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Welcome to Chattanooga ...

The city of Chattanooga is primarily located in Hamilton County<1> 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<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Chattanooga has a population of 182,828 people<3> (see below for details).

Chattanooga was established in 1816.

The community of Chattanooga is 700 feet [213 m] above sea level.<4>.

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).

The telephone area code for Chattanooga: (423)

The ZIP code for Chattanooga: 37402<5>

Websites for Chattanooga ...

Official Website:   www.chattanooga.gov/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.chattanooga-chamber.com/

Junior League:   jlchatt.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Chattanooga had an population of 182,828 people. This is an increase of 9.04% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 17.53% since the 2000 Census).

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 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).

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.

Communities near Chattanooga ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Chattanooga.

  • Lytle [Walker County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lytle
    • Lytle [Walker County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the south of Chattanooga
    • Population from the 2010 Census: 37,115 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lytle have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lytle
  • East Brainerd [Hamilton County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Brainerd
    • East Brainerd [Hamilton County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the east of Chattanooga
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Brainerd have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Brainerd
  • Soddy-Daisy [Hamilton County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Soddy-Daisy
    • Soddy-Daisy [Hamilton County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the northeast of Chattanooga
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 13,719 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Soddy-Daisy have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Soddy-Daisy
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Soddy-Daisy<8>
  • Soddy Lake Heights [Hamilton County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Soddy Lake Heights
    • Soddy Lake Heights [Hamilton County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the northeast of Chattanooga
    • Estimated population in 2014: 13,190 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Soddy Lake Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Soddy Lake Heights
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Middle Valley Estates [Hamilton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Middle Valley Estates
      • Middle Valley Estates [Hamilton County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the northeast of Chattanooga
      • Population from the 2010 Census: 12,684 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Middle Valley Estates have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Middle Valley Estates
    • Collegedale [Hamilton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Collegedale
      • Collegedale [Hamilton County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the east of Chattanooga
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,400 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Collegedale have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Collegedale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Collegedale<8>
    • Fort Oglethorpe [Catoosa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Oglethorpe
      • Fort Oglethorpe [Catoosa County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the southeast of Chattanooga
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,973 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fort Oglethorpe
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fort Oglethorpe<8>
    • Signal Terrace [Hamilton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Signal Terrace
      • Signal Terrace [Hamilton County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<6> to the north of Chattanooga
      • Estimated population in 2014: 8,519 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Signal Terrace have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Signal Terrace
    • Harrison Ferry [Hamilton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harrison Ferry
      • Harrison Ferry [Hamilton County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the northeast of Chattanooga
      • Population from the 2010 Census: 7,769 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harrison Ferry have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harrison Ferry
    • Dafron [Catoosa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dafron
      • Dafron [Catoosa County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the southeast of Chattanooga
      • Estimated population in 2019: 7,294 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dafron have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dafron

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

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

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Chattanooga. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Chattanooga.

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 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Chattanooga.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Chattanooga. Our list includes 87 papers. See our Newspapers 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.

Adding Chattanooga to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Chattanooga in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Chattanooga was on a map titled Map of Tennessee (from Rand McNally, 1888).

We also found Chattanooga in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Chattanooga on our Genealogy Page.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Chattanooga: www.chattanooga.gov/

The official website for Hamilton County: www.hamiltontn.gov/

The official website for State of Tennessee: https://www.tn.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Tennessee's counties, including Hamilton, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>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.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Chattanooga.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Chattanooga - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>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).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions 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 (or directions), 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 for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from ChattanoogaOur 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    
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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