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

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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)

156,823

Population (2019)

158,163

Population Change (2014-2019)

0.9%

Population Forecast (2040)

157,163

Foreign Born Population

2,593

Foreign Born Persons (Percentage of Population)

1.7%

Language Other Than English Spoken At Home

2.6%

Civilian Veteran Population

12,303

Race (Percentage of Population)

White Alone

94.4%

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

2.2%

Hispanic or Latino

1.9%

Age (Percentage of Population)
Male
Female
Total

Under 5 Years Old

Male: 5.3%

Female: 4.6%

Total: 4.9%

Under 18 Years Old

Male: 20.5%

Female: 18.5%

Total: 19.5%

18-64 Years Old

Male: 60.0%

Female: 58.2%

Total: 59.0%

65 Years and Over

Male: 19.5%

Female: 23.3%

Total: 21.5%

Median Age

Male: 43.4

Female: 46.6

Total: 45.1

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2015-2019 5-Year American Community Survey
U.S. Census Bureau, 2019 Annual Population Estimates
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Tennessee State Data Center (2018)

Housing & Income

Housing & Income

Households

65,896

Homeownership Rate

71.8%

Persons Per Household

2.32

Living In Same House 1 Year & Over

86.3%

Median Home Value

$141,300

Annual Home Sales

2,204

Median Sale Price of Homes Sold

$153,500

Persons In Households With Income Below Poverty Level

15.9%

Total Personal Income

$6,905,572

Personal Income Per Capita

$43,610

County Median Wage

$17.12

Household Income & Benefits
Percent of Household

Less Than $10,000

7.4%

$10,000 to $14,999

6.0%

$15,000 to $24,999

12.6%

$25,000 to $34,999

11.6%

$35,000 to $49,999

15.1%

$50,000 to $74,999

19.0%

$75,000 to $99,999

11.2%

$100,000 to $149,999

10.1%

$150,000 to $199,999

3.7%

$200,000 or More

3.4%

Median Household Income

$46,684

Percentage of Households by Income Range

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2015-2019 5-Year American Community Survey
Tennessee Housing Development Agency (2019)
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (2019)
Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (2020)

Tax Structure

Property Tax

Property Tax Rate (County)

$2.5700

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)

4.60%

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 (2019)
Tennessee
Sullivan

Labor Force

Tennessee: 3,287,422

Sullivan: 69,351

Employment

Tennessee: 3,041,838

Sullivan: 64,370

Unemployment

Tennessee: 245,584

Sullivan: 4,982

Unemployment Rate

Tennessee: 7.5%

Sullivan: 7.2%

Unemployment Rate*
Tennessee
Sullivan

2016

Tennessee: 3.7%

Sullivan: 4.0%

2017

Tennessee: 3.5%

Sullivan: 3.7%

2018

Tennessee: 3.4%

Sullivan: 3.7%

2019

Tennessee: 7.5%

Sullivan: 7.2%

Unemployment Rate (by percentage)

Sources:
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Industries (2020)

Industry
Employment
Establishments
Avg. Annual Wages

Crop and Animal Production

Employment: 14

Establishments: 7

Avg. Annual Wages: $30,620

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

Employment: 46

Establishments: 5

Avg. Annual Wages: $57,188

Utilities

Employment: 103

Establishments: 7

Employment: $96,579

Construction

Employment: 4,210

Establishments: 280

Employment: $48,687

Manufacturing

Employment: 11,295

Establishments: 163

Employment: $82,499

Wholesale Trade

Employment: 1,880

Establishments: 216

Employment: $61,471

Retail Trade

Employment: 8,549

Establishments: 548

Employment: $28,380

Transportation and Warehousing

Employment: 2,326

Establishments: 104

Employment: $54,164

Information

Employment: 716

Establishments: 63

Employment: $54,355

Finance and Insurance

Employment: 1,774

Establishments: 233

Employment: $64,812

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

Employment: 433

Establishments: 120

Employment: $36,722

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Employment: 2,462

Establishments: 330

Employment: $57,234

Management of Companies and Enterprises

Employment: 1,244

Establishments: 31

Employment: $57,688

Administrative, Support, Waste Management and Remediation

Employment: 4,594

Establishments: 181

Employment: $31,884

Educational Services

Employment: 496

Establishments: 25

Employment: $34,974

Health Care and Social Assistance

Employment: 10,733

Establishments: 472

Employment: $57,531

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

Employment: 596

Establishments: 59

Employment: $26,817

Accommodation and Food Services

Employment: 6,752

Establishments: 310

Employment: $16,799

Other Services (except Public Administration)

Employment: 1,753

Establishments: 335

Employment: $31,268

Government

Employment: 7,106

Establishments: 59

Employment: $43,387

Total

Employment: 67,081

Establishments: 3,547

Employment: $49,049

Unique Occupations*
Employment
Location Quotient*

Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

Employment: 1,081

Location Quotient*: 26.5

Chemical Plant and System Operators

Employment: 249

Location Quotient*: 17.54

Watch and Clock Repairers

Employment: 18

Location Quotient*: 15.43

Chemical Technicians

Employment: 416

Location Quotient*: 13.68

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Employment: 32

Location Quotient*: 13.3

Key Cluster
Total Employment

Advanced Materials

345

Aerospace & Defense

173

Appliances & Electrical

96

Automotive

299

Business Services

4,147

Chemicals

7,780

Distribution & Logistics

4,035

Film, Music & Entertainment

10

Food & Beverage

362

Healthcare & Medical Devices

698

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

Teleperformance

Est. Employees: 943

City: Bristol

Sullivan County Government

Est. Employees: 800

City: Blountville

City of Kingsport

Est. Employees: 759

City: Kingsport

Bristol City Schools

Est. Employees: 650

City: Bristol

Home Shopping Network

Est. Employees: 554

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 (2019)

2,062

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 (2019)

26,852

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.25%

City Property Tax Rate

$2.16

Phone Number

(423) 989-5500

Retire Tennessee Participant

Yes

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

Yes

Johnson City

Population (2019)

66,515

Charter Type

Home Rule

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.25%

City Property Tax Rate

$1.95

Phone Number

(423) 434-6000

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Kingsport

Population (2019)

53,376

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.50%

City Property Tax Rate

$2.06

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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