Chattanooga, Tennessee Population 2018

Chattanooga is located in Hamilton County, Tennessee on Nickajack Lake and Chickamauga Lake in East Tennessee. Chattanooga is located about 120 miles southwest of Knoxville and 120 miles northwest of Atlanta, Georgia. Chattanooga has a population of 167,000, which makes it the 4th largest city in Tennessee, although the population is estimated to have reached 175,000 in 2015.

The city proper has a population density of 1,223 people per square mile (472/square kilometer). The larger Chattanooga metropolitan area has a population of 528,000. The Chattanooga Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which includes Marion, Sequatchie, and Hamilton counties in Tennessee s well as Dade, Catoosa, and Walker counties in Georgia, had a 9% population growth over the last ten years.

Chattanooga Demographics

At the 2010 census, the racial composition of Chattanooga was 58% white (56% non-Hispanic), 35% black, 2% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 2% other races, and 1.3% two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos of any race accounted for 5.5% of the population.

Chattanooga Facts

Chattanooga is unique as it's the first American city to receive its own typeface, called Chatype. Launched in 2012, this is the first time a custom crowd-funded typeface has been used for any global city.

Chattanooga also claims to have Western Hemisphere's fastest internet service, earning it several nicknames like Gig City. EPB began offering exclusive fiber optic network service to the greater Chattanooga metro area in 2009. The next year, it became the first municipality-owned utility company in the country to offer internet access directly to the public with speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second. This network has already been emulated in several U.S. cities and internationally.

Chattanooga is home to a huge number of manufacturing and service industries, including Chattem, the first Coca-Cola bottling plant in the world; the Chattanooga Bakery, and McKee Foods Corporation, which makes Little Debbie brand snacks. The city is home to many distribution and manufacturing facilities as well, including Ferrara Candy Company, DuPont, and Amazon.com.

Chattanooga Population Growth

Since the 2010 census, Chattanooga's population growth has outpaced Knoxville, making it the second fastest-growing big city in Tennessee. While Knoxville is still ahead of Chattanooga in terms of total population at 184,280 versus 173,800 in mid-2014, Chattanooga may soon surpass Knoxville as the largest city in East Tennessee.

Chattanooga is largely attracting new residents with its low cost of living and diverse economy and jobs market. Chattanooga's population growth has outpaced the national average for more than 20 years and this trend is expected to continue.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2017179,1391,9311.09%
2016177,2081,3590.77%
2015175,8491,4200.81%
2014174,429-333-0.19%
2013174,7621,1250.65%
2012173,6371,6290.95%
2011172,0081,4220.83%
2010170,58615,0329.66%
2000155,5543,0882.03%
1990152,466-17,048-10.06%
1980169,51449,59141.35%
1970119,923-10,086-7.76%
1960130,009-1,032-0.79%
1950131,0412,8782.25%
1940128,1638,3656.98%
1930119,79861,903106.92%
192057,89513,29129.80%
191044,60414,45047.92%
190030,1541,0543.62%
189029,10016,208125.72%
188012,8926,799111.59%
18706,0930.00%

Chattanooga Population in 2018Source: By Thomsonmg2000 [CC0], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White107,347
Black or African American59,115
Asian3,750
Two or More Races3,568
Some Other Race1,307
American Indian and Alaska Native265
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander110

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Chattanooga Population Pyramid 2018

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Chattanooga Median Age

37


Total

35.7


Male

38.5


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 142,057 adults in Chattanooga.

Chattanooga Age Dependency

56.3

Age Dependency Ratio

23.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Chattanooga Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
5.2
Houses Without Mortgage
14,481
Houses With Mortgage
23,134
Vacancy Rate
13.6
Median Rent
765
Median Home Value
152,000
Renter-Occupied Units
33,115
Owner-Occupied Units
37,615
Total Housing Units
81,897

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Chattanooga for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 5.3% and the labor force participation rate is 61.1%.

Chattanooga Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size
2.36
Average Family Size
3.18
Total Households
70730
Married Couple Households
25133
Male Householder (no wife) Families
2738
Female Householder (no husband) Families
11092
Non Family Households
31767
Total Families
38963
Households With Own Children
16229
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
5.1
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
0.6

Chattanooga Income Distribution

Indicator Value
Under $10,000
7,088
$10,000 to $14,999
5,290
$15,000 to $24,999
9,898
$25,000 to $34,999
7,894
$35,000 to $49,999
10,919
$50,000 to $74,999
12,176
$75,000 to $99,999
6,890
$100,000 to $149,999
6,421
$150,000 to $199,999
1,972
Over $200,000
2,182

Chattanooga Household Income

Income

Median

Mean

Chattanooga

Tennessee

$41,278

$46,574

$60,283

$65,368

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Chattanooga Education Data

Chattanooga Educational Attainment (over 25)

Indicator Value Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade
5,6484.72%
9th to 12th Grade
11,6569.75%
High School Graduate
32,17026.90%
Some College
27,67323.14%
Associates Degree
9,1367.64%
Bachelors Degree
21,62118.08%
Graduate Degree
11,6819.77%