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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Kingsport, Tennessee

Located near the Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia borders, Kingsport is a northern Tennessee college town. It is home to the branch campuses of 3 universities or technical schools. Kingsport, population 45,000,  is part of the tri-cities region of Tennessee/Virginia Mountain area.

Kingsport is popular for a variety of reasons. The climate is mild in summer due to its proximity to the mountains. Tennessee is a low-cost, low-tax state. Additionally, the mountains provide many recreational opportunities.

Where to Retire in Kingsport and Home Prices

The median home value in Kingsport was $188,447 in early 2022, according to Zillow.  There are a number of active adult communities catering to the many baby boomers expected to move to this area.

What Is Special about Kingsport

Along with our access to excellent health care, we also are a wonderful city for walking.  Bays Mountain Park is very popular. The city has won numerous awards including "Most Walkable City", All American City, etc. Kingsport is a serious golf capital contender with 5 golf courses in the city and 17 more within 18 miles. There is an active farmers market.

What Is Not Special about Kingsport

The crime rate is above average.

Climate and Physical Environment

Kingsport is in the extreme northeastern part of the state. The average January temp is in the mid to high 30s and the average July temp is in the mid 70s.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Kingsport's Higher Education Initiative combines five higher-learning institutions, including the University of Tennessee, in one impressive 54,000 sq. ft. facility.


The crime rate is high in Kingsport.

Medical Facilities

Kingsport boasts two major hospital systems, Wellmont Health Systems and Mountain States Health Alliance. The city has a Level 1 Trauma Center and a Thompson Top 100 Heart Hospital. If you're looking for excellent health care from general practice to any specialty, we have it here.


There is a regional airport about 20 miles away, but the nearest international airport is in Charlotte 170 miles away.

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