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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Chattanooga is a city in Tennessee with a population of 177,365. Chattanooga is in Hamilton County. Living in Chattanooga offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Chattanooga there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many young professionals live in Chattanooga and residents tend to have moderate political views.
About Chattanooga...
Population
177,365

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$160,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$827
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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Chattanooga Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    855.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    18.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    88.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    107.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    603.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,231
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    722.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in Chattanooga

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$43,964
National
$55,322
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Chattanooga Reviews

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Chattanooga became home so quickly when I moved from California. It's a city with hospitality and charm. Not to big and not to small. It has gorgeous views in its downtown area, perfect for a romantic date or a family fun day. Having been to other malls recently, the Hamilton Place mall in Chattanooga truly stands out. Its lively, yet homey. You can find a wide array of options there! There are several universities, which bring a youthful vibe to the city. It's an artsy city. The feel of it is a bliss point between classic and edgy. Would absolutely raise my family here. Outside of downtown Chattanooga, there are peaceful places to settle that are still close to stores. For those who love the thrill of the city, downtown has all the action. For those who like the city, but also prefer the suburb vibe, the area near the mall (Hamilton County - Ooltewah Ringgold Road), is the perfect place to settle down. Ooltewah and Collegedale area is also a little more remote but is still ideal!
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I lived in Chattanooga for one year. Didn’t like it at all. I don’t like all the hills. I like a balance of wide open spaces, and there are none there. The city is scattered all over the place. There’s no order to it. The streets go every which way, including the neighborhoods. I’m used to Illinois and Texas, where there’s a lot of nice subdivisions with sidewalks. There are No subdivisions with sidewalks in Chattanooga. The subdivisions are like the rest of the city, scattered. They’re not subdivisions in the true sense of the word—they’re just areas where there’s houses. That’s not to say that there aren’t nice areas to live. There are, of course! But the layout of the city and the neighborhoods aren’t what I’m used to. Bad place to live if you have hay fever like I do. The positives: the park along the river is nice, with a riverwalk. I also like the shopping mall on Gunbarrel. A lot of good restaurants. There are a couple nice walking parks I enjoyed.
Chattanooga is a great place to live! There are so many amazing activities for visitors to partake in. There are lakes, rivers, hiking trails, and so many more options for an outside activity. During the summer on Fridays nights that have what is called "Night Fall" where it is free to listen to live bands and they have booths for beer and food trucks as well. You can go see baseball and soccer games which are very popular in Chattanooga. There are lots of cool places for children as well, the aquarium, zoo, creative discovery museum, and more! Going to or from downtown between 5 and 6 can take up to an hour and most of the public high school provide poor educations. There are three private schools: GPS, McCallie, and Baylor, that are among the top school in the nation. I would recommend a visit for sure!