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The entire Chattanooga, TN-GA MSA has a
growing population, which is young, diverse, educated and upwardly mobile.

An area population of more than 500,000 and a workforce of more than 250,000 represent a strong and stable labor pool for new and expanding companies in Northwest Georgia.

Population Density
  Catoosa County, GA Chattooga County, GA Dade County, GA Walker County, GA
Land area in square miles 162.16 313.34 173.98 446.38
Persons per square mile, 2016 405 80 94 153
Population
  • Catoosa County - 65,645   4.2%
  • Chattooga County - 25,046  -16.5%
  • Dade County - 16,356  1.5%
  • Walker County - 68,143  0.5%
  • Northwest Georgia (four counties) - 175,190
  • Chattanooga, TN-GA MSA - 551,632
 
Age
  Catoosa County, GA Chattooga County, GA Dade County, GA Walker County, GA Northwest GA Chatt MSA
Persons under 5 years, percent, 2016 5.5% 5.4% 4.7% 5.6% 5.3% 5.7%
Persons under 18 years, percent, 2016 23.7% 16.8% 19.3% 22.7% 20.6% 15.9%
Persons 65 years and over, percent, 2016 15.8% 16.2% 16.9% 16.6% 16.4% 16.3%
Gender
  Catoosa County, GA Chattooga County, GA Dade County, GA Walker County, GA Northwest GA Chatt MSA
Female persons, percent, 2016 51.5% 48.0% 51.1% 50.3% 50.2% 51.5%
Male persons, percent, 2016 48.5% 52.0% 48.9% 49.7% 49.8% 48.5%
Education
  Catoosa County, GA Chattooga County, GA Dade County, GA Walker County, GA Northwest GA Chatt MSA
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25+ 85.6% 72.5% 80.1% 79.7% 79.5% 86.1%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+ 19.7% 8.9% 13.8% 15.0% 14.4% 25.1%
Race
  Catoosa County, GA Chattooga County, GA Dade County, GA Walker County, GA
White alone, percent, 2016 93.2% 86.7% 95.2% 92.5%
Black or African American alone, percent, 2016 2.6% 10.7% 0.6% 4.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent, 2016 0.2% 0.1% 0.3% 0.3%
Asian alone, percent, 2016 1.5% 0.6% 1.5% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent, 2016 0.0% 0.1% 0.6% 0.0%
Two or More Races, percent, 2016 1.8% 0.9% 1.4% 1.7%
Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2016 2.7% 4.6% 2.1% 1.9%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2016 91.7% 82.9% 94.0% 91.5%
Commuting (in Minutes)
  • Catoosa County - 22.7
  • Chattooga County - 25.3
  • Dade County - 26.8
  • Walker County - 27.7
 
Homeownership & Income
  Catoosa County, GA Chattooga County, GA Dade County, GA Walker County, GA
Homeownership rate, 2016 73.9% 66.7% 76.1% 71.5%
Households, 2016 24,099 9,361 6,057 25,581
Per capita money income in past 12 months, 2016 $23,834 $17,381 $21,997 $21,588
Median household income, 2016 $52,265 $35,245 $43,463 $41,539
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2016 $135,300 $67,300 $119,200 $107,500

(a) Includes persons reporting only one race.
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.

(Chattanooga, TN-GA Metropolitan Statistical Area includes three Tennessee counties of Hamilton and Marion and three Georgia counties of Catoosa, Dade and Walker as shown in Georgia Department of Labor information. U.S. Office of Management and Budget also includes Sequatchie County. However, Georgia Department of Labor did not include in its Explorer profile of this area.)