Introduction to East Ridge, Tennessee

East Ridge, Tennessee, in Hamilton county, is 3 miles SE of Chattanooga, Tennessee and 100 miles NW of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is in the Chattanooga area. There are 20,640 residents in East Ridge.

East Ridge History

East Ridge is in Hamilton County, which was established in 1819. The county is named after Alexander Hamilton, the secretary of treasury during George Washington’s administration. The city is named after its location from the Missionary Ridge.

East Ridge and nearby Attractions

  • East Ridge History and Archive
  • Rock City Gardens
  • Reflection Riding Arboretum and Botanical Garden
  • Tennessee River Park
  • Harrison Bay State Park
  • National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History

Things To Do In East Ridge

East Ridge offers a wide variety of opportunities for recreation at locations like the Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park and Ruby Falls. Rock City Gardens and the Tennessee River Park are nearby as well. The Chattanooga Regional History Museum and the Creative Discovery Museum are popular local historical spots. The Tennessee Aquarium and the Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park are popular family attractions.

East Ridge Transportation

Chattanooga Metropolitan is the nearest airport.

East Ridge Higher Education

Facilities for higher education are available from Chattanooga State Technical Community College, the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Lee University and Cleveland State Community College.


Total Population 21,220
Male Share of the Population 45.2%
Female Share of the Population 54.8%
Senior Citizens 16.4%
Employed Population 16+ 10,259
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 43%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.2%
Median Earnings25+ $30,383
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,954
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,747


Median Family Income $50,144
% Above Poverty Level 85.4%
% Below Poverty Level 14.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 36.1%
Median Gross Rent $764
Median House Value $116,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.2%
US/American 0%
English 9.2%
Irish 13.6%

East Ridge Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles SE of Chattanooga, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 100 miles NW of Atlanta, Georgia
County Hamilton
Metro Area Chattanooga
Standard Zip Codes 37412
Phone Area Codes 423
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.014
Longitude -85.251

East Ridge Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.2 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
Station DALTON
Distance 25 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 31.1 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 48 F
Apr Temp 44 to 72 F
Jul Temp 66 to 89 F
Oct Temp 46 to 72 F
Annual Precip 62.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chattanooga 171,863 $51,125
Cleveland 42,331 $49,356
Collegedale 9,488 $70,474
Lookout Mountain 1,878 $147,083
Red Bank 11,759 $48,598
Signal Mountain 8,416 $118,696

East Ridge Public Libraries

East Ridge City Library
East Ridge, Tennessee
(423) 867-7323
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