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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...

Flower Power

Got a room in your house that feels drab or outdated? You don’t have to remodel or redecorate—just buy a bouquet! Flowers are a simple, inexpensive way to instantly brighten up a room, and some kinds of flowers give you more bang for your buck....

A Great Place to Learn

The strength of the schools in the Johnson City and Washington County area is one of the many reasons why these school systems receive high grades for providing a good education. Both school systems rank competitively in terms of graduation rates,...

Founders After 5

Downtown Johnson City’s free concert series, Founders After 5, takes place at the amphitheater in Founders Park every Friday (except First Friday) at 6:00 PM, May through September. No outside alcohol is allowed on city property, but local...


Johnson City was originally founded as a railroad station in 1856 by Henry Johnson. The city originally called "Johnson Depot" was a major rail hub for the southeast and including three separate railroad lines that crossed in the downtown area. The...

“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.