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Collierville, Tennessee
Collierville's town square in 2020
Collierville's town square in 2020
Location of Collierville in Shelby County, Tennessee
Location of Collierville in Shelby County, Tennessee
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Shelby
 • Total 36.39 sq mi (94.26 km2)
 • Land 36.32 sq mi (94.06 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.20 km2)
381 ft (116 m)
 • Total 43,965
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,405.44/sq mi (542.65/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
38017, 38027
Area code(s) 901
FIPS code 47-16420
GNIS feature ID 1280985

Collierville is a town in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States, and a suburb located in the Memphis metropolitan area. With a population of 43,965 in the 2010 census, Collierville is the third largest municipality in the county after Memphis and Bartlett. It is home to the Carriage Crossing shopping mall and is served by Collierville Schools.

Founded by entrepreneur Jesse R. Collier in 1836, Collierville was the site of the First and Second Battles of Collierville during the American Civil War, during which the town suffered severe damage. After a period of regrowth, Collierville saw substantial economic expansion in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and now boasts a high quality of life. Collierville's downtown area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 2014 Collierville's historic town square was ranked by Parade as the "Best Main Street" in America.


Battle of Collierville

There were two battles and two small skirmishes of the American Civil War that occurred late in 1863 at Collierville in Shelby County. The first Battle of Collierville occurred on October 11, 1863. Collierville was one of the garrisons established to protect the Memphis and Charleston Railroad. For the Confederates, the Union garrison was a source of fresh supplies. Brig. Gen. James R. Chalmers' division of 3000 men attacked the garrison and earthworks defended by 550 men, including Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman.

The Battle of Collierville on November 3 was the second Confederate cavalry raid that attempted to break up the Memphis and Charleston Railroad behind Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s XV Army Corps, then in the process of marching to the relief of Chattanooga. When Brig. Gen. James R. Chalmers, leading a cavalry division riding up from Mississippi, learned that only two Union regiments defended Collierville, he decided to attack. Union Col. Edward Hatch possessed more men than Chalmers supposed, stationed at Collierville and at Germantown, 5 miles (8 km) to the west. Scouts warned Hatch of Chalmers’s approach from the south, so he ordered Collierville’s defenders to be prepared and rode from Germantown with cavalry reinforcements. Chalmers, as he had done only three weeks earlier, attacked from the south. Col. Hatch arrived with help. Surprised by the unexpected appearance of the enemy on his flanks, Chalmers concluded that he was outnumbered, called off the battle, and, to ward off Union pursuit, withdrew back to Mississippi. The Memphis & Charleston Railroad remained open to Tuscumbia, Alabama, for Union troop movements. Estimated casualties were 60 for the Union and 95 for the Confederacy for a total of 155.

Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman participated in the battle of October 11, and his monument in Washington, D.C. lists "Colliersville" as one of his battles. The Union commanders referred to it as "Colliersville" in the official reports.


Collierville is located at 35°3′16″N 89°40′56″W / 35.05444°N 89.68222°W / 35.05444; -89.68222 (35.054366, -89.682306).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 24.6 square miles (64 km2), of which 24.5 square miles (63 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), or 0.41%, is water.

Major thoroughfares

  • Interstate 269
  • Nonconnah/Bill Morris Parkway (State Route 385)
  • U. S. Route 72 (Poplar Avenue)/Tennessee State Route 86
  • State Route 57 (Poplar Avenue)
  • State Route 175 (Byhalia Road, Collierville Road, S Houston Levee Road, and E Shelby Drive)
  • State Route 205 (Collierville-Arlington Road)
  • Winchester Boulevard


Collierville has a humid subtropical climate, with four distinct seasons. The summer months (late May to late September) are persistently hot (between 68 °F (20 °C) and 95 °F (35 °C)) and humid due to moisture encroaching from the Gulf of Mexico. Afternoon thunderstorms are frequent during some summers, but usually brief, lasting no longer than an hour. Early Autumn is pleasantly drier and mild, but can remain hot until late October.

Abrupt but short-lived cold snaps are common. Late Autumn is rainy and colder, December being the third rainiest month of the year. Fall foliage becomes especially vibrant after the first frost, typically November, and lasts until early December. Winters are mild, but cold snaps can occur. The official all-time record low temperature was -13.0 °F (-25.0 °C), which occurred on December 24, 1963. Mild spells are sometimes warm with temperatures as high as 75 °F (23 °C) during January and February. Snowfall is not abundant but does occur during most winters, with an annual average of 5.7 inches (14.4 cm) at the airport.

Spring often begins in late February or early March, following the onset of a sharp warmup. This season is also known as "severe weather season" due to the higher frequency of tornadoes, hail, and thunderstorms producing winds greater than 58 mph (93 km/h). Collierville is above the Tennessee state average for Tornado activity, and 188% of the average for the US. Historically, April is the month with the highest frequency of tornadoes, though tornadoes have occurred every month of the year.

Collierville is sunny approximately 64% of the time. Average rainfall is slightly higher during the spring months than the rest of the year, but not to any noticeable extent. Collierville receives around 55 inches of rainfaill every year.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 236
1870 274
1880 753 174.8%
1890 696 −7.6%
1900 829 19.1%
1910 802 −3.3%
1920 989 23.3%
1930 1,008 1.9%
1940 1,042 3.4%
1950 1,153 10.7%
1960 2,020 75.2%
1970 3,651 80.7%
1980 7,839 114.7%
1990 14,427 84.0%
2000 31,872 120.9%
2010 43,965 37.9%
2020 51,324 16.7%

2020 census

Collierville racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 34,506 67.23%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 5,995 11.68%
Native American 72 0.14%
Asian 6,539 12.74%
Pacific Islander 16 0.03%
Other/Mixed 2,003 3.9%
Hispanic or Latino 2,193 4.27%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 51,324 people, 17,204 households, and 14,078 families residing in the town.


According to the Census Bureau's population estimates, there were 50,086 people residing in Collierville in 2019, up from 31,872 people in 2000. The racial makeup of the town was 72.7% White, 13.7% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, and 9.3% Asian, with small amounts of Pacific Islander, other races, and people from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.

There were 17,204 occupied housing units in 2019, out of which 40.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.9% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.2% were non-families. 16.2% of all households were made up of individuals living alone, and 5.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 26.0% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 20 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 29.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.2 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.7 males.


Collierville's traditional destination for visitors is the Historic Square, in the center of downtown. This quaint shopping destination boasts trendy shops, fun eateries, and a tree-lined park, all overlooking the old train depot from which the town grew.

Fair on the Square and the annual Symphony in the Rose Garden both take place every May in Collierville. The Summer concert series at the historic Collierville town square kicks off the first week of June and lasts through the end of July. Collierville's Farmers Market is located in the parking lot of Collierville United Methodist Church at their 454 W Poplar Ave location.


Collierville is part of the Memphis, TN-MS-AR metropolitan area. As such, the town's economy is highly interconnected with the greater Memphis region. Notable employers include regional leaders like FedEx, while local manufacturing facilities, such as Carrier, bring workers to the town. Approximately 67.2% of the town's population is in the civilian labor force (i.e., the share of the town's population over the age of 16 that is employed or unemployed but searching for employment), and about 3.9% of the town's population lived below the poverty line in 2019.

Household Income

Median Income in Collierville
Year Median Income ($) Margin of error (±$)
2013 101,000 4,051
2014 106,783 5,316
2015 110,084 6,175
2016 110,591 6,205
2017 113,957 6,842
2019 113,996 4,551

In 2019, approximately 56.6% of the town's population earned more than $100,000, with 23.9% earning between $100,000 and $149,999, 14.1% earning between $150,000 and $199,999, and 18.2% earning above $200,000.


The average value of housing in Collierville, TN in 2017 was estimated to be $286,700, whereas market listings in 2021 estimate a value of approximately $433,000 following a steep increase in housing prices.


Of residents 25 years of age and older, 96% have a high school diploma or higher, 51.8% have a bachelor's degree or higher, and 18.2% have a graduate or professional degree. Of current students, 95.6% attend public schools and 4.4% attend private schools. Public schools have been under the jurisdiction of Collierville Schools since 2014, before which Collierville was served by Shelby County Schools until an August 2012 vote that passed with 10,615 (87%) votes to 1,519 (13%) laid the foundation for an independent district. Private schools include St. George's Independent School, the Goddard School, Central Learning Center, Collierville Methodist Preschool, and Incarnation Catholic School. In higher education, the University of Memphis has a Collierville branch located on Poplar Avenue.

Elementary schools

  • Bailey Station Elementary School
  • Collierville Elementary School
  • Crosswind Elementary School
  • Sycamore Elementary School
  • Tara Oaks Elementary School
  • Schilling Farms Elementary School

Middle schools

  • Collierville Middle School
  • West Collierville Middle School

High schools

  • Collierville High School

Notable people

  • Emery Adams, baseball player
  • Hunter Bradley, NFL Player
  • Morgan Cox, football player, Baltimore Ravens
  • Zack Cozart, shortstop, Los Angeles Angels
  • Bill Dance, professional fisherman, Outdoor Channel TV host
  • Barrett Jones, offensive lineman, St. Louis Rams
  • Nick Marable, competed in 2014 World Wrestling Championships
  • Nikki McCray, basketball player, WNBA, and coach, Old Dominion
  • Ben McDaniel, missing scuba diver
  • J. Washington Moore, lawyer and politician
  • Major Owens, New York politician
  • Drew Pomeranz, pitcher, Boston Red Sox
  • Richard Ray, musician, Rockabilly Hall of Fame
  • Olan Rogers, comedian
  • Marv Throneberry, first baseman, New York Mets

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