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.