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Choose Beauty, History and a Family-friendly Atmosphere

Visitors to our area often fall in love with the community and decide to make it their home. The friendly people combined with a variety of activities and low cost living make Carter County a great location for all ages.

Quick Facts

Area Information

Elizabethton: 9.9 Square Miles
Carter County:
341 Square Miles

Population Stats

Elizabethton: 14,546
Carter County: 56,356
Median Household Income: $40,820

Cost of Living

Property Tax Applied on
25% of Appraised Value
$1.57 per $100 County: $2.03 per $100
Sales Tax: 7%(State) | 2.75% (Local)

*All information based on available 2022 data

Beautiful landscapes

featuring all four seasons

Located in Northeast Tennessee, Carter County experiences four beautiful seasons. Be it the warm summers with abundant outdoor adventures, the scenic views of fall foliage, or the numerous other activities throughout the year, you’ll always find an adventure nearby.

Average Climate: July 85°/58° | January 42°/25°


Care within reach

Sycamore Shoals Hospital, located in Elizabethton, offers services including 24/7 Emergency Department, Accredited Chest Pain Center, Inpatient and Outpatient Surgical Services, Advanced Diagnostic Imaging, Intensive Care Unit, and an Inpatient Geropsych Unit.

Additional healthcare options, including preventative care, are available from providers such as Medical Care, State of Franklin Healthcare Associates and Fast Pace Health.

Education opportunities

k-12 and Higher Education

The Carter County school system is comprised of 14 elementary, middle, and high school campuses, with Elizabethton City Schools providing an additional 6 schools.

Milligan University, a Christian liberal arts college, offers more than 100 majors, minors, professional degrees and concentrations, along with graduate and adult completion programs. For more information, visit

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology is the premier workforce development training provider for Northeast Tennessee.
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East Tennessee State University and Northeast State Community College also have campuses and facilities located in Elizabethton.


more for your investment

Ranked by data such as climate, tax rates, cost of living and access to health care, Tennessee has a cost of living 9.6% below the national average.

Our state and local tax burden is the third lowest in the nation, with residents enjoying no income tax except on interest and dividends. State sales tax is 7% and 4% for food.

Property taxes are locally determined and collected. Tennessee has no state property tax. 

community resources

Looking for more details on what makes Carter County a great place to be?
Check out some of our community offices and organizations.