Johnson City

Johnson City

In the rolling hills and valleys, just west of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in northeast Tennessee, Johnson City provides opportunities for commerce, culture, recreation and education. Part of the “Tri-Cities” region, its proximity to the Tri-City Airport and Interstate 81 make access to and from Johnson City easy for residents and visitors alike, and a convenient area to live, work and play. Buying real estate in Johnson City, TN is an attractive option for many reasons.

East Tennessee State University (ETSU), home to the nationally recognized and respected Quillen College of Medicine and the Gatton College of Pharmacy, is an economic driver and employer. Several other major companies are headquartered in Johnson City, and along with Mountain States Health Alliance providing employment opportunities.

Reasonable home prices, a lower than average cost of living, and a multitude of recreational activities all contribute to the quality of life in Johnson City, TN.  Shopping, museums and numerous festivals, including the Blue Plum Festival and Little Chicago Blues Festivals, provide year round fun and entertainment. Residents and visitors enjoy First Friday in Johnson’s City historic and eclectic downtown and visit local art galleries, shops, and restaurants.

Children will love learning about science and art at the Hands On! Regional Museum and the whole family will enjoy learning about the City’s Appalachian heritage on the many tours and historic sites available in Johnson City and nearby communities.

Nearby lakes, rivers, including Boone Lake and the Watauga River, and mountains offer outdoor enthusiasts plenty of options. Winding roads through picturesque mountains are especially attractive for biking, and white water rafting is a popular activity in the area.
If you are thinking of buying real estate in Johnson City, TN you can look forward to a lifetime of enjoying the many amenities.

Johnson City Tennessee Facts and Figures

Median age: 37

Median household income: $ $38,014

Median home value: $148,162

Median property tax: $1,312

Cost of living index: 84.4 (less than average, the U.S. average is 100)

Primary Industries

  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Manufacturing (14%)
  • Health care and social assistance (13%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)


Tri-Cities Regional Airport (IATA Code TRI)
 Johnson City Airport (0A4)

Health Care

Johnson City is a regional medical center for northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. The Johnson City Medical Center is a designated Level 1 Trauma Center and the Mountain State Health Alliance's flagship institution. It is affiliated with the Niswonger Children's Hospital, a domestic affiliate of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Woodridge Hospital, a mental health and chemical dependency facility.


Johnson City has ten public and six private elementary/middle schools along with two public high schools and one private high school.

Elementary and Middle Schools
Indian Trail Middle School
Happy Valley Elementary School
Mountain View Elementary School
Cherokee Elementary School
Lake Ridge Elementary School
Woodland Elementary School
Fairmont Elementary School
Towne Acres Elementary School
Boones Creek Middle School
South Side Elementary School
Ashley Academy
Calvery Church Family School
Providence Academy
St. Mary School
Tri-Cities SDA School
Tri Cities Christian School

High Schools Science High School
University High School
Providence Academy

Colleges and Universities
East Tennessee State University
ITT Technical Institute-Johnson City
Emmanuel Christian Seminary


Average annual temperature - 67 degrees
Summer Average - 76 degrees
Winter Average - 41 degrees