Income/capita NAT. AVG.
Household income NAT. AVG.
Unemployment NAT. AVG.
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Income per capita$32,241$26,019$29,829
Median household income$47,165$46,574$55,322
Median income owner occupied$64,305$58,570$70,586
Median income renter occupied$34,189$28,937$35,192
Median earnings male$35,014$32,560$36,919
Median earnings female$26,963$24,186$26,250
Unemployment rate3.2%4.6%4.7%
Poverty level17.6%17.2%15.1%
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Key findings

  • The income per capita in Chattanooga is 8% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in Chattanooga is 15% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Chattanooga is 30% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Chattanooga is 16% higher than the national average

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      $31,440 $47,165 $94,330
      $31,046 $46,574 $93,148
      $36,877 $55,322 $110,644
      According to the PEW research center, the middle class is defined as a range from two thirds (2/3) of the median household income to a multiple of two (2) times the median household income. Displayed above are the city, state and national median household income averages. Simply enter your median household income to determine if your income falls into the middle class or if your household income is considered upper or lower class.

      Chattanooga median earnings by income bracket

      Chattanooga employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry8.7%8.7%
      Manufacturing sector18.4%18.4%
      Financial & insurance services4.9%4.9%
      Wholesale & retail services13.8%13.8%
      Public administration2.8%2.8%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities7.7%7.7%
      Education, health & social services11.8%11.8%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Lookout Mountain, TN2,013$137,368148.3%
      Ridgeside, TN850$133,906142.0%
      Lookout Mountain, GA1,629$122,222120.9%
      Walden, TN1,841$111,250101.1%
      Signal Mountain, TN8,574$109,61198.1%
      Chattanooga, TN181,370$47,16514.7%

      Cities with similar population

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Sioux Falls, SD180,927$61,73811.6%
      Fort Lauderdale, FL181,818$64,31316.3%
      Brownsville, TX182,230$40,92426.0%
      Vancouver, WA182,792$63,61715.0%
      Newport News, VA179,582$54,5111.5%
      Chattanooga, TN181,370$47,16514.7%
      Source: The Chattanooga, TN employment data displayed above is derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).