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Chattanooga named one of the top 100 best places to live

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Chattanooga has been named one of the top 100 best places to live.

Chattanooga ranked 83 by a website called Livability.com that ranks the quality of life and travel amenities of America's small and mid-sized cities.

"This is the first time we have focused on measures for specific cities instead of metropolitan regions," said Kevin Stolarick, PhD, Research Director at the Martin Prosperity Institute. "While getting consistent, reliable data at the cities level had its challenges, the results were worth the effort."

Economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and healthcare were used to score and rank the cities. Chattanooga scored high in the areas of education and amenities as well as health care.

"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," said Livability editor Matt Carmichael. "By using data from the public sector, the private sector and non-profits focused on these issues, we have compiled an Index that celebrates America's great cities and towns."

The list is the result of a months-long study of U.S. cities and the factors that make them better places to live, work and play. Livability partnered with the Martin Prosperity Institute, the world's leading think tank on the role of location, place, and city-regions in global economic prosperity, to produce the list.

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