Johnson City MSA adds population – Kingsport-Bristol declines


The Tri-Cities’ population grew by 912  April 1, 2010 – July 1, 2014  due to  growth in the three-county Johnson City MSA negating losses in the four-county Kingsport-Bristol MSA. The growth was driven by migration to the region since the death rates in both regions is greater than the birth rate.

Census Bureau population data show the Johnson City area grew by 2,375 people while Kingsport-Bristol lost 1,463.

During the period the natural population count (deaths vs. births) shows the Johnson City MSA decreased by 441 and Kingsport-Bristol decreased by 2,939.

Here’s how the three population components for the two areas stacks up in the new data:

Johnson City MSA

Births – 8,758.

Deaths – 9,199.

Migration – 2,792.


Births – 12,900.

Deaths – 15,839.

Migration – 1,689.

The shorter term July 2013 – July 2014 population comparison shows a similar pattern.

Johnson City MSA

Total population change – up 122.

National growth – down 103.

Births – 2,506.

Deaths – 2,159.

Migration – 287.


Total population change – down 277.

Natural growth – down 540.

Births – 3,077.

Deaths – 3,167.

Migration – 460.


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