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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...

Little Chicago Downtown Music & Arts Festival

The Downtown Johnson City Merchants Association came together and designed this festival as another opportunity to enjoy food, music, arts, and more within the downtown footprint. Held in mid-August, you are guaranteed another opportunity to enjoy...

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...

Out and About

Washington County has something for everyone all year long! The area is home to activities that span over every category; from hiking and camping to history and sporting events, Johnson City has it all. Washington County hosts travelers from all...

Liveable Community

A community is more than the sum of its residents, its buildings and its facilities. The sense of community in the Johnson City-Jonesborough-Washington County area is fostered by organizations that focus on helping residents gain access to basic...

“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.