Does the sound of living in a city known as “The Scenic City” appeal to you? The beautiful city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is a bustling community with a population of 177,000, making it the fourth largest city in the state. Located along the banks of the Tennessee River, at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, residents enjoy the natural beauty of Chattanooga on kayak routes and on the miles of climbing, hiking and biking trails.
The name “Chattanooga” comes from the Creek Indian word for “rock coming to a point,” a phrase used to describe Lookout Mountain, which begins in Chattanooga, where it provides a breathtaking view of the city, and stretches 88 miles through Alabama and Georgia.
In 1941 Chattanooga gained international fame for the song “Chattanooga Choo Choo” by Glenn Miller and his orchestra. Also known as the “Gig City,” Chattanooga was the first in the nation to offer gigabit internet speeds.
Chattanooga has a diversified business profile with a strong presence in iron and steel, technology, finance and tourism. The city is also the headquarters for the Division of Power of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the largest utility in the United States.
You will quickly realize why the New York Times recently named Chattanooga one of the "top 45 places to go" in the world. Besides the outdoor beauty, residents love Chattanooga’s small-town feel, local restaurants and lively arts and cultural scene. Chattanooga has heavily invested in the Waterfront Project, with a new pier, waterfront parks, dining and shopping. The 10-mile Chattanooga Riverwalk winds through the downtown area, and a section of the path marks the beginning of the Trail of Tears, which honors Native American culture. Chattanooga is home to several top-notch museums, an interactive zoo and a world-renowned educational aquarium. Perched on a hill with breathtaking river views is the Art District, where you will find unique boutiques, galleries and quaint eateries, all within easy access to downtown Chattanooga.
The Gig City is home to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Chattanooga State Community College.
The median home value in Chattanooga is $140,900. The popular North Shore neighborhood in Chattanooga is near the river and has lots of shopping and dining options. Chattanooga’s Riverview neighborhood, also on the Tennessee River, has bike paths, restaurants and a nearby golf course.
If you take a look at the scenic city of Chattanooga, you will see firsthand what all the buzz is about!