Ridgeside, Tennessee – Wikipedia

City in Tennessee, United States

Ridgeside is a city in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 446 at the 2020 census[7] and estimated to be 432 in 2018.[8] Ridgeside is an enclave, as it is completely surrounded by the city limits of Chattanooga. It is part of the Chattanooga, TN–GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Ridgeside’s name is derived from its location on the eastern slope (side) of Missionary Ridge. Locally, the city is also known as Shepherd Hills, after the bigger of its two subdivisions, the other being Crescent Park.


Ridgeside is rooted in a dairy farm operated by John T. Shepherd in the early 1900s. In 1922, John’s son, Paul, began building the “Shepherd Hills” subdivision, which was completed in 1952. Shepherd Hills incorporated as a city with the name “Ridgeside” in 1931, in part to avoid being annexed by rapidly growing Chattanooga.[9]

Police services for the city of Ridgeside is served by the East Ridge Police,[10] although at one time the city had its own police department.[11]


Ridgeside is located in southwestern Hamilton County at 35°02′06″N 85°14′53″W / 35.034975°N 85.248112°W / 35.034975; -85.248112.[12] It is surrounded by the city of Chattanooga and is 4 miles (6 km) east of that city’s downtown.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.4 km2), all of it land.[7]


2020 census[edit]

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 446 people, 203 households, and 180 families residing in the city.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 389 people, 156 households, and 112 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,250.6 people per square mile (883.5/km2). There were 162 housing units at an average density of 937.3 per square mile (367.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.54% White, 5.14% African American, and 2.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.77% of the population.

There were 156 households, out of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.5% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.7% under the age of 18, 3.9% from 18 to 24, 18.8% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 21.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there were 81.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $88,996, and the median income for a family was $96,602. Males had a median income of $63,750 versus $45,313 for females. The per capita income for the city was $35,138. About 1.8% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ “Ridgeside, Tennessee”. City of Ridgeside. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.ridgeside.net/history/2001/2001-Pages/Image5.html[dead link]
  3. ^ “2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files”. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  4. ^ a b “Population and Housing Unit Estimates”. United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  5. ^ a b “U.S. Census website”. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  6. ^ “US Board on Geographic Names”. United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  7. ^ a b “Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Ridgeside city, Tennessee”. American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  8. ^ “Population and Housing Unit Estimates”. United States Census Bureau. June 27, 2019. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  9. ^ Shepherd Hills Timeline, City of Ridgeside official website. Retrieved: September 1, 2015.
  10. ^ [1] Ridgeside information sheet. Retrieved: August 31, 2021.
  11. ^ [2] WDEF From the Archives: 1980 Strange Police Car in Ridgeside. Retrieved August 31, 2021.
  12. ^ “US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990”. United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  13. ^ “Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses”. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  14. ^ “Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012”. Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 11, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  15. ^ “Explore Census Data”. data.census.gov. Retrieved December 25, 2021.

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