Collegedale is a great place to live if you enjoy being a little away from the hustle and bustle of city life, but still enjoy being close enough to be able to experience it when you want. It's just a small town off of I-75 about 20 miles north of Chattanooga. Lots of people live in Collegedale but commute to Chattanooga for work. However, there are a few large employers in the area, including Mckee Foods (maker of Little Debbie snacks) and Southern Adventist University.
There are plenty of greenways and parks in the area, and Collegedale is actually quite close to Hamilton Square Mall, Chattanooga's premier shopping destination on the north side of town. The entire Chattanooga area is full of things to do and sights to see, so living in Collegedale puts you in close proximity to all of that. The town itself, however, is quite small and great for families and others who like living in a safe place with a slow pace.