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Retirees Flock to Chattanooga

A mild climate, low cost of living, nationally recognized retirement communities, first-class healthcare, and countless recreational activities make Chattanooga a top destination for seniors and a great place to retire.

It’s easy to see why so many of today’s seniors are choosing to put down roots in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 2020, TheStreet named Chattanooga as one of the best places to retire in the nation, and the Scenic City was also listed in U.S. News & World Report’s “The Best Places to Retire in 2021.” These accolades come in addition to past features in Southern Living magazine, Money magazine, and the Kiplinger Letter, which highlight the region’s scenic beauty and low cost of living as reasons seniors should choose Chattanooga.

Averaging 210 sunny days, Chattanooga boasts four seasons and a mild climate perfect for activity year-round. The average annual high temperature is 72 degrees, and the average low temperature is 50.

The area’s low cost of living allows seniors to stretch their retirement dollars further. On a scale where the national cost of living average is 100, Chattanooga maintains an impressive score of 87.6, largely due to the city’s affordable housing. Other financial factors, like low property taxes and no state income taxes, contribute to the attractiveness of Chattanooga as a retirement destination.

House-hunting seniors will find safe neighborhoods and an assortment of living arrangements across the Scenic City. Options range from low-maintenance homes, including riverside bungalows and secluded retreats, to modern condos and budget-friendly apartments. Some properties even grant access to swimming pools, tennis courts, clubhouses, and hiking and biking trails.

Chattanooga’s retirement and senior communities offer independent and assisted living, along with specialized nursing and Alzheimer’s care. From minimal assistance to full-service care, caregivers are trained to meet the needs of residents. Life Care Centers of America and Century Park Associates are both headquartered in Cleveland, Tennessee, while Morning Pointe and Independent Healthcare Properties call Ooltewah home. Each of these organizations has been nationally recognized for its senior care.

Award-winning healthcare is conveniently located close to Chattanooga’s population centers. Health care systems CHI Memorial, Erlanger Health System, Parkridge Health System, Tennova Healthcare, and Hamilton Health Care System offer exceptional care at multiple locations, while Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Chattanooga, and Kindred Hospital provide specialized services to patients.

For those who want to continue their education or learn a new skill, opportunities abound. Classes and workshops are available for students of all ages, with many of the area’s colleges offering specific programs for older adults. Seniors can also take advantage of Chattanooga’s historic sites and museums, volunteer with a local nonprofit, and experience personal or spiritual growth through involvement with a religious organization.

More physically engaging activities are not hard to come by. Seniors seeking an adventurous retirement will enjoy the Scenic City’s greenways, trails, and lakes. More than 50 trailheads can be explored within a half hour of downtown; biking, golfing, fishing, and horseback riding are also among the most popular pursuits for retirees. At just over 16 miles, the Tennessee Riverwalk is a local favorite that provides beautiful scenery without ever leaving the city.

Serving everything from farm-to-table fare to artisanal coffee, Chattanooga’s restaurants and specialty eateries cater to a variety of palates and pockets. These amenities, along with bustling shopping centers and local boutiques, can be accessed by walking, electric shuttle, or biking.

Did you know?

In the second quarter of 2020, Chattanooga’s median home price was $213,500, which is 26.7% below the national average according to the National Association of Realtors.

Retirees Flock to Chattanooga

A mild climate, low cost of living, nationally recognized retirement communities, first-class healthcare, and countless recreational activities make Chattanooga a top destination for seniors and a great place to retire. 

It’s easy to see why so many of today’s seniors are choosing to put down roots in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 2020, TheStreet named Chattanooga as one of the best places to retire in the nation, and the Scenic City was also listed in U.S. News & World Report’s “The Best Places to Retire in 2021.” These accolades come in addition to past features in Southern Living magazine, Money magazine, and the Kiplinger Letter, which highlight the region’s scenic beauty and low cost of living as reasons seniors should choose Chattanooga.

Averaging 210 sunny days, Chattanooga boasts four seasons and a mild climate perfect for activity year-round. The average annual high temperature is 72 degrees, and the average low temperature is 50.

The area’s low cost of living allows seniors to stretch their retirement dollars further. On a scale where the national cost of living average is 100, Chattanooga maintains an impressive score of 87.6, largely due to the city’s affordable housing. Other financial factors, like low property taxes and no state income taxes, contribute to the attractiveness of Chattanooga as a retirement destination.

House-hunting seniors will find safe neighborhoods and an assortment of living arrangements across the Scenic City. Options range from low-maintenance homes, including riverside bungalows and secluded retreats, to modern condos and budget-friendly apartments. Some properties even grant access to swimming pools, tennis courts, clubhouses, and hiking and biking trails. 

Chattanooga’s retirement and senior communities offer independent and assisted living, along with specialized nursing and Alzheimer’s care. From minimal assistance to full-service care, caregivers are trained to meet the needs of residents. Life Care Centers of America and Century Park Associates are both headquartered in Cleveland, Tennessee, while Morning Pointe and Independent Healthcare Properties call Ooltewah home. Each of these organizations has been nationally recognized for its senior care.

Award-winning healthcare is conveniently located close to Chattanooga’s population centers. Health care systems CHI Memorial, Erlanger Health System, Parkridge Health System, Tennova Healthcare, and Hamilton Health Care System offer exceptional care at multiple locations, while Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Chattanooga, and Kindred Hospital provide specialized services to patients.

For those who want to continue their education or learn a new skill, opportunities abound. Classes and workshops are available for students of all ages, with many of the area’s colleges offering specific programs for older adults. Seniors can also take advantage of Chattanooga’s historic sites and museums, volunteer with a local nonprofit, and experience personal or spiritual growth through involvement with a religious organization. 

More physically engaging activities are not hard to come by. Seniors seeking an adventurous retirement will enjoy the Scenic City’s greenways, trails, and lakes. More than 50 trailheads can be explored within a half hour of downtown; biking, golfing, fishing, and horseback riding are also among the most popular pursuits for retirees. At just over 16 miles, the Tennessee Riverwalk is a local favorite that provides beautiful scenery without ever leaving the city.

Serving everything from farm-to-table fare to artisanal coffee, Chattanooga’s restaurants and specialty eateries cater to a variety of palates and pockets. These amenities, along with bustling shopping centers and local boutiques, can be accessed by walking, electric shuttle, or biking.

Did you know?

In the second quarter of 2020, Chattanooga’s median home price was $213,500, which is 26.7% below the national average according to the National Association of Realtors.

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