Chattanooga, Tennessee Population 2022

185,442
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Chattanooga is a city located in Hamilton County Tennessee. Chattanooga has a 2020 population of 185,442. It is also the county seat of Hamilton County. Chattanooga is currently growing at a rate of 0.48% annually and its population has increased by 8.72% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 170,574 in 2010.

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 $891 per month, and the median house value is $174,900. 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 185,442 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 185,442.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 170,574.

Chattanooga, Tennessee Population 2022

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

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

Chattanooga Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White110,08160.69%
Black or African American56,20330.99%
American Indian and Alaska Native1820.10%
Asian5,2112.87%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander390.02%
Some Other Race3,0421.68%
Two or More Races6,6123.65%
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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

Type Owner Renter
Married74.4%25.6%
All52.8%47.2%
Male49%51%
Non Family42%58%
Female38.9%61.1%

52.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Chattanooga Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All77,1792.2452.8
Married26,0843.0574.4
Male3,0863.3849
Female10,7703.3838.9
Non Family37,2391.2442

3.09

Average Family Size

2.24

Average Household Size

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Chattanooga Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5,2324.15%
9th to 12th Grade9,5477.57%
High School Graduate34,23527.15%
Some College26,94521.37%
Associates Degree10,5868.39%
Bachelors Degree25,52520.24%
Graduate Degree14,04511.14%
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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
Islander323232
Asian3,5692,9601,850
White76,79271,01331,043
2+ Races3,1842,797856
Hispanic6,2123,842934
Black37,00231,3145,006
Other Race1,614936151
Native American17914116

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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Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,396$39,870$33,061
Less Than 9th Grade$19,985$21,059$17,716
High School Graduate$26,559$29,366$23,799
Some College$32,693$36,871$27,782
Bachelors Degree$49,359$57,161$43,798
Graduate Degree$61,604$81,530$53,651

$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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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Islander393179.49%
Native1826435.16%
Hispanic12,3523,94631.95%
Multiple6,3161,92430.46%
Black54,56515,27828.00%
White97,07110,13010.44%
Asian5,0802013.96%
Other974NaN%

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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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade35.11%
High School18.14%
Some College10.97%
Bachelors or Greater4.50%

Chattanooga Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed6.39%
Male Unemployed40.15%
Female Employed9.23%
Female Unemployed46.17%

Chattanooga Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Chattanooga Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$47,165$72,306
Families$65,462$94,404
Married Families$85,564$118,553
Non Families$33,688$46,696
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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

War Veterans
Second Gulf War1,342
First Gulf War1,982
Vietnam3,627
Korea609
World War II309

Chattanooga Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34524
35 to 542,319
55 to 642,085
65 to 742,547
75+2,211

Chattanooga Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White6,7897.33%
Black2,4965.85%
Asian110.28%
Other Race1095.51%
2+ Races2817.10%
Hispanic3214.29%

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
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18706,0930.00%
188012,8926,7997.78%
189029,10016,2088.48%
190030,1541,0540.36%
191044,60414,4503.99%
192057,89513,2912.64%
1930119,79861,9037.54%
1940128,1638,3650.68%
1950131,0412,8780.22%
1960130,009-1,032-0.08%
1970119,923-10,086-0.80%
1980169,51449,5913.52%
1990152,466-17,048-1.05%
2000155,5543,0880.20%
2010170,57415,0200.93%
2011172,3411,7671.04%
2012173,9721,6310.95%
2013175,3251,3530.78%
2014175,321-4-0.00%
2015176,4001,0790.62%
2016177,7461,3460.76%
2017179,5301,7841.00%
2018181,9182,3881.33%
2019182,7998810.48%
2020183,6808810.48%
2021184,5618810.48%
2022185,4428810.48%

Chattanooga Population by Year