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

Population 67,580
Population change 2010 to 2019 +5.7%
Persons under 5 years, percent, 2019 5.3%
Persons under 18 years, percent, 2019 22.6%
Persons 65 years and over, percent, 2019 18.2%
Female persons, percent, 2019 51.5%
Male persons, percent, 2019 48.5%
White, percent, 2019 93.1%
Black or African American, percent, 2019 2.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native, percent, 2019 0.4%
Asian, percent, 2019 1.4%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2019 0.2%
Two or More Races, percent, 2019 1.9%
Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2019 3.2%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2019 90.5%
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25+ 87.4%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+ 20.8%
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 23.8
Homeownership & Income
Homeownership rate, 2019 73.4%
Households, 2018 24,636
Per capita money income in past 12 months, 2018 $26,915
Median household income, 2018 $55,125
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2018 $140,000
Labor Force 33,517
Employed 32,518
Unemployed 999
Unemployment Rate 3.0%
Average Goods Producing Weekly Wage $898
Average Service Providing Weekly Wage $624

Sources: Georgia DOL County Labor Profiles 2020; U.S. Census Bureau