Demographics

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Location

Southeast Tennessee; MSA—Cleveland, TN; Market Region—Chattanooga

County—Bradley

Distance from: (City) Chattanooga—29 miles; Knoxville—82 miles

Population

City
County
1980 26,415 65,547
1990 30,354 80,220
2000 37,192 87,965
2010 41,285 98,963
% Non-White (2010 census) 11.49% 9.7%

Tax Structure

Local

City
County
Property Tax Rate
Rate per $100 Value $1.7655 $2.2161-$2.2933*
Rate of Assessment
     Residential 25% 25%
     Industrial 40% 40%
     Personal (Equipment) 30% 30%
Inventory Tax: Raw materials only
Bonded Debt $21,550,051 $55,835,000
Assessed Valuation $607,841,824 $1,107,069,813
School Tax None None
Sales Tax 2.75% 2.75%
Hotel-Motel Tax 7% 7%
 * County tax rate includes fire district tax outside of city limits. 
 

State

Sales Tax 7% (6% for food and food ingredients for human consumption)
Income Tax—Personal 6% on interest and dividends
Excise 6.5% of net earnings
Franchise 25% per $100 of capital properties
Unemployment Tax New Employers 2.7% of first $7,000

Transportation

Railroad—Served by Norfolk Southern

Highways—0 Miles to Access of Interstate I-75; U.S. Highways 11, 64; State Highways 60, 74, 40, 2, 249, 306, 308.

Common Carriers—Air Freight Companies—1; Motor Freight Companies—30; Terminal Facilities—Yes; Bus Services—Intercity Yes, Local—Yes; Carrier Services—Yes; Navigable Waterway—Hiwassee River: Channel Depth 11′; Nearest port facility Chattanooga: 29 miles.

Air Service

General Aviation/Distance Cleveland Regional Jetport
Runway Length (1) 5,500 ft. (currently undergoing expansion)
Surface Asphalt
Lighting Low intensity, 10″ Beacon VASI
Fuel: Yes Octane Available: 80/100
Repair Facilities Minor
Transportation Taxi and rental car
Airline Service Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport—US Airways, American Eagle, Allegiant Air, Delta

Communications

U.S. Post Office: Two locations

Newspaper—Cleveland Daily Banner, Daily except Saturday, Circulation—16,277

Radio Stations—4

Television Networks—ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, FOX, WTCI, WTNB, WFLI, WDSI

Cable Companies—Charter Communications

Telephone Companies—AT&T and Charter Communications

Industrial Support Services

Locally: Tool & Die; Heat Treating; Foundry; Heavy Hardware; Sheet Metal; Lubricants; Industrial Maintenance Supply

Regionally: Galvanizing—Chattanooga, 29 miles

Finance

Banks—16: Combined Deposits—$386,636,071 ($000)

Governments

City
County
Type of Government City Manager & Council County Mayor & Commission
Police Officers 93 81
Police Cars 117 56
Planning Commission Yes Yes
Zoning Regulations Yes Yes
Industrial Development Corporation Yes Yes
Fire Stations 5 14
Fire Trucks 18 27
Firefighters (Volunteers) 98 (0) 68 (90)
Insurance Rating 3 3

Community Facilities

Daycare Centers—25

Daycare Homes—Over 50

Education

State Industrial Training Service Available: Yes

Two Public School Systems: City and County

# of Local Schools
Enrollment
Elementary 18 6,820
Middle/Junior High 3 3,633
Senior High 3 4,925
Private and/or Parochial 5 800
Technology Centers 1 205
Colleges (2- and 4-year) 2 8,130
Library 1 Volumes: 135,493

Healthcare

Hospitals 1 Beds: 351
Public Health Department/Clinic 2
Doctors 250
Dentists 45
Nursing Homes 3 Beds: 463
Assisted Living Facilities 4

Churches

 Protestant— 250; Catholic—1; Other—2: Latter-Day Saints, Jehovah’s Witnesses

Recreation

Parks—5; Golf Courses—2 public; 1 private; Swimming Pools—3 public; 2 private; Country Club—1; Theaters—2; Bowling Alleys—1; Hotels & Motels—32: 1,700 rooms. Largest Meeting Room Capacity—300; Restaurants—150

Regionally: Cherokee National Forest and Ocoee River, Red Clay State Historic Park and Hiwassee State Scenic River

Climate

Annual Average Temperature 61°
Monthly Average High Temperature January—47°; August—87°
Monthly Average Low Temperature January—25°; August—64°
Annual Average Precipitation 54.8″
Annual Average Snowfall Less than 5″
Elevation 875′ above sea level
Prevailing winds Southwest
Mean Length of Freeze-Free Period (Days) 263

Selected Economic Indicators for Bradley County—April 2019

Estimated County Available Labor 1,440
Male 675
Female 765
Estimated Total in Surrounding Counties 8,020
High School Graduates (2019) 1,172
Labor Force Estimates
Average Employment (2018)
     Civilian Labor Force 60,870
     Unemployment 1,820
     % of Labor Force 3.0%
Total Employment 59,040
Per Capita Income—2017 $25,144
Median Household Income – 2017 $46,381
Retail Sales—2018 $1,563,849,145

Building Permits

2015
2016
2017
2018
Residential Number Issued 378 397 409 488
Value of Residential Permits $55,124,224 $60,525,514 $63,767219 $81,358,961
Commercial Permits Issued 80 61 86 102
Value of Commercial Permits $47,880,090 $38,922,805 $96,813,274 $55,009,685
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