Johnson City, home of the main campus of
East Tennessee State University, is located
Tri-Cities Tennessee / Virginia
region, an area of natural beauty and rich history which
was recently named the first All-America Region by the
National Civic League. With a population exceeding 50,000,
Johnson City is located close to the state lines of Virginia
and North Carolina. It is a part of the nation's 80th largest
Metropolitan Statistical Area.
There are many recreational opportunities in this part of Southern Appalachia, including boating, water skiing, snow skiing, white water rafting, fishing, jogging, and hiking. In 1984, Johnson City was named the number one running city in America by The Runner magazine. Nearby Kingsport, Tennessee, is home to Eastman Chemical Company, and Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia, is known as the Birthplace of Country Music.