Introduction to Cleveland, Tennessee

Cleveland, Tennessee, in Bradley county, is 25 miles E of Chattanooga, Tennessee and 101 miles N of Atlanta, Georgia. As of the year 2000 census, 37,192 people lived in Cleveland.

Cleveland History

Cleveland is the county seat of Bradley County. It was established in 1837. There is some disagreement regarding the naming of the city. It is said that the city was named in honor of Colonel Benjamin Cleveland, who was a commander during the American Revolution at the Battle of Kings Mountain. However, it is also said that the city was named after John Cleveland, an early settler.

Cleveland and nearby Attractions

  • Cherokee National Forest
  • Harrison Bay State Park
  • Primitive Settlement
  • Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park
  • Red Clay State Historic Park
  • Hiwassee River State Park

Things To Do In Cleveland

The Cherokee National Forest, the Hiwassee River State Park and the Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park are popular local recreational spots. The Village Mall Shopping Center and the Cleveland Mall Shopping Center offer facilities to local shoppers. Stuart Park Baptist Church, Clingan Ridge Church and Ridgeview Baptist Church are the local houses of worship. Local annual festivals include the Apple Festival, which is held every October; the Foothills County Fair, which is held every May, and the Cherokee Days of Recognition, which is organized every August.

Cleveland Transportation

Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport is nearby.

Cleveland Higher Education

Local institutions of higher educational include Cleveland State Community College and Lee University. Other nearby institutions include Roane State Community College and Kennesaw State University.


Total Population 42,895
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 14.2%
Employed Population 16+ 17,347
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 43.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.7%
Median Earnings25+ $28,331
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,038
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,406


Median Family Income $46,529
% Above Poverty Level 75%
% Below Poverty Level 25%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 32.5%
Median Gross Rent $705
Median House Value $159,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.8%
US/American 0%
English 7.9%
Irish 11.3%

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

Cleveland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 25 miles E of Chattanooga, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 101 miles N of Atlanta, Georgia
County Bradley
Standard Zip Codes 37311, 37312, 37323
P.O. Box Zip Codes 37320, 37364
Phone Area Codes 423
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.159
Longitude -84.876

Cleveland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.9 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 48 F
Apr Temp 44 to 71 F
Jul Temp 66 to 89 F
Oct Temp 46 to 72 F
Annual Precip 55.4 inches
Station DAYTON 2 SE
Distance 22.4 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 46 F
Apr Temp 44 to 70 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 46 to 70 F
Annual Precip 58.2 inches
Station ATHENS
Distance 25.2 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 47 F
Apr Temp 43 to 70 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 58.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Cleveland, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Cleveld (37311, 37312, 37320, 37323)

Clevelnd (37323)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Benton 1,897 $40,236
Calhoun 503 $57,143
Charleston 834 $50,250
Collegedale 9,918 $72,946
Etowah 3,493 $53,051
Soddy-Daisy 13,158 $53,716

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

Cleveland Public Libraries

Cleveland Public Library
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(423) 472-2163
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Cleveland Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(423) 339-4100
Emergency Service: Yes

(Government - State)
(423) 559-6101
Emergency Service: Yes

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