Income/capita 14%
Household income 25%
Unemployment 14%
Income per capita$25,659$26,019$29,829
Median household income$41,278$46,574$55,322
Median income owner occupied$57,845$58,570$70,586
Median income renter occupied$27,186$28,937$35,192
Median earnings male$30,536$32,560$36,919
Median earnings female$23,264$24,186$26,250
Unemployment rate5.3%4.6%4.7%
Poverty level21.1%17.2%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Chattanooga is 14% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Chattanooga is 25% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Chattanooga is 14% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Chattanooga is 39% higher than the national average

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      Chattanooga employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry8.4%0.8%
      Manufacturing sector16.6%0.4%
      Financial & insurance services3.9%8.3%
      Wholesale & retail services13.9%14.1%
      Public administration3.5%3.3%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities7.9%4.0%
      Education, health & social services11.9%34.1%

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      Lookout Mountain, TN1,930$120,875118%
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      Fairmount, TN3,197$100,70782%
      Signal Mountain, TN8,500$98,66578%
      Chattanooga, TN175,462$41,27825%

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      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Port St. Lucie, FL175,652$50,8298%
      Fort Lauderdale, FL175,153$51,6487%
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      Garden Grove, CA174,676$60,5229%
      Oceanside, CA173,829$58,9497%
      Chattanooga, TN175,462$41,27825%
      Source: The Chattanooga, TN employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).