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For those looking to retire here.... - 1/2/2007
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Bruce
Kokomo, IN

I am also considering retiring to Chattanooga, but not for about 10 years. My wife and I briefly visited there last Septmeber and we were both impressed. We especially enjoyed walking along the river. It is clear that Chattanooga is working hard to maintain and improve the beauty of their city.

For the older couple that posted wanting to know about Chataanooga, I will mention Peachtree City, GA. It is also on my list. It appears that they all get around in golf carts. There is about 75 miles of golf cart paths throughout the city.

Good luck in your search!

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Slide
Birchwood, TN

One of the worst places I've ever lived - 3/8/2014

I have lived in many areas of the USA and been to 22 countries. After moving here from Florida I find this place to be the most narrow-minded backwards place I've see. Religion is over the top and if you plan on having friends forget about it if you're not from here because you will be viewed as an outsider. I can't wait to sell my house and move back to Florida.

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Slide
Birchwood, TN

Worse place for a social life. - 3/8/2014

I moved here from Orlando FL. I had many friends there but here is like a whole new planet. Here the people treat you as an outsider and unless you go to church forget about it, you will never have many friends. I am very friendly and outgoing but this place is not. I have never lived in such a backward place. Sure the outdoor life here is ok if you're into sports. I cannot wait until I can go back to FL and never look back.

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Allan
Taylorsville, NC

Loved Chattanooga - 6/27/2013

We visited Chattanooga last weekend for the first time and found it wonderful. We both admitted we saw the "squeaky clean - tourist side" but found it nothing short of impressive. The riverfront and downtown were overflowing with people and the parks are beautiful. We entered the park's restroom on the North Shore to find it trashed...typical teens....I guessed. Didn't realize there was such a crime/gang problem. I was approached once by a pan-handler for money. He just came out of one of the nicer restaurants and was better dressed than my wife and I. He said, "Spare some change for dinner?" I said, "I was about to ask you the same thing" The bike trails, river activities and tourist trade should leave Chatt thriving for a long time. Hopefully your city fathers/mothers will quit turning a blind eye to the crime and minorities. From what I saw, I could live there. We will visit again..!

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Barbara
Omaha, NE

Moving - 5/22/2013

I plan on moving to Chattanooga around the end of September. I"m on disability. Could you suggest a nice place to live. I was visiting there two weeks ago and just loved it. Thank you

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Kay
Chattanooga, TN

Gangs run the streets of Chattanooga: Beware!! - 3/12/2013

I moved to Chattanooga in 2002. Back then, Chattanooga had a gang problem but it has escalated dramatically in 11 years. Much of it has been attributed to hurricane Katrina, when a large number of those individuals moved here, many of them gang members. We saw an immediate rise in crime in our downtown area. We now have shootings every week, sometimes several times a week, sometimes several days in a row. We have drive-by shootings in which young children playing in their yards or even in their homes are shot. Or innocent people sitting on their porches are shot. We have had three police officers shot, two fatally. Forget about parking your car on the street. It won't last overnight. Not one night without getting broken into in the downtown area. I know. I live downtown. We have home invasions. I had to resort to getting a permit to carry a gun. Finally I decided enough. It's time to leave. My house just sold this week and I got a job out west. This is a beautiful part of the country and Chattanooga was a progressive town with many great features, but because the elected officials let the gangsters take control of the city many of its residents are fleeing. I fear Chattanooga will become what it was back in the 70's and 80's...a ghost town that rolled up the sidewalks at night because the crime then was terrible too. Only now it is worse. So beware to all of you who are considering coming here. The press covers up the truth about the level of crime here in Chattanooga. They fear tourists will stop coming if the truth gets out. But I am here to tell you the truth. If you have to come here for a job and you have no choice, get a house in Ooltewah, Hixson, or Collegedale. It's a commute in, but you and your family will be safe. Don't take any chance on living anywhere near this crime infested mess.

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Paul
Ooltewah, TN

Private schools dominate the culture - 1/19/2013

Chattanooga is a beautiful location, with plentiful outdoor exercise and activity options. We have lived her for almost six years. The one thing we have not been able to adjust to is the predominance of private schools. In a given neighborhood, you might have 10 families with similar-aged children and yet they may be going to 3 or even 4 different private schools. Given that a families social activities are largely influenced by the school's schedule, this often results in a lack of cohesiveness and unity within a given geographic neighborhood. We have struggled to adjust to this dynamic and this prevents us from truly calling Chattanooga "home".

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doc
Chattanooga, TN

Low cost of living, Fast growing economy - 10/9/2012

Cost of living here is 8% under national average, but economy is growing much faster than national average. Great climate too!

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Aleida
Chattanooga, TN

Living in Chattanoga.....? - 10/7/2012

Hi, we are a family of 5 recently moved from the worst place in the world, and I really find Chattanooga especially the East Brainerd area a wonderful place to live, beautiful views, nice city, jobs, friendly people, places to enjoy nature, all the services, good schools, public transportation, shopping, religion, activities; For one thing I could not help but notice that the City of Chattanooga encourages all kinds of family oriented activities...we can have it all! The only negative point I can see and I consider really inconvenient is the fact that two Interstates 75 and 24 run through much of the city which will make commuting very unsafe! Make sure you live as close as possible to your work place to the point of negotiating your priorities. Prices in general do not seem to be out of range, of course not everything is perfect, but what place is it? I have lived in 2 countries, 6 different states and a lot of cities (big and small) in the last 10 years, I really think that If you are looking to race your family in a nice, relatively safe and friendly environment and you are tire of urban jungles and traffic jams Chattanooga is the place!

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Abhd
Hixson, TN

Horrific - 7/10/2012

Chattanooga, TN is the most conservative little place ever. Narrow-minded, racist and judgemental.

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Slide
Birchwood, TN

Crime is awful - 12/17/2011

I moved here from crime ridden central Florida a few years ago. Over those few years the crime has escalated profoundly. I am very thankful to have moved to the county where it isn't bad.

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BRENDA
Phenix City, AL

housing and education - 9/29/2011

I am moving to chatt in April of 2012. I am moving to chatt because there is a lot to do with your family. I live in Phenix City,AL. There is absolutely nothing to do. Just eat and get fat and fatter. You have to go so far to find any kind of entertainment or fun. I need some thrills and action.

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Rose
Nashville, TN

Great city, but terrible for allergy sufferers - 5/16/2011

I have been living here for over a year. It is a great city and the people here are wonderful. The only problem that the city has is poor air quality due in part to high pollen counts. In the spring it is not uncommon to see people in the emergency room with asthma related problems caused by allergens in the air. Prior moving here I had mild allergies; however, after I moved here I have had severe allergies every spring with frequent trips to the emergency room. If you are considering moving here don't forget to take in consideration the air quality. You need clean air to breathe. I found airnow.gov helpful to help me monitor the air quality especially if I plan on spending alot of time outdoors. In addition, I have found pollen.com helpful to monitor the pollen counts.

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Bp
South Pittsburg, TN

There's no place I'd rather be than in Chattanooga - 6/30/2010

I was born and raised north of Chattanooga in Hixson, (which is now in the city limits). After I graduated from Hixson High I went in the Air Force and left Chattanooga. When I left (1979), downtown was seedy. There were many areas/neighborhoods you just didn’t venture after dark, especially in the downtown area. Over the yrs I lived in MS, MI, FL and NV. I've visited and spent time in every state in the Continental US including AK, plus Mexico and Canada. We lived in Las Vegas, NV for 26 yrs and decided it was time to leave that illegal immigrant, crime infested area about 2 yrs ago. We moved to the Chattanooga area in July 2009. I am amazed and so please to see the revitalization of the downtown area. There is so much to do here including many family friendly activities. In the downtown area there is a free admittance Farmer’s market (Chattanooga Market) that features local grown foods and goods from local craftsman and artisans, free concerts in the park (Nightfall), the Tennessee Aquarium, many eateries, including local owned and national franchises. There are shows including concerts, theater production, symphony orchestra and art exhibits. The rich history is intertwined with outdoor recreation in areas such as the Riverwalk (an 8+ mile walking, jogging, bike route from Ross’s Landing downtown to the TVA’s Chickamauga Dam which dams the TN River north of the city. Each year the city is host to a 9-day, 5 stage, 100+ band music festival called Riverbend. Riverbend 2010 saw acts such as Alison Krause, Billy Currington, Darius Rucker and Charlie Daniels. Most places you’d pay $50 per person (or more) to see just one of those acts. Entrance to Riverbend for the whole 9 days, cost $30 and you could see those acts AND some 95+ others for that one admission charge! That’s value for your entertainment dollar!! The city as a whole is friendly, health and green environment minded. The air, water and city as a whole, is cleaner than during my childhood. Housing prices are reasonable for the area, cost of living and wages are a fair match. In the current economic environment, though the region has and is feeling the strain, all things considered the area seems to be fairing well. There really is no place I’d rather live than the Chattanooga area. In my opinion, the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau tag line “Chattanooga – A Great City by Nature!” is true!

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Bp
South Pittsburg, TN

The is no place I'd rather be than in Chattanooga, - 6/30/2010

I was born and raised north of Chattanooga in Hixson, (which is now in the city limits). After I graduated from Hixson High I went in the Air Force and left Chattanooga. When I left (1979), downtown was seedy. There were many areas/neighborhoods you just didn’t venture after dark, especially in the downtown area. Over the yrs I lived in MS, MI, FL and NV. I've visited and spent time in every state in the Continental US including AK, plus Mexico and Canada. We lived in Las Vegas, NV for 26 yrs and decided it was time to leave that illegal immigrant, crime infested area about 2 yrs ago. We moved to the Chattanooga area in July 2009. I am amazed and so please to see the revitalization of the downtown area. There is so much to do here including many family friendly activities. In the downtown area there is a free admittance Farmer’s market (Chattanooga Market) that features local grown foods and goods from local craftsman and artisans, free concerts in the park (Nightfall), the Tennessee Aquarium, many eateries, including local owned and national franchises. There are shows including concerts, theater production, symphony orchestra and art exhibits. The rich history is intertwined with outdoor recreation in areas such as the Riverwalk (an 8+ mile walking, jogging, bike route from Ross’s Landing downtown to the TVA’s Chickamauga Dam which dams the TN River north of the city. Each year the city is host to a 9-day, 5 stage, 100+ band music festival called Riverbend. Riverbend 2010 saw acts such as Alison Krause, Billy Currington, Darius Rucker and Charlie Daniels. Most places you’d pay $50 per person (or more) to see just one of those acts. Entrance to Riverbend for the whole 9 days, cost $30 and you could see those acts AND some 95+ others for that one admission charge! That’s value for your entertainment dollar!! The city as a whole is friendly, health and green environment minded. The air, water and city as a whole, is cleaner than during my childhood. Housing prices are reasonable for the area, cost of living and wages are a fair match. In the current economic environment, though the region has and is feeling the strain, all things considered the area seems to be fairing well. There really is no place I’d rather live than the Chattanooga area. In my opinion, the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau tag line “Chattanooga – A Great City by Nature!” is true!

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Bp
Brookfield, IL

Air quality - 2/11/2010

As far as air quality you can't really complain.I lived in chicago, il for 20 years, its cleaner than most states, water quality is also much better. Thier is actually a noticable difference is how much clean the air, water ect. is from chicago. Now to talk bad about the city because its rated as one of the cleanes cities in the US. Crime in chattanooga is a joke, turn the news on in Chicago they can;t even report it all, PEOPLE say chattanooga is a high crime rate, thats because the news has nothing to report. ie, what news station reports the scores of minor league baseball games, really come on. What crime? As far jobs where should I start the average income,Average male here 34,000 in chi,il 38,000 o Unemployment chat,tn 8.6 chi, il 11.0% Cost of living much lower in fact its crazy when you compare the two, Now schools Chicagp public school(your kid might get killed going here)the worst in the country. So you see Everyone got a point of view. I can be found at garden gallery Hixson,tn

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Michael
Chattanooga, TN

Info not correct - 1/29/2010

In 2008 Chattanooga's population was estimated @ 170,880. According to this website it states 2009 has an estimated population of 169,884. As a resident of Chattanooga I don't see how the population could decline. We've had many new multi unit apt complexes built, many houses, many townhomes/condos, etc.. I don't even know where this population info came from because 2009 isn't even on the Census' website. I'll wait until the end of 2010 to find out the TRUE population which I know will bust 182K people in the city. Maybe even more due to Volkswagen.

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chris
Hixson, TN

hixson - 12/3/2009

Worst school system in Hamilton county

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James
Chattanooga, TN

Best city I've ever been - 9/17/2009

Hello, I moved to Chattanooga TN from Milwaukee WI 7 mo. ago and love this city. It's clean, lower crime rate than I'm use too. The downtown is beautiful and a nice place to vist. Chattanooga is a mid sized city with a small southern town feel I love. It feels very community orintated, I've read some posts about chattanooga with people saying the traffic is bad theres alot of crime and its a dirty city. I'm not sure if there even talking about the right city. In milwaukee there a 100+ murders a year same with Chicago and Detroit, Chattanooga has less that 20. The mountain veiws you can find around the city are great, Some people just dont know how good they have it. I planed on moving around the south and seeing some new things but I think I just might stay. We just bought a puppy and love the dog parks,Lil bbq places that have the best food you can find and the people are freindly.

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Nooga
Chattanooga, TN

Not too big, not to small - just right - 7/3/2009

Chattanooga has come so far in the last few years and the momentum just keeps on going. It is one of the most livable communities I know of and because of the economic development efforts of "the powers that be" we have the VW plant beginning construction which means JOBs. Whatever you want in a community, art, community events, education forums, its here.

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Abhd
Chattanooga, TN

Christian Right - 5/10/2009

There are a lot of great things to say about Chattanooga; climate and cost of living are good. We have found there is too much emphasis on church here, and religion is over the top. You see billboards for doctors with "christian compassion" and prayer enters meetings at my husband's office. It is a bit over the top for us. Most people are Baptist and happy to recruit the non-believers.

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