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Arlington, Tennessee
Location of Arlington in Shelby County, Tennessee.
Location of Arlington in Shelby County, Tennessee.
Arlington, Tennessee is located in Tennessee
Arlington, Tennessee
Arlington, Tennessee
Location in Tennessee
Arlington, Tennessee is located in the United States
Arlington, Tennessee
Arlington, Tennessee
Location in the United States
Arlington, Tennessee is located in North America
Arlington, Tennessee
Arlington, Tennessee
Location in North America
State Tennessee
County Shelby
 • Total 23.03 sq mi (59.64 km2)
 • Land 23.02 sq mi (59.61 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
282 ft (86 m)
 • Total 11,517
 • Estimate 
 • Density 510.23/sq mi (197.01/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
38002, 38028
Area code(s) 901
FIPS code 47-01740
GNIS feature ID 1304869

Arlington is a town in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 2,569 at the 2000 census, 11,517 at the 2010 census, and 14,549 at the 2020 Census. From 2010 until 2020 the town's population grew by 26.326%. It is one of the seven municipalities in Shelby County. The town lies wholly within the borders of Shelby County.


Arlington has been called Shelby County’s best-kept secret, as it has remained a small quiet rural town for two centuries.

Settlers came to the area in the 1830s, and many of their descendants still live in the town. Originally known as Haysville, the town was named after the original landowner, Samuel Jackson Hays, a nephew of President Andrew Jackson. The area began to grow with the development of the Memphis and Ohio Railroad and the creation of Withe Depot within its boundaries. By 1856, about 200 people called Haysville home. The outbreak of yellow fever in Memphis in 1878 contributed to the stagnant population as the town fathers quarantined the area, forbidding outsiders from entering the town. The town was incorporated as Haysville in 1878.

In 1883 the town's name was changed to Arlington due to the post office being unable to use the name Haysville. In 1900 the town was incorporated again. Captain Henry Pittman, who lived in Haysville, had visited Washington, D.C. and Arlington National Cemetery and was inspired to call the town Arlington.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 20.4 square miles (53 km2), of which 0.05% is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 343
1910 477
1920 494 3.6%
1930 446 −9.7%
1940 440 −1.3%
1950 463 5.2%
1960 620 33.9%
1970 1,349 117.6%
1980 1,778 31.8%
1990 1,541 −13.3%
2000 2,569 66.7%
2010 11,517 348.3%
2020 14,549 26.3%

2020 Census

Arlington racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 10,719 73.68%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,916 13.17%
Native American 39 0.27%
Asian 342 2.35%
Pacific Islander 11 0.08%
Other/Mixed 745 5.12%
Hispanic or Latino 777 5.34%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 14,549 people, 3,560 households, and 3,046 families residing in the town.

2010 Census

At the 2010 census there were 11,517 people, and 3,739 households. The population density was 565 people per square mile (48.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 81.24% White, 13.84% African American, 0.16% Native American, 1.80% Asian, 0.86% from other races, 2.08% from two or more races, and .02% from Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.98%.

Of the 3,907 households 35.23% were 1-2 person occupied, 48.02% were 3-4 person occupied, 15.32% were 5-6 person occupied, 1.42% were 7 or more person households and 4.2% were listed as unoccupied. With the 3,907 households owned in Arlington, they are estimated to have a median value of $217,300.

The age distribution was 37.53% under the age of 18, 3.47% from 18 to 24, 35.62% from 25 to 44, 19.20% from 45 to 64, and 4.19% 65 or older. The median age was 32.2 years. The population was 49% male and 51% female.

From 2013 to 2017, Arlington's estimated household income was predicted to be $99,404. This has increased since 2009, when the household income was estimated to be $85,779.


Arlington is served by Arlington Community Schools and Shelby County Schools.

Arlington boasts having a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1.

There are four schools located within the municipality of Arlington:

  • Arlington Elementary School K-5
  • Donelson Elementary School K-5
  • Arlington Middle School 6-8
  • Arlington High School 9-12

Arlington Community schools was created in 2014, and it started with an enrollment of 4907 kids.

There are two schools in Arlington served by Shelby County Schools:

  • Barret's Chapel School (K-8, Shelby County Schools)
    • Bolton High School 9-12
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