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Kingsport, Tennessee - Basic Facts

The City of Kingsport had a population of 53,106 as of July 1, 2016. Kingsport ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Tennessee. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Kingsport is located at latitude 36.5199 and longitude -82.5446 in Sullivan County. The formal boundaries for the City of Kingsport (see map below) encompass a land area of 53.2 sq. miles and a water area of 0.93 sq. miles. Sullivan County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,211 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Kingsport are located in Sullivan County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Hawkins County.

The City of Kingsport (GNIS ID: 2404835) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Kingsport is located within Commissioner District 8, a minor civil division (MCD) of Sullivan County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Kingsport population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Kingsport: Boat Yard, Boatyard, Christiansville, Island Flats, Kings Port, Peace Island.

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Kingsport, TN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 53,106
Population in Households 52,272
Population in Familes 41,097
Population in Group Qrtrs 834
Population Density1 998
Diversity Index2 21


Total Households 23,199
Average Household Size 2.25
Family Households 14,385
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 26,081 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,229 (54.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 8,970 (34.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,882 (11.1%)
Median Home Value $140,366
Average Home Value $175,492


Median Household Income $38,325
Average Household Income $56,432
Per Capita Income $25,082
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.2% 0.18%
Households 0.1% 0.12%
Families 0.0% -0.01%
Median Household Income   0.87%
Per Capita Income   1.61%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Kingsport, TN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Kingsport to the other 427 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Tennessee by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 12 97th
Population Density1 # 76 82nd
Diversity Index2 # 182 58th
Median Household Income # 210 51st
Per Capita Income # 88 80th

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