Steeped in history and surrounded by the beauty of the Northeast Tennessee mountains, Kingsport is part of the Tri-Cities region and what is known as the “Mountain Empire” of Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Kingsport provides attractive options for living and working, making it an excellent to place to reside or visit or invest in real estate.

Settled in 1771 as “Salt Lick” and chartered, then re-chartered as Kingsport in 1892 and 1917, the city was an early and important shipping port on the Holston River. Kingsport’s rich history includes Indian skirmishes and a Civil War Battle.  Kingsport was nicknamed “The Model City” because it was designed and planned by noted Massachusetts City Planner and Landscape Architect John Nolen. 

Kingsport offers more than history and natural beauty. It is the corporate headquarters for Eastman Chemical Company, Domtar Paper Company, BAE Systems (British Aerospace Electronic Systems) and other industries help to drive the local economy and provide employment. Kingsport’s many desirable neighborhoods, houses of various size and prices make it an attractive place to live for its nearly 53,000 residents

Options for fun and recreation in Kingsport are numerous and diverse. Known for excellent golfing and walking/biking trails, the city is the home of Warrior's Path State Park and Bay's Mountain Park and Planetarium, the nation's largest municipally owned parks. Sports fans can enjoy many AAU Championships and the Kingsport Mets, the Rookie League affiliate of the New York Mets. The entire family can enjoy music, food and fun at the nine-day summer Fun Fest.

Buying real estate in Kingsport, TN provides opportunities to enjoy many professional and personal resources.

Kingsport Tennessee Facts and Figures

Median age: 44

Median household income:  $38,912

Median home value: $129,386

Median property tax: $1,157

Cost of living index: 82.9 (less than average, the U.S. average is 100)

Most Common Industries

  • Manufacturing (25%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Health care and social assistance (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (4%)


Tri-Cities Regional Airport (IATA Code TRI)
Indian Springs Airport (3TN0)


Healthsouth Rehabilitation HospitalHospice of Holston Valley Hospital Medical Center Indian Path Medical Center Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center


Kingsport has ten public and four private elementary/middle schools along with three public high schools and four private high schools.

Elementary and Middle Schools Sevier Middle SchoolRobinson Middle School Miller Perry Elementary School Colonial Heights Middle SchoolWashington Elementary SchoolJohnson Elementary School Jefferson Elementary School Indian Springs Elementary School Rock Springs Elementary School Jackson Elementary SchoolTri-cities Christian SchoolSt. Dominic SchoolSt. Paul's Day School and KindergartenComprehensive Community Services

High Schools Dobyns - Bennett High SchoolSullivan South High SchoolSullivan North High SchoolChristian Life AcademyLighthouse Christian SchoolAppalachian Christian SchoolAppalachian Christian SchoolApostolic Gospel Academy

Colleges and Universities Kingsport Center for Higher Education, Kingsport Lincoln Memorial University, Kingsport King University, Kingsport University of Tennessee, Kingsport Milligan College, Kingsport Northeast State Community College, Kingsport Tusculum College, Kingsport Northeast State Community College (about 9 miles; Blountville, TN) East Tennessee State University (about 19 miles; Johnson City, TN) King University (about 22 miles; Bristol, TN) Tusculum College (about 29 miles; Greeneville, TN) Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (about 40 miles; Cumberland, KY) Walters State Community College (about 46 miles; Morristown, TN) Appalachian State University (about 53 miles; Boone, NC)


Average annual temperature - 68 degrees