Benefits of Living in Northeast Tennessee

Northeast Tennessee Lake

Northeast Tennessee has some of the most breathtaking views and mild climate in the world. We are centrally located to many regional activities and less than a day's drive from many beautiful beaches all along the east coast. We are in close proximity to a variety of outdoor activities including historical sites, scenic mountain lakes, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, hiking, skiing, golf, hunting, fishing, NASCAR racing, caverns and caves.There is always an event for the family that will make for a fun time for arts, history, nature, foodie, shopping or music enthusiasts.

Population 2010

Tri-Cities: 500,538
Washington County: 120,236          
Johnson City: 61,028
Median Age: 39.2 years


Average summer temperature – 76°
Average winter temperature – 41°
Precipitation – 41 inches
Average Snowfall – 16 inches
Altitude – 1525 feet above sea level

Our regional culture propels our faculty to provide an excellent learning environment. Our program offers:

• Happy, healthy residents!
• Exceptional faculty who attended medical schools in Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, Ontario, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Ohio, Belarus, and North Carolina.
• Our faculty provide in-depth educational experience in sub-specialties such as Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Urogynecology, Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility including IVF.
• ETSU Quillen College of Medicine has invested over $500,000 in a simulation center with a METI HPS (Human Patient Simulator). Our residents have an opportunity to spend a significant amount of time in the simulation center and face diagnoses with which they might not otherwise have the opportunity to familiarize themselves.
• Additional simulation units have been purchased such as a urethral sling procedure trainer and a birthing simulator.
• We have an excellent team of inventors, who have developed a vaginal surgery simulator to provide opportunities to practice skills involved in performing surgical procedures in a confined space in a controlled laboratory setting.

Pleasant surroundings have encouraged the building of state-of-the-art facilities to our area. Our hospital offers:

• An unusual level of sophisticated healthcare for this size market.
• 2005 Solucent Top 100 Heart Hospital.
• 2005 Magnet Hospital designation for Nursing Excellence.
• Regional Children's Hospital with 25 Pediatric sub-specialties available.
• Mountain States Health Network – relationships with 60 other long-term care facilities and smaller acute care hospitals in a 23-county area extending into southwest Virginia, northwest North Carolina, and southeast Kentucky.
• Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House is located adjacent to Johnson City Medical Center.

The East Tennessee State University/Quillen College of Medicine has been growing and thriving since 1974. Our university offers:

• The Princeton Review awarded ETSU a "Best Southeastern College" designation in 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005
• U.S. News & World Report's 2009 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools" ranks the ETSU James H. Quillen College of Medicine number 7 in the nation for rural medicine.
• James H. Quillen College of Medicine celebrated its 33rd anniversary and has graduated over 1,400 doctors
• College of Pharmacy was established in 2005.
• The economic impact of the ETSU Division of Health Sciences alone on the region is some $200 million.
• Offers the world's only master's degree in storytelling and reading.
• Only university in America offering a comprehensive selection of courses relating to bluegrass and country music.
• Prolific Miocene epoch fossil site at neighboring Gray, Tennessee, is attracting scholars, volunteers, and visitors from across the country seeking to learn about the rich paleoecology of Southern Appalachia.
• A world-renowned digital media animation graphics program.
• ETSU Buccaneers compete in 16 sports within the NCAA and the Atlantic Sun Conference.

You will find there is too much to do, see, and learn. Our region offers:

• Kiplinger August 2010 - Johnson City ranked 5th out of ten most affordable metro areas in US.
• Forbes Magazine April 2010 - Johnson City ranked 35th in best small places for business and careers.
• Business Week 2010 - Johnson City ranked in top three Tennessee cities as "Best Place to Raise Your Kids"
• Johnson City received Tennessee's first Green City Award.
• Johnson City ranked #73 out of 354 metropolitan areas – criteria based on cost of living, job outlook, climate, crime, transportation, education, the arts, health care, and recreation - in Places Rated Almanac.
• 29th lowest crime rate of 261 MSAs surveyed.
• In May 2006, Johnson City was Forbes #9 Best Smaller Metro; Inc. #40 Hottest Small Cities; Top 40 Best Performing Small Metros: Most Affordable; Best Performing City in the Tri-Cities (#6 in Tennessee); and Top 100 Cities to Relocate.
• The Tri-Cities (Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol is located in Tennessee and Virginia) is the nation's first "All-America City" region.
• Johnson City, Kingsport (pop. 50,000), and Bristol (pop. 40,000) are about 20 minutes apart is also known as Tri-Cities with an MSA population of over 500,000. Draw area for tertiary services covers 23 counties and nearly one million people.
• Incredible access to a variety of outdoor activities including scenic mountain lakes, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, hiking, now skiing (five slopes in 1.5 hour drive), golf, hunting, fishing, NASCAR racing, cavern and caves, and wonderful sightseeing locations.
• Numerous local festivals including the International Storytelling Festival held each year in the oldest city in Tennessee – Jonesborough.
• Airport access with Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI) located conveniently in the middle of the Tri-Cities whose connecting hubs include Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Orlando, and Pittsburgh.
• Three international airports which are within 3-4 hours driving distance from Johnson City are Atlanta (4 hrs), Charlotte ( 3hrs), and Nashville (4 hrs).
• Easy driving access to other cities including Asheville, NC (1 hr), Gatlinburg, TN (1.5 hr), Knoxville, TN (1.5 hr), Charlotte, NC (3 hrs), Charleston, SC (5 hrs), Nashville, TN (4hrs), Atlanta, GA (4 hrs), Washington, D.C. (6 hrs), Myrtle Beach, SC (6 hrs).
• Regional attractions such as Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Dollywood, Appalachian Trail and a wealth of historical sites.
• Eleven institutions of higher learning – East Tennessee State University, Milligan College, Tusculum College, Virginia Intermont College, Emory & Henry College, King College, University of Virginia at Wise, Northeast State Technical Community College, Walter State Community College, Virginia Highlands Community College, and Mountain Empire Community College.
• Tri-Cities was ranked #77 in Sperling's Best Places to Live in 2005.
• Tri-Cities area was ranked in Golf Digest as the second-best golfing area in the country in 2005 (survey of 330 Metropolitan Statistical Areas with populations of 50,000 or more). This was based on quality and affordability.
• Family-Friendly lifestyle ~ Low crime rates.
• Lower cost-of-living (as compared to cities in the Southeast our size or larger). (See
• Excellent public schools. (top 5% in the state of standardized scores)
• An unusual variety of restaurants for this size area.
• A wide variety of housing options. (beautiful neighborhoods in town, country settings with acreage only fifteen minutes from the hospital, homes on the lake)
• Cultural activities such as live theater, symphony, festivals, and Hands On! (children's science museum)
• Bristol Motor Speedway and two NASCAR races each year.
• Shopping – Belk, Sears, JC Penney, Old Navy, Victoria's Secret, Target, TJ Maxx, Super WalMart, Kmart, Lowe's Home Improvement, Home Depot, Starbucks, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, Best Buy, Khol's, Coldwater Creek, Avon Retail Store, Talbotts, and other nationally-known retailers.