Established in 1994 as an education-based organization focused on retiree attraction as an economic development strategy, The American Association of Retirement Communities is a not-for-profit professional association. The AARC is one of the few non-profit, cooperative organizations in the industry that does research on and for retirement communities.

The AARC Seal of Approval program was established to recognize communities and master-planned developments that possess the resources and amenities to attract today’s relocating retiree, evaluating such areas as Quality of Life (healthcare, retiree-appropriate housing, Adult Education, Services, Recreational and Cultural Opportunities, Crime Rate and more) and formal commitment to retiree attraction and programs (governmental and other retiree-focused organizations). Seal of Approval recipients have submitted their community and its programs to scrutiny by the volunteer board of the AARC.

With the goal of providing an unbiased perspective on retirement communities for potential buyers, the AARC Seal of Approval has gained growing prominence in the retiree buying process. We encourage feedback on ways to make the AARC a greater resource in your decision process – send an email to

Chattanooga, TN

Type: City-Region

You're ready to give up the grind, but you still want to make a difference.
After all, you've got the rest of your life to do exactly what you want. That means time to relax - with plenty more for meaningful pursuits. Welcome to Chattanooga, Tennessee, the place so beautiful it inspired a community quest to make it the best mid-sized city in America. Nestled in a bend of the Tennessee River and surrounded by mountains and lakes, you will find outdoor views, a region rich with culture and adventures around every corner.

But this community is much more than a pretty playground. Since the late 1960's, we've been winning acclaim for our unique way of working together to produce national best practices for cleaning up air pollution, downtown revitalization, and much more. Along the way, we've created one of the most engaging lifestyles you'll find anywhere. The perfect place to re-create yourself.


  • Boating
  • Dining
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking-Walking
  • Restaurants
  • River-Stream
  • Shopping
  • Shows