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Overview of Kingsport, Tennessee, United States

Kingsport, Tennessee, United States is a city located in the counties of Hawkins and Sullivan. The majority of the city is a part of Sullivan County. Kingsport's total population is just over 44, 905 inhabitants. The name is originated from the simplified term of "King's Port," which refers to the area around Ross's Landing. Kingsport is known as, The Model City due to its early development of from organizing the town into areas for commerce, churches, housing, and industry.

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  • Population: 44, 905
  • Population Density: 1, 018.9/mi²
  • Area: 45.0/mi²
  • Latitude: 36.536944
  • Longitude: -82.542222
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Elevation: 1, 211 feet
  • Time Zone: Central Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Kingsport, Tennessee

Early settlers in Kingsport, TN used the site as a staging ground for people taking the Wilderness Road leading to Kentucky through the Cumberland Gap. Kingsport was first chartered in 1822, and it became an important shipping port on the Holston River. Trading goods that originated for many miles from the surrounding countryside areas were loaded onto barges for the trip downriver to the Tennessee River at Knoxville. The early year of Kingsport's establishment resulted in its loss of charter after several misfortunes precipitated by the Civil War. Kingsport was then re-chartered in 1917 and became an early example of a "garden city," designed by city planner and landscape architect John Nolen of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Its nickname, The Model City was derived from this plan. The result included some of the earlier uses of traffic circles (roundabouts) in the U.S. Kingsport was among the first municipalities with a city manager form of government and a school system built on a model developed at Columbia University. The majority of the land on the river was devoted to industry.

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Kingsport's Demographics

Kingsport's total population has over 44, 905 residents. The cultural diversity of Kingsport consists of 93.32% Caucasian and 4.22% African American. There are smaller percentages of Hispanic, Latino, Asian and Native American. The city's population density was 1, 018.9 people per square mile.

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Kingsport's Climate

Kingsport, TN's climate is hot during the summer months when temperatures tend to be in the mid- 70's. July is the warmest month with average temperatures reaching 86.90 degrees Fahrenheit. The winter months are considerably cold when the temperatures drop to the 30's. January is the coldest month with low temperatures of 26.20 degrees Fahrenheit. Kingsport's annual precipitation is 44.44 inches. July is also the wettest month of the year, with an average rainfall of 4.64 inches.

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Education in Kingsport, Tennessee

The Kingsport City Schools public schools district operates the schools in and around Kingsport. There are seven elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and eight private schools. There are no college or university houses and campuses within the city. Northeast State Technical Community College, East Tennessee State University, and University of Tennessee have branch campuses in Kingsport.

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Transportation around Kingsport, Tennessee

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Tourism and Attractions of Kingsport

Uncover Kingsport's amusement by going out to Theatre or an arts gallery. Grab a delicious meal at any of Kingsport's local restaurants for that perfect dining experience. Afterwards, go on downtown to visit Kingsport's bars and nightclubs.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Kingsport
  • Bloomingdale
  • Blountville
  • Church Hill
  • Fall Branch
  • Fordtown
  • Okolona
  • Mount Carmel
  • Sullivan Gardens
  • Surgoinsville

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Geography of Kingsport, Tennessee

Kingsport has a total area of 45.0 square miles with 0.9 square miles of it is water.

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Kingsport's Government

Kingsport's municipal mayor is Dennis Phillips. Kingsport is regulated locally by a seven member Board of Mayor and Alderman. The Mayor is elected at-large from the city's residences for a two-year term. Aldermen are elected on a non-partisan basis for four-year staggered terms. The Vice Mayor is elected from the aldermen.

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Kingsport's Economy and Industry

Kingsport's economy consists of the Eastman Chemical Company's headquarters, housing and industries.

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Kingsport's Culture and Significant Events

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Sports in Kingsport, Tennessee

The Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League is a rookie-level sports league that plays in the city. They are an affiliate of the New York Mets; as well the team has competed in the city since 1969, with the exception of 1983. The Mets play in a stadium named after multiple-term Mayor Hunter Wright.

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Media of Kingsport

The Kingsport Times-News serves as the local newspaper for Kingsport and surrounding areas.

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