Kingsport, Tennessee

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Kingsport, Tennessee
A Fun Fest balloon floats over Kingsport.
A Fun Fest balloon floats over Kingsport.
The Model City
Location of Kingsport in Sullivan County, Tennessee
Location of Kingsport in Sullivan County, Tennessee
Coordinates: 36°32′N 82°33′W / 36.533°N 82.550°W / 36.533; -82.550Coordinates: 36°32′N 82°33′W / 36.533°N 82.550°W / 36.533; -82.550
CountryUnited States
CountiesSullivan, Hawkins
Chartered/Rechartered1822, 1917
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorJohn Clark
 • Vice MayorMike McIntire
 • City ManagerJeff Fleming
 • City50.8 sq mi (131.5 km2)
 • Land49.8 sq mi (129.0 km2)
 • Water0.9 sq mi (2.4 km2)
1,211 ft (369 m)
 • City48,205
 • Estimate 
 • RankUS: 694th
 • Density1,060/sq mi (409.3/km2)
 • Urban
106,571 (US: 291st)
 • Metro
309,283 (US: 161st)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
37660, 37662, 37663, 37664, 37665 & 37669
Area code(s)423
FIPS code47-39560
GNIS feature ID1303478[2]

Kingsport is a city in Hawkins and Sullivan counties in the U.S. state of Tennessee. The large part of the city is in Sullivan County. The population was 44,095 at the 2000 census.

The name is based on "King's Port" which referred to the area around Ross's Landing. It is part of what is known as the "Mountain Empire," which includes a portion of southwest Virginia and the mountainous counties in Tennessee to the east.

Geography[change | change source]

Kingsport is located at 36°32′13″N 82°32′32″W / 36.53694°N 82.54222°W / 36.53694; -82.54222 (36.536851, -82.542123)[3] where U.S. highways 11 and 23 meet. Kingsport is also the starting and ending point of Interstate 26.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 45.0 square miles (116.6 km²), of which, 44.1 square miles (114.1 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²) of it (2.07%) is water.

Education[change | change source]

People who live in Kingsport use the Kingsport City Schools public school system. The system has seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. Kingsport is also home to eight private academies. The city is also part of Sullivan county which has 2 other high schools in Kingsport.

While no college or university houses its main campus within the city, Northeast State Technical Community College, East Tennessee State University, and University of Tennessee have branch campuses in Kingsport.

Notable natives and residents[change | change source]

Sports[change | change source]

The Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League, a rookie-level league, play in the city. They are an affiliate of the New York Mets. The team has competed in the city since 1969, with the exception of 1983. The Mets play in Hunter Wright Stadium named after Mayor Hunter Wright.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Kingsport city, Tennessee". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  2. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

Further reading[change | change source]

  • Long, Howard. Kingsport: A Romance of Industry. Overmountain Press (October 1993) ISBN 0932807895
  • Spoden, Muriel Millar Clark. The Long Island of the Holston: Sacred Island of the Cherokee Nation. ASIN: B0006WOGAM
  • Wolfe, Margaret Ripley. Kingsport Tennessee: A Planned American City. University Press of Kentucky (November 1987) ISBN 0813116244

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