Chattanooga, Tennessee Population 2020

184,143
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Chattanooga is a city located in Tennessee. With a 2020 population of 184,143, it is the 4th largest city in Tennessee (after Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville) and the 140th largest city in the United States. Chattanooga is currently growing at a rate of 0.98% annually and its population has increased by 9.82% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 167,674 in 2010. Spanning over 151 miles, Chattanooga has a population density of 1,288 people per square mile.

The average household income in Chattanooga is $66,297 with a poverty rate of 18.80%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $827 per month, and the median house value is $160,100. The median age in Chattanooga is 37.6 years, 36.5 years for males, and 38.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 88.4 males.

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.

Population Density in Chattanooga

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 as well as Dade, Catoosa, and Walker counties in Georgia, had a 9% population growth over the last ten years.

Chattanooga Facts

Chattanooga is unique as it's the first American city to receive its 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 considerable 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 mainly 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.

Chattanooga Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Chattanooga was:

  • White: 61.69%
  • Black or African American: 32.61%
  • Asian: 2.42%
  • Two or more races: 2.39%
  • Other race: 0.72%
  • Native American: 0.14%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
The current population of Chattanooga, Tennessee is 184,143, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 180,557.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 167,674.

Chattanooga, Tennessee Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020570,2174,7120.83%
2019565,5054,7120.83%
2018560,7934,7120.84%
2017556,0814,1590.75%
2016551,9224,6270.84%
2015547,2953,1790.58%
2014544,1161,9140.35%
2013542,2024,0590.75%
2012538,1434,5420.84%
2011533,6014,4470.83%
2010529,1540.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White109,41361.69%
Black or African American57,83532.61%
Asian4,2992.42%
Two or More Races4,2472.39%
Some Other Race1,2750.72%
American Indian and Alaska Native2530.14%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander430.02%
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Chattanooga Population Pyramid 2020

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Chattanooga Median Age

37.6


Total

36.5


Male

38.4


Female

Chattanooga Adults

There are 142,636 adults, (28,733 of whom are seniors) in Chattanooga.

Chattanooga Age Dependency

55.7

Age Dependency Ratio

25.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Chattanooga Sex Ratio

Female

94,140

53.08%

Male

83,225

46.92%

Chattanooga Households and Families

Chattanooga Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Chattanooga Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married74.6%25.4%
All52.6%47.4%
Male47.8%52.2%
Non Family42.2%57.8%
Female35.4%64.6%

52.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All72,8422.3152.6
Non Family34,7971.2442.2
Married25,1013.1174.6
Female10,1403.6435.4
Male2,8043.6447.8

3.22

Average Family Size

2.31

Average Household Size

5.1%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Chattanooga Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5,3154.30%
9th to 12th Grade10,7408.70%
High School Graduate34,55227.99%
Some College26,41321.39%
Associates Degree10,1118.19%
Bachelors Degree23,77919.26%
Graduate Degree12,55610.17%
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Chattanooga Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White75,20369,13428,239
Black38,29831,3645,384
Hispanic5,4603,092726
Asian3,0882,4661,449
Multiple Races1,4751,364551
Other Race68439395
Native American19617441
Islander437

The highest rate of high school graduation is among multiple races people with a rate of 92.47%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 46.92%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$33,748$38,031$30,795
Less Than High School$17,622$19,272$14,841
High School Grad$25,374$28,831$22,000
Some College$31,968$35,700$30,264
Bachelors Degree$47,249$57,287$41,246
Graduate Degree$59,815$68,306$51,623

$33,748

Average Earnings

$38,031

Average Male

$30,795

Average Female

Chattanooga Language

Chattanooga Language by Age

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Chattanooga Language

91.94% of Chattanooga residents speak only English, while 8.06% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.57% of the population.

Chattanooga Poverty

Chattanooga Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black56,24215,87728.23%
White94,93811,44812.06%
Hispanic10,5783,30331.23%
Multiple4,12296223.34%
Other1,21542935.31%
Asian4,2153097.33%
Native2535521.74%

18.80%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.65%

Male Poverty Rate

19.82%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Chattanooga

The race most likely to be in poverty in Chattanooga is Other, with 35.31% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Chattanooga is Asian, with 7.33% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.33%. Among those working part-time, it was 23.11%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.08%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School37.26%
High School17.89%
Some College11.60%
Bachelors or Greater5.41%
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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed48.86%
Male Unemployed35.76%
Female Employed10.28%
Male Employed7.60%

Chattanooga Income

Chattanooga Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$43,964$66,297
Families$61,624$86,260
Married Families$79,830$108,290
Non Families$30,792$43,312
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Chattanooga Marital Status

Chattanooga Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

37.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.6%

Male Marriage Rate

34.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Chattanooga Married by Age and Sex

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Chattanooga Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Chattanooga Marital Status by Race

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Chattanooga Veterans

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10,720

Number of Veterans

9,738

Male Veterans

982

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam3,961
First Gulf War1,819
Second Gulf War1,408
Korea897
World War II576
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Age Group Veterans
65 to 742,674
55 to 642,565
75+2,482
35 to 542,260
18 to 34739
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Name Veterans % of Total
White7,6408.34%
Black2,9126.56%
Hispanic1722.55%
2 or More1276.30%
Other293.40%
Indian126.82%

Chattanooga Veterans by Education

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9.55%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.09%

Veteran Disability Rate

Chattanooga Employment Status

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61.3%

Labor Force Participation

57%

Employment Rate

6.7%

Unemployment Rate

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Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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60.80%

Born in Tennessee

93.97%

Native Born

6.03%

Foreign Born

4.05%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

93.97% of Chattanooga residents were born in the United States, with 60.80% having been born in Tennessee. 4.05% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020184,1431,7930.98%
2019182,3501,7930.99%
2018180,5571,6600.93%
2017178,8971,7931.01%
2016177,1041,2530.71%
2015175,8511,3900.80%
2014174,461-369-0.21%
2013174,8301,1780.68%
2012173,6521,6200.94%
2011172,0321,4730.86%
2010170,55915,0050.93%
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%