Jamie Stitt

Assistant Commissioner, Business and Workforce Development

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave., Nashville, TN 37243
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Sullivan County

County Profile Tool
Sullivan County

Population & Demographics

Location

Time Zone

Eastern Time Zone

Grand Division

East Tennessee

Area (Square Miles)

413.4

County Seat

Blountville

Metropolitan Area

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

ECD Region

Northeast

Population

Population (2014)

156,404

Population (2019)

158,348

Population Change (2014-2019)

1.2%

Population Forecast (2040)

157,163

Foreign Born Population

2,620

Foreign Born Persons (Percentage of Population)

1.7%

Language Other Than English Spoken At Home

2.7%

Civilian Veteran Population

12,526

Race (Percentage of Population)

White Alone

94.5%

Black or African American, alone

2.0%

American Indian And Alaska Native, alone

0.1%

Asian, alone

0.6%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, alone

0.1%

Some Other Race, alone

0.6%

Two or More Races

2.1%

Hispanic or Latino

1.8%

Age (Percentage of Population)
Male
Female
Total

Under 5 Years Old

Male: 5.2%

Female: 4.7%

Total: 5.0%

Under 18 Years Old

Male: 20.6%

Female: 18.7%

Total: 19.6%

18-64 Years Old

Male: 60.2%

Female: 58.4%

Total: 59.3%

65 Years and Over

Male: 19.2%

Female: 22.9%

Total: 21.1%

Median Age

Male: 43.4

Female: 46.4

Total: 44.9

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2014-2018 5-Year American Community Survey
U.S. Census Bureau, 2018 Annual Population Estimates
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Tennessee State Data Center (2018)

Housing & Income

Housing & Income

Households

65,896

Homeownership Rate

72.0%

Persons Per Household

2.33

Living In Same House 1 Year & Over

86.1%

Median Home Value

$133,900

Annual Home Sales

2,204

Median Sale Price of Homes Sold

$153,500

Persons In Households With Income Below Poverty Level

16.6%

Total Personal Income

$6,717,573,000

Personal Income Per Capita

$42,606

County Median Wage

$16.29

Household Income & Benefits
Percent of Household

Less Than $10,000

7.8%

$10,000 to $14,999

6.3%

$15,000 to $24,999

13.3%

$25,000 to $34,999

13.0%

$35,000 to $49,999

15.1%

$50,000 to $74,999

18.0%

$75,000 to $99,999

10.8%

$100,000 to $149,999

9.2%

$150,000 to $199,999

3.6%

$200,000 or More

3.0%

Median Household Income

$43,442

Percentage of Households by Income Range

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2014-2018 5-Year American Community Survey
Tennessee Housing Development Agency (2019)
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (2018)
Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (2020)

Tax Structure

Property Tax

Property Tax Rate (County)

$2.57

State Property Tax

None

Assessment Ratio: Residential Property

25%

Assessment Ratio: Farm Property

25%

Assessment Ratio: Commercial/Industrial Property

40%

Assessment Ratio: Public Utility Property

55%

Assessment Ratio: Business Personal Property

30%

State Tax

State Income Tax on Wages

None

State Income Tax: Interest from Bonds and Notes and Dividends from Stock

1% (Hall Income tax is fully repealed after January 1, 2021)

Excise Tax (State)

6.5% of Tennessee taxable income

Franchise Tax (state)

0.25% of the greater of net worth or real and tangible property in Tennessee. The minimum tax is $100.

Unemployment Insurance Tax (state)

2.7% of the first $7,000 in wages for new employers

Sales Tax

State Sales Tax Rate

7.00%

County Sales Tax Rate

2.25% - 2.50%

Local Sales Tax Collections (FY 2019)

$55,198,665

Local Sales Tax Collections (FY 2020)

$57,723,737

Local Sales Tax Collections Growth (FY 2019 - FY 2020)

4.6%

State Bond Ratings

Moody's

Aaa

Standard & Poor's

AAA

Fitch

AAA

Debt per Capita

State Debt per Capita

$929 (lowest in U.S.)

County Debt Per Capita

$1,104

Sources:
Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury (2020)
Tennessee Department of Revenue (2020)
The Tax Foundation (2020)

Labor Force

Labor Force Estimates (2018)
Tennessee
Sullivan

Labor Force

Tennessee: 3,242,754

Sullivan: 70,902

Employment

Tennessee: 3,129,078

Sullivan: 68,263

Unemployment

Tennessee: 113,676

Sullivan: 2,639

Unemployment Rate

Tennessee: 3.5%

Sullivan: 3.7%

Monthly Unemployment Rate*
Current
12 Months Ago

Tennessee

Current: 3.6%

12 Months Ago: 3.3%

Sullivan

Current: 3.3%

12 Months Ago: 3.3%

Unemployment Rate*
Tennessee
Sullivan

2015

Tennessee: 5.6%

Sullivan: 5.8%

2016

Tennessee: 4.7%

Sullivan: 5.2%

2017

Tennessee: 3.7%

Sullivan: 4.0%

2018

Tennessee: 3.5%

Sullivan: 3.7%

Unemployment Rate (by percentage)

Sources:
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (December 2018)
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Industries (2019)

Industry
Employment
Establishments
Avg. Annual Wages

Crop and Animal Production

Employment: 18

Establishments: 4

Avg. Annual Wages: $32,911

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

Employment: 40

Establishments: 4

Avg. Annual Wages: $82,393

Utilities

Employment: 96

Establishments: 5

Employment: $125,751

Construction

Employment: 4,784

Establishments: 276

Employment: $55,704

Manufacturing

Employment: 11,216

Establishments: 166

Employment: $113,950

Wholesale Trade

Employment: 2,191

Establishments: 221

Employment: $56,982

Retail Trade

Employment: 8,601

Establishments: 545

Employment: $32,516

Transportation and Warehousing

Employment: 2,419

Establishments: 103

Employment: $72,302

Information

Employment: 807

Establishments: 51

Employment: $59,905

Finance and Insurance

Employment: 1,685

Establishments: 232

Employment: $73,750

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

Employment: 431

Establishments: 111

Employment: $36,814

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Employment: 1,955

Establishments: 308

Employment: $59,035

Management of Companies and Enterprises

Employment: 1,246

Establishments: 31

Employment: $64,253

Administrative, Support, Waste Management and Remediation

Employment: 3,841

Establishments: 174

Employment: $39,814

Educational Services

Employment: 523

Establishments: 24

Employment: $43,471

Health Care and Social Assistance

Employment: 11,576

Establishments: 404

Employment: $64,116

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

Employment: 518

Establishments: 54

Employment: $35,982

Accommodation and Food Services

Employment: 7,035

Establishments: 319

Employment: $18,220

Other Services (except Public Administration)

Employment: 1,908

Establishments: 349

Employment: $32,123

Government

Employment: 7,338

Establishments: 57

Employment: $57,078

Unclassified

Employment: 5

Establishments: 1

Employment: $15,568

Total

Employment: 76,098

Establishments: 3,435

Employment: $45,980

Unique Occupations*
Employment
Location Quotient*

Medical Appliance Technicians

Employment: 121

Location Quotient*: 15.91

Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

Employment: 153

Location Quotient*: 13.62

Environmental Engineering Technicians

Employment: 109

Location Quotient*: 11.38

Farm and Home Management Advisors

Employment: 53

Location Quotient*: 9.98

Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Employment: 91

Location Quotient*: 9.39

Key Cluster
Total Employment

Advanced Materials

225

Aerospace & Defense

199

Appliances & Electrical

121

Automotive

298

Business Services

4,147

Chemicals

881

Distribution & Logistics

4,910

Film, Music & Entertainment

188

Food & Beverage

278

Healthcare & Medical Devices

605

Top Employers

Top County Employers
Estimated Employees
City

Eastman Chemical Company

Est. Employees: 6,800

City: Kingsport

Holston Valley Medical Center

Est. Employees: 1,800

City: Kingsport

Sullivan County Board of Education

Est. Employees: 1,500

City: Blountville

Wellmont Health System

Est. Employees: 1,100

City: Kingsport

Kingsport City Schools

Est. Employees: 1,100

City: Kingsport

County of Sullivan

Est. Employees: 800

City: Blountville

City of Kingsport

Est. Employees: 741

City: Kingsport

Bristol City Schools

Est. Employees: 650

City: Bristol

Indian Path Medical Center

Est. Employees: 585

City: Kingsport

Eastman Credit Union

Est. Employees: 400

City: Kingsport

Transportation & Logistics

Transportation

Nearest Commercial Service Airport

Tri-Cities Regional

Daily Flights At Nearest Commercial Service Airport

22

Nearest General Aviation Airport

Tri-Cities Regional, TN/VA (Bristol/Johnson City/Kinsport)

Runway Length at Nearest General Aviation Airport

8,000'

Mean Travel Time to Work (Minutes)

21.9

Access of Interstate

I-26 & I-81

U.S. Highways

11, 19, 421

State Highways

1, 34, 36, 37, 44, 75, 93, 126, 137, 346, 347, 355, 357, 358, 390, 394, 435

Nearest Port (From County Seat)

Knoxville

Railroads Serving County

CSX, NS

Sources:
Tennessee Department of Transportation
U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 5-Year American Community Survey

Education

General Stats
Sullivan
Tennessee

Population Aged 25-64 With High School Degree Or Higher

Sullivan: 88.70%

Tennessee: 89.50%

Population Aged 25-64 With Associate's Degree Or Higher

Sullivan: 32.70%

Tennessee: 36.70%

Population Aged 25-64 With Bachelor's Degree Or Higher

Sullivan: 23.40%

Tennessee: 28.70%

High School Graduation Rate

Sullivan: 95%

Tennessee: 89%

College Going Rate

Sullivan: 67.10%

Tennessee: 63.40%

Average ACT Score

Sullivan: 21

Tennessee: 20.2

High School Graduation Rate
College Going Rate
Average ACT Score
Sullivan County Schools
Enrollment

Elementary Schools

Enrollment: 4,321

Middle Schools

Enrollment: 2,308

High Schools

Enrollment: 3,140

Bristol Tennessee City Schools
Enrollment

Elemetary Schools

Enrollment: 1,694

Middle Schools

Enrollment: 845

High Schools

Enrollment: 1,356

Kingsport City Schools
Enrollment

Elemetary Schools

Enrollment: 3,295

Middle Schools

Enrollment: 1,656

High Schools

Enrollment: 2,054

Regional Higher Education Institutions
City
Enrollment

Northeast State Community College

City: Blountville

Enrollment: 6,146

King University

City: Bristol

Enrollment: 2,804

East Tennessee State University

City: Johnson City

Enrollment: 14,128

Milligan College

City: Milligan College

Enrollment: 1,195

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Elizabethton

City: Elizabethton

Enrollment: 819

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 1-Year American Community Survey,
U.S. Census Bureau, 2013-2017 5-Year American Community Survey
Tennessee Department of Education (2017-2018)
National Center for Education Statistics (2016-2017)
Tennessee Higher Education Commission

† Regional higher education institutions include those within the selected and surrounding counties.

Health & Public Safety

Doctors

Number of Doctors

666

Overweight & Obesity Prevalence

Adults*

30.1%

Children** (Grade 8)

37.2%

Regional Hospitals
Number of Beds
City

Johnson City Medical Center

Number of Beds: 585

City: Johnson City

Woodridge Psychiatric Hospital

Number of Beds: 585

City: Johnson City

Holston Valley Medical Center

Number of Beds: 505

City: Kingsport

Bristol Regional Medical Center

Number of Beds: 312

City: Bristol

Indian Path Community Hospital

Number of Beds: 239

City: Kingsport

Franklin Woods Community Hospital

Number of Beds: 80

City: Johnson City

Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital

Number of Beds: 50

City: Kingsport

Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital

Number of Beds: 36

City: Johnson City

Select Specialty Hospital - Tri Cities, Inc.

Number of Beds: 33

City: Bristol

Sycamore Shoals Hospital

Number of Beds: 121

City: Elizabethton

Hawkins County Memorial Hospital

Number of Beds: 50

City: Rogersville

Johnson County Community Hospital

Number of Beds: 2

City: Mountain City

Sources:
Tennessee Department of Health (2014)
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (2014)

† Regional hospitals include those within the selected and surrounding counties.

Climate

Climate

Average High Temperature

67.2°F

Average Low Temperature

43.9°F

Average Annual Temperature

55.6°F

Annual Rainfall

41.08"

Elevation (at County Seat)

1,672'

Prevailing Winds

West

Sources:
usclimatedata.com (2015)

Community Information

Bluff City

Population (2013)

1,791

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.25%

City Property Tax Rate

$1.28

Phone Number

(423) 538-7144

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Bristol

Population (2013)

26,705

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.25%

City Property Tax Rate

$2.25

Phone Number

(423) 989-5500

Retire Tennessee Participant

Yes

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

Yes

Johnson City

Population (2013)

64,614

Charter Type

Home Rule

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.25% - 2.75%

City Property Tax Rate

$1.87

Phone Number

(423) 434-6000

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Kingsport

Population (2013)

52,835

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.50% - 2.75%

City Property Tax Rate

$2.0100 - $2.0700

Phone Number

(423) 229-9400

Retire Tennessee Participant

Yes

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

Yes

Additional Community Information

ThreeStar Certified County

Yes

Sources:
Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service
Tennessee Department of Revenue (2015)
Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury (2015)
U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 5-Year American Community Survey

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