Why We Love Ooltewah

Ooltewah is a great choice for anyone who wants space, affordable housing, and a safe community. Nestled between Chattanooga and Cleveland, Ooltewah has the feel of country living, without ever being too far from modern conveniences.

Ooltewah History

Ooltewah was originally part of James County until 1919 when the county went bankrupt. It was then incorporated into Hamilton County. The forer James County Courthouse is still located in the downtown Ooltewah and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

The well known Southern Unionist leader Alfred Cate, was from Ooltewah. Cate and his men were responsible for the East Tennessee bridge-burning conspiracy. They buried Chattanooga area bridges in hopes of helping the Union take control of East Tennessee.

Ooltewah Schools 

Ooltewah has a number of highly ranked schools, including Wallace A. Smith Elementary, Ooltewah Elementary, East Hamilton School and Hunter Middle School, just to name a few. It is also home to one of the largest high schools in the area, Ooltewah High School. 

There are several private schools near Signal Mountain as well. The Bright School, Baylor School, McCallie Boys School, and Girls Preparatory School are just a few of the notable and prestigious private schools in the area.

Demographic of Ooltewah

Ooltewah has a 2020 population of 756. Ooltewah’s population has increased by 10.04% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 687 in 2010. The average household income in Ooltewah is $58,043. The median age in Ooltewah is 51.2 years, 51 years for males, and 52.2 years for females.

Cost of Living in Ooltewah

Cost of living in Ooltewah is about 13% higher than the overall average cost of living in Tennessee, but still 2% lower than the national average. The median home cost is $246,300.