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Welcome to Chattanooga ...

The city of Chattanooga is primarily located in Hamilton County and is the County Seat for Hamilton County. A portion of Chattanooga extends into Marion County.

When the people of Chattanooga refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Chattanoogan<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Chattanooga has a population of 180,557 people<2> (see below for details).

Chattanooga was established in 1816.

The community of Chattanooga is 700 feet [213 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Chattanooga lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel west from Chattanooga (for example, toward Jasper), you will soon leave Eastern Time and cross into the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT).

Chattanooga is within the boundaries of the (423) area code.

The ZIP code for Chattanooga: 37402<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Chattanooga had a population of 167,674 people (or 49.83% of the total population of Hamilton County). This makes Chattanooga the county's most populous community.

The population of Chattanooga represents 2.64% of the total population of Tennessee (which has 6,346,105 people), making it the state's 4th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 167,674 people, the population of Chattanooga increased 7.79% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 155,554 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Chattanooga had an population of 180,557 people. This is an increase of 7.68% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 16.07% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Chattanooga.

Communities Also Named Chattanooga ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 3 communities that are also named Chattanooga - they are located in Colorado, Ohio and Oklahoma.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Chattanooga.

Websites for Chattanooga ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Junior League:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Chattanooga. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Chattanooga. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Chattanooga. Our list includes 87 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Chattanooga:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Chattanooga ...

Looking for more information about Chattanooga? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Chattanooga, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Chattanooga.

Communities near Chattanooga ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

East Brainerd   [Map]

Lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the East (E) of Chattanooga

Soddy-Daisy   [Map]

Lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Chattanooga

Soddy Lake Heights   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Chattanooga

Middle Valley Estates   [Map]

Lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Chattanooga

Collegedale   [Map]

Lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East (E) of Chattanooga

Fort Oglethorpe   [Map]

Lies 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Chattanooga

Located in Catoosa County (GA)

Signal Mountain   [Map]

Lies 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) of Chattanooga

Signal Terrace   [Map]

Lies 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) of Chattanooga

Harrison Ferry   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Chattanooga

Ringgold   [Map]

Lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Chattanooga

Located in Catoosa County (GA)

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Chattanooga.

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Footnotes ...

<1>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Chattanooga refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Chattanooga may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Chattanooga.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Chattanooga - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Chattanooga). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Chattanooga or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Chattanooga) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Chattanooga. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Chattanooga

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chattanooga. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.0455, Longitude: -85.3104     [Map].

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