Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga: The fourth most populous city in Tennessee. It is located in the southeastern part of the state. Chattanooga is known for its many waterfalls, its many parks and green spaces, and its many attractions, such as the Tennessee Aquarium and the Rock City Gardens.


Chattanooga is a city located in the county of Hamilton in the U.S. state of Tennessee. Its population at the 2010 census was 167,674 and a population density of 429 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 184,742 inhabitants.

The city was created 185 years ago in 1838.

Nestled along the Tennessee River surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains, Chattanooga lives up to its nickname as the Scenic City. In addition to natural beauty, the city wows visitors with its downtown revival and cultural attractions.

Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Chattanooga to explore locations like the Tennessee Riverpark - a 10-mile urban greenway along the riverfront perfect for walking, running, and cycling.

Nearby outdoor meccas include Lookout Mountain, ideal for rock climbing and hang gliding, and the Ocoee River known as the country’s #1 whitewater rafting venue.

Revitalized Downtown

Once declining, downtown Chattanooga has transformed into a vibrant district with attractions like the Tennessee Aquarium, creative restaurants and breweries, and green gathering spaces.

The Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge provides scenic views of the river and city from its unique swinging design. History exhibits at the Chattanooga Choo Choo transport visitors to the city’s past.

Arts and Culture

Chattanooga delights culture vultures with attractions like the Hunter Museum of American Art, set atop an 80-foot bluff with panoramic vistas. The city’s historic Tivoli Theatre hosts concerts, theater performances, and more.

Public art installations, including the iconic The Passage sculpture along the riverfront, add to Chattanooga’s creative spirit.

With its stunning natural scenery and rejuvenated urban core, Chattanooga entices visitors to stay and enjoy genuine Southern hospitality.

Chattanooga locator map
Location of Chattanooga on Tennessee map.

Quick Facts about Chattanooga

Population : 184,742 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Tennessee (United States)
County : Hamilton County
Postal code : 37401–37450
Phone Area Codes : 423
Area : 390.5 km2
Altitude : 676 feet / 206 meters
Capital city : Chattanooga is capital of Hamilton County
Establishment : January 01, 1839 (185 years ago)
Time Zone : Eastern Time Zone
Local time : 20:30:10 (2nd March 2024)
Density : 473 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 9.24% (2010-2020)
Chattanooga  Tennessee Skyline image
Chattanooga Tennessee Skyline
Chattanooga  Tennessee Skyline image


Chattanooga is located at 35°2'44"N 85°18'35"W (35.0456300, -85.3096800).

Chattanooga map

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The population of Chattanooga increased by 9.24% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 167,674 - census
2011 172,341 2.71% estimation process
2012 173,972 0.94% estimation process
2013 175,325 0.77% estimation process
2014 175,321 -0% estimation process
2015 176,400 0.61% estimation process
2016 177,746 0.76% estimation process
2017 179,530 0.99% estimation process
2018 181,918 1.31% estimation process
2019 182,799 0.48% estimation process
2020 184,742 1.05% estimation process

Chattanooga zip code is 37402. County name: Hamilton, County fips: 47065

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People born in Chattanooga (200)

People born in Chattanooga, including blues singer Bessie Smith, Actress, film director, screenwriter Lori Petty, astronaut Tamara E. Jernigan, .


  • Valaida Snow (American musician) she was born in 02/06/1902
  • David Manker Abshire (American diplomat) he was born in 11/04/1926
  • Bennie Wallace (American musician) he was born in 18/11/1946
  • Coleman Barks (American poet) he was born in 23/04/1937
  • George S. Clinton (American composer) he was born in 17/06/1947
  • Arthur Golden (American novelist) he was born in 06/12/1956
  • Bill Brock (politician and United States Navy sailor) he was born in 23/11/1930
  • Lewis Smith (American actor) he was born in 01/08/1956
  • Yusef Lateef (American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator and spokesman for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community) he was born in 09/10/1920
  • John Thompson Whitaker (American journalist) he was born in 25/01/1906
  • Ed Westcott (American photographer) he was born in 01/01/1922
  • Leslie Jordan (American actor) he was born in 29/04/1955
  • Terry Gordy (American professional wrestler) he was born in 23/04/1961
  • Miller Puckette (American academic) he was born in 26/03/1959
  • Dennis Haskins (American actor) he was born in 18/11/1950
  • Bill McKinney (actor (1931-2011)) he was born in 12/09/1931
  • Jimmy Blanton (American musician) he was born in 05/10/1918
  • Reggie White (American football defensive end, Pro Football Hall of Famer (1961-2004)) he was born in 19/12/1961

Schools in Chattanooga

College & universities near Chattanooga, TN

Code Name City ZIP
221740 The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Chattanooga (TN) 37403-2598
441104 Richmont Graduate University Chattanooga (TN) 37404
219824 Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga (TN) 37406-1097
139393 Covenant College Lookout Mountain (GA) 30750-4164
443650 Platt College-Miller-Motte Technical-Chattanooga Chattanooga (TN) 37421

Post offices near Chattanooga

Post Office Name City ZIP
Downtown Chattanooga Post Office Chattanooga (TN) 37402
North Chattanooga Post Office Chattanooga (TN) 37405
Highland Park Post Office Chattanooga (TN) 37404
South Chattanooga Post Office Chattanooga (TN) 37409
East Chattanooga Post Office Chattanooga (TN) 37406

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Other cities in Hamilton County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Hamilton County , TN.

City Name Population Title
East Ridge 20,979 City in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States of America
East Brainerd 15,114 Unincorporated community in Tennessee, United States
Soddy-Daisy 13,719 City in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States of America
Middle Valley 12,684 Census-designated place in Hamilton County, Tennessee
Red Bank 11,769 Borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States
Collegedale 11,400 City in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States of America
East Chattanooga 11,000 A neighborhood in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Signal Mountain 8,640 Town in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States
Walden 2,183 Town of the United States
Lookout Mountain 1,884 Town in Tennessee, United States
Lakesite 1,866 City in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States of America
Ooltewah 687 Census-designated place in Hamilton County, Tennessee
Ridgeside 446 Human settlement in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States of America

Distance to Other Cities

Chattanooga distances to largest Tennessee cities