Profile for Chattanooga, Tennessee, TN
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Chattanooga is a city in Hamilton County.
It is the county seat.
The community name means "rock rising to a point."
The latitude of Chattanooga is 35.045N. The longitude is -85.309W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 676 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 154,887.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Chattanooga demographic reports
Chattanooga is on the Tennessee River, near the Georgia border.
Important railroad junction during the Civil War
Site of the first Coca-Cola bottling plant
Birthplace of the MoonPie, reputedly developed as a filling snack that would fit in coal miners' lunch pails
Public transportation: Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,973. The number of murders and homicides was 19. The violent crime rate was 12.6 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Samuel L. Jackson, actor
· Usher Raymond, R&B singer
· Venus Lacey, Olympic athlete
· Bessie Smith, blues singer
· Reggie White, football player
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Bad Ass Coffee, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Three Sisters Music Festival - Oct. 5-6, 2007
- Culture Fest - Sept. 29, 2007
- TaleSpin Festival - May 10-13, 2007
- Riverbend Music Festival - June 8-16, 2007
- Rocktoberfest - Oct. 6-28, 2007
Dates often change. Check Chattanooga web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Chattanooga Symphony & Opera
Nearby parks & recreation:
Chickamauga Lake, Nickajack Lake, Tennessee Wildlife Center, Ruby Falls, Booker T. Washington State Park, Audubon Acres
Chattanooga attractions: Lookout Mountain, Incline Railway, Tennessee Aquarium
Sports teams: Lookouts (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Chattanooga Regional History Museum, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park, Chattanooga African-American Museum, International Towing & Recovery Museum
Colleges and universities:
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga State Technical Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 94
· "Chattanooga Choo Choo"
· "Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy"
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Ancestry & family history
7% of Chattanooga residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Chattanooga ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Chattanooga was $19,689, compared with $21,587 nationally.
22% of Chattanooga residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Chattanooga festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Riverbend Music Festival - J
- Culture Fest - S
- Rocktoberfest - O
- TaleSpin Festival - M
- Three Sisters Music Festival - O
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Chattanooga include Ferger Place Historic District, Fort Wood Historic District, Fountain Square, Glenwood Historic District, Market Square - Patten Parkway, Market Street Warehouse Historic District, Martin Luther King Boulevard Historic District, St. Elmo Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Chattanooga, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $401. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $803.
Libraries in Chattanooga include Eastgate Branch Library, Main Library, Northgate Branch Library, South Chattanooga Branch Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Chattanooga include Chattanooga Times Free Press
TV stations in Chattanooga include WDEF, WDSI, WOOT-LP, WRCB, WTCI, WTVC.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WUTC.
Hamilton County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Chattanooga political report.
The average commute time for Chattanooga workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 63 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Chattanooga between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 4.1 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly lower than the national norm.
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