Collegedale, Tennessee

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Collegedale is a city in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 6,514 at the 2000 census.

Collegedale is a suburb of Chattanooga and is part of the Chattanooga, TN–GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. It borders the communities of Ooltewah and Apison.



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. It is best known as the home of McKee Foods Corporation, manufacturer of the "Little Debbie" brand of snack products.


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)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.3 square miles (21.6 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/sq mi (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.

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