Signal Mountain, TN
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Signal Mountain is a somewhat small town located in the state of Tennessee. With a population of 8,528 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Signal Mountain is the 82nd largest community in Tennessee.

Signal Mountain home prices are not only among the most expensive in Tennessee, but Signal Mountain real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Signal Mountain is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.68% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Signal Mountain is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Signal Mountain who work in management occupations (19.78%), sales jobs (11.22%), and teaching (9.72%).

Of important note, Signal Mountain is also a town of artists. Signal Mountain has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Signal Mountain’s character.

Also of interest is that Signal Mountain has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 11.50% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, Signal Mountain is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Signal Mountain is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Signal Mountain’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

If knowledge is power, Signal Mountain is a pretty powerful place. 66.37% of the adults in Signal Mountain have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Signal Mountain in 2010 was $53,217, which is wealthy relative to Tennessee and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $212,868 for a family of four.

The people who call Signal Mountain home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Signal Mountain residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Signal Mountain include Irish, German, Scots-Irish, and European.

The most common language spoken in Signal Mountain is English. Other important languages spoken here include Russian and West Germanic languages.

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