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Collegedale, Tennessee
Justice, Safety, Efficiency
Location in Hamilton County, Tennessee
Location in Hamilton County, Tennessee
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Hamilton
Incorporated 1968
 • Type City Manager-Commission
 • Total 12.05 sq mi (31.21 km2)
 • Land 12.05 sq mi (31.21 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
784 ft (239 m)
 • Total 8,282
 • Estimate 
 • Density 944.15/sq mi (364.53/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 11,492 in a 2018 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 one of the highest in Hamilton County. It has been ranked as one of the best and safest places to live in Tennessee. The unincorporated community of Ooltewah is an enclave in Collegedale.


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%
2019 (est.) 11,378 37.4%

2020 census

Collegedale racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 8,112 73.02%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 831 7.48%
Native American 27 0.24%
Asian 410 3.69%
Pacific Islander 14 0.13%
Other/Mixed 508 4.57%
Hispanic or Latino 1,207 10.87%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 11,109 people, 4,167 households, and 2,485 families residing in the city.

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.


McKee Foods is headquartered in Collegedale. Originally launched in Chattanooga in 1934, the company moved to a facility on the campus of Southern Adventist University in 1956. McKee Foods is the producer of Little Debbie and Sunbelt snack foods.


Southern Adventist University, a private Christian university, is located in Collegedale. It has an affiliated K-12 education system, Collegedale Academy, which includes Collegedale Academy Middle School, and Collegedale Academy Elementary

Wolftever Creek Elementary School and Ooltewah Middle School are the two public schools inside of city limits. Both schools belong to the Hamilton County Schools system.



Collegedale KFGU Airport
Collegedale airport

The city is located just off the I-75 corridor. Collegedale Municipal Airport is owned by the city of Collegedale and has about 120 aircraft stationed there. In 2003, the airport was awarded the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission's "Airport of the Year" title.


Collegedale has a recycling program which requires the public to bring their recyclables to the city public works department. The city uses recycling to reduce the costs of landfill waste disposal and offsets the cost of recycling by selling the recyclable materials. Comcast provides cable services and CenturyLink supplies landline phone services. Electricity is supplied by EPB and the Chattanooga Gas Company supplies gas needs. The city and/or Hamilton County handles resident sewer needs and Eastside Utility District handles water services.

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