401 Princeton Road
(423) 854-5600
Johnson City Medical Center
(Non-profit)
400 North State Of Franklin Road
(423) 431-6111
Woodridge Psychiatric Hospital
(Non-profit)
403 State Of Franklin
(423) 431-7111
Johnson City Specialty Hospital
(Proprietary)
203 East Watauga Avenue
(423) 434-1400
James H. & Cecile C. Quillen Rehab Hospital
(Non-profit)
2511 Wesley Street
(423) 283-0700

Johnson City Public Schools

Boones Creek Middle School
4352 North Roan St
ZIP: 37601
(423) 283-3520
Middle
Total Enrollment 310
Central Elementary
252 Taylor Rd
ZIP: 37601
(423) 547-4045
Primary
Total Enrollment 284
Fairmont Elementary
1405 Lester Harris Rd
ZIP: 37601
(423) 434-5275
Primary
Total Enrollment 546
Happy Valley Elementary
1840 Milligan Hw
ZIP: 37601
(423) 547-4028
Primary
Total Enrollment 557
Indian Trail Intermediate School
307 Car Mol Dr
ZIP: 37601
(423) 610-6000
Middle
Total Enrollment 1184
Lake Ridge Elementary
100 Lake Ridge Square
ZIP: 37601
(423) 610-6030
Primary
Total Enrollment 517
Liberty Bell Middle School
1318 Pactolas Rd
ZIP: 37601
(423) 232-2179
Middle
Total Enrollment 1141
Mountain View Elementary
907 King Springs Rd
ZIP: 37601
(423) 434-5260
Primary
Total Enrollment 485
North Side Elementary
1000 N Roan St
ZIP: 37601
(423) 434-5249
Primary
Total Enrollment 249
Washington County Adult High School
2002 Indian Ridge Rd
ZIP: 37601
(423) 434-4900
High
Cherokee Elementary
2100 Cherokee Rd
ZIP: 37604
(423) 434-5281
Primary
Total Enrollment 384
Science Hill High School
251 Cotty Jones La
ZIP: 37604
(423) 232-2190
High
Total Enrollment 2251
South Side Elementary
1011 Southwest Av
ZIP: 37604
(423) 434-5290
Primary
Total Enrollment 372
Towne Acres Elementary
2310 Larkspur Dr
ZIP: 37604
(423) 854-4800
Primary
Total Enrollment 349
Washington County Virtual School
2002 Indian Ridge Rd
ZIP: 37604
(423) 434-4900
High
Woodland Elementary
2303 Indian Ridge Rd
ZIP: 37604
(423) 434-5267
Primary
Total Enrollment 424
Little Buccaneers Student Child Care Center
John Robt. Bell Dr, Warf - Pickel Hall
ZIP: 37614
(423) 439-7549
Primary
University School
1 Alexendra Dr
ZIP: 37614
(423) 439-4333
Other
Total Enrollment 503

Johnson City Private Schools

Central Baptist Preschool And Kindergarten
300 N Roan St
ZIP: 37601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Munsey Kindergarten
201 E Market St
ZIP: 37601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
St Mary School
2211 E Lakeview Dr
ZIP: 37601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 199
Ashley Academy
1502 Knob Creek Rd
ZIP: 37604
Elementary
Total Enrollment 91
Providence Academy
2788 Carroll Creek Rd
ZIP: 37615
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 473
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