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Monday, March 31, 2008 continues to rank Kingsport among lowest costs of living in the U.S.

Kingsport continues to be ranked among the lowest costs of living in the United States by Coupled with a high quality of life, the low cost of living makes Kingsport a very attractive place to live!

Below is a random selection of cities (let me know if you want a specific comparison).

For example, if your annual income in Kingsport is $50,000 per year, you would need $119,100 in San Diego to achieve a comparable lifestyle....or $64,450 in Orlando.....or $63,150 in Asheville....or $53,950 in Roanoke.Even within the region, you'd need nearly $2,000 more per year to live in Johnson City than Kingsport.

Cost of living compared to Kingsport, TN:

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 138.2%
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 125.0%
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 98.7%
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 89.5%
Naples-Marco Island, FL 80.3%
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 75.0%
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, FL 63.2%
Hilton Head Island-Beaufort, SC 55.3%
Brevard, NC 47.4%
Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, FL 44.7%
Georgetown, SC 39.5%
Charlottesville, VA 39.5%
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 38.2%
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 38.2%
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 38.2%
Boone, NC 35.5%
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA 34.2%
Raleigh-Cary, NC 32.9%
Wilmington, NC 31.6%
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 28.9%
Punta Gorda, FL 27.6%
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC 27.6%
Fort Walton-Crestview-Destin, FL 26.3%
Asheville, NC 26.3%
Durham, NC 26.3%
Southern Pines-Pinehurst, NC 25.0%
Richmond, VA 25.0%
Harrisonburg, VA 23.7%
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 22.4%
Jacksonville, FL 22.4%
Atlanta-Sandy Springs, GA 22.4%
Winchester, VA 22.4%
Gainesville, FL 19.7%
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 19.7%
Austin-Round Rock, TX 19.7%
Savannah, GA 18.4%
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC 18.4%
Sevierville, TN 18.4%
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA 15.8%
Nashville, TN 15.8%
Ocala, FL 14.5%
Knoxville, TN 13.2%
Lexington-Fayette, KY 11.8%
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 11.8%
Lynchburg, VA 10.5%
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 9.2%
Louisville, KY 9.2%
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 9.2%
Columbia, SC 7.9%
Greenville, SC 7.9%
Roanoke, VA 7.9%
Cleveland, TN 7.9%
Macon, GA 6.6%
Winston-Salem, NC 6.6%
Richmond-Berea, KY 6.6%
Morristown, TN 6.6%
Chattanooga, TN 6.6%
Crossville, TN 6.6%
Morristown, TN 6.6%
Newport, TN 6.6%
Tullahoma, TN 6.6%
Valdosta, GA 5.3%
Columbus, GA 5.3%
Greensboro-High Point, NC 5.3%
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 5.3%
Bowling Green, KY 5.3%
Columbia, TN 5.3%
Harriman, TN 3.9%
Johnson City, TN 3.9%
Shelbyville, TN 3.9%
Rome, GA 2.6%
Athens, TN 2.6%
Spartanburg, SC 1.3%
San Antonio, TX 1.3%
Lewisburg, TN 1.3%
Memphis, TN 1.3%

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Kingsport is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the Eastern U.S. This city of 50,000 in a metro of 308,000, was planned by renowned American planner John Nolen in his office at Harvard Square. Located in the lush green foothills of the Tennessee Valley, it is surrounded by the Southern Highlands and mountain lakes. Kingsport is home to Marriott’s and thousands of acres of unique, natural amenities at Bays Mountain and Warriors Path Parks. The natural geography provides a temperate, well-balanced climate with four seasons and a natural shelter from extreme weather. Population growth has also been well-balanced, ensuring you will not outgrow your decision to relocate. With no personal property taxes, special assessments, or state income taxes on salaries/wages, you’ll find that Kingsport has a very low cost of living coupled with an exceptionally high quality of life (see for yourself at The regional airport (TRI) has direct flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater with easy access, parking, and virtually no security lines. The public education system was planned by Columbia University and Newsweek has repeatedly recognized the local high school as one of the best in America. Year in and year out our graduates go on to the top colleges and universities (and without costly private school tuition fees). Harvard also recognized Kingsport in 2009 with the Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiative. What are you waiting for? It’s time to leave the high costs, traffic jams, and stress behind and discover this hidden gem.