Introduction to Collegedale, Tennessee

Collegedale, Tennessee, in Hamilton county, is 14 miles E of Chattanooga, Tennessee and 97 miles NW of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is conveniently located inside the Chattanooga metropolitan area. There are an estimated 6,514 people in Collegedale.

Collegedale History

Collegedale was established as the site of Southern Adventist University in 1916. The university was originally known as Southern Junior College. It was incorporated in 1968 under a city manager government. The first city manager of Collegedale was J. M. Ackerman. Collegedale is home to the McKee Foods Corporation, which manufactures Little Debbie products. It is also home to Collegedale Academy.

Collegedale and nearby Attractions

  • Museum Center at 5ive Points
  • Houston Museum of Decorative Arts
  • Chattanooga African-American Museum
  • Red Clay State Park
  • Booker T. Washington State Park
  • Crown Gardens and Archives

Things To Do In Collegedale

The Robinson Corner Shopping Center and the College Plaza Shopping Center are two popular shopping destinations in the area. Tallant Church is the local church. The Booker T. Washington State Park, Harrison Bay State Park and Red Clay State Park offer multiple facilities for recreation. The Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, the New Echota Cherokee Capital State Historic Site and the Chief Vann House State Historic Site may prove interesting to those hoping to learn more about the area’s history.

Collegedale Transportation

Chattanooga Municipal is the nearest airport.

Collegedale Higher Education

Southern Adventist University is the local institution of higher education. Other nearby educational institutions include Lee University, Roane State Community College and Cleveland State Community College.


Total Population 9,918
Male Share of the Population 46.6%
Female Share of the Population 53.4%
Senior Citizens 17.7%
Employed Population 16+ 4,881
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 49.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.3%
Median Earnings25+ $36,757
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,497
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,339


Median Family Income $72,946
% Above Poverty Level 92.4%
% Below Poverty Level 7.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 13.1%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 22.7%
Median Gross Rent $754
Median House Value $201,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.8%
US/American 0%
English 14%
Irish 11.1%

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

Collegedale Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles E of Chattanooga, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 97 miles NW of Atlanta, Georgia
County Hamilton
Metro Area Chattanooga
P.O. Box Zip Codes 37315
Phone Area Codes 423
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.053
Longitude -85.05

Collegedale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 8.6 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 18.1 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 DALTON
Distance 21.7 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
Chattanooga 174,483 $51,950
Cleveland 42,895 $46,529
East Ridge 21,275 $48,996
Red Bank 11,793 $46,623
Signal Mountain 8,456 $112,808
Soddy-Daisy 13,158 $53,716

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

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