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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, 2017 410 79 94 154
Population
  • Catoosa County - 66,550   4.0%
  • Chattooga County - 24,880  -4.8%
  • Dade County - 16,282  -2.1%
  • Walker County - 68,609  0.26%
  • Northwest Georgia (four counties) - 176,321
  • Chattanooga, TN-GA MSA - 581,095
 
Age
  Catoosa County, GA Chattooga County, GA Dade County, GA Walker County, GA Northwest GA Chatt MSA
Persons under 5 years, percent, 2017 5.5% 5.5% 4.8% 5.6% 5.3% 5.5%
Persons under 18 years, percent, 2017 23.5% 22.7% 19.2% 22.3% 21.6% 21.6%
Persons 65 years and over, percent, 2017 16.2% 16.6% 17.7% 17.6% 17.3% 17.7%
Gender
  Catoosa County, GA Chattooga County, GA Dade County, GA Walker County, GA Northwest GA Chatt MSA
Female persons, percent, 2017 51.5% 48.8% 51.1% 50.6% 50.5% 50.8%
Male persons, percent, 2017 48.5% 51.2% 48.9% 49.4% 49.5% 49.2%
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+ 86.7% 73.0% 79.1% 81.3% 80.5% 81.9%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+ 20.3% 10.1% 13.9% 15.5% 15.0% 16.8%
Race
  Catoosa County, GA Chattooga County, GA Dade County, GA Walker County, GA
White, percent, 2017 92.7% 87.0% 95.1% 92.3%
Black or African American, percent, 2017 2.4% 10.3% 0.7% 4.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native, percent, 2017 0.2% 0.1% 0.7% 0.1%
Asian, percent, 2017 1.4% 0.4% 1.5% 0.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2017 0.0% 0.0% 0.8% 0.0%
Two or More Races, percent, 2017 2.1% 1.4% 1.0% 2.0%
Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2017 2.9% 4.7% 2.2% 2.0%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2017 91.4% 83.1% 93.8% 91.4%
Commuting (in Minutes)
  • Catoosa County - 23.3
  • Chattooga County - 25.2
  • Dade County - 26.4
  • Walker County - 28.4
 
Homeownership & Income
  Catoosa County, GA Chattooga County, GA Dade County, GA Walker County, GA
Homeownership rate, 2017 73.4% 65.7% 75.3% 72.3%
Households, 2017 24,719 9,253 6,089 25,564
Per capita money income in past 12 months, 2017 $25,643 $17,716 $23,184 $22,564
Median household income, 2017 $54,537 $35,718 $43,163 $43,581
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2017 $138,800 $68,500 $122,500 $111,100

(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.)