Community Business Data
Workforce & Education
Demographic profiles for Elizabethton and the Johnson City Metropolitan Area can be found in the table below. For additional or more detail demographic information, please contact us directly at 423-542-1503.
Source: US Census Bureau
The City of Elizabethton funds its own school system for families and students within its city limits. The Elizabethton City School System has a total enrollment of over 2,500 students and one Pre-K facility, three Elementary Schools, one Junior High School, and one High School. Elizabethton High School has a highly competitive athletic program and an award-winning band program. The Composite ACT score of Elizabethton High School graduates also makes the district one of the top 10 highest scoring school districts in Tennessee. Elizabethton High School also offers programs of study in 8 different career clusters -- Agriculture; Food & Natural Resources; Business Management & Administration; Finance; Health Sciences; Hospitality and Tourism; Law, Public Safety, Corrections, & Security; STEM; and Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics.
Elizabethton's Labor Shed consists of a four county area surrounding the city -- Carter, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington Counties.
Workforce Age by Industry
Having skilled and experienced employees is key to the success of every business. In Elizabethton and Carter County, our experienced workforce give us a local competitive advantage in the fabricated metal product manufacturing, general manufacturing, and nursing and residential care facilities industries. This table breaks down the workforce in each industry by age group.
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics
Local Education Program Completion
Having an educated workforce is important. To ensure that our local institutions are providing the appropriate workforce, we have included the number of local completions divided by their programs. The five institutions of higher education less than a 20-minute drive from Elizabethton combined graduated 6,680 students.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics
Elizabethton and Carter County are highly competitive when it comes to labor costs. Labor costs are commonly the most expensive part of any business, but because of Elizabethton's low cost of living, labor costs remain lower here than in other parts of Tennessee and the nation.
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Livability & Taxes
|Cost of Living
Elizabethton is a part of the Johnson City Metropolitan Area and the larger Tri-Cities Combined Statistical Area. A more rural portion of Tennessee allows Elizabethtonians to have a high standard of living at a lower cost while still retaining urban amenities.
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Recognitions and Accolades
Located in the Appalachian Mountain, Elizabethton enjoys mild winters and warms summers. Elizabethton's climate has become very attractive to those looking for a place to locate which is not too hot and not too cold, but still desire the beauty of all four seasons.
Leisure and Recreation
Elizabethton's location on the edge of the Cherokee National Forest give this city access to some of Nature's best recreational opportunities. Within minutes of Elizabethton you can be boating on Watauga or Wilbur Lake, chasing whitewater down the Watauga River on a kayak or raft, fly-fishing below Wilbur Dam, hiking on any of the 150-miles of the Appalachian Trail in Carter County, jumping off of a waterfall, or just enjoying some of the best views in East Tennessee from the Roan Mountain bald.
The City of Elizabethton also operates a full-service Library for residents and the Parks and Recreation Department keep citizens busy all year round with 12 different beautiful parks, a summer concert series, youth baseball leagues, a public community pool, various year-round adult athletic leagues, and other adult and children classes. Golfers can enjoy the one of East Tennessee's premier golf courses, the Elizabethton City Golf Course home to the East Tennessee Amateur golf tournament. Everyone can find something to enjoy!
Elizabethton also boasts a quaint downtown with restaurants and antique and boutique shops that will remind you of your childhood hometown. The city is home to Sycamore Shoals State Park where one of the first written constitutional governments west of the Appalachian Mountains was established in the late 1700s.
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Transportation & Maps
|Highways and Interstates
Elizabethton has two 4-lane US Routes through the city and is a short drive from two major Interstates. US Route 321 is a major east/west route through Elizabethton and Carter County. US Route 321 provides direct access to Interstate 26 from Elizabethton. US Route 19E provides a north/south route through the eastern portion of the city and is a direct route into North Carolina to the south and an indirect route to neighboring Bristol, Tennessee and Interstate 81. Much of the City's industrial property can be found along US Route 19E.
Interstate 26 is a short 15 minute drive west of Elizabethton. Interstate 26 provides additional access to Interstate 81 and Kingsport, Tennessee to the north and North Carolina, the South Carolina Inland Port, and the Port at Charleston to the south. Interstate 81 can also easily be accessed from Elizabethton in 25 minutes via US Route 19E. Interstate 81 provides access to Virginia and the Northeast US market to the north and provides additional access to Interstate 40 to the south.
Access to Markets
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