2010: 167,674, #139 in U.S., #4 in Tennessee

1950: 131,041, #74 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 528,143, #97 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 246,453, #80 in U.S.


Chattanooga, on the Tennessee River, was established as Ross’s Landing in 1816 by Chief John Ross of the Cherokee Nation. It was named Chattanooga in 1838. Today, Ross’s Landing Park is along the river, adjacent to the Tennessee Aquarium, and there is a 13-mile Riverwalk. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is on the east side of downtown.


Tallest building: Republic Centre, 300 feet (1977)


Chattanooga has no downtown department stores.


Amtrak has no service to Chattanooga. The former Southern Railway Station (1909), now called the Chattanooga Choo Choo, has a hotel, restaurants, and shops. The one-mile Lookout Mountain Incline Railway (1895) climbs to the top of Lookout Mountain, which overlooks the city.


The Hunter Museum of American Art and the Creative Discovery Museum are located downtown.


Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga


The AMC Cinemas Majestic 12 plays first-run movies. The Tivoli Theater (1921) is a restored movie palace that now hosts the Chattanooga Symphony, touring Broadway shows, and a variety of other concerts.

The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium (1924) hosts a variety of events. The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is across the river from downtown.


The Chattanooga Lookouts, Double-A Southern League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, play at AT&T Field (2000). McKenzie Arena (1982) at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga has sporting events, concerts, and other events.

Map of Downtown Chattanooga

Convention and Visitors Bureau

Chattanooga Architecture