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Bartlett, Tennessee
City of Barlett
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Location of Bartlett in Shelby County, Tennessee.
Location of Bartlett in Shelby County, Tennessee.
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Country United States
State Tennessee
County Shelby
Founded 1829
Incorporated 1866
 • Total 32.29 sq mi (83.64 km2)
 • Land 32.28 sq mi (83.60 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
298 ft (90.8 m)
 • Total 54,613
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,841.39/sq mi (710.97/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
38133, 38134, 38135
Area code(s) 901
FIPS code 47-03440
GNIS feature ID 1304976

Bartlett is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States, located northeast of Memphis. The population was 54,613 at the 2010 U.S. Census.


The community from which the city of Bartlett grew was first called Union Depot and Green Bottom. It was the last major way station in Tennessee along the stagecoach route from Nashville westward and came into being about 1830. When the Memphis & Ohio Railroad took the place of the stages, Bartlett continued as a depot. This was a farming community, with major plantations along Stage Road.

On November 1, 1866, with a population of less than 100, the city was officially incorporated and the name changed to Bartlett. Upon incorporation, Bryan Wither was named the city's inaugural mayor. It was named for Major Gabriel M. Bartlett, a planter, whose homeplace was located on the old Raleigh-Somerville Road (Stage Road) at the present location of Bartlett Station Plaza.


Bartlett is located at 35°13′23″N 89°50′28″W / 35.22306°N 89.84111°W / 35.22306; -89.84111 (35.222990, -89.841170), adjacent to the northeastern boundary of Memphis.

According to the City of Bartlett, the city limits encompass a total area of 23.42 square miles (60.7 km2). The annexation reserves of the city extend another 20.54 square miles (53.2 km2).

Demographics and growth pattern

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 244
1880 242 −0.8%
1900 200
1910 263 31.5%
1920 271 3.0%
1930 429 58.3%
1940 400 −6.8%
1950 489 22.3%
1960 508 3.9%
1970 1,150 126.4%
1980 17,170 1,393.0%
1990 26,989 57.2%
2000 40,543 50.2%
2010 54,613 34.7%
2019 (est.) 59,440 8.8%

2020 census

Bartlett Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 39,182 67.81%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 11,524 19.94%
Native American 101 0.17%
Asian 1,920 3.32%
Pacific Islander 28 0.05%
Other/Mixed 2,527 4.37%
Hispanic or Latino 2,504 4.33%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 57,786 people, 20,359 households, and 15,959 families residing in the city.


As of the 2019 census estimates, there were 59,445 people and 20,359 households residing in the city. The city was the 10th largest city in Tennessee (2nd in Shelby County, after Memphis). The population density was 3,097 people per square mile (820.4/km2). There were 14,021 housing units at an average density of 734.7 per square mile (283.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 69.0% White, 21.3% African American, 0.28% Native American, 2.9% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.14% of the population.

There were 20,044 households, out of which 44.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.6% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.2% were non-families. 12.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 29.1% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $84,305, and the median income for a family was $84,305 (these figures had risen to $74,091 and $80,739 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $45,281 versus $32,382 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,616. About 2.1% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.

Population growth

In existence since about 1829, Bartlett was incorporated in 1866 and remained a small town for another 100 years. From the "old" town of only 508 people at Stage Road and the railroad in 1960, Bartlett grew rapidly in the 1970s and 1980s both through new residents, largely due to "white flights" from Memphis, and through annexation, primarily to the east and north, to over 54,000 people today. In 2007, it was the ninth largest city in Tennessee.

In 2007 Money magazine listed it as one of the best 100 places to live in the United States. It ranked 95th out of 100.

Places of interest

Davies Manor Plantation

Davies Manor Plantation is a historic property that includes the oldest log home in Shelby County open to the public, thirty-two acres of plantation land, and numerous outbuildings. These outbuildings range from a tenant cabin to a commissary, a gristmill to an outhouse. Additionally, the property contains several gardens, including a kitchen garden and a medicinal herb garden. There are even a walking tour and nature trails available for visitors who love the outdoors. The website is

Nicholas Gotten House

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Nicholas Gotten House

The Nicholas Gotten House is located at 2969 Court Street. It houses the Bartlett Museum, a local history museum operated by the Bartlett Historical Society. The white frame structure was built by Nicholas Gotten in 1871 in the New England saltbox style. A saltbox is a wooden frame house with a long, pitched roof that slopes down to the back.

Recreation and fitness center

The Bartlett Recreation Center is a 55,000 sq ft (5,100 m2) facility that was completed in August 2000. The recreation center is located at 7700 Flaherty Place directly behind the Bartlett Police Station. The recreation center is a popular place amongst the people of Bartlett with its swimming pool, racquetball courts, basketball courts, running track, and workout rooms. Since its opening the recreation center has done remarkably well and required no help from the city to remain open.

Performing Arts & Conference Center

The Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center, also known as BPACC, was finished in 1999 where it held its first show by Art Garfunkel. BPACC is located at 3663 Appling Road, directly across the street from the Bartlett Police Station and Appling Middle School. The facility is not limited to performances but can be rented out for other events such as seminars or business meetings.


Bartlett's public school system was part of the Shelby County Schools until the end of the 2013–2014 school year. On July 16, 2013, the residents of Bartlett approved a referendum to form a Bartlett City School District. This district launched in fall 2014 and includes the 11 school buildings within Bartlett city limits, according to an agreement reached between parties to a federal lawsuit. The district's superintendent is David Stephens, former deputy superintendent of Shelby County Schools.

Public schools

Residents are in the Bartlett City Schools.

Private schools

  • Bartlett Baptist Pre-School Kin
  • St. Ann Elementary School

Notable people

Notable people from Bartlett, Tennessee:

  • Rozelle Claxton (1913-1995), jazz pianist
  • Ronald Rozelle Davis (born 1972), football cornerback
  • Eric Hanhold (born 1993), baseball pitcher
  • Erin Hatley, beauty pageant titleholder; was Miss Tennessee in 2011
  • Sammy Swindell (born 1955), sprint car driver
  • Jacob Clinton Wilson (born 1990), baseball utility player
  • Daniel Paul Wright (born 1991), baseball pitcher
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