Catoosa County map showing Fort Oglethorpe, Ringgold and I-75 entering from Tennessee

Referred to as the “Gateway
to Georgia,” Catoosa County
is rich in beautiful scenery, deep-rooted history, and logistical convenience.

Catoosa, whose border is contiguous with Tennessee, gets its “Gateway to Georgia” nickname because I-75 enters the state here.

Catoosa County, Georgia is home to the cities of Ringgold and Fort Oglethorpe and part of the town of Tunnel Hill. Ringgold is the county seat.

A portion of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is located in this Northwest Georgia county as well as several pre-Civil War buildings and historic Fort Oglethorpe. The Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park “preserves, protects and interprets” the sites of the battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga. In addition to the area’s Civil War history, Fort Oglethorpe served as a major military outpost during the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II.

The county is also home to Lake Winnepesaukah, a popular family-owned
amusement and water park.

For more information on Catoosa County, please visit their local development authority’s website at www.catoosaeda.org

People
Demographics
Population 66,550
Population change 2010 to 2017 +4.0%
Age
Persons under 5 years, percent, 2017 5.5%
Persons under 18 years, percent, 2017 23.5%
Persons 65 years and over, percent, 2017 16.2%
Gender
Female persons, percent, 2017 51.5%
Male persons, percent, 2017 48.5%
Race
White, percent, 2017 92.7%
Black or African American, percent, 2017 2.4%
American Indian and Alaska Native, percent, 2017 0.2%
Asian, percent, 2017 1.4%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2017 0.0%
Two or More Races, percent, 2017 2.1%
Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2017 2.9%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2017 91.4%
Education
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25+ 86.7%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+ 20.3%
Commuting
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 23.3
Homeownership & Income
Homeownership rate, 2017 73.4%
Households, 2017 24,719
Per capita money income in past 12 months, 2017 $25,643
Median household income, 2017 $54,537
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2017 $138,800
Labor
Labor Force 33,908
Employed 32,831
Unemployed 1,077
Unemployment Rate 3.2%
Average Goods Producing Weekly Wage $845
Average Service Providing Weekly Wage $585

Sources: USDOL - Bureau of Labor Statistics October 2018 (not seasonally adjusted); Georgia DOL County Labor Profiles 2017; U.S. Census Bureau