Signal Mountain : Tennessee

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What it's Like to Retire in Signal Mountain

Signal Mountain is a suburb of Chattanooga with a mostly affluent population of 7,200.  As the name suggests, this promontory was used for signalling both by the native Americans and the armies during the Civil War.  Nearby outdoor attractions include the Cumberland Trail, Mabbitt Springs, Rainbow Lake, Edward's Point, and Signal Point  (a U.S. National Park). At one time there was a trolley connecting Signal Mountain and Chattanooga.


Where to Retire in Signal Mountain and Home Prices

You can live in the town or in one of the Active Communities or developments nearby.  The median home sale price was a little over $230,000 according to


What is special about Signal Mountain

Signal Hill is a nice town in a beautiful setting.  It is a complete enough town for most major needs, with nearby hospitals 7 miles away in Chattanooga.

What is not special about Signal Mountain

Signal Mountain might be a bit quiet and remote for some people, located at the top of a mountain.

Who will like retirement in Signal Mountain

The average age is about 44, older than in most communities, so many retirees must like it here. It is for people who want a quiet and beautiful town close to nature.

Local economy is driven by

Health Care, Manufacturing


Climate and Physical Environment

Signal Mountain is high on a hill in southeastern Tennessee, 7 miles from Chattanooga. Georgia and Alabama are nearby.The average January temperature is in the high 30's. The elevation is 1,700'.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Signal Mountain Playhouse presents 2 plays per year including an outdoor musical every summer in the natural amphitheatre behind the Town Hall. The Mountain Arts Community Center offers classes in music, dance, and visual arts from its historic building. Bachman Community Center has many yearly events, as well as a small library and community garden plots. The Mountain Opry hosts a weekly bluegrass music show every Friday evening.


Crime is very low in Chattanooga.

Medical facilities

Chattanooga has hospitals and plenty of doctors just 7 miles away.


There are 4 highways leading up to the town. Nearby Chattanooga has an airport.

Valuable Links

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  • State: TN
  • Environment: Suburban,Mountain,Small Town,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 60,001-80,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: <80 (Very low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
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