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 Annual 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%
2010170,58615,0320.93%
2000155,5543,0880.20%
1990152,466-17,048-1.05%
1980169,51449,5913.52%
1970119,923-10,086-0.80%
1960130,009-1,032-0.08%
1950131,0412,8780.22%
1940128,1638,3650.68%
1930119,79861,9037.54%
192057,89513,2912.64%
191044,60414,4503.99%
190030,1541,0540.36%
189029,10016,2088.48%
188012,8926,7997.78%
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

0%2%4%6%8% Male Population0%2%4%6%8% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Chattanooga Median Age

37


Total

35.7


Male

38.5


Female

Chattanooga Adults

There are 139,141 adults, (26,846 of which are seniors) in Chattanooga.

Chattanooga Age Dependency

56.3

Age Dependency Ratio

23.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Chattanooga Sex Ratio

Female

92,395

52.66%

Male

83,067

47.34%

Chattanooga Households and Families

Chattanooga Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Chattanooga Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married74.1%25.9%
All53.2%46.8%
Non Family43.3%56.7%
Male43%57%
Female36.6%63.4%

53.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Chattanooga Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All70,7302.3653.2
Non Family31,7671.2643.3
Married25,1333.174.1
Female11,0923.5536.6
Male2,7383.5443

3.18

Average Family Size

2.36

Average Household Size

5.1%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Chattanooga Households

Chattanooga Education

Chattanooga Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5,6484.72%
9th to 12th Grade11,6569.75%
High School Graduate32,17026.90%
Some College27,67323.14%
Associates Degree9,1367.64%
Bachelors Degree21,62118.08%
Graduate Degree11,6819.77%

Chattanooga Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White73,61866,40025,921
Black37,61430,1064,827
Hispanic4,5902,523794
Asian2,6062,1771,339
Multiple Races1,1251,037418
Other Race782467194
Native American20117266
Islander93628

The highest rate of high school graduation is among multiple races people with a rate of 92.18%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among multiple races people with a rate of 51.38%.

Chattanooga Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,387$35,640$28,293
Less Than High School$18,272$19,037$16,875
High School Grad$22,684$26,299$19,849
Some College$30,565$34,107$26,993
Bachelors Degree$42,616$52,701$38,824
Graduate Degree$55,829$67,222$47,997

$31,387

Average Earnings

$35,640

Average Male

$28,293

Average Female

Chattanooga Language

Chattanooga Language by Age

Chattanooga Language

93.28% of Chattanooga residents speak only English, while 6.72% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 3.77% of the population.

Chattanooga Poverty

Chattanooga Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black57,37517,69530.84%
White95,24212,93213.58%
Hispanic8,8363,30937.45%
Multiple3,4431,02329.71%
Asian3,70842811.54%
Other1,27628722.49%
Native2655821.89%

21.06%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.84%

Male Poverty Rate

22.15%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Chattanooga

The race most likely to be in poverty in Chattanooga is Hispanic, with 37.45% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Chattanooga is Asian, with 11.54% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.02%. Among those working part-time, it was 25.52%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.60%.

Chattanooga Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School38.65%
High School18.97%
Some College13.12%
Bachelors or Greater5.96%

Chattanooga Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed47.88%
Male Unemployed39.95%
Female Employed11.40%
Male Employed8.48%

Chattanooga Income

Chattanooga Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$41,278$60,283
Families$54,239$75,621
Married Families$72,909$96,580
Non Families$28,013$40,083

Chattanooga Marital Status

Chattanooga Marital Status

Marriage Rates

37.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.9%

Male Marriage Rate

35.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Chattanooga Married by Age and Sex

Chattanooga Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35To44.

Chattanooga Marital Status by Race

Chattanooga Veterans

Chattanooga Veterans by War

11,687

Number of Veterans

10,596

Male Veterans

1,091

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam4,137
First Gulf War1,878
Second Gulf War1,476
Korea1,165
World War II915

Chattanooga Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
75+2,831
55 to 642,752
65 to 742,658
35 to 542,514
18 to 34932

Chattanooga Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White8,2719.31%
Black3,2387.29%
2 or More824.93%
Hispanic781.37%
Hawaiian3531.82%
Indian2913.00%
Other242.60%
Asian80.28%

Chattanooga Veterans by Education

10.38%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.88%

Veteran Disability Rate

Chattanooga Employment Status

Chattanooga Employment by Age

61.1%

Labor Force Participation

55.7%

Employment Rate

8.7%

Unemployment Rate

Chattanooga Employment by Race

Chattanooga Employment by Education

Chattanooga Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

61.63%

Born in Tennessee

94.64%

Native Born

5.36%

Foreign Born

3.55%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

94.64% of Chattanooga residents were born in the United States, with 61.63% having been born in Tennessee. 3.55% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.