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Relocating to Johnson City, TN
07th February 2007
Author: Lou Ross

Johnson City is an old south college town that is very affordable. If you are thinking about relocating to Johnson City, here is the information you need to know.

Johnson City, Tennessee is a small sized city located in Washington County, founded as a railroad station called “Johnson's Depot” in 1856. The population of this city is 55,469 and steadily growing – there has been a 6% increase in residents in the last five years. Johnson City is the hometown of some notable performers – Timothy Busfield, the actor and Kenny Chesney, the musician both call this city home.

Some statistics to consider when thinking of relocating to Johnson City, TN: the median age of the population is 36.9 years – just about the national average. The median yearly household income in the city is $30,835 (slightly lower than the median income found in the rest of Tennessee). Purchasing a home in Johnson City is advantageous – the cost of housing here is also less than in the rest of Tennessee, with the average cost of purchasing a house here at $99,600. Some residents of the city choose to rent their homes – average housing rental costs here are $356 a month.

Johnson City, Tennessee is not a very diverse city racially. 89% of the residents of this city claimed white/non-Hispanic as their race, with 6.4% stating Black and 1.9% stating Hispanic. 29.4% of the adult population of Johnson City stated that they held a Bachelor's Degree or higher, and 48.7% stated that they were married at the time of census. 3% of the population of the city is foreign-born (from outside the US). Johnson City takes up a land area of 39.3 square miles, leading to an average population density.

Other considerations when deciding on relocating to Johnson City, TN are the crime level and climate of the region. On a crime index scale, the average score in the US was 325.2 – Johnson City rates above this score at 481.8. Overall, this is not an overly high crime index, and most of the criminal activity in the city took place in the theft category. The climate of Johnson City is like that of most of Tennessee – average high temperatures reach around 85ºF in the summer months, and average low temperatures reach down to 25ºF in the winter. Snowfall here is below the national average, and the rest of the precipitation is consistent with US averages.

East Tennessee State University is located within Johnson City, Tennessee – and there have been some notable graduates of this institution. Other close colleges and universities include Appalachian State University, which is 47 miles away. The nearest large city to Johnson City, is Charlotte, North Carolina.

Lou Ross is with - information on moving to Tennessee.

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