Livability.com editors named Chattanooga one of the top 100 best places to live.
“Great cities are more than just a check-list of bars, coffee shops and museums. Our goal was to collect the best data available, from the best sources and the best partners to gauge the true measures of livability. Access was important but so were utilization and affordability,” Matt Carmichael, Livability.com editor, said in a prepared statement.
Livability’s list is the result of a months-long study of United States cities and what make them better places to live, work and play.
Market research company Ipsos Public Affairs surveyed residents in order to find out what factors make their communities better places to live. These factors were narrowed down to eight categories that were used to score and rank cities.
The eight categories include economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and healthcare.
Chattanooga scored high in education, amenities, and healthcare, according to the surveys.
The Scenic City has ranked well in other similar surveys in the past couple of years.
For example, last year, Chattanooga was in the running to be named the best outdoor city by Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine.
Earlier this year, Chattanooga was listed No. 1 in the small cities category of the top 30 best cities for young entrepreneurs.
Where to Retire magazine recently featured Chattanooga in the book “America’s 100 Best Places to Retire.”
Chattanooga was also named No. 2 of the best cities for nurse practitioners and the 10th-best city in the United States for surgeons, according to consumer finance website Value Penguin.
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