Chattanooga, Tennessee Population 2022

183,783
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Chattanooga is a city located in Hamilton County Tennessee. It is also the county seat of Hamilton County. With a 2020 population of 183,783, it is the 4th largest city in Tennessee and the 149th largest city in the United States. Chattanooga is currently growing at a rate of 0.74% annually and its population has increased by 1.33% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 181,370 in 2020. Spanning over 151 miles, Chattanooga has a population density of 1,286 people per square mile.

The average household income in Chattanooga is $69,197 with a poverty rate of 17.59%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Chattanooga is 37.5 years, 36.4 years for males, and 38.5 years for females.

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 Chattanoogawas:

  • White: 60.69%
  • Black or African American: 30.99%
  • Two or more races: 3.65%
  • Asian: 2.87%
  • Other race: 1.68%
  • Native American: 0.10%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
The current population of Chattanooga, Tennessee is 183,783 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 181,370.

Chattanooga, Tennessee Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Chattanooga Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Chattanooga Population by Race

Chattanooga Population Pyramid 2022

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Chattanooga Median Age

36.7


Total

35.4


Male

37.9


Female

Chattanooga Adults

There are 145,474 adults, (30,076 of whom are seniors) in Chattanooga.

Chattanooga Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

26.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Chattanooga Sex Ratio

Female

96,075

52.97%

Male

85,295

47.03%

Chattanooga Population by Age

Chattanooga Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Chattanooga Household Types

52.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Chattanooga Households and Families

3.09

Average Family Size

2.24

Average Household Size

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Chattanooga Households by Type

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Chattanooga Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Chattanooga Educational Attainment by Race

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

Chattanooga Educational Attainment by Race

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$36,396

Average Earnings

$39,870

Average Male

$33,061

Average Female

Chattanooga Earnings by Educational Attainment

Chattanooga Language by Age

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Chattanooga Language

90.50% of Chattanooga residents speak only English, while 9.50% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.53% of the population.

Chattanooga Language

Chattanooga Poverty by Race

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17.59%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.69%

Male Poverty Rate

18.39%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Chattanooga

The race most likely to be in poverty in Chattanooga is Islander, with 79.49% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.89%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.78%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.99%.

Chattanooga Poverty

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Chattanooga Poverty Rate by Education

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Chattanooga Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Chattanooga Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

Chattanooga Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

37.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.7%

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 55-64.

Chattanooga Marital Status by Race

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Chattanooga Marital Status

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9,686

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

Chattanooga Veterans by War

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Chattanooga Veterans by Age

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Chattanooga Veterans by Race

Chattanooga Veterans by Education

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10.80%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.82%

Veteran Disability Rate

Chattanooga Veterans by Education

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62.6%

Labor Force Participation

59.3%

Employment Rate

5.2%

Unemployment Rate

Chattanooga Employment by Age

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Chattanooga Employment by Race

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Chattanooga Employment by Education

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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59.30%

Born in Chattanooga

93.25%

Native Born

6.75%

Foreign Born

4.30%

Non Citizen

2.45%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

93.25% of Chattanooga residents were born in the United States, with 59.30% having been born in Tennessee. 4.30% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Chattanooga Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

Chattanooga Population by Year