Where to Retire Magazine, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions, has selected Chattanooga to profile as a top retirement town in the March/April issue which mails to subscribers nationwide on February 18, 2011.

Where to Retire editor Mary Lu Abbott said Chattanooga possesses many qualities important to today’s retirees. “Chattanooga today is a clean, green city pulsating with energy. The revitalized riverfront and downtown have pumped new life into this historic rail hub, which enjoys a scenic setting and abundant outdoor recreation in the surrounding mountains and lakes. While the city still recognizes its ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’ fame, it’s making new tracks today. Retirees are finding Chattanooga is walkable, affordable and fun,” Abbott said.

Why is Chattanooga a top retirement town?

“We are witnessing a surge in inquiries from individuals from all over the country who are looking to Chattanooga because of its great quality of life,” says Linda Bennett, Executive Director of Choose Chattanooga, the area’s public/private partnership created specifically to attract new talent to the region and engage those newcomers into the fabric of our community.

“Our many community partners recognize that the intentional outreach of Choose Chattanooga is a key component of the larger economic development initiative across our community,” says Bennett. “Choose Chattanooga continues to work hard to showcase our community’s many assets which speak directly to that quality of life these individuals are looking for in a community. The attention of national publications like Where to Retire Magazine reflects that hard work.

Each year, 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire. Nationally, two dozen states and hundreds of towns seek to attract retirees as a source of economic development. Chattanooga is the only community in Tennessee with an initiative like Choose Chattanooga. Chattanooga is also a partner in the state’s RetireTN program and has earned the certification of the American Association of Retirement Communities.

If you are thinking about retiring and want to find out first hand why Chattanooga is a top retirement town then contact me here and I would be happy to set up a tour for you so you can see for yourself.