2020 // Settle Down in the Scenic City

With each passing year, Chattanooga gives its residents another reason to stay in the Scenic City and those who don’t reside here a reason to visit. With a bustling economy, plentiful recreation options, and an affordable cost of living, Chattanooga gives families and men and women of all ages another reason to choose the Scenic City for their home.

With an ever-growing list of accolades from publishing greats such as The New York Times, Southern Living, and Garden & Gun, Chattanooga is doing its part to uphold an exceptional standard of living. Livability ranks Chattanooga in its “2019 Top 100 Best Places to Live” and the third-best place to put down roots if you love to take road trips. Chattanooga was twice voted “Best Town Ever” by Outside magazine, and the city is also a mecca for affordable living.

As might be expected, demand for Scenic City real estate isn’t showing signs of slowing down. In 2019, Chattanooga was recognized by Realtor.com for its white-hot housing market, while website Clever Real Estate ranked the city as No. 19 in the United States for millennials to buy a home.

Regardless of why residents decide to settle down in the Scenic City, there are options that suit a variety of budgets and tastes. The downtown area offers bustling neighborhoods, condominiums, townhomes, and even single-family homes, while surrounding areas offer one-of-a-kind views and expansive lots.

Part of the city’s allure is its cost of living, which is lower than the national average due, in part, to low property taxes, no state income taxes, and affordable housing. According to Kiplinger, a finance and business forecasting company, Tennessee as a whole holds the fifth-lowest cost of living in the United States, averaging approximately 12% less than the national average.

Resting at the intersection of Interstates 75 and 24, Chattanooga boasts an ideal location. Residents have easy access to medical care, sought-after employers, quality schools, and the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport’s direct flights to reach destinations across the United States. Major hubs like Nashville, Knoxville, Atlanta, and Birmingham are just a two-hour drive away.

Notable hospitals such as CHI Memorial, Erlanger Health System, Parkridge Health System, and Tennova Healthcare – Cleveland are a short drive from most residences. Additional medical facilities and dental care organizations are available throughout the city, making self-care easily accessible.

Along with an impressive lineup of medical facilities are the institutions that help staff them. Local colleges and universities offer associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees and boast a student population of anywhere from a few thousand to over 10,000. In addition to magnet, charter, and alternative public schools, roughly 30 private schools serve the area, and some even rank nationally as the best of the best.

Perhaps one of the greatest contributors to the bourgeoning boom of the Scenic City is the favorable business climate, especially for the tech industry. At 10 gigs per second, Chattanooga boasts the fastest internet in the Western Hemisphere, and the city is home to the third-largest business incubator in the nation, which features over 127,000 square feet of startup support.

A thriving arts community consisting of local painters, sculptors, and performers rounds out what makes Chattanooga so special. Here, concerts and seasonal festivals are commonplace, while an evolving food and drink scene adds to the high quality of life in the city. More than 35 miles of greenways and trails are available for residents and visitors to take advantage of, and the surrounding area offers over 50,000 acres of national and state parks just waiting to be explored.


Did You Know?

Chattanooga’s own typeface, called Chatype, was developed by Jeremy Dooley and Robbie de Villiers in 2012. The one-of-a-kind font is available to be used freely by city government, business owners, and residents of the Scenic City.