Catoosa County
Catoosa County Courthouse
Catoosa County Courthouse
Map of Georgia highlighting Catoosa County
Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 34°54′N 85°08′W / 34.9°N 85.14°W / 34.9; -85.14
Country United States
State Georgia
Founded1853; 169 years ago (1853)
SeatRinggold
Largest cityFort Oglethorpe
Area
 • Total162 sq mi (420 km2)
 • Land162 sq mi (420 km2)
 • Water0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)  0.27%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2019)
67,580
 • Density394/sq mi (152/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district14th
Websitewww.catoosa.com

Catoosa County is a county located in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 63,942.[1] The county seat is Ringgold.[2] The county was created on December 5, 1853. The meaning of the Cherokee language name "Catoosa" is obscure.[3]

Catoosa County is part of the Chattanooga, TN–GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

On March 14, 2002, due to a one-time sudden fog, about 125 vehicles crashed, causing a pileup in interstate 75 that killed four people and injured 39.[4]

On April 27, 2011, a devastating tornado touched down in the town of Ringgold, located in Catoosa County, leaving a path of severe destruction.[5]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 162 square miles (420 km2), of which 162 square miles (420 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (0.2%) is water.[6] The entire county is located in the Middle Tennessee-Chickamauga sub-basin of the Middle Tennessee-Hiwassee basin.[7]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18605,082
18704,409−13.2%
18804,7397.5%
18905,43114.6%
19005,8237.2%
19107,18423.4%
19206,677−7.1%
19309,42141.1%
194012,19929.5%
195015,14624.2%
196021,10139.3%
197028,27134.0%
198036,99130.8%
199042,46414.8%
200053,28225.5%
201063,94220.0%
2019 (est.)67,580[8]5.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2019[1]

2000 census

As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 53,282 people, 20,425 households, and 15,400 families living in the county. The population density was 328 people per square mile (127/km2). There were 21,794 housing units at an average density of 134 per square mile (52/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.39% White, 1.26% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. 1.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 20,425 households, of which 35.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.60% were married couples living together, 11.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.60% were non-families. 21.30% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 25.80% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 30.80% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 11.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,998, and the median income for a family was $45,710. Males had a median income of $31,746 versus $23,790 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,009. About 6.40% of families and 9.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.50% of those under age 18 and 11.00% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 63,942 people, 24,475 households, and 17,785 families living in the county.[14] The population density was 394.3 inhabitants per square mile (152.2/km2). There were 26,606 housing units at an average density of 164.1 per square mile (63.4/km2).[15] The racial makeup of the county was 93.6% white, 2.2% black or African American, 1.2% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 1.0% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.3% of the population.[14][16]

Of the 24,475 households, 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.3% were non-families, and 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.05. The median age was 38.3 years.[14]

The median income for a household in the county was $46,544 and the median income for a family was $54,796. Males had a median income of $39,962 versus $31,505 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,563. About 8.5% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.8% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.[17]

2016

As of 2016 the largest self-reported ancestry groups in Catoosa County, Georgia are:[18]

Largest ancestries (2015) Percent
English England 17.6%
"American" United States 17.2%
Irish Republic of Ireland 13.2%
German Germany 11.7%
Scottish Scotland 2.6%
Italian Italy 2.3%
Dutch Netherlands 1.5%
Scots-Irish Ulster 1.5%
French France 1.5%
Polish Poland 0.8%
Welsh Wales 0.6%
Swedish Sweden 0.5%
Norwegian Norway 0.5%
Danish Denmark 0.3%

2020 census

Catoosa County racial composition[19]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 59,280 87.34%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,808 2.66%
Native American 181 0.27%
Asian 1,025 1.51%
Pacific Islander 84 0.12%
Other/Mixed 3,153 4.65%
Hispanic or Latino 2,341 3.45%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 67,872 people, 24,130 households, and 17,293 families residing in the county.

Education

Main article: Ringgold, Georgia § Education

Catoosa County Public Schools

Elementary schools

Middle schools

High schools

Communities

Cities

Town

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Politics

United States presidential election results for Catoosa County, Georgia[20]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 25,167 77.22% 6,932 21.27% 494 1.52%
2016 20,876 77.49% 4,771 17.71% 1,293 4.80%
2012 17,858 75.06% 5,365 22.55% 568 2.39%
2008 18,218 74.04% 6,025 24.49% 362 1.47%
2004 16,406 73.43% 5,807 25.99% 128 0.57%
2000 12,033 67.90% 5,470 30.87% 218 1.23%
1996 8,237 55.89% 5,185 35.18% 1,317 8.94%
1992 7,599 51.59% 4,817 32.70% 2,315 15.72%
1988 9,319 72.02% 3,588 27.73% 33 0.26%
1984 7,908 71.91% 3,089 28.09% 0 0.00%
1980 5,962 53.91% 4,921 44.50% 176 1.59%
1976 3,799 38.69% 6,020 61.31% 0 0.00%
1972 6,008 87.05% 894 12.95% 0 0.00%
1968 2,043 21.75% 901 9.59% 6,449 68.66%
1964 4,143 58.59% 2,922 41.32% 6 0.08%
1960 2,074 49.52% 2,114 50.48% 0 0.00%
1956 1,336 38.18% 2,163 61.82% 0 0.00%
1952 1,371 38.10% 2,227 61.90% 0 0.00%
1948 268 17.43% 1,051 68.34% 219 14.24%
1944 395 21.37% 1,453 78.63% 0 0.00%
1940 249 14.74% 1,440 85.26% 0 0.00%
1936 218 17.59% 1,018 82.16% 3 0.24%
1932 123 11.01% 985 88.18% 9 0.81%
1928 605 51.84% 562 48.16% 0 0.00%
1924 242 25.97% 661 70.92% 29 3.11%
1920 33 37.50% 55 62.50% 0 0.00%
1916 210 24.25% 624 72.06% 32 3.70%
1912 113 24.46% 286 61.90% 63 13.64%


See also

References

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Coordinates: 34°54′N 85°08′W / 34.90°N 85.14°W / 34.90; -85.14