Jamie Stitt

Assistant Commissioner, Business and Workforce Development

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave., Nashville, TN 37243
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Hamilton County

County Profile Tool
Hamilton County

Population & Demographics

Location

Time Zone

Eastern Time Zone

Grand Division

East Tennessee

Area (Square Miles)

542.4

County Seat

Chattanooga

Metropolitan Area

Chattanooga, TN-GA

ECD Region

Southeast

Population

Population (2014)

350,729

Population (2019)

367,804

Population Change (2014-2019)

4.9%

Population Forecast (2040)

414,987

Foreign Born Population

17,840

Foreign Born Persons (Percentage of Population)

5.0%

Language Other Than English Spoken At Home

6.5%

Civilian Veteran Population

22,867

Race (Percentage of Population)

White Alone

75.4%

Black or African American, alone

19.4%

American Indian And Alaska Native, alone

0.2%

Asian, alone

2.0%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, alone

0.0%

Some Other Race, alone

0.9%

Two or More Races

2.1%

Hispanic or Latino

5.5%

Age (Percentage of Population)
Male
Female
Total

Under 5 Years Old

Male: 6.1%

Female: 5.5%

Total: 5.8%

Under 18 Years Old

Male: 22.2%

Female: 19.8%

Total: 21.0%

18-64 Years Old

Male: 62.7%

Female: 61.7%

Total: 62.1%

65 Years and Over

Male: 15.1%

Female: 18.5%

Total: 16.9%

Median Age

Male: 38.1

Female: 41.1

Total: 39.6

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2014-2018 5-Year American Community Survey
U.S. Census Bureau, 2018 Annual Population Estimates
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Tennessee State Data Center (2018)

Housing & Income

Housing & Income

Households

137,309

Homeownership Rate

63.8%

Persons Per Household

2.46

Living In Same House 1 Year & Over

85.9%

Median Home Value

$171,400

Annual Home Sales

6,605

Median Sale Price of Homes Sold

$203,600

Persons In Households With Income Below Poverty Level

13.7%

Total Personal Income

$18,849,184,000

Personal Income Per Capita

$51,743

Household Income & Benefits
Percent of Household

Less Than $10,000

6.5%

$10,000 to $14,999

5.5%

$15,000 to $24,999

10.8%

$25,000 to $34,999

10.6%

$35,000 to $49,999

14.1%

$50,000 to $74,999

18.1%

$75,000 to $99,999

11.4%

$100,000 to $149,999

13.1%

$150,000 to $199,999

4.5%

$200,000 or More

5.3%

Median Household Income

$53,035

Percentage of Households by Income Range

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2014-2018 5-Year American Community Survey
Tennessee Housing Development Agency (2018)
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (2018)

Tax Structure

Property Tax

Property Tax Rate (County)

$2.77

State Property Tax

None

Assessment Ratio: Residential Property

25%

Assessment Ratio: Farm Property

25%

Assessment Ratio: Commercial/Industrial Property

40%

Assessment Ratio: Public Utility Property

55%

Assessment Ratio: Business Personal Property

30%

State Tax

State Income Tax on Wages

None

State Income Tax: Interest from Bonds and Notes and Dividends from Stock

1% (Hall Income tax is fully repealed after January 1, 2021)

Excise Tax (State)

6.5% of Tennessee taxable income

Franchise Tax (state)

0.25% of the greater of net worth or real and tangible property in Tennessee. The minimum tax is $100.

Unemployment Insurance Tax (state)

2.7% of the first $7,000 in wages for new employers

Sales Tax

State Sales Tax Rate

7.00%

County Sales Tax Rate

2.25%

Local Sales Tax Collections (FY 2017)

$121,169,999

Local Sales Tax Collections (FY 2018)

$134,038,063

Local Sales Tax Collections Growth (FY 2017-FY 2018)

10.6%

State Bond Ratings

Moody's

Aaa

Standard & Poor's

AAA

Fitch

AAA

Debt per Capita

State Debt per Capita

$929 (lowest in U.S.)

County Debt Per Capita

$1,034

Sources:
Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury (2019)
Tennessee Department of Revenue (2019)
The Tax Foundation (2020)

Labor Force

Labor Force Estimates (2018)
Tennessee
Hamilton

Labor Force

Tennessee: 3,242,754

Hamilton: 181,007

Employment

Tennessee: 3,129,078

Hamilton: 174,832

Unemployment

Tennessee: 113,676

Hamilton: 6,174

Unemployment Rate

Tennessee: 3.5%

Hamilton: 3.4%

Monthly Unemployment Rate*
Current
12 Months Ago

Tennessee

Current: 3.6%

12 Months Ago: 3.3%

Hamilton

Current: 2.9%

12 Months Ago: 3.0%

Unemployment Rate*
Tennessee
Hamilton

2015

Tennessee: 5.6%

Hamilton: 5.3%

2016

Tennessee: 4.7%

Hamilton: 4.6%

2017

Tennessee: 3.7%

Hamilton: 3.6%

2018

Tennessee: 3.5%

Hamilton: 3.4%

Unemployment Rate (by percentage)

Sources:
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (December 2018)
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Industries (2019)

Industry
Employment
Establishments
Avg. Annual Wages

Crop and Animal Production

Employment: 72

Establishments: 11

Avg. Annual Wages: $35,373

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

Employment: 77

Establishments: 4

Avg. Annual Wages: $64,307

Utilities

Employment: 290

Establishments: 11

Employment: $89,733

Construction

Employment: 8,923

Establishments: 691

Employment: $72,517

Manufacturing

Employment: 24,250

Establishments: 479

Employment: $79,171

Wholesale Trade

Employment: 7,045

Establishments: 718

Employment: $80,878

Retail Trade

Employment: 20,645

Establishments: 1,354

Employment: $36,533

Transportation and Warehousing

Employment: 14,154

Establishments: 267

Employment: $57,452

Information

Employment: 2,984

Establishments: 172

Employment: $61,171

Finance and Insurance

Employment: 9,844

Establishments: 601

Employment: $94,809

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

Employment: 2,785

Establishments: 391

Employment: $61,842

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Employment: 7,953

Establishments: 1,122

Employment: $80,498

Management of Companies and Enterprises

Employment: 4,150

Establishments: 79

Employment: $97,582

Administrative, Support, Waste Management and Remediation

Employment: 15,049

Establishments: 533

Employment: $36,727

Educational Services

Employment: 3,086

Establishments: 108

Employment: $44,149

Health Care and Social Assistance

Employment: 24,521

Establishments: 1,014

Employment: $61,558

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

Employment: 2,602

Establishments: 146

Employment: $25,216

Accommodation and Food Services

Employment: 20,337

Establishments: 900

Employment: $20,913

Other Services (except Public Administration)

Employment: 6,300

Establishments: 945

Employment: $42,642

Government

Employment: 27,566

Establishments: 193

Employment: $87,402

Unclassified

Employment: 11

Establishments: 9

Employment: $25,652

Total

Employment: 227,680

Establishments: 9,745

Employment: $47,679

Unique Occupations*
Employment
Location Quotient*

Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

Employment: 511

Location Quotient*: 15.17

Correspondence Clerks

Employment: 98

Location Quotient*: 8.81

Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other

Employment: 201

Location Quotient*: 5.14

Grounds Maintenance Workers, All Other

Employment: 129

Location Quotient*: 5.10

Pharmacy Aides

Employment: 254

Location Quotient*: 4.97

Key Cluster
Total Employment

Advanced Materials

545

Aerospace & Defense

0

Appliances & Electrical

476

Automotive

4,834

Business Services

9,556

Chemicals

403

Distribution & Logistics

20,110

Film, Music & Entertainment

1,149

Food & Beverage

5,253

Healthcare & Medical Devices

1,525

Top Employers

Top County Employers
Estimated Employees
City

Erlanger Health System

Est. Employees: 6,000

City: Chattanooga

Hamilton County Department of Education

Est. Employees: 4,857

City: Chattanooga

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Inc.

Est. Employees: 4,167

City: Chattanooga

Tennessee Valley Authority

Est. Employees: 3,000

City: Soddy Daisy

Memorial Health Care System, Inc.

Est. Employees: 2,800

City: Chattanooga

UNUM Group

Est. Employees: 2,800

City: Chattanooga

McKee Foods Corporation

Est. Employees: 2,798

City: Collegedale

Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC

Est. Employees: 2,564

City: Chattanooga

City of Chattanooga

Est. Employees: 2,509

City: Chattanooga

Hamilton County Government

Est. Employees: 1,800

City: Chattanooga

Transportation & Logistics

Transportation

Nearest Commercial Service Airport

Chattanooga Metropolitan

Daily Flights At Nearest Commercial Service Airport

43

Nearest General Aviation Airport

Lovell Field (Chattanooga)

Runway Length at Nearest General Aviation Airport

7,400'

Mean Travel Time to Work (Minutes)

21.5

Access of Interstate

I-24 & I-75

U.S. Highways

27, 41, 64, 74, 127

State Highways

2, 8, 17, 27, 29, 38, 58, 60, 111, 134, 148, 153, 312, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 389

Nearest Port (From County Seat)

Chattanooga

Railroads Serving County

CSX, NS, Chattanooga and Chickamauga Railway, East Chattanooga Belt Railway,

Sources:
Tennessee Department of Transportation
U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 5-Year American Community Survey

Education

General Stats
Hamilton
Tennessee

Population Aged 25-64 With High School Degree Or Higher

Hamilton: 90.00%

Tennessee: 89.50%

Population Aged 25-64 With Associate's Degree Or Higher

Hamilton: 41.50%

Tennessee: 36.70%

Population Aged 25-64 With Bachelor's Degree Or Higher

Hamilton: 32.20%

Tennessee: 28.70%

High School Graduation Rate

Hamilton: 87%

Tennessee: 89%

College Going Rate

Hamilton: 65.80%

Tennessee: 63.40%

Average ACT Score

Hamilton: 19.9

Tennessee: 20.2

High School Graduation Rate
College Going Rate
Average ACT Score
Hamilton County Schools
Enrollment

Elementary Schools

Enrollment: 21,001

Middle Schools

Enrollment: 9,481

High Schools

Enrollment: 11,843

Regional Higher Education Institutions
City
Enrollment

The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

City: Chattanooga

Enrollment: 11,533

Chattanooga State Community College

City: Chattanooga

Enrollment: 8,685

Southern Adventist University

City: Collegedale

Enrollment: 2,959

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Chattanooga

City: Chattanooga

Enrollment: 2,096

Lee University

City: Cleveland

Enrollment: 5,302

Cleveland State Community College

City: Cleveland

Enrollment: 3,327

Bryan College-Dayton

City: Dayton

Enrollment: 1,481

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 1-Year American Community Survey,
U.S. Census Bureau, 2013-2017 5-Year American Community Survey
Tennessee Department of Education (2017-2018)
National Center for Education Statistics (2016-2017)
Tennessee Higher Education Commission

† Regional higher education institutions include those within the selected and surrounding counties.

Health & Public Safety

Doctors

Number of Doctors

1,505

Overweight & Obesity Prevalence

Adults*

30.2%

Children** (Grade 8)

33.1%

Regional Hospitals
Number of Beds
City

Erlanger East Hospital

Number of Beds: 788

City: Chattanooga

Erlanger Medical Center

Number of Beds: 788

City: Chattanooga

Erlanger North Hospital

Number of Beds: 788

City: Chattanooga

Parkridge East Hospital

Number of Beds: 621

City: Chattanooga

Parkridge Medical Center, Inc.

Number of Beds: 621

City: Chattanooga

Parkridge Valley Hospital-Adult & Senior

Number of Beds: 621

City: Chattanooga

Parkridge Valley Hospital-Child & Adolescent

Number of Beds: 621

City: Chattanooga

Memorial Health Care System (and Hixson)

Number of Beds: 423

City: Chattanooga

Memorial Hospital Hixson

Number of Beds: 423

City: Hixson

Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation

Number of Beds: 88

City: Chattanooga

Healthsouth Chattanooga Rehabilitation Hospital

Number of Beds: 69

City: Chattanooga

Kindred Hospital - Chattanooga

Number of Beds: 49

City: Chattanooga

Parkridge West Hospital

Number of Beds: 621

City: Jasper

Tennova Healthcare - Cleveland Westside

Number of Beds: 351

City: Cleveland

Tennova Healthcare - Cleveland

Number of Beds: 351

City: Cleveland

Erlanger Bledsoe

Number of Beds: 25

City: Pikeville

Rhea Medical Center

Number of Beds: 25

City: Dayton

Sources:
Tennessee Department of Health (2014)
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (2014)

† Regional hospitals include those within the selected and surrounding counties.

Climate

Climate

Average High Temperature

71.6°F

Average Low Temperature

50.1°F

Average Annual Temperature

60.9°F

Annual Rainfall

52.44"

Elevation (at County Seat)

665'

Prevailing Winds

Southerly

Sources:
usclimatedata.com (2015)

Community Information

Chattanooga

Population (2013)

171,863

Charter Type

Home Rule

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.25%

City Property Tax Rate

$2.31

Phone Number

(423) 757-5152

Retire Tennessee Participant

Yes

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Collegedale

Population (2013)

9,488

Charter Type

General Law Manager-Commission

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.25%

City Property Tax Rate

$1.37

Phone Number

(423) 396-3135

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

East Ridge

Population (2013)

21,220

Charter Type

Home Rule

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.25%

City Property Tax Rate

$1.42

Phone Number

(423) 867-7711

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Lakesite

Population (2013)

2,046

Charter Type

General Law Manager-Commission

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.25%

City Property Tax Rate

$0.24

Phone Number

(423) 842-2533

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Lookout Mountain

Population (2013)

1,878

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.25%

City Property Tax Rate

$1.74

Phone Number

(423) 821-1226

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Red Bank

Population (2013)

11,759

Charter Type

Home Rule

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.25%

City Property Tax Rate

$1.35

Phone Number

(423) 877-1103

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Ridgeside

Population (2013)

510

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.25%

City Property Tax Rate

$2.01

Phone Number

(423) 698-4326

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Signal Mountain

Population (2013)

8,416

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.25%

City Property Tax Rate

$1.57

Phone Number

(423) 886-2177

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Soddy-Daisy

Population (2013)

13,109

Charter Type

General Law Manager-Commission

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.25%

City Property Tax Rate

$1.35

Phone Number

(423) 332-5323

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Walden

Population (2013)

2,002

Charter Type

General Law Mayor-Alderman

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.25%

City Property Tax Rate

$0.43

Phone Number

(423) 886-4362

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Additional Community Information

ThreeStar Certified County

Yes

Sources:
Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service
Tennessee Department of Revenue (2015)
Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury (2015)
U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 5-Year American Community Survey

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