Kingsport : Tennessee

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What it's Like to Retire in Kingsport

Kingsport is a town in northeastern Tennessee near the Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia borders.  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. The city's downtown was recently featured in Ideal Living because of its streets filled with local art, lofts, cafés, live music, and beautiful old buildings.

Kingsport is popular with retirees for a variety of reasons. The climate is mild in summer due to its proximity to the mountains. There are over 20 golf courses within 20 miles. Tennessee is a low-cost, low-tax state. And the mountains provide many recreational opportunities. Photo of skyline with balloon soaring courtesy of Wikipedia and Tjntri. Second photo is the active Kinsport Public Library.

 

Where to Retire in Kingsport and Home Prices

The median home value in Kingsport was $120,900 in mid-2016, 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.

 

Who will like retirement in Kingsport

People who like the outdoors, especially hikers and golfers. Also folks looking for a low-tax state.

 

Local economy is driven by

Education, tourism, and golf.

 

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.

 

Crime

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.
 

Transportation

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Facts about KINGSPORT
  • State: TN
  • Environment: College Town,
  • City Population: 25,001-50,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 81-90 (low)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: admin

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