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Collegedale, Tennessee
Justice, Safety, Efficiency
Location in Hamilton County and state of Tennessee.
Location in Hamilton County and state of Tennessee.
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Hamilton
Incorporated 1968
 • Total 8.3 sq mi (21.6 km2)
 • Land 8.3 sq mi (21.6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
784 ft (239 m)
 • Total 10,729
 • Density 1,293/sq mi (496.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
37302 ,37315, 37363
Area code(s) 423
FIPS code 47-16300
GNIS feature ID 1280968

Collegedale is a city in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 8,282 at the 2010 census and 10,729 in a 2014 estimate. Collegedale is a suburb of Chattanooga and is part of the Chattanooga, TN–GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Collegedale is home to Southern Adventist University. The median household income is among one of the highest in Hamilton County. It has been ranked as one of the best and safest places to live in Tennessee.


Collegedale was founded as the site of Southern Adventist University (then Southern Junior College) in 1916. It was incorporated under a city manager government in 1968. J. M. Ackerman was the first city manager, and Fred Fuller served as the city's first mayor.


Collegedale is located at 35°3′6″N 85°2′49″W / 35.05167°N 85.04694°W / 35.05167; -85.04694 (35.051578, -85.047004).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.3 square miles (21 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 3,031
1980 4,607 52.0%
1990 5,048 9.6%
2000 6,514 29.0%
2010 8,282 27.1%
Est. 2015 10,743 29.7%

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,282 people, 2,728 households, and 1,830 families residing in the city. The population density was 836.7 people per square mile (323.0/km²). There were 2,199 housing units at an average density of 263.9 per square mile (101.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.0% White, 7.3% African American, 0.4% Native American, 4.1% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 3.6% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.4% of the population.

There are 2,728 households out of which 25.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city, the population was distributed as: 24.9% under the age of 19, 18.4% from 20 to 24, 20.3% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30.4 years. For every 100 females there were 83.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.9 males.

In 2011, the median income in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars for a household in the city was $48,156, and the median income for a family was $60,301. Males had a median income of $37,819 versus $28,345 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,537. 14.1% of the population and 12.9% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 12.8% of those under the age of 18 and 6.7% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Collegedale has a large Seventh-day Adventist community and in 2005 was described as an "enclave" for the religion by Charles Reagan Wilson and Mark Silk.

Arts and culture

In August 2011, the city took over control of the Collegedale Public Library, which was previously operated under the Hamilton County library system. Library membership is available on a paid subscription basis, free to residents of Collegedale.

Parks and recreation

Six parks are managed by the Parks & Recreation Department of Collegedale:

  • East Hamilton County Park has a high school baseball field and three youth fields.
  • Wolftever Creek Greenway is a greenway which spans throughout the city and continues to be expanded upon by the city.
  • Collegedale Dog Park provides dog-owners with a dog park for unleashed dog socialization.
  • Imagination Station & Pavilion is a playground and rental space located behind City Hall with a train theme.
  • The Nature Nook is an amphitheatre built by the East Hamilton County Kiwanis Club for the city.
  • Veterans Memorial Park is located along the Wolftever Creek Greenway and features plaques, sculptures and flags as a memorial to United States war veterans.

The town also has youth and adult softball leagues.

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