Chattanooga sits in a bend of the Tennessee River between Lookout Mountain and Signal Mountain.  Chattanooga is the fourth-largest city in the state of Tennessee, with a population of 167,674 as of the 2010 census, and an estimated population of 171,279 in 2012. The area has breathtaking beauty that combines with opportunities for outdoor fun and distinct business advantages to make Chattanooga one of the nation’s most livable cities. Through a remarkable sense of community spirit and a process of public-private partnership, Chattanoogans have made their home a hub for successful business enterprise, a regional tourism center, and a gracious place to live. Located in Hamilton County, Chattanooga is a mid-sized city that combines the best of large and small. Some 312,000 residents enjoy the friendly atmosphere, moderate housing costs, and easy commuting typically associated with smaller communities. At the same time, Chattanooga’s cultural and recreational opportunities rival those in much larger metropolitan areas.