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Uniquely situated on the Tennessee and Virginia state line, Bristol is in the middle of the nation’s distribution chain – and within a day’s drive of more than 70 percent of the U.S. population. The city is part of the Tri-Cities metropolitan area that includes Kingsport and Johnson City, Tenn. – boasting a regional population base of approximately 450,000 people.
Bristol provides the essential facilitators for economic growth: accessibility, well-organized transportation, state-of-the-art broadband capability and a trained workforce. The area is served by more than 50 motor freight carriers, two railroads and Tri-Cities Regional Airport, which offers outstanding jet and air carrier service less than 15 miles away. Bristol’s central location and excellent transportation connections make it the center of the five-state area that encompasses Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and West Virginia.
Interstate 81 ties Bristol to important population centers such as Knoxville, Tenn.; Roanoke, Va.; and Asheville, N.C. – all within 150 miles. Interstate highways 26, 77 and 40 connect with I-81 within 75 miles of Bristol.