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Ridgeside, Tennessee

Shepherd Hills
"A city within a city"
Location of Ridgeside in Hamilton County, Tennessee
Location of Ridgeside in Hamilton County, Tennessee
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Hamilton
Established 1922
Incorporated 1931
 • Total 0.17 sq mi (0.44 km2)
 • Land 0.17 sq mi (0.44 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
846 ft (258 m)
 • Total 390
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,609.47/sq mi (1,004.89/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code 47-63080
GNIS feature ID 1299404

Ridgeside is a city in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 390 at the 2010 census and estimated to be 432 in 2018. Ridgeside is an enclave, as it is completely surrounded by the city limits of Chattanooga. It is part of the Chattanooga, TN–GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Ridgeside's name is derived from its location on the eastern slope (side) of Missionary Ridge. Locally, the city is also known as Shepherd Hills, after the bigger of its two subdivisions, the other being Crescent Park.


Ridgeside is rooted in a dairy farm operated by John T. Shepherd in the early 1900s. In 1922, John's son, Paul, began building the "Shepherd Hills" subdivision, which was completed in 1952. Shepherd Hills incorporated as a city with the name "Ridgeside" in 1931, in part to avoid being annexed by rapidly growing Chattanooga.


Ridgeside is located at 35°02′06″N 85°14′53″W / 35.034975°N 85.248112°W / 35.034975; -85.248112.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 443
1950 337 −23.9%
1960 448 32.9%
1970 458 2.2%
1980 417 −9.0%
1990 400 −4.1%
2000 389 −2.7%
2010 390 0.3%
2019 (est.) 441 13.1%

2020 census

Ridgeside racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 399 89.46%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 8 1.79%
Native American 1 0.22%
Asian 5 1.12%
Other/Mixed 13 2.91%
Hispanic or Latino 20 4.48%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 446 people, 203 households, and 180 families residing in the city.

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