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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B+
Kingsport is a town in Tennessee with a population of 52,698. Kingsport is in Sullivan County. Living in Kingsport offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Kingsport there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Kingsport and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Kingsport are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$136,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$629
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    38%
  • Own
    62%
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Kingsport 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
    628.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    39.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    80.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    650.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,047.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    540.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in Kingsport

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$39,135
National
$55,322
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Kingsport Reviews

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Kingsport has one of the BEST school systems I've ever seen. Everyone in KSC cares for their students. However, the crime and safety in Kingsport is very poor, especially downtown. Kingsport's air quality is absolutely HORRIFIC with Knoxville, located nearby, ranked as the worst air quality. When driving you can't have your windows down or you'll smell the chemical plants on the main roads. Kingsport has NO nightlife at all. No clubs. No Parties. Nothing. The people are all in their own little worlds and there is no diversity AT ALL. Overall, I really enjoy Kingsport for the school system but thats it.
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Part of the "Tri-Cities", Kingsport has few jobs outside of Eastman Chemical and a couple other industrial plants. The air quality is horrific, nearby Knoxville recently ranked worst air quality in the USA, and downtown has a terrible stench due to a pulp mill. There are few things for young families to do as there is little/no nightlife, museums, etc. There is no cultural diversity & minimal exposure to anything not Southern Baptist, conservative, or fried. Most natives have had very little, if any, interaction with folks from different regions of the country, and it shows. The low-paid police are stretched too thin and there are few things to do as a family outside of just a few parks. City management is poor. The biggest drawback for families is that your children will have to move to find good jobs.
Very poor place to live. I moved here right before high school, and I do not understand the way of life around here. This place is drug central in Tennessee, and it also has really high obesity rates. People here are not accepting of anything but traditional Christian beliefs, and I am overall just disappointed. I cannot wait to go to college and leave this place behind in the very back of my memory.

The school system is the only okay thing around here. However, they are also quite brainwashing, which makes the students here feel like they HAVE to stay here or come back after college. That should not be the case.

I do not like dumbing myself down, especially everywhere I go around this town.