Collegedale, Tennessee

Collegedale, Tennessee
Collegedale, Tennessee
—  City  —
Motto: Justice, Safety, Efficency
Location of Collegedale, Tennessee
Coordinates: 35°3′6″N 85°2′49″W / 35.05167°N 85.04694°W / 35.05167; -85.04694
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Hamilton
Incorporated 1968
 – Type City Manager-Commission
 – City Manager Ted A. Rogers
 – Total 8.3 sq mi (21.6 km2)
 – Land 8.3 sq mi (21.6 km2)
 – Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 784 ft (239 m)
Population (2010)
 – Total 8,282
 – Density 997.8/sq mi (385.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 37315
Area code(s) 423
FIPS code 47-16300[1]
GNIS feature ID 1280968[2]

Collegedale is a city in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 8,282 at the 2010 census. Collegedale is a suburb of Chattanooga and is part of the Chattanooga, TN–GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Collegedale is home to Southern Adventist University[3].



Collegedale was founded as the site of Southern Adventist University (then Southern Junior College) in 1916. It was incorporated under a city manager government in 1968, the first city manager being J. M. Ackerman.


Collegedale is located at 35°3′6″N 85°2′49″W / 35.05167°N 85.04694°W / 35.05167; -85.04694 (35.051578, -85.047004)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.3 square miles (21 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,514 people, 2,049 households, and 1,528 families residing in the city. The population density was 781.6 people per square mile (301.9/km²). There were 2,199 housing units at an average density of 263.9 per square mile (101.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.55% White, 4.37% African American, 0.01% Native American, 0.01% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.87% from other races, and 2.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.74% of the population.

There are 2,049 households out of which 33.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.0% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city the population was spread out with 19.8% under the age of 18, 25.2% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 16.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,270, and the median income for a family was $52,337. Males had a median income of $37,819 versus $28,345 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,604. 7.4% of the population and 5.3% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 10.5% of those under the age of 18 and 4.0% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.[1]

Collegedale has a large Seventh-day Adventist community and in 2005 described as an "enclave" for the religion by Charles Reagan Wilson and Mark Silk.[5]


McKee Foods is headquartered in Collegedale. Started in Chattanooga in 1934 the company moved to a facility on Southern Adventist University campus in 1956. McKee Foods is the producer of Little Debbie and Sunbelt snack foods.[6]

Arts and culture

In August 2011 the Collegedale Public Library opened, supported by the city. Residents with a Chattanooga Public Library card are welcome to patronize the library, alongside locals.[7]

Parks and recreation

Six parks are managed by the Parks & Recreation Department of Collegedale:

  • East Hamilton County Park has a high school baseball field and three youth fields.
  • Wolftever Creek Greenway is a greenway which spans throughout the city and continues to be expanded upon by the city.
  • Collegedale Dog Park provides dog-owners with a dog park for unleashed dog socialization.
  • Imagination Station & Pavilion is a playground and rental space located behind City Hall with a train theme.
  • The Nature Nook is an amphitheatre built by the East Hamilton County Kiwanis Club for the city.
  • Veterans Memorial Park is located along the Wolftever Creek Greenway and features plaques, sculptures and flags as a memorial to United States war veterans.[8]

The town also has youth and adult softball leagues.[9]


Collegedale was incorporated in 1968. It operates under a City Manager-Commission form of government. Five commissioners are elected by popular vote and they are responsible for choosing a city manager, who then proceeds to implement the commissions policies.[10]


Southern Adventist University, a private Christian univeristy, is located in Collegedale.[3]



The city is located just off of the I-75 corridor.[11] The Collegedale Municipal Airport is owned by the City of Collegedale and has about 120 stationed aircrafts stationed at it. In 2003 it was awarded the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission's "Airport of the Year" title.[citation needed]


Collegedale has a recycling program which requires the public to bring their recyclables to the city public works department. The city uses recycling to reduce the costs of landfill waste disposal and offsets the cost of recycling by selling the recyclable materials.[12] Comcast provides cable services and CenturyLink supplies landline phone services. Electricity is supplied by EBP and the Chattanooga Gas Company supplies gas needs. The city and/or Hamilton County handles resident sewer needs and Eastside Utility District handles water services.[13]

Health & safety

The city utilizes Hamilton County Emergency Medical Services for emergency medical services and contracts fire & rescue services to the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department located in Collegedale. The local volunteer fire department, at Station 1, has 100 members and support staff and an ISO Class 4 rating.[14] The Collegedale Police Department provides police services for the city.[15]


  1. ^ a b c "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "Southern Adventist University". CollegeView. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ Charles Reagan Wilson; Mark Silk (2005). Religion and public life in the South: in the evangelical mode. Rowman Altamira. pp. 128–. ISBN 978-0-7591-0635-2. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "History". About us. McKee Foods. 2006. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "About the Library". About Us. Collegedale Public Library. 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "City of Collegedale Parks & Recreation". Departments & Services. City of Collegedale. 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Cdale Softball". Collegedale Softball. 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Collegedale Local Government". City Government. City of Collegedale. 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Welcome to the City of Collegedale, TN". City of Collegedale. 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Recycling Information". Departments & Services. City of Collegedale. 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "Utilities". Area Living. City of Collegedale. 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "Fire, Rescue & EMS Services". Departments & Services. City of Collegedale. 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "Collegedale Police Department". Departments & Services. City of Collegedale. 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 

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Coordinates: 35°03′06″N 85°02′49″W / 35.051578°N 85.047004°W / 35.051578; -85.047004

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