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About Chattanooga

Welcome to Chattanooga, Tennessee!!

Hunter Museum of American Art Bluff View from North Shore. Courtesy of Chattanooga CVB.

According to the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau, Chattanooga, Tennessee is one of the South’s top travel destinations. In fact, the New York Times named Chattanooga one of the “Top 45 Places to Go" in the world.  Only four U.S. destinations were named and the Scenic City was the only place outside of California. 

And it’s no wonder. Tucked between the mountains of Southeast Tennessee along the beautiful Tennessee River, Chattanooga is one of America’s most breathtaking cities. But that’s just the beginning of what the Scenic City has to offer. There’s a world of outdoor adventure, amazing restaurants, live events, art and world-class attractions waiting for you here.


The following information is adapted from the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce.

Chattanooga sits in a bend of the Tennessee River between Lookout Mountain and Signal Mountain.  The area's breathtaking natural beauty combines with opportunities for outdoor fun and distinct business advantages to make Chattanooga one of the nation's most livable cities. Through a remarkable sense of community spirit and a process of public-private partnership, Chattanoogans have made their home a hub for successful business enterprise, a regional tourism center and a gracious place to live.

Chattanooga is a mid-sized city (336,463 in Hamilton County) that combines the best of large and small. Area residents enjoy the friendly atmosphere, moderate housing cost and easy commuting typically associated with smaller communities, but Chattanooga's cultural and recreational opportunities rival those in much larger metropolitan areas.

1. What are the advantages of living in Chattanooga?

With a metropolitan population of 544,559, Chattanooga blends "Big City" amenities with "Small Town" ease of living. Area residents enjoy the friendly atmosphere, moderate housing costs, and easy commuting typically associated with smaller communities, but Chattanooga's cultural and recreational opportunities rival those in much larger metropolitan areas.

Add to these assets a downtown recently rejuvenated by a $120 million waterfront transformation and the area’s breathtaking natural beauty and you have one of the nation’s most livable cities with much to offer people from all walks of life.

Dubbed the Can-Do Community, Chattanooga has benefited from a remarkable sense of community spirit and a process of public-private partnerships that have transformed the city into a gracious place to live, a regional tourism center and a leader in community redevelopment that has brought Chattanooga recognition in scores of national publications.

Indeed, its achievements over the past two decades earned Chattanooga a Parade Magazine cover story in 1999 and inclusion in an Utne Reader report on the "Ten Most Enlightened Towns in America" - not to mention National Geographic's designation of Chattanooga as one of the smartest cities in the world.

Business Advantages

When international site selection consultants, the Wadley-Donovan Group, completed a recent locational audit of Chattanooga, they identified a number of key strategic reasons for locating businesses in the region. The Wadley-Donovan Group highlighted Chattanooga's location, infrastructure, workforce, institutions of higher learning, water supply, and quality of life. They concluded that Chattanooga is an excellent location for a wide range of businesses including mobile entrepreneurs, distribution and transportation companies, high-end office operations, food processing, and manufacturing.


The Chattanooga Convention and Trade Center is booked by groups who return to the city year after year for a good time and a great facility that has recently been expanded. Public entities and private citizens worked together to build the 20,000-seat Max Finley Stadium completed in 1998.

The city and county have developed an extensive greenway system which includes several miles of constructed riverwalk beginning downtown and meandering through the historic art district and several parks. The city supports a downtown shuttle fleet of zero-emission electric buses, manufactured here in Chattanooga, for commuters and visitors wishing to park-and-ride.

Attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Civil War battlefield sites, and the African-American Museum bring thousands of people to the area, as does the Riverbend Festival, Hunter Museum of American Art, the Creative Discovery Museum for children, and the Southern Writers Conference. Chattanooga is the home of NCAA Division I-AA national football championships and hosts the national softball championships every year.

People who love the out-of-doors use Chattanooga as a base for hang-gliding, bass fishing, mountain climbing and caving expeditions; the verdant Smoky Mountains and Tennessee River watershed support the greatest variety of flora of any area in the United States.

2. What is the population of Chattanooga?

173,778 in the city with a metropolitan population of 544,559. Link to community profile.

3. Where is Chattanooga located?

Chattanooga is located within two to three hours’ drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville and Birmingham.

4. What is the climate?

Average annual temperature is 60.3 degrees. Average annual rainfall is 53.4 inches. Average snowfall is 4.8 inches.

5. What are some Chattanooga landmarks?

Lookout Mountain, The Tennessee Aquarium, The Chattanooga Choo-Choo, The Walnut Street Bridge, Missionary Ridge, the Chattanooga-Chickamauga Civil War Battlefield. Link to other attractions.

6. What are the milestones in Chattanooga’s history?

Link to City of Chattanooga history.

Learn more about Chattanooga Stats and Demographics.

All photography on this page courtesy of the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau.