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Community Culture

Arts and culture are vibrant parts of the Johnson City and regional communities providing rich opportunities for personal enjoyment, educational experiences, tourism, economic growth, and employment. The arts help improve our personal well-being...

A Tax Tip for Small Business Owners

When it’s time for taxes, you may be tempted as a small business owner to try and handle the paperwork yourself. Mike Walton, director of business development at regional accounting firm Brown Edwards, says that may not be the wisest move. "The tax...

Mexican Restaurants in Johnson City

Mexican food is easily one of the most popular styles of cuisine in America, and it’s easy to see why. Mexican food is easy to find, inexpensive, dependable, and delicious. No matter where you are in the country, a Mexican restaurant is usually...

Historic Charm

History comes to life in this 18th-century town. Its well-preserved Main Street will take you on a beautiful journey through the past. Jonesborough is a town filled with quaint shops, friendly faces, farm to table foods and plenty of "ya’lls" and...

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...

“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.