Chattanooga’s growth since 2000 was the fastest in three decades, edging it closer to Knoxville as Tennessee’s third-biggest city, according to new census estimates.
After losing residents in the 1980s and growing a modest 2.5 percent in the 1990s, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that Chattanooga grew nearly 10.2 percent from 2000 to 2009.
But the Census Bureau estimates the region’s fastest-growing cities were in nearby suburbs to the north and south of Chattanooga, while Chattanooga’s oldest neighboring suburbs lost population during the decade.
In its final population estimate before the 2010 census is tabulated, the bureau estimated last week that Chattanooga added 15,795 residents to boost the city’s population to 171,349 people in 2009.
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“I think these gains bode well for the future of Chattanooga and should continue with the transformation we have made in our city,” said Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield, a former city planner.
“I have somewhat humorously sent messages to (Knoxville Mayor) Bill Haslam that we are intending to knock Knoxville off as the third-largest city in Tennessee, and it’s becoming more than just a joke,” Mr. Littlefield said.
Chattanooga outpaced the growth rate of Knoxville and Memphis from 2000 to 2009, although the Scenic City grew more slowly than metro Nashville; Huntsville, Ala.; or Atlanta, census figures indicate.
Here are the stats per neighborhood in and around Chattanooga – reprinted from the Times Free Press, source is US Census