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Major Employers in Washington County, Tennessee

EMPLOYERS # OF EMPLOYEES Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) 8,610 K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City) 6,483 East Tennessee State University (ETSU) 2,370 James H. Quillen VA Medical Center 2,188 Citi 1,700 Washington County Dept of Education 1,200...

National Storytelling Festival / Storytelling Live!

Every October, more than 10,000 people gather in tents in the town square of historic downtown Jonesborough to hear folktales, cultural legends, and personal stories told by acclaimed storytellers of both national and international renown at the...

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...

Shopping in Johnson City

Shopping: it’s either a thrilling adventure or a necessary evil, depending on your point of view. Either way, shopping- whether for clothes, gadgets, appliances, or entertainment- is pretty much an unavoidable part of modern life. Whether you love...

Blue Plum Festival

The Blue Plum Festival began in 1999 to bring awareness to downtown Johnson City. Over the years, the event has transformed into an annual event offering a variety of musical entertainment, food vendors, arts & craft vendors, a children’s area,...

“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.