Home to 52,962 people, Kingsport, TN derives its name from the King's Boat Yard region of the Holston River. The area is the head of navigation for the Tennessee Valley. Part of the area known as "The Mountain Empire," Kingsport is famous for its countryside. The city boasts numerous parks that showcase its scenic beauty, including Natural Tunnel State Park, Bays Mountain Park and Warriors Path State Park.
Kingsport is a popular golf destination, with premier courses such as Ridgefields Golf and Country Club and The Meadow View Golf Course. The city also hosts several notable festivals each year, including the Old Tyme Fiddlers and Bluegrass Festival, the Fun Fest and the Folklife Festival.
The cost of living in Kingsport is 9.1 percent below the national average. The median household income is rather modest at $37,637, and the median home price is $126,500.
Kingsport, TN Job Opportunities
The largest private provider of Kingsport, TN jobs is the Mountain State Health Alliance, with 8,700 employees. Mountain State offers a variety of clinical and non-clinical careers, including quality director, registered nurse, radiation therapist and paramedic and EMT jobs. The city's second-largest employer is Eastman Chemical Company, with 7,000 employees. Positions Eastman offers include systems analyst, logistics planner, and product manager. Other major employers include Wellmont Health Systems, with 7,000 employees, K-VA-T food stores, with 3,000 employees and East Tennessee State University, with 2,800 employees.
Kingsport, TN Employment Trends
While the growth of Kingsport, TN jobs in recent years has been slow, economists predict a future annual growth rate of 1.6 percent. The unemployment rate in Kingsport has closely mirrored that of the rest of the country in the past. In April of 2015, the unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent, the lowest rate Kingsport has seen since 2008.