Chattanooga, TN
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Living in Chattanooga


Chattanooga is a relatively large city located in the state of Tennessee. With a population of 180,557 people and 49 constituent neighborhoods, Chattanooga is the fourth largest community in Tennessee.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Chattanooga is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Chattanooga is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chattanooga who work in office and administrative support (12.73%), sales jobs (11.41%), and management occupations (8.75%).

One thing noticeable about Chattanooga, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Chattanooga is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Chattanooga a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

In terms of college education, Chattanooga is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 29.43% of adults in Chattanooga have a college degree.

The per capita income in Chattanooga in 2010 was $28,852, which is wealthy relative to Tennessee, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $115,408 for a family of four. However, Chattanooga contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Chattanooga is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Chattanooga home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Chattanooga residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Chattanooga include Irish, English, German, Scottish, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Chattanooga is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.