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Business

  • Washington County is the first county in northeast Tennessee to receive a Gold rating in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Valley Sustainable Communities program.
  • The state of Tennessee was named the State of the Year for Economic Growth by Business Facilities Magazine, 2014.
  • The state of Tennessee ranked 2nd in Best Infrastructure by Business Facilities Magazine, 2014.
  • The state of Tennessee ranked 2nd in Automotive Manufacturing Strength by Business Facilities Magazine, 2014.
  • The state of Tennessee ranked 4th in Best Business Climate by Business Facilities Magazine, 2014.
  • The state of Tennessee ranked 7th in Employment Recovery Leaders by Business Facilities Magazine, 2014.
  • The state of Tennessee ranked 3rd in Best States for Business by Chief Executive, 2014.
  • The he state of Tennessee was named the State of the Year for Economic Growth by Business Facilities Magazine, 2013.
  • The state of Tennessee ranked 4th in Best States for Business by Chief Executive, 2013.
  • The state of Tennessee ranked 15th in Best States for Business by Forbes, 2013.
  • The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at East Tennessee State University assisted clients in generating over $11.1 million in new capital for start-up and expansion in 2012.
  • Ranked 14th out of 150 in the Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes, June 2012.
  • Ranked the 28th Best Small Place for Business and Careers by Forbes, July 2011.
  • Ranked 35th Best Small Place for Business and Careers by Forbes, April 2010.

Education

  • The state of Tennessee ranked 1st in Education: Race to the Top Leaders by Business Facilities Magazine, 2014.
  • East Tennessee State University has been ranked a Military Friendly School for five consecutive years, from 2009 - 2013.
  • East Tennessee State University has been listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for eight consecutive years—from 2006 through 2013.
  • Washington County Schools ranked 27th out of 84 in high school graduation rates for the 2011-2012 school year by the Tennessee Education Association.
  • Johnson City Schools ranked 39th out of 84 in high school graduation rates for the 2011-2012 school year by the Tennessee Education Association.
  • The East Tennessee State University College of Public Health was the first accredited school of public health in Tennessee, accredited in 2007.

Living

  • Jonesborough, Tennessee was named one of the 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Tennessee by The Culture Trip, May 2015.
  • Johnson City, Tennessee was named the 4th Best Town to Live in Tennessee by Niche, May 2015.
  • Main Street in Jonesborough, Tennessee was named one of the 10 Best: Prettiest Southern Streets for a Stroll by USA Today Travel, November 2014.
  • Johnson City ranked 5th in the "Best Cities to Live in Tennessee" list by CreditDonkey, October 2014.
  • Johnson City ranked 8th in the "Best Cities to Retire in Tennessee" list by CreditDonkey, September 2014.
  • Johnson City ranked 5th in the "10 Most Exciting Places in Tennessee" list by Movoto, July 2014.
  • Johnson City ranked 10th in the "Cities on the Rise in Tennessee" list by NerdWallet, June 2014.
  • The Johnson City MSA ranked 9th out of 351 in the National Association of Home Builder’s First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), which tracks the recovery in housing markets, two years in a row,from 2013 - 2014.
  • Johnson City ranked 9th in the "Best Towns in Tennessee for Young Families" list by NerdWallet, August 2013.
  • Ranked 23rd Most Affordable Place to Live in the United States by CNN Money, August 2012.
  • Ranked 5th least expensive metro area, at 86.6 % of the national average by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, July 2012.
  • Placed in the Top 10 United States metro areas with the greatest 5-year gain in real estate values, according to Zillow, September 2011.
  • Tennessee ranked 3rd in the Mercatus Center’s Freedom in the 50 States ranking, which takes into account fiscal, regulatory, and personal freedoms, in 2011.
  • Ranked 5th out of 10 most affordable metro areas in the United States by Kiplinger, August 2010.
  • Ranked 1st for most affordable small metro areas in the United States by Kiplinger, August 2010.
  • Placed in the top 3 Tennessee cities that are the best place to raise your kids by Business Week two years in a row, from 2009 - 2010.