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March 12, 2019
Need to Convince Someone to Retire to the Scenic City? 
Need to Convince Someone to Retire to the Scenic City? 

Chattanooga has been favorably ranked on a lot of lists lately. Whether it’s Lonely Planet telling readers we are a “US Destination You Need to See” or CNBC calling Chattanooga one of the “Best Cities for Start Ups,” these flattering lists are fun to see. But, how does Chattanooga compare as a place to spend your golden years? Is Chattanooga a good place to retire?


According to Southern Living, Kiplinger, Livability and others, the answer is a resounding Y-E-S. Aside from the comparably lower cost of living and no state income tax, Chattanooga  has something for every retiree.


Southern Living ranked Chattanooga #9 of 17 on a list of the Best Places to Retire in the South. They highlight the multiplicity of Chattanooga saying, “Can’t decide between living near the mountains or the water? Chattanooga won’t make you choose; gorgeous mountains beckon and the Tennessee River flows directly through downtown.” In addition to your choice of geographic features, Southern Living highlights Chattanooga's easy lure for grandchildren with many options like the Tennessee Aquarium and Creative Discovery Museum to enjoy. 


Kiplinger Magazine lauds the access to healthcare in Chattanooga with choices likes Erlanger Health System, CHI Memorial and Parkridge Medical Center. Likewise, they highlight our proximity to Atlanta and Nashville in case there are medical needs that must be treated by specialists only in major markets. Plus, the Chattanooga Airport along with relatively quick access to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport can get you to all the places you would like to go in retirement.


Last, references Chattanooga’s relatively low property taxes along with a median home value of $150,000 averaging a monthly mortgage of $1,200 as part of its ranking the Scenic City as #4 in their Top 10 List of Places to Retire in 2018.


In this Psychology Today article, Dr. Lawrence Samuel, an American cultural historian, highlights how those reaching retirement age now are moving away from the aging in place retirement of past generations and looking at retirement as a life period of new opportunities like “going back to school, starting new relationships, exploring their creativity, taking new spiritual paths, embarking on 'encore' careers, forming new communities, fighting for causes in which they believe” and more.


Whatever you or a loved one may be considering for your life’s third act, Chattanooga is a great choice for a retirement home base.









Photo from River City Company's 2018 Explore Downtown Living Tour