|Motto(s): Justice, Safety, Efficiency|
Location in Hamilton County, Tennessee
|• Type||City Manager-Commission|
|• City Manager||Ted A. Rogers|
|• Total||12.0 sq mi (31.1 km2)|
|• Land||12.0 sq mi (31.1 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||784 ft (239 m)|
|• Estimate (2016)||11,437|
|• Density||952/sq mi (367.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP code||37302, 37315, 37363|
|GNIS feature ID||1280968|
Collegedale is a city in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 8,282 at the 2010 census and 11,437 in a 2016 estimate. Collegedale is a suburb of Chattanooga and is part of the Chattanooga, TN–GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Collegedale is home to Southern Adventist University. The median household income is among one of the highest in Hamilton County. It has been ranked as one of the best and safest places to live in Tennessee. The unincorporated community of Ooltewah is an enclave in Collegedale.
Collegedale was founded as the site of Southern Adventist University (then Southern Junior College) in 1916. It was incorporated under a city manager government in 1968. J. M. Ackerman was the first city manager, and Fred Fuller served as the city's first mayor.
Collegedale is located in southeastern Hamilton County at  in the valley of Wolftever Creek. Just west of the city center, the creek cuts through White Oak Mountain, forming Collegedale Gap. Tennessee State Route 317 passes through the city center and Collegedale Gap, leading southeast 10 miles (16 km) to State Route 60 and northwest 4 miles (6 km) to Interstate 75 in the northeast outskirts of Chattanooga. Downtown Chattanooga is 19 miles (31 km) west of Collegedale. Tennessee State Route 321 runs through the western part of Collegedale, leading north to U.S. Routes 11 and 64 just north of Ooltewah and south 5 miles (8 km) to the Georgia state line.(35.051578, -85.047004),
As of the census of 2010, there were 8,282 people, 2,728 households, and 1,830 families residing in the city. The population density was 836.7 people per square mile (323.0/km²). There were 2,199 housing units at an average density of 263.9 per square mile (101.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.0% White, 7.3% African American, 0.4% Native American, 4.1% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 3.6% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.4% of the population.
There are 2,728 households out of which 25.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.93.
In the city, the population was distributed as: 24.9% under the age of 19, 18.4% from 20 to 24, 20.3% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30.4 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.9 males.
In 2011, the median income in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars for a household in the city was $48,156, and the median income for a family was $60,301. Males had a median income of $37,819 versus $28,345 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,537. 14.1% of the population and 12.9% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 12.8% of those under the age of 18 and 6.7% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
McKee Foods is headquartered in Collegedale. Originally launched in Chattanooga in 1934, the company moved to a facility on the campus of Southern Adventist University in 1956. McKee Foods is the producer of Little Debbie and Sunbelt snack foods.
Arts and culture
In August 2011, the city took over control of the Collegedale Public Library, which was previously operated under the Hamilton County library system. Library membership is available on a paid subscription basis, free to residents of Collegedale.
Parks and recreation
Six parks are managed by the Parks & Recreation Department of Collegedale:
- East Hamilton County Park has a high school baseball field and three youth fields.
- Wolftever Creek Greenway is a greenway which spans throughout the city and continues to be expanded upon by the city.
- Collegedale Dog Park provides dog-owners with a dog park for unleashed dog socialization.
- Imagination Station & Pavilion is a playground and rental space located behind City Hall with a train theme.
- The Nature Nook is an amphitheatre built by the East Hamilton County Kiwanis Club for the city.
- Veterans Memorial Park is located along the Wolftever Creek Greenway and features plaques, sculptures and flags as a memorial to United States war veterans.
Collegedale was incorporated in 1968. It operates under a City Manager-Commission form of government. Five commissioners are elected by popular vote and they are responsible for choosing a city manager, who then proceeds to implement the commissions policies.
On August 5, 2013, Collegedale became the first city in Tennessee to extend health benefits to same-sex couples.
Southern Adventist University, a private Christian university, is located in Collegedale. It has an affiliated K-5 school, A.W. Spalding Elementary, 6-8 school, Collegedale Adventist Middle School, and 9-12 school, Collegedale Academy.
Wolftever Creek Elementary School and Ooltewah Middle School are the two public schools inside of city limits. Both schools belong to the Hamilton County Schools system.
The city is located just off the I-75 corridor. Collegedale Municipal Airport is owned by the city of Collegedale and has about 120 aircraft stationed there. In 2003, the airport was awarded the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission's "Airport of the Year" title.
Collegedale has a recycling program which requires the public to bring their recyclables to the city public works department. The city uses recycling to reduce the costs of landfill waste disposal and offsets the cost of recycling by selling the recyclable materials. Comcast provides cable services and CenturyLink supplies landline phone services. Electricity is supplied by EPB and the Chattanooga Gas Company supplies gas needs. The city and/or Hamilton County handles resident sewer needs and Eastside Utility District handles water services.
Health & safety
The city utilizes Hamilton County Emergency Medical Services for emergency medical services and contracts fire & rescue services to the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department located in Collegedale. The local volunteer fire department, at Station 1, has 100 members and support staff and an ISO Class 3 rating. The Collegedale Police Department provides police services for the city.
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