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Ringgold, Georgia
Ringgold City Hall
Ringgold City Hall
Location in Catoosa County and the state of Georgia
Location in Catoosa County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Catoosa
Founded 1846
Incorporated (city) 1847
Named for Samuel Ringgold
 • Total 5.02 sq mi (12.99 km2)
 • Land 5.02 sq mi (12.99 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
778 ft (237 m)
 • Total 3,414
 • Density 680.49/sq mi (262.76/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 706/762 (706 Exchanges:935,937,965)
FIPS code 13-65324
GNIS feature ID 0329441

Ringgold is a city in and the county seat of Catoosa County, Georgia, United States. Its population was 3,580 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Chattanooga, Tennessee–GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Ringgold was founded in 1846 and incorporated as a city in 1847. It was named after Samuel Ringgold, a hero of the Battle of Palo Alto in the Mexican–American War.

Ringgold is where the The General locomotive stopped during the Great Locomotive Chase on April 12, 1862. Ringgold is also home to the historic Ringgold Depot, which still contains bullet marks from the Civil War.

The Battle of Ringgold Gap took place on November 27, 1863. Confederate Major General Patrick Cleburne with 4,100 men used the mountain pass known as the Ringgold Gap to stall the advance of Union Major General Joseph Hooker and his troops. Hooker's troops were over 12,000 strong. It was a Confederate victory because it allowed Confederate artillery and wagon trains to move safely through the Ringgold Gap unharmed while inflicting high Union casualties.

On March 14, 2002, a sudden heavy fog played havoc with morning traffic and contributed to one of the worst traffic pileups in history; 125 vehicles crashed on Interstate 75 North and four people died.


Ringgold tornado damage
Houses in Ringgold destroyed by an EF4 tornado

On April 27, 2011, an EF4 tornado touched down in Ringgold and Catoosa County, leaving a path of destruction. The tornado killed twenty people along a 48 miles (77 km) path across Catoosa County and over the state line in Hamilton and Bradley counties. Eight died in Ringgold, including an entire family of four, and at least thirty others were injured. Many homes, businesses, and schools were damaged or destroyed.


Ringgold is located near the center of Catoosa County at 34°55′2″N 85°6′57″W / 34.91722°N 85.11583°W / 34.91722; -85.11583 (34.917170, -85.115698). U.S. Routes 41 and 76 pass through the center of town as Nashville Street, leading northwest 17 miles (27 km) to downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, and southeast 15 miles (24 km) to Dalton, Georgia. Interstate 75 passes through the southern part of the city with access from 348; the highway leads northwest to Chattanooga and southeast 101 miles (163 km) to Atlanta.

Ringgold Exit
Ringgold, Georgia Exit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.7 square miles (12.3 km2), of which 0.004 square miles (0.01 km2), or 0.11%, is water.


Ringgold is situated in the Valley and Ridge geologic province of the Appalachian Mountains, characterized by long north-northeasterly trending ridges separated by valleys. The topography was formed by the erosion of alternating layers of hard and soft sedimentary rock that were folded and faulted during the building of the Appalachians. Taylor Ridge runs through Ringgold; a gap in the ridge is located just east of the city center, with the part of the ridge running to the south called Taylors Ridge and to the north called White Oak Mountain. South Chickamauga Creek, a tributary of the Tennessee River, runs through Ringgold.


The climate in this area is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Ringgold has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 316
1880 436 38.0%
1890 465 6.7%
1900 437 −6.0%
1910 398 −8.9%
1920 472 18.6%
1930 684 44.9%
1940 882 28.9%
1950 1,192 35.1%
1960 1,311 10.0%
1970 1,381 5.3%
1980 1,882 36.3%
1990 1,675 −11.0%
2000 2,422 44.6%
2010 3,580 47.8%
2020 3,414 −4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Ringgold racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 2,799 81.99%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 177 5.18%
Native American 14 0.41%
Asian 56 1.64%
Pacific Islander 6 0.18%
Other/Mixed 211 6.18%
Hispanic or Latino 151 4.42%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,414 people, 1,565 households, and 878 families residing in the city.

In popular culture

  • Joan Koplan's private security firm JJK Security, featured in the 2012–2014 reality television show Small Town Security, was based in and filmed in Ringgold.


Catoosa County Public Schools

The Catoosa County Public Schools educates students from pre-school to grade twelve. In the district, there are ten elementary schools, three middle schools, and three high schools. The district has 606 full-time teachers and over 9,809 students.

Notable people

  • Logan Baldwin, professional baseball player
  • Edgar William Brown, Sr. (1859–1917) physician turned successful businessman in Texas Lumber and Oil industry, born in Ringgold
  • Austin Davis, professional football player, coach, born in Ringgold
  • David Dreyer, American politician
  • Stacey Evans, American politician
  • Randall Franks American film and TV actor, entertainer, author
  • Roy Hawes (1926-2017), professional baseball player, died in Ringgold
  • Dewayne Hill, American politician
  • Hugh Hill, (1879–1958), professional baseball blayer, born in Ringgold
  • Barbara Leigh (born 1946), actress, born in Ringgold
  • O. Wayne Rollins (1912-1991), co-founder of Rollins Inc.
  • Cole Wilcox, professional baseball player
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