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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 2017, Chattanooga has a population of 179,139 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 lies within the (423) area code.

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Chattanooga had a population of 167,674 people (which is 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 (that had a count of 155,554 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Chattanooga had an population of 179,139 people. This is an increase of 6.84% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 15.16% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Chattanooga ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Chattanooga and not the distance if you are driving it.<4>.

Community   2017
Fort Oglethorpe (GA)   [Map]   9,831   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
Rossville (GA)   [Map]   3,984   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
Collegedale   [Map]   11,659   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
East Brainerd   [Map]   ---   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
Harrison Ferry   [Map]   ---   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
Middle Valley Estates   [Map]   ---   N   7 miles [11.3 km]

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

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Chattanooga. We make it easy to see an overhead 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:

Websites for Chattanooga ...

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Chamber of Commerce:
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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 get an overview with links that will help you to 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.

Search for Local Businesses ...

People are finding Google's 'Search-by-Location' to be a useful tool when planning visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Chattanooga. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

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Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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The official website for State of Tennessee:

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>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting from Chattanooga. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line 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, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Chattanooga

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chattanooga. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.0661, Longitude: -85.2468     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chattanooga have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<5>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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