Sitting in the northeastern part of the state, Johnson City, Tennessee boasts a population of close to 63,000 residents. Temperatures average close to 35 in January and they hit the mid 80s in July which is usually the warmest month. Those moving to Johnson City will also experience higher humidity and a nice amount of rainfall each year make the area green and lush, and for some reason tornado activity hits less frequently here than in other parts of the state.
While the average income in Johnson City is on the low side, fortunately the cost of living is also less than the national statistics, with the median home price of only about $75,000. The metro area itself has been ranked one of the ten least expensive urban areas in the US. The unemployment rate has also managed to remain in the single digits, which is lower than the rest of Tennessee or the U.S. in general. Educational, health and social services are the leading industries, with most of the employment opportunities available being nursing, physical therapy and sales. AT&T is a large employer, as well as Mountain State Health Alliance and East Tennessee State University.
In the early 1850s, entrepreneur Henry Johnson opened up a train depot and post office to serve travelers and the freight industry. That community known as Johnson's Depot was later incorporated as Johnson City by the state of Tennessee, and Henry Johnson became the town's first mayor. To this day, the city is still considered to be the railroad town it started as, taking advantage of that system since it lacked any river ports. Early in its development three railroads crossing in the middle of town helped it grow quickly thanks to mining and timber. It is still often referred to as the "crossroads of the eastern United States." Growth slowed down briefly in the 1890s with the railroad activity, but gained strength again in the early 1900s with a college campus, great music and possibly, if the rumors are true, some major bootlegging activity.
One of the best features in Johnson City is that is located in the midst of the gorgeous Appalachian Mountains. That means great hiking, rafting and biking to just name a few recreational opportunities available to the residents or tourists. Buffalo Mountain Park has 725 acres of natural preserve and many trails to explore. The Carroll Reece Museum provides a wonderful selection of art and history in its six galleries. Many visitors enjoy heading over to Jonesborough to take a carriage ride back in time to relive the colorful history of the area. Also, in that area is the International Storytelling Center that offers several events and a festival from June through October. Along with all the family adventures, Johnson City is also considered a great place for a romantic getaway, with many places to eat or enjoy a little nightlife.