Did you know that Chattanooga is one of the most popular towns in the United States to live, retire, vacation, or even staycation?
Well, we have a lot to share, and it is now available in the most beautiful and complete online resource and glossy magazine for families planning to relocate to the Chattanooga area, guests planning to travel to our wonderful city, and residents planning weekends or time together in the Scenic City.
This website – ChooseChatt.com – covers everything from business and technology to banking, home services, education, real estate, healthcare, retirement and senior care, shopping, family fun, annual events, dining, outdoor adventures, and more! Plus, it offers easy access to search specific locations for all of the above – from public, charter, and private schools to 20 different neighborhoods, local restaurants, healthcare facilities, annual events, and outdoor activities.
Complementing the website, Choose Chattanooga® – Chattanooga Resource and Relocation Guide® is published annually in January. This high-quality, glossy magazine provides much of what is offered on the website, along with beautiful photography and images that capture the wonderful aspects of our beautiful city and surrounding areas.
Here is a quick glimpse of what you can learn:
Chattanooga has been making regional and national headlines for its business-friendly environment. Business Facilities magazine recognized the state of Tennessee in 2020 as having the third-best business climate in the country. Also in 2020, Inc. magazine noted Chattanooga as one of the top cities in the United States to start a business. Complementing this recognition, Zillow ranked Chattanooga as the best city for remote workers due to its affordable housing and fast internet speeds.
Best Town Ever
In addition to its acclaim for economic gains, Chattanooga was twice voted “Best Town Ever” by Outside magazine. Multiple publications and news sites have recognized the Chattanooga area as one of the top places to live or retire. In 2019, Livability ranked Chattanooga among its top places to live. Most recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked our area among the “Best Places to Live and to Retire in the U.S.”
Affordable, Wonderful Lifestyle
The cost of living in Tennessee is among the lowest in the country due to low property taxes, no state income taxes, and affordable housing. The median home price in Chattanooga is 26% lower than the average home cost across the United States, and in 2020, Realtor.com ranked Chattanooga among the top five real estate markets for affordable housing and quality of life. Residents also enjoy exceptional healthcare, award-winning senior care centers, a flourishing arts scene, sophisticated shopping centers, and dining options for all.
Outdoor Recreation Second to None
The City of Chattanooga maintains 35 miles of greenways and trails including the 16-mile Riverwalk, which ropes along the Tennessee River and provides scenic views for walkers, joggers, bikers, and family picnics. More than 50 trailheads can be accessed within a half-hour drive from downtown. Six state parks collectively offer 50,000 acres of mountains, streams, rivers, caves, and canyons. Chickamauga and Nickajack Lakes are favorites for fishing and boating.
Top Spot for Vacations or Staycations
As the Scenic City continues to welcome visitors from near and far, it has consistently been highlighted on top travel sites such as Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler. The city made Forbes’ list of “The 43 Cheapest Places to Travel in 2020,” and U.S. News & World Report named Chattanooga one of the “12 Best Places to Visit in Tennessee” for its rich history, incredible views, and kid-friendly attractions. One of Chattanooga’s most noteworthy attractions, the Tennessee Aquarium recently ranked fifth on USA Today’s list of top aquariums in the nation. Its River Journey and Ocean Journey buildings are home to more than 12,000 animals, including penguins, sharks, and the largest collection of freshwater turtles in North America.
With festivals and events for every season, the fun in Chattanooga never ends. Chattanooga blossoms in the spring with seasonal festivals such as Rock City’s Southern Blooms Festival, Shamrock City, and EarthDayz. During the summer months, visitors and locals alike take advantage of live music at Riverfront Nights at Ross’s Landing, Nightfall Concert Series at Miller Plaza, and Chattanooga Symphony & Opera’s Pops on the River. As the Scenic City is painted with the vibrant colors of fall, IRONMAN is held in September. Visitors and guests look forward to Oktoberfest celebrations hosted by Rock City and the Chattanooga Market each year. The Tennessee Aquarium transforms into the Aqua-Scarium for Halloween, and Ruby Falls’ Dread Hollow offers its share of frightening fun. During the holiday season, the Scenic City becomes a glittering wonderland with events like Tennessee Valley Railroad’s North Pole Limited, Ruby Falls’ Christmas Underground, Tennessee Aquarium’s Holidays Under the Peaks, Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights, and the Chattanooga Zoo’s Holiday Lights.
Famous Southern Hospitality
Adding to the allure of Chattanooga is its famous Southern hospitality. Numerous dining spots throughout the city have been honored in Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards, and other area establishments have been featured on Travel + Leisure’s 100 “Best Restaurants Worth Splurging on in the United States” and Garden & Gun’s “Best New Bars in the South.” With other accolades including OpenTable’s 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America and a nomination for USA Today’s Best New Craft Distillery, the Scenic City impresses even the most discerning foodie.