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Catoosa County, Georgia
Catoosa County Courthouse, Ringgold, Georgia
Catoosa County Courthouse
Map of Georgia highlighting Catoosa County
Location in the state of Georgia (U.S. state)
Map of USA GA
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1853
Seat Ringgold
Largest city Fort Oglethorpe
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

162 sq mi (420 km²)
162 sq mi (420 km²)
0.3 sq mi (1 km²), 0.27%
 - (2010)
 - Density

394/sq mi (152/km²)
Congressional district 14th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Catoosa County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 63,942.[1] The county seat is Ringgold.[2] The county was created on December 5, 1853. The meaning of the Cherokee language name "Catoosa" is obscure.[3]

Catoosa County is part of the Chattanooga, TN–GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

On April 27, 2011 a devastating tornado touched down in the town of Ringgold, located in Catoosa County, leaving a path of severe destruction.[4]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 162 square miles (420 km2), of which 162 square miles (420 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (0.2%) is water.[5]

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

National protected areasEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 5,082
1870 4,409 −13.2%
1880 4,739 7.5%
1890 5,431 14.6%
1900 5,823 7.2%
1910 7,184 23.4%
1920 6,677 −7.1%
1930 9,421 41.1%
1940 12,199 29.5%
1950 15,146 24.2%
1960 21,101 39.3%
1970 28,271 34.0%
1980 36,991 30.8%
1990 42,464 14.8%
2000 53,282 25.5%
2010 63,942 20.0%
Est. 2013 65,311 22.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 53,282 people, 20,425 households, and 15,400 families residing in the county. The population density was 328 people per square mile (127/km²). There were 21,794 housing units at an average density of 134 per square mile (52/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.39% White, 1.26% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. 1.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 20,425 households out of which 35.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.60% were married couples living together, 11.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.60% were non-families. 21.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 30.80% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 11.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,998, and the median income for a family was $45,710. Males had a median income of $31,746 versus $23,790 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,009. About 6.40% of families and 9.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.50% of those under age 18 and 11.00% of those age 65 or over.


Catoosa County Public Schools

Catoosa County elementary schools: Battlefield Elementary, Battlefield Primary, Boynton Elementary, Cloud Springs Elementary, Graysville Elementary, Ringgold Elementary, Ringgold Primary, Tiger Creek Elementary, West Side Elementary, and Woodstation Elementary.

Catoosa County middle schools: Heritage Middle School, Lakeview Middle School, and Ringgold Middle School.

Catoosa County high schools: Heritage High School, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, Performance Learning Center, and Ringgold High School.


In popular cultureEdit

Shawn Mullins' 2010 album Light You Up included a song titled "Catoosa County", a semi-fictional account of the Civil War conflicts that took place in the county.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Catoosa County". Calhoun Times: pp. 25. September 1, 2004. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Ringgold, GA Tornado Confirmed as an EF-4 Tornado, The OKCStormWatcher Weather Blog, April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 30, 2011.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 34°54′N 85°08′W / 34.90, -85.14

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