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East Ridge, Tennessee
Gateway to Tennessee
Location in Hamilton County and state of Tennessee.
Location in Hamilton County and state of Tennessee.
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Hamilton
 • Total 8.3 sq mi (21.4 km2)
 • Land 8.3 sq mi (21.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
778 ft (237 m)
 • Total 21,223
 • Density 2,557/sq mi (991.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 423
FIPS code 47-22720
GNIS feature ID 1283400

East Ridge is a city in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 20,979. East Ridge is bordered by Chattanooga to the west, north, and east, and the Georgia state line to the south. It is part of the Chattanooga, TN–GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. The name of the city comes from its location due east of Missionary Ridge. The Bachman Tubes beneath Missionary Ridge link East Ridge with downtown Chattanooga.


East Ridge is located at 34°59′48″N 85°14′15″W / 34.99667°N 85.2375°W / 34.99667; -85.2375 (34.996674, -85.237482).

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.
1930 2,152
1940 2,939 36.6%
1950 9,645 228.2%
1960 19,570 102.9%
1970 21,799 11.4%
1980 21,236 −2.6%
1990 21,101 −0.6%
2000 20,640 −2.2%
2010 20,979 1.6%
Est. 2015 21,260 1.3%

As of the census of 2000, there were 20,640 people, 9,288 households, and 5,739 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,497.3 people per square mile (964.8/km²). There were 9,876 housing units at an average density of 1,194.9 per square mile (461.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.32% White, 3.21% African American, 0.31% Native American, 1.68% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.09% of the population.

There were 9,288 households out of which 24.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.1% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the city, the population was spread out with 19.5% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,347, and the median income for a family was $43,858. Males had a median income of $31,359 versus $23,659 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,346. About 6.7% of families and 8.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

The East Ridge City Library is located within the City Hall. In 2008 the East Ridge History Center opened showcasing local history and culture. A community center is also available for use by the public. Located next to City Hall and the Pioneer Frontier Playground, it offers programs for the community.

Parks and recreation

Camp Jordan is a local park and an arena. The arena provides space for special and sporting events. Camp Jordan has 13 ball fields, nine soccer fields, an amphitheater, RV spaces, a sand volleyball court, picnic pavilion, fishing pond, playground, and a walking track. East Ridge is home to the East Ridge Soccer Association, which provides soccer programs for youth and adults. The East Ridge Baseball/Softball Association supports ball games for boys and girls.

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