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Sunday, March 25, 2012    |   
Sarah Moore from Moore's Family Farm located on Lookout Mountain, weighs a basket of fresh beans during BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's farmer's market in this file photo.
Sarah Moore from Moore's Family Farm located on Lookout Mountain, weighs a basket of fresh beans during BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's farmer's market in this file photo.

WHO WE ARE

• The median age of individuals in Hamilton County is 39.1 years old.

• 21.8 percent of the population is under age 18.

• 14.4 percent of the population is age 65 or older.

• There are 14,087 more adult women than adult men in Hamilton County. Female residents comprise 52.8 percent of the adult population.

• 59.3 percent of those who live in Hamilton County were born in Tennessee.

The 2010 census details the makeup of Hamilton County.

Racial diversity

• 73.9 percent of Hamilton County residents are white

• 20.2 percent of Hamilton County residents are black

• 4.5 percent are Hispanic or of Latino origin

• 6 percent speak a language other than English at home

• 4.6 percent of Hamilton County residents were born in a foreign country

Education

Among adults age 25 and older in Hamilton County:

• 4.9 percent have less than a ninth-grade education

• 16.6 percent don't have a high school diploma

• 28.8 percent have a high school diploma or equivalent but no college

• 22.8 percent have some college training but no degree

• 6.8 percent have an associate degree from college

• 27 percent have a bachelor's degree from college and, of those, 9 percent have a graduate or professional degree

Income

• The median household income -- the point at which half of all households earn more and half earn less -- was $45,408 in the 2010 census for Hamilton County

• The average household income, calculated by taking all residents' income divided by the number of workers, is much higher at $64,055 in Hamilton County.

• The median earnings for a typical worker in Hamilton County was $26,592 in the 2010 census.

• In Hamilton County, 14.7 percent of the population lives in poverty.

Source: 2010 census for Hamilton County. U.S. Bureau of Census.


TYPES OF JOBS WE HOLD

In the six-county Chattanooga metropolitan area at the end of 2011:

Total employment: 233,700

Government: 37,500, or 16 percent of all jobs

Education and health services: 32,100, or 13.7 percent of all jobs

Manufacturing: 28,000, or 12 percent of all jobs

Retail trade: 24,100, or 10.3 percent of all jobs

Leisure and hospitality: 24,100, or 10.3 percent of all jobs

Professional and business services: 21,200, or 9.1 percent of all jobs

Financial activities: 17,400, or 7.5 percent of all jobs

Construction: 9,100, or 4 percent of all jobs

Wholesale trade: 8,300, or 3.5 percent of all jobs

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Data for metropolitan Chattanooga, which includes Hamilton, Marion and Sequatchie counties in Tennessee and Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties in Georgia.


HOW WE HEAT OUR HOMES

Among the 133,953 housing units in Hamilton County, the most common fuels used to heat local homes are:

EPB electricity: 62.8 percent

Chattanooga Gas Co. natural gas: 32.8 percent

Bottled, tank or LP gas: 2.6 percent

Fuel oil, kerosene: 0.8 percent

Source: 2010 census for Hamilton County


HOW WE GET TO WORK

The average worker in Hamilton County spends 21.2 minutes getting to work.

83.1 percent, or 129,082 workers in Hamilton County, drive to work alone.

10.1 percent, or 15,831 workers in Hamilton County, ride with someone else to work.

2 percent, or 1,483 workers, ride a CARTA bus, take a taxi cab or some other type of public transportation to work.

2.9 percent, or 4,443 workers, work at home.