Introduction to Dalton, Georgia

Dalton, Georgia, in Whitfield county, is 27 miles SE of Chattanooga, Tennessee and 78 miles NW of Atlanta, Georgia.

Dalton History

Dalton was originally inhabited by Woodland and Cherokee Indians. It was settled in by Europeans after 1838. The city was named after Mary Dalton, mother of founder Edward White Dalton. The Western and Atlantic railroad was completed in 1847 and the East Tennessee and Georgia railroad entered the city in 1852. Dalton is also known as the Carpet Capital of the World.

Dalton and nearby Attractions

  • Crown Gardens and Archives
  • Dug Gap Battle Park
  • Fort Mountain State Park
  • Chattanooga African-American Museum
  • Red Clay State Park
  • Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park

Things To Do In Dalton

During you stay in Dalton, you can visit the James Brown Park, the JoAnn Lewis Park, the Civitan Park, Brookwood Park, Heritage Point Park, Dalton Green Park and the Otis Cook Tree Park. You can also visit the Dalton Falls Miniature Golf Course, Galaxy Bowling, the Broaddus - Durkan Soccer Complex and the Al Rollins Baseball Complex. Golfers can spend their free time at the Nob North Golf Course.

Dalton Transportation

It takes only few minutes to reach Lovell Field Airport.

Dalton Higher Education

Dalton State College is the local college. Higher educational facilities are also offered by Lee University, Kennesaw State University and Chattanooga State Technical Community College, among others.


Total Population 33,496
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 11.6%
Employed Population 16+ 14,284
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 44.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.1%
Median Earnings25+ $25,886
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,159
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,136


Median Family Income $45,232
% Above Poverty Level 76.2%
% Below Poverty Level 23.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 30.3%
Median Gross Rent $655
Median House Value $122,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 60.8%
US/American 0%
English 11.9%
Irish 5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Dalton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 27 miles SE of Chattanooga, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 78 miles NW of Atlanta, Georgia
County Whitfield
Standard Zip Codes 30720, 30721
P.O. Box Zip Codes 30719, 30722
Phone Area Codes 706
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.769
Longitude -84.97

Dalton Climate

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  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station DALTON
Distance 1.8 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 49 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 89 F
Oct Temp 49 to 73 F
Annual Precip 56.5 inches
Distance 24 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 48 F
Apr Temp 43 to 71 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 46 to 72 F
Annual Precip 58.3 inches
Station ROME
Distance 37.4 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 50 F
Apr Temp 45 to 72 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 56.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chatsworth 4,297 $59,055
Eton 1,122 $51,932
Resaca 915 $39,464
Ringgold 3,668 $52,173
Tunnel Hill 1,096 $57,917
Varnell 1,835 $56,983

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Dalton Public Libraries

Northwest Georgia Regional Library System
Dalton, Georgia
(706) 272-2974
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Dalton Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(706) 278-2105
Emergency Service: Yes

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Dalton High Schools

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Serves 1,471 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

Serves 1,414 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

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Serves 153 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 52.8

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