Residents of Collegedale enjoy an environment away from the busy city but with access to shopping and recreation. The community of 8.3 square miles is just minutes from three major interstates, the new Volkswagon plant, and the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. Collegedale is an incorporated area within Hamilton County and is considered part of the Greater Chattanooga area.
Southern Adventist University, a private university with 3,000 students, is located in this area. The University's highly esteemed nursing and music programs are exceptional. Collegedale is also home to McKee Foods Corporation, maker of Little Debbie snack cakes. This company is one of the largest employers in Hamilton County and ranks high in employee satisfaction.