Photo - East Tennessee State University, Johnson City
Washington County, Tennessee was created in 1777 by Act of North Carolina, and was Tennessee's first organized county. The county is home to Tennessee's oldest town, Jonesborough, and Johnson City, the largest city in Northeast Tennessee. Washington County was named in honor of General George Washington during the Revolutionary War.
Washington County, the fastest growing county east of Knoxville, has a lot going - affordable cost of living, strong cultural heritage, low taxes and a business friendly environment. Washington County is home to East Tennessee State University, which celebrated its centennial in 2010. With its colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health, ETSU has played a major role in developing the top-flight health care services that make Washington County an attractive destination for everyone from retirees to young professionals with families.
Washington County's population of 124,353 ranks 11th in Tennessee and the county has a total area of 330 square miles.