Introduction to Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia

Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa county, is 7 miles SE of Chattanooga, Tennessee and 96 miles NW of Atlanta, Georgia.

Fort Oglethorpe History

Fort Oglethrope has a long history of military rule, as it was once the home to a military facility. By 1946, Fort Oglethrope had become a surplus property and was soon divided and distributed to the public. The city was founded and incorporated in 1949, and became the first city to be established in Georgia in 25 years.

Fort Oglethorpe and nearby Attractions

  • Chattanooga African-American Museum
  • Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
  • Sequoyah Caverns
  • Chattanooga Zoo

Things To Do In Fort Oglethorpe

The Chattanooga Regional History Museum and the Sixth Cavalry Museum are nearby. Local parks and recreational spots include the Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park, the Tennessee Aquarium and the Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park. Ruby Falls is a popular local spot as well.

Fort Oglethorpe Transportation

Chattanooga Metropolitan is the nearest major airport.

Fort Oglethorpe Higher Education

Local colleges and universities include Fort Oglethorpe by the Covenant College, the Temple Baptist Seminary and the Tennessee Temple University.


Total Population 9,368
Male Share of the Population 44.4%
Female Share of the Population 55.6%
Senior Citizens 20.3%
Employed Population 16+ 4,206
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 49.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.5%
Median Earnings25+ $28,289
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,513
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,403


Median Family Income $55,280
% Above Poverty Level 82%
% Below Poverty Level 18%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 36.9%
Median Gross Rent $652
Median House Value $118,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.8%
US/American 0%
English 17.4%
Irish 17%

Fort Oglethorpe Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles SE of Chattanooga, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 96 miles NW of Atlanta, Georgia
County Catoosa
Metro Area Chattanooga
Standard Zip Codes 30742
Phone Area Codes 706
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.948
Longitude -85.256

Fort Oglethorpe Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.7 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 49 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 72 F
Annual Precip 54.5 inches
Distance 21.6 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 DALTON
Distance 22.2 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chickamauga 3,125 $50,732
Lookout Mountain 1,756 $124,479
Ringgold 3,647 $53,358
Rossville 4,066 $34,821
Tunnel Hill 986 $58,056
Varnell 1,766 $56,765

Fort Oglethorpe Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(706) 858-2100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Fort Oglethorpe High Schools

Serves 1,205 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

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Historic Fort Oglethorpe


Post hospital (Chickamauga Park) c1908.

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Post hospital (Chickamauga Park) c1908.

Officers' Row ( Chickamauga Park) between 1900 and 1910

The Barracks (Chickamauga Park) between 1900 and 1910

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