The city, which has a downtown elevation of approximately 680 feet, lies at the transition between the ridge-and-valley portion of the Appalachian Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau. The city is therefore surrounded by various mountains and ridges. The official nickname for Chattanooga is the Scenic City.
Chattanooga is ranked 8th out of Americas 100 largest metro areas for the best "Bang For Your Buck" city according to Forbes magazine. The study measured overall affordability, housing rates, and more.
Chattanooga's economy includes a diversified and growing mix of manufacturing and service industries. Notable Chattanooga businesses include Access America Transport, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, CBL & Associates, The Chattanooga Bakery, Chattem, the world's first Coca-Cola bottling plant, Coker Tire, Coptix, Chattanooga Clothing Company, Covenant Transport, Double Cola, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Group, Krystal, Litespeed, Miller & Martin, National Model Railroad Association, Olan Mills, Inc., Republic Parking System, Retro Television Network (RTN), Rock/Creek, Tricycle Inc., and Unum. The city also hosts large branch offices of Cigna, AT&T, T-Mobile USA and UBS. McKee Foods Corporation, maker of Little Debbie brand snack cakes, is a privately held, family-run company headquartered in nearby Collegedale, Tennessee.
Chattanooga is home to the Hunter Museum of American Art, a well known art museum. As the birthplace of the tow truck, Chattanooga is the home of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum. Another transportation icon, the passenger train, can be found at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, or called TVRM by locals, which is the largest operating historic railroad in the South. Other notable museums include the Chattanooga Regional History Museum, the National Medal of Honor Museum, the Houston Museum, the Chattanooga African American Museum, and the Creative Discovery Museum.
Festivals and events: Chattanooga hosts the Riverbend Festival, an annual nine-day music festival held in June in the downtown area. One of the most popular events is the "Bessie Smith Strut", a one-night showcase of blues and jazz music named for the city's most noted blues singer. The annual "Southern Brewer's Festival" and the "River Roast" festival celebrate such traditional Southern staples as beer and barbecue.
"Nightfall" is the free weekly concert series in Miller Plaza on Friday nights that continues to bring an eclectic mix of rock, blues, jazz, reggae, zydeco, funk, bluegrass, and folk to downtown Chattanooga from Memorial Day until the end of September. The Chattanooga Market features events all year round as part of the "Sunday at the Southside", including an Oktoberfest in mid-October.
The median income for a household in the city was $32,006, and the median income for a family was $41,318.
Chattanooga, as with much of Tennessee, has a four-season humid subtropical climate. Winter days are usually mild but there are several days per annum where conditions stay at or below freezing all day. Snow is not common and the 1971–2000 snowfall seasonal median has been 0.6 inches. Summer are hot and humid, with a July daily mean of 79.6 °F and 46 days annually with 90 °F or greater temperatures.
Chattanooga, TN Radio Stations
WDEF 92.3 FM Chattanooga, TN Adult Contemporary
W224AZ (WPLZ) 92.7 FM Chattanooga, TN News/Talk
WDOD 96.5 FM Chattanooga, TN Top-40
W290BG (WAYB) 105.9 FM Chattanooga, TN Gospel Music
WDEF 1370 AM Chattanooga, TN Sports
WNOO 1260 AM – Urban gospel and Motown
WMPZ 93.5 FM – Urban oldies / Groove 93
WJTT 94.3 FM – Urban contemporary / Power 94
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BEAUTY CARE - BLACK HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL
Extensions, Etc. - Category: Black Hair Salons - 3529 Brainerd Road Suite 3
Chattanooga, TN (423) 629-2066
Jagged Edge Salon - Category: Black Hair Salons - Licensed and experienced multicultural hair care practitioner. - 3913 Brainerd Road, Suite 118 - Chattanooga, TN (423) 622-3870 - (visit website)
Marcy's Hair Show - Category: Black Hair Salons - 6466 E. Brainerd Road
Suite 8 - Chattanooga, TN (423) 855-1123
So Fine Hair Salon - Category: Black Hair Salons - 1516 Dodson Avenue -
Chattanooga, TN (423) 316-0426
BLACK BUSINESSES - SERVICES - VENDORS ETC.
The Chattanooga Courier - Category: African American Newspaper - P.O. Box 4505 Chattanooga, TN 37405 (423) 698-0499
The Chattanooga Minority Business Alliance - Category: African American Newspaper - 233-B ML King Blvd. Chattanooga, TN 37402 (423) 266-2561
Bessie Smith Cultural Center - Category: Cultural - REVIEW: "There was nothing I disliked. Looking forward to bringing a group of my senior citizen members on a tour there. I think they would enjoy looking at the artifacts. Especially the set showing the old cooking utensils." - 200 E Ml King Blvd # 2, Chattanooga, TN (423) 266-8658
Chattanooga African-American Museum - Category: Cultural - The African-American experience is documented here in deep, rich detail. Focussing not just on Chattanooga but Africa and the rest of the nation as well, this museum is an interesting, moving way to spend an afternoon. - 200 E Martin Luther King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN (423) 266-8658 - (visit website)
DINING - CATERING
Choo Choo Barbque - Category: BBQ - REVIEW: "Grade A BBQ!!! This has to be the the best barbeque in chattanooga...hands down." - 7910 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN (423) 553-8888
Herman's Soul Food & Catering - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - REVIEW: "Very classic southern Very classic southern soulfood. Great fried whiting, chicken and meatloaf, fried corn on the cob Is excellant." - 3821 Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN (423) 624-5715 - (visit website)
Soul Food Express - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - REVIEW: "Authentic, excellent! Best ribs in Chattanooga, greens are as authentically southern as it gets." - 618 East Ml King Boulevard, Chattanooga, TN (423) 425-7000
Soul Food Sensations - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - 736 E Martin Luther King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN (423) 752-3012
Bessie Smith Strut 2007 on MLK Chattanooga, Tennessee
The Comedy Catch and Giggles Grill - Category: Comedy Club - The Best Stand-up Comedy, Delicious Food, Full Bar, Great atmosphere. - 3224 Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN (423) 629-2233 - (visit website)
Bessie Smith Strut (June) Martin Luther King Blvd. Chattanooga, TN - First Monday of Riverbend (423) 756-2211
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This event is free of charge and features Blues bands and local nightclub bands of every variety, also different barbecue stands offering barbecued pork, beef, turkey, and seafood.
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