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Outdoorsy cities attract adventurers

Chattanooga, Tennessee, has everything an outdoors-lover needs.

Chattanooga, Tennessee, has everything an outdoors-lover needs.

Some people prefer city life and some prefer rural living, but some want it all: idyllic locations where residents can have access to progressive city planning just as easily as they can hit the mountains for some hiking. Outside magazine recently released its list of best cities for lovers of the outdoors, and its surprising results may have more opting for relocation to Tennessee.

In a poll of nearly 22,000 Outside readers, Chattanooga came out on top. The city, which sits near the Georgia border, is surrounded by mountains and ridges including the Appalachian Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau, perfect for hiking fans. In fact, its official nickname is "The Scenic City."

Aquatic sports enthusiasts will have no shortage of options in Chattanooga, which sits on the Chickamauga and Nickajack lakes, which feed into the Tennessee River.

In 2009, Forbes named Chattanooga one of the country's best "bang-for-the-buck" cities. According to Outside magazine, the city's median annual salary is $23,622 and its median home value is $128,000.

Other cities on the list include Portland, Oregon; Missoula, Montana; Chico, California; and Burlington, Vermont.