The Tri-Cities in Tennessee-Virginia. The red dot is Kingsport, the blue is Bristol, the green is Johnson City.

"Tri-Cities" refers to the region comprising the cities of Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol and the surrounding smaller towns and communities in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. All three cities are located in Northeast Tennessee, while Bristol has a twin city of the same name in Virginia.

The Tri-Cities region was formerly a single Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA); due to the U.S. Census Bureau's revised definitions of urban areas in the early 2000s, it is now a Combined Statistical Area (CSA) with two metropolitan components: Johnson City and Kingsport-Bristol (TN)-Bristol (VA).[1] As of the 2000 Census, the CSA had a population of 480,091 (though a July 1, 2008 estimate placed the population at 500,538).[1]

Combined Statistical Area[]




Places with more than 50,000 inhabitants[]

Places with 10,000 to 50,000 inhabitants[]

Places with 1,000 to 10,000 inhabitants[]

  • Abingdon, Virginia
  • Banner Hill, Tennessee (CDP)
  • Blountville, Tennessee (CDP)
  • Bluff City, Tennessee
  • Castlewood, Virginia (CDP)
  • Central, Tennessee (CDP)
  • Church Hill, Tennessee
  • Colonial Heights, Tennessee (CDP)
  • Emory, Virginia (CDP)
  • Erwin, Tennessee
  • Fall Branch, Tennessee (CDP)
  • Gate City, Virginia
  • Glade Spring, Virginia
  • Gray, Tennessee (CDP)
  • Honaker, Virginia
  • Hunter, Tennessee (CDP)
  • Jonesborough, Tennessee
  • Lebanon, Virginia
  • Mosheim, Tennessee
  • Mountain City, Tennessee
  • Mount Carmel, Tennessee
  • Oak Grove, Tennessee (CDP)
  • Pine Crest, Tennessee (CDP)
  • Roan Mountain, Tennessee (CDP)
  • Rogersville, Tennessee
  • Saint Paul, Virginia
  • Saltville, Virginia (partial)
  • Sneedville, Tennessee
  • Spurgeon, Tennessee (CDP)
  • Surgoinsville, Tennessee
  • Tusculum, Tennessee
  • Unicoi, Tennessee
  • Walnut Hill, Tennessee (CDP)
  • Weber City, Virginia

Places with fewer than 1,000 inhabitants[]

  • Baileyton, Tennessee
  • Bulls Gap, Tennessee
  • Damascus, Virginia
  • Clinchport, Virginia
  • Duffield, Virginia
  • Dungannon, Virginia
  • Meadow View, Virginia (CDP)
  • Mooresburg, Tennessee (CDP)
  • Nickelsville, Virginia
  • Telford, Tennessee (CDP)
  • Watauga, Tennessee

Unincorporated places[]

  • Afton, Tennessee
  • Biltmore, Tennessee
  • Bowmantown, Tennessee
  • Boones Creek, Tennessee
  • Camp Creek, Tennessee
  • Clinchburg, Virginia
  • Doeville, Tennessee
  • Chuckey, Tennessee
  • Eidson, Tennessee
  • Embreeville, Tennessee
  • Fish Springs, Tennessee
  • Flag Pond, Tennessee
  • Fort Blackmore, Virginia
  • Friendship, Virginia
  • Hampton, Tennessee
  • Hayter's Gap, Virginia
  • Hiltons, Virginia
  • Indian Springs, Tennessee
  • Konnarock, Virginia
  • Kyles Ford, Tennessee
  • Lamar, Tennessee
  • Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee
  • Leesburg, Tennessee
  • Liberty Hill, Tennessee
  • Limestone, Tennessee
  • Lodi, Virginia
  • Maces Spring, Virginia
  • McDonald, Tennessee
  • Mendota, Virginia
  • Midway, Greene County, Tennessee
  • Midway, Washington County, Tennessee
  • Mohawk, Tennessee
  • Newmansville, Tennessee
  • Persia, Tennessee
  • Piney Flats, Tennessee
  • Rheatown, Tennessee
  • Romeo, Tennessee
  • Saint Clair, Tennessee
  • Shady Valley, Tennessee
  • South Central, Tennessee
  • South Greene, Tennessee
  • Stoney Creek, Tennessee
  • Sullivan Gardens, Tennessee
  • Sulphur Springs, Tennessee
  • Treadway, Tennessee
  • Trade, Tennessee
  • Valley Forge, Tennessee
  • Yuma, Virginia


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 480,091 people, 199,218 households, and 138,548 families residing within the CSA. The racial makeup of the CSA was 96.22% White, 2.12% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.02% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.92% of the population.

The median income for a household in the CSA was $30,331, and the median income for a family was $37,254. Males had a median income of $29,561 versus $21,014 for females. The per capita income for the CSA was $16,923.


Interstate Highways I-26 and I-81 intersect in the region, while I-40, I-77, and I-75 are nearby. Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI) has non-stop service to Atlanta, Charlotte, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, and St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Delta Connection, Allegiant Air, and US Airways Express. Additionally, TRI manages an aggressive Air Cargo program, administers Foreign Trade Zone 204, supports and promotes U.S. Customs Port 2027, and provides trade development assistance. The Region has both CSX and Norfolk Southern mainline railway access.


US Highways[]

  • 11
    • 11E
      • 11E Business
    • 11W
  • 19
    • 19E
    • 19W
  • 23
    • 23 Business
  • 58
    • 58 Alternate
    • 58 Business
  • 321
    • 321 Truck
  • 421
    • 421 Business


Colleges and universities[]

  • East Tennessee State University
  • Emmanuel Christian Seminary
  • Emory & Henry College
  • King University
  • Milligan College
  • Northeast State Community College
  • Virginia Intermont College (Closed May 2014)
  • Virginia Highlands Community College
  • Walters State Community College

The Kingsport Higher Education Center is a complex in downtown Kingsport, Tennessee that combines classes from five area colleges and universities, including The University of Tennessee.

All-American City Award[]

The All-America City Award is given by the National Civic League annually to ten cities in the United States. In 1999, the Tri-Cities were collectively designated as an All-America City by the National Civic League.

The award is the oldest community recognition program in the nation and recognizes communities whose citizens work together to identify and tackle community-wide challenges and achieve uncommon results.

Since the program's inception in 1949, more than 4,000 communities have competed and over 500 have been named All-America Cities.

Sister cities[]

The Greater Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia has four sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International:

See also[]

  • Doe River
  • Watauga River
  • Watauga Lake
  • East Tennessee
  • Template:Tri-Cities TV


External links[]

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