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Historic Sites in Johnson City

Whether you’re a history buff, someone curious about the town you’re in, or simply looking for an interesting way to spend an afternoon, visiting a historic site can be an eye-opening experience. Although some entire towns in the country function...

Brightridge

BrightRidge is a not-for-profit, public power provider that has proudly served our community since 1945. Public power means that each customer is an owner; therefore, our customers benefit from affordable energy, better service, and a utility that...

Cost of Living

Washington County has an exceptionally low cost of living, while still providing a high quality of life. Taxes Residential property tax rates in Washington County, Johnson City, and Jonesborough are well below the rates of neighboring Sullivan...

Umoja Festival

Johnson City embraces people from all cultures, backgrounds, and walks of life, and that unity is celebrated at the Umoja Festival, held annually since 1997. "The whole idea of the Festival is to show the diversity that we have in this region,"...

The Seasons of Northeast Tennessee

The mountainous landscape of Northeast Tennessee can cause fluctuating, unpredictable weather patterns. In fact, you’ll often hear it said that “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a day!” However, the Tri-Cities region typically features mild...

“I think, being from East Tennessee, you’re kinda born with a little lonesome in your soul, in your blood. You know you’ve got that Appalachian soul.”

Ashley Monroe

Framed by the Appalachian Mountains to the west, the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east, the Nolichucky River to the south, and the Watauga River to the north, Washington County is as pretty as a picture, a region abounding in both natural beauty and cultural heritage. American legends Daniel Boone and Davey Crockett once walked our rolling hills and valleys, and their pioneering spirit still pervades the area, imbuing its people with liveliness and fortitude.

We mountain men and women may have lonesome souls, but we’re seldom lonely. Washington County is the oldest incorporated area in Tennessee and the fastest-growing county east of Knoxville. More than 126,000 people live in Washington County, including residents of Jonesborough, the state’s first and oldest town, and students living on the campuses of Milligan College and East Tennessee State University (ETSU).

Today, Johnson City is home to more than 65,000 residents, a thriving urban center that has consistently ranked as one of the nation’s best and most popular small metro areas for raising a family, starting a business, or retiring.