Chattanooga, TN

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Chattanooga profile

Living in Chattanooga

Chattanooga is a relatively large city located in the state of Tennessee. With a population of 177,571 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 (13.99%), sales jobs (11.36%), and management occupations (8.99%).

Chattanooga has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Chattanooga has quite a high level of public transit users. Chattanooga’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The percentage of people in Chattanooga who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 27.85% of adults in Chattanooga have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Chattanooga in 2010 was $25,659, which is upper middle income relative to Tennessee, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $102,636 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 English, German, Scots-Irish, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Chattanooga is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.