Communities / Johnson City, Tennessee

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Johnson City, Tennessee

multi • southeast, USA

Enjoy history, food, music, art, and more in downtown Johnson City. Photo credit: Nolichuckyjake / Shutterstock.com
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About Johnson City

Nestled along the Appalachian Mountains in eastern Tennessee, Johnson City is a diverse and welcoming community full of big-city amenities and small-town southern charm. Learn about the city’s role in railway history at the Clinchfield Railroad Museum, or explore an active fossil dig site at the Hands On! Discovery Center. Grab your bike and take in some fresh air and stunning views with 40 acres of wooded trails at the Tannery Knobs Mountain Bike Park. Shop for unique treasures at Nest Interiors and Gifts, or find fresh local produce, baked goods, and crafts at the Johnson City Farmer’s Market. Enjoy the diversity of the local restaurant scene, from the funky, eclectic menu at Cootie Brown’s to comfort-food classics at Maple Street Biscuit Company, then top it off with a sweet treat from Cakebuds, voted one of the Best 10 Bake Shops in Tennessee. Catch a show at the Johnson City Community Theater, listen to live music at Capone’s or The Hideaway, then enjoy a local brew at Johnson City Brewing or a craft cocktail at Windsor Speakeasy. Residents celebrate food, culture, and community with unique annual festivals like the Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza, the Blue Plum Festival, and the Umoja Unity Festival. Located less than 20 miles north of Johnson City, Tri-Cities Airport offers direct flights to Charlotte, Atlanta, Dallas, and more.

Population

71,046

Internet Speed Rating

1000 Mbps

Closest Airport

Tri-Cities Airport • 15 mi

Weather (High/Low)

84 / 28

Median Home Value (3BR, 2BA)

$231,115

FUN FACT


Full of secret alleyways, abandoned speakeasies, and underground passages, downtown Johnson City was a popular scene for crime bosses in the Roaring 1920s, including legendary Al Capone. The city’s shady past earned it the nickname “Little Chicago,” which locals celebrate with pride during the annual Little Chicago Festival in August.
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