Kingsport, Tennessee

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Kingsport, Tennessee (King's Port)
Nickname(s): The Model City
Location in the state of Tennessee
Location in the state of Tennessee
Country United States
State Tennessee
Counties Sullivan, Hawkins
Mayor Dennis Phillips
Chartered; 1822
Rechartered: 1917
 • City 45.0 sq mi (116.6 km2)
 • Land 44.1 sq mi (114.4 km2)
 • Water 0.9 sq mi (2.4 km2)
Elevation 1,211 ft (369 m)
Population (2000)[1]
 • City 44,905
 • Density 1,018.9/sq mi (393.4/km2)
 • Metro 480,091
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 423
FIPS code 47-39560[1]
GNIS feature ID 1303478[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]

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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