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Catoosa County
Catoosa County Courthouse
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Map of Georgia highlighting Catoosa County
Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
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Georgia's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Georgia
Founded 1853; 169 years ago (1853)
Seat Ringgold
Largest city Fort Oglethorpe
Area
 • Total 162 sq mi (420 km2)
 • Land 162 sq mi (420 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)  0.27%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2019)
67,580
 • Density 394/sq mi (152/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 14th

Catoosa County is a county located in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 63,942. The county seat is Ringgold. The county was created on December 5, 1853. The meaning of the Cherokee language name "Catoosa" is obscure.

Catoosa County is part of the Chattanooga, TN–GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 162 square miles (420 km2), of which 162 square miles (420 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (0.2%) is water. The entire county is located in the Middle Tennessee-Chickamauga sub-basin of the Middle Tennessee-Hiwassee basin.

Major highways

  • I-75.svg Interstate 75
  • US 27.svg U.S. Route 27
  • US 41.svg U.S. Route 41
  • US 76.svg U.S. Route 76
  • Georgia 1.svg State Route 1
  • Georgia 2.svg State Route 2
  • Georgia 3.svg State Route 3
  • Georgia 146.svg State Route 146
  • Georgia 151.svg State Route 151
  • Georgia 401.svg State Route 401 (unsigned designation for I-75)

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 5,082
1870 4,409 −13.2%
1880 4,739 7.5%
1890 5,431 14.6%
1900 5,823 7.2%
1910 7,184 23.4%
1920 6,677 −7.1%
1930 9,421 41.1%
1940 12,199 29.5%
1950 15,146 24.2%
1960 21,101 39.3%
1970 28,271 34.0%
1980 36,991 30.8%
1990 42,464 14.8%
2000 53,282 25.5%
2010 63,942 20.0%
2019 (est.) 67,580 5.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2019

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 63,942 people, 24,475 households, and 17,785 families living in the county. The population density was 394.3 inhabitants per square mile (152.2/km2). There were 26,606 housing units at an average density of 164.1 per square mile (63.4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.6% white, 2.2% black or African American, 1.2% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 1.0% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.3% of the population.

Of the 24,475 households, 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.3% were non-families, and 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.05. The median age was 38.3 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $46,544 and the median income for a family was $54,796. Males had a median income of $39,962 versus $31,505 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,563. About 8.5% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.8% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.

2016

As of 2016 the largest self-reported ancestry groups in Catoosa County, Georgia are:

Largest ancestries (2015) Percent
English England 17.6%
"American" United States 17.2%
Irish Republic of Ireland 13.2%
German Germany 11.7%
Scottish Scotland 2.6%
Italian Italy 2.3%
Dutch Netherlands 1.5%
Scots-Irish Ulster 1.5%
French France 1.5%
Polish Poland 0.8%
Welsh Wales 0.6%
Swedish Sweden 0.5%
Norwegian Norway 0.5%
Danish Denmark 0.3%

2020 census

Catoosa County racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 59,280 87.34%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,808 2.66%
Native American 181 0.27%
Asian 1,025 1.51%
Pacific Islander 84 0.12%
Other/Mixed 3,153 4.65%
Hispanic or Latino 2,341 3.45%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 67,872 people, 24,130 households, and 17,293 families residing in the county.

Communities

Cities

Town

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

In popular culture

Shawn Mullins' 2010 album Light You Up included a song titled "Catoosa County", a semi-fictional account of the Civil War conflicts that took place in the county.

Education

Catoosa County Public Schools

Elementary schools

  • Battlefield Elementary School
  • Battlefield Primary School
  • Boynton Elementary School
  • Cloud Springs Elementary School
  • Graysville Elementary School
  • Ringgold Elementary School
  • Ringgold Primary School
  • Tiger Creek Elementary School
  • West Side Elementary School
  • Woodstation Elementary School

Middle schools

  • Heritage Middle School
  • Lakeview Middle School
  • Ringgold Middle School

High schools

  • Heritage High School
  • Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School
  • Ringgold High School
  • Performance Learning Center
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