Chattanooga city, Tennessee

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Chattanooga city, Tennessee

Chattanooga city, Tennessee
Nickname(s):Scenic City (official), River City, Nooga, Chattown, and Gig City
- Total:167.674 (2010)
- Density:1.215,0/sq mi (471,0/sq km)
Area code(s):423
Time zone:EST (UTC-5)
Summer Time zone:EDT (UTC-4)
- Total:146 sq mi (376 sq km)
- Land:138 sq mi (356 sq km)
- Water:8 sq mi (20 sq km)
- % water:5,32 %

Quick information summary of the Chattanooga city area.

Chattanooga city is located in the state of Tennessee. It occupies the area of 146 square miles. 8 square miles are water areas and 138 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Chattanooga city lies at +35.0664635, -085.2470649 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 167.674 living in the Chattanooga city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (57.97%), Black or African American (34.89%) and Some Other Race (2.78%). Median age is 35 for the males and 39 for the females.

Chattanooga is a city in the U.S. state of Tennessee and the seat of Hamilton County. With a population of 167,674 at the 2010 Census, Chattanooga was the fourth-largest city in Tennessee.

The city lies on two lakes: Chickamauga and Nickajack, both part of the Tennessee River. It is located very close to the border with Georgia.

Chattanooga is a recognized “Tree City USA.” Some of the popular nicknames for the city include “Scenic City,” “River City,” “Nooga,” “Chattown” and “Gig City.” Residents of Chattanooga are called Chattanoogans.

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Statistical data for the Chattanooga city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

White alone
97,20257.97 %
Black or African American alone
58,50734.89 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
6470.39 %
Asian alone
3,3061.97 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1820.11 %
Some Other Race alone
4,6692.78 %
Two or More races
3,1611.89 %

Profile of the Chattanooga city

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The name “Chattanooga” came from Muskogean language and referred to a dwelling place at or near a rock. The area of present-day city was inhabited by Cherokee between 1776 and 1838. Cherokee Nation traveled down the river to establish their presence in the southeastern United States. One of their major settlements in the area, Ross’s Landing, was located along what is now Broad Street in Chattanooga. Cherokee, along with other Native Americans from that part of the USA were forced to relocate to Oklahoma in 1838, traveling along what is now called the “Trail of Tears.”

Ross’s Landing was incorporated as the city of Chattanooga in 1838. Its location on the river was already favorable for commerce but the real boom came, of course, with the arrival of the railroad in 1850. It was then known as a place “where cotton meets corn,” referring to its position between the cotton-dominated South and the rural mountain communities of the Appalachia.

Chattanooga saw a lot of war activities and battles during the Civil War. It was bombarded and occupied by Union troops in September,1963. The Battles of Chattanooga started in November that same year, the city was taken over by the Confederates and other battles ensued in and around the city, including the Battle of Missionary Bridge.

The city managed to recover quickly after the war and established itself as an important industrial center and a major railroad hub.

In 1867, Chattanooga suffered the worst flooding in its history. It was only in 1930s that the real efforts towards flood prevention were initiated.

In 1906, the city made the national headlines during a U.S. Supreme Court case against a local sheriff who let the mob enter the jail and lynch a black man accused of rape.

Further growth came with the American involvement in World War I. During that time the city suffered from a major influenza epidemic. In the 1930s Chattanooga had a vibrant music scene and was dubbed the “Dynamo of Dixie.”

As an industrial town surrounded by mountains, Chattanooga always had serious pollution problems. In 1969 the federal government declared it the city with the dirtiest air in the nation. At the same time, and also during the following decades, the city was struggling with racial tensions, urban decay, deteriorating public infrastructure, great social divisions and a significant drop in the population.

The city has undergone several major redevelopment projects, including the Waterfront Plan, opening of the Tennessee Aquarium and the reconstruction of the historic Walnut Street Bridge. In 2008, Chattanooga ranked 8th at the Forbes’ list of America’s 100 largest “Bang For Your Buck” cities.

Chattanooga today occupies an area of 143.2 square miles, of which 5.56% is water. It sits between the Ridge-and-valley Appalachians and the Walden’s Ridge. Major geographic features in the city are the Tennessee River and the Missionary Ridge, which bisects the city. The Chickamauga Dam on the Tennessee River is located north of the downtown Chattanooga.

The city has three historic neighborhoods recognized by the National Registry of Historic Places: Fort Wood, St. Elmo and Ferger Place, and also ten local historic districts.

Chattanooga has a humid subtropical climate, with four distinct seasons. Winters are mild, with rare snowfall, and summers are hot and humid.

At the 2010 Census, Chattanooga had a population of 167,674 and the racial makeup was 55.9% non-Hispanic Whites, 34.9% Black or African American, 5.5% Hispanic or Latino of any race, 2% Asian, 0.4% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.9% some other race, 1.3% two or more races.

The median household income was $35,817 and the per capita income for the city was $23,756.

Chattanooga is home to many prominent companies, including Access America Transport, Chattem, Krystal, Litespeed, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Unum, Miller & Martin, Rock/Creek, Republic Parking System and many others.

In addition, many major companies, such as, BASF, DuPont, Norfolk Southern, Alstom and Plantronics have distribution or manufacturing facilities in the city. The Volkswagen Group of America in 2011 opened its Chattanooga Assembly Plant, which serves as the group’s North American manufacturing headquarters.

Notable museums in Chattanooga include Hunter Museum of American Art, International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, Creative Discovery Museum, National Medal of Honor Museum and Chattanooga Regional History Museum.

The city’s historic Tivoli Theatre is home to the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. Other significant performing venues include the Chattanooga Theatre Centre and Memorial Auditorium.

Some of the popular attractions in the city include the Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel, Tennessee Riverwalk trail, Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park, See Rock City Barns, Ruby Falls, the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, Point Park and the Battles of Chattanooga Museum.

Chattanooga hosts the annual nine-day music festival called Riverbend Festival. Other popular events include a sci-fi and fantasy convention Chattacon, Southern Brewer’s Festival and the Chattanooga Dulcimer Festival.

Institutions of higher education in the city include University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga State Community College, Tennessee Temple University and a branch of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.

Major highways in Chattanooga include I-24, I-59, I-75, US-27 and State Route 153. The city has a number of bridges on the Tennessee River, including Walnut Street Bridge, Market Street Bridge, P.R. Olgiati Bridge, Veterans Memorial Bridge and others.

Public transit in the city is operated by the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority and consists of 17 routes and free electric shuttle in the downtown area.

Chattanooga is still today a major railroad hub, served by two major Class I railroads: Norfolk Southern and CSX. Railroad service is also provided by Chattooga and Chickamauga Railway. On the other hand, the city does not have a passenger rail service for commuters or long-distance travelers.

The primary airport for the city is Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, served by American Eagle Airlines, Delta Connection, Allegiant Airlines and US Airways Express.

Statistical data for the Chattanooga city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

White alone
97,20257.97 %
Black or African American alone
58,50734.89 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
6470.39 %
Asian alone
3,3061.97 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1820.11 %
Some Other Race alone
4,6692.78 %
Two or More races
3,1611.89 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Not Hispanic or Latino
158,44994.50 %
Hispanic or Latino
9,2255.50 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Not Hispanic or Latino
158,44994.50 %
White alone
93,69859.13 %
Black or African American alone
58,25636.77 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
4090.26 %
Asian alone
3,2732.07 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
790.05 %
Some Other Race alone
2200.14 %
Two or More races
2,5141.59 %
Hispanic or Latino
9,2255.50 %
White alone
3,50437.98 %
Black or African American alone
2512.72 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
2382.58 %
Asian alone
330.36 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1031.12 %
Some Other Race alone
4,44948.23 %
Two or More races
6477.01 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes

Household Type

Family households
40,38457.08 %
Husband-wife family
24,77761.35 %
Other family
15,60738.65 %
Male householder, no wife present
3,33821.39 %
Female householder, no husband present
12,26978.61 %
Nonfamily households
30,36542.92 %
Householder living alone
24,95782.19 %
Householder not living alone
5,40817.81 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Chattanooga city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Chattanooga city center coordinates

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Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Chattanooga city center


  • Ross First Shoals [2.73 mi] [4.39 km]
  • Citico Bar [2.44 mi] [3.92 km]
  • Chattanooga Shoals [2.91 mi] [4.68 km]


  • P R Olgiati Bridge [3.98 mi] [6.4 km]
  • Walnut Street Bridge [3.46 mi] [5.58 km]
  • Chief John Ross Bridge [3.59 mi] [5.77 km]


  • Siskin Museum of Religious Artifacts [2.7 mi] [4.34 km]
  • Siskin Hospital For Physical Rehabilitation [2.74 mi] [4.41 km]
  • Chattanooga Regional History Museum [3.76 mi] [6.05 km]
  • National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History [3.39 mi] [5.45 km]
  • Anna Safley Houston Museum [3.42 mi] [5.5 km]
  • Hunter Museum of Art [3.42 mi] [5.5 km]
  • Chattanooga Fire Department Station 4 [0.67 mi] [1.07 km]
  • Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum [0.33 mi] [0.54 km]
  • Tennessee Highway Department [2.3 mi] [3.7 km]
  • Southwest Ambulance [0.87 mi] [1.4 km]
  • Chattanooga Fire Department Station 12 [3.12 mi] [5.02 km]


  • Lakewood East Memory Gardens [2.15 mi] [3.46 km]
  • Wilson Cemetery [3.33 mi] [5.37 km]
  • Greenwood Cemetery [0.74 mi] [1.19 km]


  • Chattanooga Division (historical) [0.39 mi] [0.64 km]


  • Avondale Church of Christ [1.44 mi] [2.31 km]
  • First Baptist Church [4.01 mi] [6.46 km]
  • Wyley Memorial Methodist Church [3.52 mi] [5.67 km]
  • Pepper Box Church (historical) [3.52 mi] [5.66 km]
  • Wesley Chapel Community Christian Church [1.43 mi] [2.3 km]
  • Antioch Church [0.99 mi] [1.59 km]
  • Pilgrimrest Baptist Church [1.01 mi] [1.63 km]
  • Avondale Baptist Church [1.26 mi] [2.03 km]
  • New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church [0.98 mi] [1.58 km]
  • Rock Island Baptist Church [1.17 mi] [1.89 km]
  • Union Hill Baptist Church [0.87 mi] [1.39 km]
  • Cromwell Baptist Church [2.23 mi] [3.58 km]
  • Miracle Missionary Baptist Church [0.91 mi] [1.46 km]
  • Worlds Church of the Living God [0.57 mi] [0.91 km]
  • McCarty Church [1.07 mi] [1.73 km]
  • East Chattanooga Church of Christ [0.1 mi] [0.17 km]
  • Calvary Temple Assembly of God [0.02 mi] [0.04 km]
  • Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church [0.29 mi] [0.47 km]
  • East Chattanooga United Methodist Church [0.11 mi] [0.17 km]
  • North Chattanooga Church of God [3.53 mi] [5.68 km]
  • Fairleigh Street Baptist Church [0.23 mi] [0.36 km]
  • First Calvary Baptist Church [3.69 mi] [5.93 km]
  • Mount Canaan Baptist Church [0.16 mi] [0.25 km]
  • Chamlee Heights Church [0.8 mi] [1.28 km]
  • First Baptist Church of Brozentown [1.05 mi] [1.68 km]
  • Northside United Presbyterian Church [2.7 mi] [4.35 km]
  • East Chattanooga Baptist Church [0.32 mi] [0.52 km]


  • Commissioner District 4 [1.21 mi] [1.95 km]
  • City of Chattanooga [0.03 mi] [0.05 km]


  • Atlanuwa [3.26 mi] [5.24 km]


  • Interchange 1C [3.92 mi] [6.31 km]
  • Ross Ferry (historical) [3.54 mi] [5.7 km]


  • Dodson Avenue Community Health Center [1.43 mi] [2.29 km]


  • Maclellan Island [3.11 mi] [5 km]


  • Manker Patten Tennis Center [2.98 mi] [4.8 km]
  • Tennessee Aquarium [3.7 mi] [5.95 km]
  • Harry Debutts Yards [1.29 mi] [2.08 km]
  • Chattanooga Golf and Country Club [2.04 mi] [3.28 km]
  • Town and Country Shopping Center [3.48 mi] [5.6 km]
  • McCarty Station [1.49 mi] [2.4 km]


  • Fort Sherman (historical) [3.47 mi] [5.58 km]
  • Lunette O'Meara (historical) [3.39 mi] [5.46 km]
  • Redoubt Putnam (historical) [3.59 mi] [5.77 km]
  • Redoubt Bushnell (historical) [3.3 mi] [5.3 km]
  • Redoubt Carpenter (historical) [3.87 mi] [6.23 km]


  • Brannan-Montague Mine [0.9 mi] [1.45 km]
  • Chattanooga Quarry [2.53 mi] [4.07 km]
  • Isabella Stewart Mine [0.54 mi] [0.86 km]


  • Boynton Park [4.05 mi] [6.52 km]
  • Ross Landing City Park [3.91 mi] [6.29 km]
  • Audubon Society Wildlife Refuge [3.32 mi] [5.34 km]

Populated Place

  • Rollingwood [1.66 mi] [2.68 km]
  • Forest Hills [1.16 mi] [1.87 km]
  • Ridgewood Acres [0.95 mi] [1.53 km]
  • Creekwood Terrace [1.97 mi] [3.17 km]
  • Avondale [1.09 mi] [1.76 km]
  • North Chattanooga [3.51 mi] [5.64 km]
  • Hampton Heights [2.64 mi] [4.25 km]
  • Fairhills [2.4 mi] [3.86 km]
  • East Chattanooga [0.14 mi] [0.22 km]
  • North Tower Forest [0.7 mi] [1.13 km]
  • Riverside Park [1.17 mi] [1.88 km]
  • Riverview [2.12 mi] [3.41 km]
  • Jersey [3.08 mi] [4.96 km]

Post Office

  • East Chattanooga Post Office [0.27 mi] [0.43 km]


  • Riverside High School [2.94 mi] [4.74 km]
  • Chestnut Street Adult Education Center [3.84 mi] [6.18 km]
  • Kirkman Technical High School [3.81 mi] [6.13 km]
  • Avondale Elementary School [1.03 mi] [1.66 km]
  • Mary Ann Garber Elementary School [0.84 mi] [1.34 km]
  • Richard Hardy Junior High School [0.59 mi] [0.94 km]
  • Russell Brown Elementary School [3.64 mi] [5.85 km]
  • Normal Park Elementary School [2.7 mi] [4.34 km]
  • East Chattanooga Elementary School [0.33 mi] [0.53 km]


  • Citico Creek [2.54 mi] [4.08 km]
  • Tannery Branch [1.28 mi] [2.06 km]


  • WDXB-AM (Chattanooga) [1.79 mi] [2.88 km]
  • WNOO-AM (Chattanooga) [1.75 mi] [2.82 km]


  • Wilcox Tunnel [1.11 mi] [1.79 km]

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