Chattanooga, TN

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Chattanooga, TN

About Chattanooga, TN

Chattanooga, TN Metropolitan Area: Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains at the crossroads of Tennessee and Georgia—Chattanooga is a beautiful destination filled with exciting attractions such as Lookout Mountain's iconic rock formations; the majestic Ruby Falls and its surrounding forests offering numerous outdoor activities; art galleries displaying local talent; retail centers housing unique items from around the world; plus an array of delectable restaurants serving up authentic southern cuisine. Whether looking for adventure or simply seeking some peace and relaxation—Chattanooga promises to provide something unforgettable for everyone who visits. Mid-sized city - Extreme southeast Tennessee at the Georgia border, along I-75 110 miles north of Atlanta.

State: Tennessee
Metro Area: Chattanooga Metro Area
City: Chattanooga, East Ridge, 31 total
Zip Codes: 37421, 37343, 37363, 37379, 37415, 37412, 37411, 37405, 37377, 37416, 33 total
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Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 665 ft above sea level

The colorfully named Chattanooga is a transportation and historic gateway to the Deep South. It was a zone of contention in the latter stages of the Civil War, and history plays a big role in the city’s conscience. For years it marched on as a non-descript old-South city with areas of urban decay in the old city center, environmental and crime issues. An ambitious downtown redevelopment initiative, just completed with public and private support, has brought a lot of life back into the downtown area, both as a commercial and recreation destination.

The 22-mile Tennessee River waterfront is now a park and features several museums and a nationally noted aquarium. These improvements, the attractive mountain setting, favorable tax climate, and proximity of Atlanta services promise a stronger future. The area is still a bit weak on performing arts and some services, like air service, and there are still some lingering economic and crime issues.

Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley are located between the Cumberland Mountains to the west and the Appalachian Mountains to the east. Local topography is complex with a number of minor valleys and ridges rising as much as 500 feet in the city and 1,200 feet to the north and southwest. The climate is moderate characterized by cool winters and very warm summers. The topography causes weather variations within short distances. The Cumberland Mountains retard the flow of cold air from the north and west, moderating winter temperatures and precipitation. Winter weather is changeable with highly variable snowfall and occasional freezing rain. Spring and fall weather are particularly pleasant. First freeze is early November, last is late March.

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Chattanooga Cost of Living

Revitalized downtown, cost of living, and attractive setting make Chattanooga a great place to live.

-31.1% lower than avg
-18.4% lower than avg
$847 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-35.5% lower than avg
Chattanooga Crime
48.6 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Chattanooga
   Revitalized downtown
Crime rates
   Cost of living
Arts and culture
   Attractive setting
Hot, humid summers
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