What Makes Chattanooga
One of the Best Retirement
Destinations? by K.C. Dermody
If you don’t plan on having fun in your retirement—Chattanooga probably isn’t for you. But, if you’re
looking for an affordable, thriving and adventurous location, Chattanooga might just be the right fit.
This low-cost, friendly southern city along the Tennessee River was proclaimed “The Best Town Ever,” by
Outside magazine, upsetting a few who already live there by
divulging their secret hideout surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains. CNNMoney.com should also take some
responsibility having called Chattanooga one of the most
affordable places to retire.
costs with affordable homes and low taxes. Couples can retire here for a fraction of what it might cost in coastal areas
or in the northeast. With no state income tax in Tennessee,
you’ll give less of your hard earned money to Uncle Sam
which can help your nest egg last much longer.
The median home cost here is just $106,000 with the
cost of living 8% lower than the U.S. average.
What makes Chattanooga so
desirable for retirees?
As CNNMoney.com and others have noted, including
Where to Retire, Chattanooga offers below-average living
Chattanooga is home to Erlanger and Memorial Hospitals, both Top 100 Hospitals that provide award-winning
medical care in addition to offering frequent wellness classes
in the community. Erlanger Hospital is a level-one trauma
center for adults, providing care for citizens throughout