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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B
Sullivan County is located in Tennessee with a population of 156,519. In Sullivan County, most residents own their homes. Many young professionals and retirees live in Sullivan County and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Sullivan County are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$130,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$633
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    27%
  • Own
    73%
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Sullivan County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    482.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    39.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    80.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    646.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,709.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    350.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    35%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Sullivan County

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$42,251
National
$55,322

Sullivan County Reviews

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The authorities are very visible and typically respond in a timely manner. While drugs, particularly prescription pill abuse and meth are prevalent and in the news on a continuous basis, safety is not top concern where I live. My parents' house has never been broken into and I know of no one personally who has been burglarized or threatened by crime. Night lighting, along with roads and sidewalks could and are being improved by the increased development of recent years. A quandary exists in the decision of certain municipalities in the area to implement traffic enforcement cameras to deliver automated citations for traffic violations such as speeding and running red lights. While this undoubtedly frees up law enforcement officials to pursue greater crimes, it enable certain level of paranoia to exist and often causes a backlash of unsafe driving maneuvers, specifically when people slam on their brakes in either condition to avoid committing a less dangerous violation.
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The Tri-Cities are booming with activity, with each city accumulating a growing number of attractions, restaurants, and places to go for entertainment. Aside from the notable increase in traffic, the quality of life is not negatively affected, but rather is positively increased by the diversity and proximity of places of interest. The recent boom in attractions, both in the downtown areas and in the suburbs, reduces travel, (at least for me), by creating more things to do within a shorter travel distance. Despite the boost in positive economic activity in the areas, drug abuse and social security dependence of non-seniors are seemingly on the increase. Whereas I have not researched statistics, of the acquaintances that I have made with neighbors over the years, over half claim to be injured and receive social security, yet they are always out mowing the yard, going on vacation, going out to eat, working in the garden, and living without the stress of going to work to earn a living. Receiving disablilty benefits is becoming a popular co out for not getting a job and going to work every day. The ease in which these benefits can be obtained waters down the value of hard work. Though this is likely a widespread issue, it is undoubtedly a common occurrence in my neighborhood. On a more positive note, this area is simply beautiful. The rolling mountains frame the area and underlay a landscape that is neither too steep or too flat. The temperate climate, along with many sunny days and the occasional rain shower keep the foliage lush from late spring until mid-fall. This is the place to be if one loves the outdoors. Additionally there are a plethora of places to hike, swim, fish, bike, and enjoy the outdoors. This is the perfect home.
I love the Southern Hospitality of East Tennessee. People are generally fairly kind around here. The mountains are beautiful, and they usually keep tornadoes away from this area. East Tennessee feels the remnants of a hurricane but is never hit too hard. The fall colors are beautiful when the leaves start to change. Driving through the mountains in Autumn is absolutely breathtaking. During the winter, the snowfall is nice, but it may keep you indoors from time to time.