Chattanooga, Tennessee Population 2021

184,561
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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 184,561, it is the 4th largest city in Tennessee (after Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville) and the 139th largest city in the United States . Chattanooga is currently growing at a rate of 0.48% annually and its population has increased by 10.07% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 167,674 in 2010. Chattanooga reached it's highest population of 184,561 in 2021. Spanning over 151 miles, Chattanooga has a population density of 1,291 people per square mile.

The average household income in Chattanooga is $69,197 with a poverty rate of 17.64%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $859 per month, and the median house value is $167,500. 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 Chattanooga was:

  • White: 62.30%
  • Black or African American: 31.36%
  • Asian: 2.67%
  • Two or more races: 2.37%
  • Other race: 1.10%
  • Native American: 0.16%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.03%
The current population of Chattanooga, Tennessee is 184,561 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 181,918.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 167,674.

Chattanooga, Tennessee Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021573,9184,3620.76%
2020569,5564,3620.77%
2019565,1944,3620.77%
2018560,8324,8790.87%
2017555,9534,0940.74%
2016551,8594,6540.84%
2015547,2053,0220.55%
2014544,1832,0020.37%
2013542,1814,0780.75%
2012538,1034,4820.83%
2011533,6214,4900.84%
2010529,1310.00%

Chattanooga Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White111,93962.30%
Black or African American56,34831.36%
Asian4,8052.67%
Two or More Races4,2652.37%
Some Other Race1,9851.10%
American Indian and Alaska Native2900.16%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander580.03%
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Chattanooga Population by Race

Chattanooga Population Pyramid $2021

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Chattanooga Median Age

37.5


Total

36.4


Male

38.5


Female

Chattanooga Adults

There are 144,735 adults, (29,853 of whom are seniors) in Chattanooga.

Chattanooga Age Dependency

56.4

Age Dependency Ratio

26

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Chattanooga Sex Ratio

Female

95,547

53.17%

Male

84,143

46.83%

Chattanooga Population by Age

Chattanooga Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Chattanooga Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married75%25%
All52.6%47.4%
Male47%53%
Non Family41.9%58.1%
Female35.4%64.6%

52.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Chattanooga Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All75,9402.2552.6
Non Family36,4771.2441.9
Married26,0153.0675
Female10,3503.4435.4
Male3,0983.2847

3.11

Average Family Size

2.25

Average Household Size

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Chattanooga Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5,1864.12%
9th to 12th Grade10,5818.41%
High School Graduate34,79527.66%
Some College26,81321.31%
Associates Degree10,6698.48%
Bachelors Degree24,38319.38%
Graduate Degree13,37510.63%
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Chattanooga Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Chattanooga Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White77,42871,52029,913
Black37,66431,1844,832
Hispanic5,5733,181835
Asian3,4402,6771,674
2+ Races1,6031,396569
Other Race932530119
Native American24722643
Islander464635

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 76.09%.

Chattanooga Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,514$40,050$31,454
Less Than 9th Grade$18,684$19,959$15,994
High School Graduate$25,857$30,199$22,433
Some College$32,290$36,265$29,620
Bachelors Degree$50,170$61,264$43,408
Graduate Degree$60,643$76,010$50,565

$35,514

Average Earnings

$40,050

Average Male

$31,454

Average Female

Chattanooga Earnings by Educational Attainment

Chattanooga Language by Age

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Chattanooga Language

91.23% of Chattanooga residents speak only English, while 8.77% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.16% of the population.

Chattanooga Language

Chattanooga Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black54,66714,94027.33%
White97,44110,82011.10%
Hispanic11,0953,21829.00%
Multiple4,06091322.49%
Other1,93767034.59%
Asian4,7042655.63%
Native2907325.17%
Islander584475.86%

17.64%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.44%

Male Poverty Rate

18.70%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Chattanooga

The race most likely to be in poverty in Chattanooga is Islander, with 75.86% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Chattanooga is Asian, with 5.63% 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 22.17%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.52%.

Chattanooga Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade36.25%
High School17.78%
Some College10.69%
Bachelors or Greater5.20%

Chattanooga Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed50.35%
Male Unemployed34.18%
Female Employed9.67%
Male Employed6.48%

Chattanooga Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Chattanooga Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$45,527$69,197
Families$63,970$89,948
Married Families$82,834$112,498
Non Families$31,707$45,650
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Income by Household Type

Chattanooga Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

38.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.8%

Male Marriage Rate

35.5%

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 Marital Status

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9,889

Number of Veterans

9,129

Male Veterans

760

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam3,564
First Gulf War1,994
Second Gulf War1,429
Korea771
World War II521

Chattanooga Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 742,513
35 to 542,313
75+2,303
55 to 642,098
18 to 34662

Chattanooga Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White7,3307.80%
Black2,4215.59%
Hispanic1482.17%
2+ Races1085.12%
Native American167.17%
Asian100.26%
Other Race40.34%

Chattanooga Veterans by Race

Chattanooga Veterans by Education

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10.77%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.17%

Veteran Disability Rate

Chattanooga Veterans by Education

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61.9%

Labor Force Participation

58.1%

Employment Rate

6.1%

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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60.37%

Born in Chattanooga

93.60%

Native Born

6.40%

Foreign Born

4.21%

Non Citizen

2.19%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

93.60% of Chattanooga residents were born in the United States, with 60.37% having been born in Tennessee. 4.21% 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

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021184,5618810.48%
2020183,6808810.48%
2019182,7998810.48%
2018181,9182,3881.33%
2017179,5301,7841.00%
2016177,7461,3460.76%
2015176,4001,0790.62%
2014175,321-4-0.00%
2013175,3251,3530.78%
2012173,9721,6310.95%
2011172,3411,7671.04%
2010170,57415,0200.93%
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 by Year