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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    C+
Signal Mountain is a suburb of Chattanooga with a population of 8,523. Signal Mountain is in Hamilton County and is one of the best places to live in Tennessee. Living in Signal Mountain offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many retirees live in Signal Mountain and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Signal Mountain are above average.
About Signal Mountain...
Population
8,523

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$347,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,713
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    17%
  • Own
    83%
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Signal Mountain Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    69.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    69.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    290.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    69.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    7%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    32%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    39%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    7%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    1%
    13%

Working in Signal Mountain

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$104,933
National
$55,322
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Don’t move here from out of state! Signal Mountain is a great place to live and go to school compared to the choices off the mountain, but the city of signal Mountain and the schools are not even comparable to others in the country. You will spend so much more money for crap housing and crap schools here then other cities in the country. There is nothing on the mountain. You will have to drive 30-45 min away just to get somewhere decent to eat. Most people are snobby rich white people who think they are better then everyone else. Even the kids are stuck up with their schedules sporting events and play dates. Oh, btw, the allergies are horrific. I wish I had seen a review like this before I moved here. Most people here think it’s great because they haven’t ever lived anywhere else to know the difference. So don’t listen to the locals.
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Signal Mountain has a strong sense of community but can be exclusive. There is a fair amount of ignorance, and it lacks diversity. It is a generally conservative town. It is a good location, however, as the mountain has many hiking trails, fun restaurants, and is a short drive from Chattanooga. The mountain has three banks (First Tennessee, Regions, and SunTrust), an Ace Hardware, and the local grocery store, Pruett's, is fantastic. The public education offers relatively strong academics, with some of their students going on to Ivy League Colleges. The teachers at the schools genuinely care about their students, and many excel in the classroom. Signal Mountain is a very safe place, but the police can be very strict, especially in terms of traffic laws (be careful not to speed!).
I've lived on Signal for my entire life, and now that I'm at the age to begin thinking about college, I'm ready to leave. It's a fine place to live at a young age: the neighborhoods are very safe and crime is almost non-existent, parents are very involved in the school system, and plenty of young families have moved to the community. However, Signal is very much a small town, and it can be suffocating for a young adult looking to experience the world to live in. Since the price of living is so high, there is a distinct lack of diversity in both race and social class, making it difficult for young adults and adults alike to broaden their perspectives.