Catoosa County, Georgia

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Catoosa County, Georgia
Catoosa County Courthouse, Ringgold, Georgia.JPG
Catoosa County Courthouse
Map of Georgia highlighting Catoosa County
Location in the U.S. state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1853
Seat Ringgold
Largest city Fort Oglethorpe
Area
 • Total 162 sq mi (420 km2)
 • Land 162 sq mi (420 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (1 km2), 0.27%
Population
 • (2010) 63,942
 • Density 394/sq mi (152/km²)
Congressional district 14th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.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.

On April 27, 2011 a devastating tornado touched down in the town of Ringgold, located in Catoosa County, leaving a path of severe destruction.[4]

Geography[edit]

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.[5] The entire county is located in the Middle Tennessee-Chickamauga sub-basin of the Middle Tennessee-Hiwassee basin.[6]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 5,082
1870 4,409 −13.2%
1880 4,739 7.5%
1890 5,431 14.6%
1900 5,823 7.2%
1910 7,184 23.4%
1920 6,677 −7.1%
1930 9,421 41.1%
1940 12,199 29.5%
1950 15,146 24.2%
1960 21,101 39.3%
1970 28,271 34.0%
1980 36,991 30.8%
1990 42,464 14.8%
2000 53,282 25.5%
2010 63,942 20.0%
Est. 2016 66,398 [7] 3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2013[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 53,282 people, 20,425 households, and 15,400 families residing 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[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 63,942 people, 24,475 households, and 17,785 families residing in the county.[13] 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).[14] 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.[13] In terms of ancestry, 20.8% were American, 17.6% were Irish, 13.2% were German, and 10.2% were English.[15]

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.[13]

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.[16]

Education[edit]

Catoosa County Public Schools

Catoosa County elementary schools: Battlefield Elementary, Battlefield Primary, Boynton Elementary, Cloud Springs Elementary, Graysville Elementary, Ringgold Elementary, Ringgold Primary, Tiger Creek Elementary, West Side Elementary, and Woodstation Elementary.

Catoosa County middle schools: Heritage Middle School, Lakeview Middle School, and Ringgold Middle School.

Catoosa County high schools: Heritage High School, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, Performance Learning Center, and Ringgold High School.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Town[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Other unincorporated communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Previous Presidential Elections Results[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 77.5% 20,876 17.7% 4,771 4.8% 1293
2012 75.1% 17,858 22.6% 5,365 2.4% 568
2008 74.0% 18,218 24.5% 6,025 1.5% 362
2004 73.4% 16,406 26.0% 5,807 0.6% 128
2000 67.9% 12,033 30.9% 5,470 1.2% 218
1996 55.9% 8,237 35.2% 5,185 8.9% 1317
1992 51.6% 7,599 32.7% 4,817 15.7% 2315
1988 72.0% 9,319 27.7% 3,588 0.3% 33
1984 71.9% 7,908 28.1% 3,089
1980 53.9% 5,962 44.5% 4,921 1.6% 176
1976 38.7% 3,799 61.3% 6,020
1972 87.1% 6,008 13.0% 894
1968 21.8% 2,043 9.6% 901 68.7% 6,449
1964 58.6% 4,143 41.3% 2,922 0.1% 6
1960 49.5% 2,074 50.5% 2,114
1956 38.2% 1,336 61.8% 2,163
1952 38.1% 1,371 61.9% 2,227
1948 13.9% 214 68.3% 1,051 17.8% 273
1944 21.4% 395 78.6% 1,453
1940 14.7% 249 85.3% 1,440
1936 17.6% 218 82.2% 1,018 0.2% 3
1932 11.0% 123 88.2% 985 0.8% 9
1928 51.8% 605 48.2% 562
1924 26.0% 242 70.9% 661 3.1% 29
1920 37.5% 33 62.5% 55
1916 24.3% 210 72.1% 624 3.7% 32
1912 24.5% 113 61.9% 286 13.6% 63

In popular culture[edit]

Shawn Mullins' 2010 album Light You Up included a song titled "Catoosa County", a semi-fictional account of the Civil War conflicts that took place in the county.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Catoosa County". Calhoun Times. September 1, 2004. p. 25. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Ringgold, GA Tornado Confirmed as an EF-4 Tornado, The OKCStormWatcher Weather Blog, April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 30, 2011.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission Interactive Mapping Experience". Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  13. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  14. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  15. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  16. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  17. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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