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
White107,586
Black or African American58,790
Asian4,234
Two or More Races3,705
Some Other Race1,602
American Indian and Alaska Native254
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander120

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table B03002

Chattanooga Population Pyramid 2018

2,0004,0006,0008,000 Male Population2,0004,0006,0008,000 Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Chattanooga Median Age

37


Total

36


Male

38.2


Female

Chattanooga Adults

There are 140,294 adults, (27,460 of whom are seniors) in Chattanooga.

Chattanooga Age Dependency

56.2

Age Dependency Ratio

24.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Chattanooga Sex Ratio

Female

93,619

53.10%

Male

82,672

46.90%

Chattanooga Households and Families

Chattanooga Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1101

Chattanooga Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married74.2%25.8%
All52.6%47.4%
Male46.5%53.5%
Non Family41.7%58.3%
Female37.1%62.9%

52.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Chattanooga Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All71,1902.3552.6
Non Family33,2161.2441.7
Married25,0013.1474.2
Female10,4203.7337.1
Male2,5533.5746.5

3.24

Average Family Size

2.35

Average Household Size

4.8%

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 Grade5,4274.49%
9th to 12th Grade10,9459.05%
High School Graduate33,75827.90%
Some College26,62222.00%
Associates Degree9,5097.86%
Bachelors Degree22,85118.89%
Graduate Degree11,8889.82%

Chattanooga Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White73,58167,26126,683
Black38,01830,8805,203
Hispanic4,9732,796805
Asian3,0232,3891,447
Multiple Races1,2831,160543
Other Race893580272
Native American19819862
Islander9757

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 47.87%.

Chattanooga Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,801$35,706$28,962
Less Than High School$18,159$19,736$15,664
High School Grad$23,897$26,608$20,536
Some College$30,853$34,043$27,567
Bachelors Degree$43,312$51,045$40,332
Graduate Degree$58,498$67,176$52,111

$31,801

Average Earnings

$35,706

Average Male

$28,962

Average Female

Chattanooga Language

Chattanooga Language by Age

Chattanooga Language

92.61% of Chattanooga residents speak only English, while 7.39% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.04% of the population.

Chattanooga Poverty

Chattanooga Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black57,12717,63630.87%
White94,31912,28013.02%
Hispanic9,5503,48236.46%
Multiple3,6031,10530.67%
Other1,58044328.04%
Asian4,1903748.93%
Native2544417.32%

20.68%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.99%

Male Poverty Rate

22.17%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Chattanooga

The race most likely to be in poverty in Chattanooga is Hispanic, with 36.46% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Chattanooga is Asian, with 8.93% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.85%. Among those working part-time, it was 25.20%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.05%.

Chattanooga Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School39.51%
High School18.30%
Some College12.39%
Bachelors or Greater5.79%

Chattanooga Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed49.91%
Male Unemployed38.31%
Female Employed10.97%
Male Employed7.62%

Chattanooga Income

Chattanooga Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$41,911$62,574
Families$57,264$80,543
Married Families$75,812$101,912
Non Families$28,931$40,590

Chattanooga Marital Status

Chattanooga Marital Status

Marriage Rates

37.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

41.1%

Male Marriage Rate

35.1%

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


Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1201

Chattanooga Veterans

Chattanooga Veterans by War

10,617

Number of Veterans

9,535

Male Veterans

1,082

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam3,894
First Gulf War1,671
Second Gulf War1,445
Korea1,048
World War II715

Chattanooga Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
65 to 742,686
75+2,587
55 to 642,355
35 to 542,126
18 to 34863

Chattanooga Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White7,5978.53%
Black2,8046.29%
2 or More1126.65%
Hispanic761.29%
Hawaiian3730.83%
Indian3014.85%
Other232.02%
Asian140.42%

Chattanooga Veterans by Education

9.08%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.98%

Veteran Disability Rate

Chattanooga Employment Status

Chattanooga Employment by Age

61%

Labor Force Participation

56.4%

Employment Rate

7.4%

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

61.87%

Born in Tennessee

94.14%

Native Born

5.86%

Foreign Born

3.93%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

94.14% of Chattanooga residents were born in the United States, with 61.87% having been born in Tennessee. 3.93% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.