These Are The 10 Best Chattanooga Suburbs For 2019

We analyzed over 18 places around Chattanooga to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Chattanooga suburbs.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Chattanooga are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

If you happen to be a resident of Signal Mountain, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Chattanooga ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Chattanooga for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Chattanooga was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2013-2017) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Chattanooga.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 17 suburbs to evaluate around Chattanooga.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 17 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Chattanooga.” We’re lookin’ at you, Signal Mountain.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Signal Mountain, TN

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Population: 8,507
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $103,139
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
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Signal Mountain is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Chattanooga area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Signal Mountain.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $103,139 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Chattanooga region. And only 5.4% are out of work. Homes average more than $337,800 each.

Collegedale, TN

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Population: 10,902
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $52,931
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 10.3%
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Collegedale is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Chattanooga for 2019.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 11.6% of residents lack insurance, good for 6th best.

Jasper, TN

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Population: 3,312
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $54,524
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 9.5%
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Here in Jasper, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Chattanooga metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Jasper.

East Ridge, TN

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Population: 21,193
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $41,648
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 13.9%
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East Ridge ranks as the 4th best suburb of Chattanooga for 2019.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in East Ridge and the schools are some of the best around.

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Population: 3,139
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $48,469
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 18.3%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Chickamauga.

Chickamauga gets kudos for having the 9th most expensive homes in the Chattanooga area, where houses sell for an average of $128,000. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Red Bank, TN

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Population: 11,744
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $37,640
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 20.0%
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Red Bank is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 4.4% which is 5th best in the area.

According to online reports, Red Bank is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Chattanooga area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Fort Oglethorpe, GA

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Population: 9,690
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $44,327
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 15.2%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Fort Oglethorpe.

Fort Oglethorpe schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 9.1 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Dunlap, TN

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Population: 5,061
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $48,208
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Poverty Rate: 14.0%
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Dunlap is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 6.4% of people lack insurance, good for 2nd in the area.

Cleveland, TN

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Population: 43,496
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $41,570
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Poverty Rate: 22.0%
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It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Ringgold, GA

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Population: 3,565
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Income: $41,500
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Poverty Rate: 19.0%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Ringgold.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Chattanooga ‘Burbs of 2019

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Chattanooga, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Chattanooga Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Signal Mountain 8,507 $103,139
2 Collegedale 10,902 $52,931
3 Jasper 3,312 $54,524
4 East Ridge 21,193 $41,648
5 Chickamauga 3,139 $48,469
6 Red Bank 11,744 $37,640
7 Fort Oglethorpe 9,690 $44,327
8 Dunlap 5,061 $48,208
9 Cleveland 43,496 $41,570
10 Ringgold 3,565 $41,500
11 Trenton 2,090 $28,750
12 Lafayette 7,136 $29,379
13 Dalton 33,540 $39,408
14 South Pittsburg 3,064 $32,300
15 Whitwell 2,237 $30,478
16 Rossville 4,004 $32,791
17 Bridgeport 2,330 $30,852

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One thought on “These Are The 10 Best Chattanooga Suburbs For 2019

  1. Of course by limiting suburbs to 2,000 people or greater you eliminated Lookout Mountain (!,884 population) which has more expensive housing (497,000 vs 325,000 average price), higher income per capita (79,000 vs 53,000) and higher household income (126,000 vs 97,0000. Lookout Mountain also has lower violent crime as well. But keep on cranking out misleading information.

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