Johnson City

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Civics 62
Demographics 34
Economy 81
Education 77
Health 55
Housing 77
Infrastructure 43

#56. Johnson City, TN

Surrounded by stunning mountains and valleys, Johnson City is an East Tennessee gem.

Johnson City ranks high in the categories of affordable housing as well as education, with East Tennessee State University bringing 16,000 students to the city while Milligan College is just outside the city limits. The economy is strong in healthcare, led by Johnson City Medical Center, and the city is a regional hub for retail shopping centers and independent restaurants for citizens within a four-state area.

Natural beauty makes Johnson City a beloved home base for outdoor enthusiasts, and a low cost of living (and high quality of life) earned the city a spot on our list of the Most Affordable Cities in Tennessee. The city has become an incubator for small businesses and tech startups thanks to entrepreneurial assistance projects like ETSU’s Innovation Lab

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