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East Ridge, Tennessee
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Gateway to Tennessee
Location of East Ridge in Hamilton County, Tennessee.
Location of East Ridge in Hamilton County, Tennessee.
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Hamilton
 • Total 8.28 sq mi (21.45 km2)
 • Land 8.28 sq mi (21.45 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
778 ft (237 m)
 • Total 20,979
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,557.59/sq mi (987.50/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 85.23750°W / 34.99667; -85.23750 (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%
2019 (est.) 21,182 1.0%

2020 census

East Ridge racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 14,740 66.5%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,961 13.36%
Native American 54 0.24%
Asian 397 1.79%
Pacific Islander 4 0.02%
Other/Mixed 1,130 5.1%
Hispanic or Latino 2,881 13.0%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 22,167 people, 9,027 households, and 5,086 families residing in the city.

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.


East Ridge has four public schools, which are part of the Hamilton County Schools system: East Ridge Elementary, Spring Creek Elementary, East Ridge Middle School, and East Ridge High School, as well as two private schools: Belvoir Christian Academy and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School.


The East Ridge Police Department maintains public safety within the city and is a full service and state certified agency, and also serves the city of Ridgeside. The City of East Ridge Animal Services Division provides animal services by way of animal control and an animal shelter for the city.


Public utilities are provided by Chattanooga Gas Company, Tennessee American Water Company, AT&T, EPB, and Comcast.

Notable people

Elbert Eugene Spriggs (1937-2021), founder of the Twelve Tribes cult group

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