Johnson City, home of the main campus of East Tennessee State University, is located in the 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.