Catoosa County, Georgia facts for kids
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Catoosa County Courthouse
Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
Georgia's location within the U.S.
|Largest city||Fort Oglethorpe|
|• Total||162 sq mi (420 km2)|
|• Land||162 sq mi (420 km2)|
|• Water||0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2) 0.27%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||394/sq mi (152/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
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.
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.
National protected areas
- Chattahoochee National Forest (part)
- Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park (part)
|U.S. Decennial 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.
As of 2016[update] the largest self-reported ancestry groups in Catoosa County, Georgia are:
|Largest ancestries (2015)||Percent|
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||1,808||2.66%|
|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.
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.
- 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
- Heritage Middle School
- Lakeview Middle School
- Ringgold Middle School
- Heritage High School
- Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School
- Ringgold High School
- Performance Learning Center
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