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 65,645
Population change 2010 to 2017 +4.2%
Persons under 5 years, percent, 2016 5.5%
Persons under 18 years, percent, 2016 23.7%
Persons 65 years and over, percent, 2016 15.8%
Female persons, percent, 2016 51.5%
Male persons, percent, 2016 48.5%
White alone, percent, 2016 93.2%
Black or African American alone, percent, 2016 2.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent, 2016 0.2%
Asian alone, percent, 2016 1.5%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent, 2016 0.0%
Two or More Races, percent, 2016 1.8%
Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2016 2.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2016 91.7%
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25+ 85.6%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+ 19.7%
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 23.1
Homeownership & Income
Homeownership rate, 2016 73.9%
Households, 2016 24,099
Per capita money income in past 12 months, 2016 $23,834
Median household income, 2016 $52,265
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2016 $135,300
Labor Force 34,383
Employed 33,189
Unemployed 1,194
Unemployment Rate 3.5%
Average Goods Producing Weekly Wage $850
Average Service Providing Weekly Wage $565

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