More + more people – namely, millennials– arechoosing to make Chattanooga their home.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2,000 new people moved to Chattanooga in 2017 (the most in any year since 2010) and our city saw an 11,265 population increase from 2010-17.
Downtown view from a balcony in Market City Center apartments | Photo via Market City Center
Why is our population growing? Here are a few reasons:
• Chattanooga has made its way onto a number of lists lauding its livability, like the 2014 Top 100 Places to Live. • Our proximity to the mountains + the Tennessee River provides residents access to outdoor activities like hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, tubing + more. • Despite a nationwide decline in homeownership among young adults, a 2017 study found Nooga was one of the top 10 marketswherehomeownership has improved in the past decade for those in their 20s + 30s. •Nooga is home to a slew of tech-based companies + startups, due largely in part to its citywide high-speed internet provided by EPB. •STEM-based jobs have led to STEM-focused programs in Chattanooga + Hamilton County schools, like the STEM School of Chattanooga + UT’s Chattanooga Challenger STEM Learning Center.
How is our city growing to accommodate new residents?
Drink ○ Sip & Savor Event| 6:30 p.m. | Feed Table & Tavern, 201 W. Main St. | $50 | The Feed Co. will create a four-course meal with wine pairings in partnership with Habitat for Humanity to give participants an opportunity to socialize, drink, eat + learn a little about Habitat. 🍽️
Theatre ○Les Miserables| 7:30 p.m. | Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. | $38-$78| Enjoy the reimagined Broadway classic at the Tivoli. 🎭
TryThis ○Harry Potter Team Trivia| 7:30-10 p.m. | Heaven & Ale Brewing Co., 300 Cherokee Blvd. | Free Entry | If you’re a true Potterhead, try your skills at this team trivia at Heaven & Ale. 🚂
PlanAhead ○Spectrum 2019 Silent Auction Cocktail Party| Thurs., Nov. 7 | 6-11 p.m. | Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View St. | $125-$200| Join this silent auction featuring a diverse selection of artwork from across the country, an after-party with a DJ + late-night snacks. 🍸 ○Dunkin’ for Pumpkins & Fall Festival| Fri., Nov. 8 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | North River YMCA, 4138 Hixson Pike | Free | Enjoy this fall festival with a balloon artist, climbing wall, bouncy house, popcorn, face painting + more. 🍂 ○UTC Civil War Symposium| Sat., Nov. 9 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | UTC University Center, Chickamauga Room | Free | This session will include papers on the “Kentucky’s Rebel Press,” “New York City Draft Riots,” + “1876 Presidential Election.” 💬
McKamey Animal Center has an abundance of exotic animals currently up for adoption. Along with rabbits, there are also guinea pigs and chinchillas looking for a place to call home. Oh, and two pigs. 🐷
McKamey Animal Center is dedicated to creating a culture of compassionate care, community engagement + animal advocacy by providing supportive education and programs to those interested in helping. There are many ways to volunteer and get involved if you’re not in a place to adopt an animal right now.
But also, just look at those faces. 😻
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TheWord ○ Millennial | (n) A person born between 1981 and 1996 reaching young adulthood in the 21st century. More and more millennials are calling Chattanooga home because of its livability.
Cause ○ Local sign manufacturer, Intersign, announced its 3rd annual charity donation contest event yesterday. The winner between the five charities will receive a $5,000 donation from Intersign, and voting ends on Dec. 18 at 11:59 p.m. Read about the charities and cast your vote here. 💰 ○ The Chattanooga Interagency Council on Homelessness is seeking a qualified organization to create a new program designed to combat chronic homelessness in our city. There are approximately 383 individuals and 61 families living currently suffering from chronic homelessness. If you think you or your organization can help, view the request for proposalshere.
Holiday ○ On Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day, at 11 a.m. the Chattanooga National Cemetery will raise 208 flags in a display called the Avenue of Flags. Veterans, family members + the public are invited to attend the ceremony. Major Kevin Beavers, U.S. Army, will be the Keynote Speaker. 🇺🇸 (Chattanoogan.com) ○ Mark your calendars for Nov. 25-Dec. 31, because Bode will be hosting a Miracle pop-up bar featuring Christmas cocktails created by celebrity bar manager Joann Spiegel. The space will be festively decorated (IG photo opp, anyone?) and to top it all off, there will be an ugly sweater party on Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. in tandem with all other 139 Miracle locations. 🍸
City ○ The Styles L. Hutchins Fellowship is a new collaborative effort between UTC, Mayor Andy Berke’s office, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce + the Urban League to give black graduating students more opportunity to stay in Chattanooga. The program is intended to retain black students and help the city build a more diverse professional population.
Talk ○ Jewish scholar and authorDr. Perry Brickman will host a discussion on anti-semitism in colleges and universities on Mon., Nov. 18 at the Jewish Cultural Center. There will be a $12 dinner beginning at 6 p.m., and the program itself, which is free to attend, will begin at 7 p.m. You can RSVP here. 💬
WaterCooler ○ UTC running back Ailym Ford received national recognition for the fifth time this season. For the year, he has 1,072 yards and nine touchdowns on 203 carries, and he is now 18 yards shy of the Mocs’ freshman rushing record of 1,090 set by Mike Smith in 1977. You can watch him play in the final home game on Sat., Nov. 16, against The Citadel. 🏈
Biz ○ Today’s Convo discussed recent population + job growth in Chattanooga. One major reason for that: high-speed internetprovided by EPB. Ⓟ
Dish ○ DYK Warehouse Row is home to Tupelo Honey, Public House Chattanooga, The Social, Goodman Coffee Roasters + Two Ten Jack Chattanooga? In Scarlett O’Hara’s words, “I’ll never be hungry again.” Ⓟ
Answered: The correct answer is C. According to census data, the population of Chattanooga in 2010 was 167,674, growing to 178,939 in 2017 – meaning our city gained 11,265 people, with a total population increase of 6.72%.
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