Germantown, Tennessee

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Germantown, Tennessee
Germantown's water tower
Germantown's water tower
Location in Shelby County and state of Tennessee.
Location in Shelby County and state of Tennessee.
Coordinates: 35°5′20″N 89°47′38″W / 35.08889°N 89.79389°W / 35.08889; -89.79389Coordinates: 35°5′20″N 89°47′38″W / 35.08889°N 89.79389°W / 35.08889; -89.79389
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Shelby
Founded 1825
Incorporated 1841
 • Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy
 • Total 17.6 sq mi (45.6 km2)
 • Land 17.6 sq mi (45.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 377 ft (115 m)
Population (2011)
 • Total 39,161
 • Density 2,200/sq mi (860/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 38138, 38139
Area code(s) 901
FIPS code 47-28960[1]
GNIS feature ID 1285318[2]

Germantown is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee. The population was 38,844 at the 2010 census.[3]

Germantown is a suburb of Memphis, bordering it to the east-southeast. Germantown's economy is dominated by the retail and commercial service sectors; there is no heavy industry in Germantown. In the city center is the "Old Germantown" neighborhood, anchored by a railroad depot (a 1948 reproduction of the 1868 original) and railroad tracks that recall the community's earliest days of development as an outpost along the Memphis and Charleston Railroad.

The city hosts many horse shows and competitions annually, most notably the Germantown Charity Horse Show in June. Other major annual events include the Germantown Festival, an arts and crafts fair, in early September.

Germantown is known for having some of the most restrictive sign ordinances in the country,[citation needed] excellent fire and police services and well-maintained parks. In addition, Germantown is one of only 29 cities in the nation that maintains a triple-A Bond rating from both Moody's and Standard & Poor's.[citation needed] On November 27, 1994, an F3 tornado tore through eastern portions of Germantown, resulting in at least two fatalities, including at least one in one home where several families had gathered for a reunion.[4]


Germantown is located at 35°5′20″N 89°47′38″W / 35.08889°N 89.79389°W / 35.08889; -89.79389 (35.089023, −89.793997).[5] It is part of the Memphis metropolitan area.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.6 square miles (46 km2), of which 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 0.17%, is water.


Germantown was created in 1863 by James Tofey and his family. They settled in Shelby County after they left their previous home, and began building. Due to his efforts and later success in developing the area, James Tofey is credited as Germantown's founder.


Public schools[edit]

Germantown's public schools have been operated by the Germantown Municipal School District since the fall of 2014. The city is trying to reconcile how the three schools that bear its name are now not controlled by the new Germantown Municipal School District. Real-estate agents complain it's impossible to explain to new residents how that is possible. But Germantown is trying to move-on with the 5 schools it does control which all of its residents can now attend. Jason Manuel, former Principal at Houston Middle School was named the first Superintendent on January 6, 2014. He heads a school district in a city rated #13 in the nation by Business Investor as a great suburb to live in. It's schools are rated 10/10. Since the formation of the new school district many parents have opted to remove their children from the schools with Germantown in their name and move them to those within GMSD. [6]

High schools include:

K–8 schools include:

Middle schools include:

Elementary schools include:

The following public schools are within the city limits of Germantown, but are operated by the Shelby County School System. Germantown residents who currently attend one of these schools can continue through High School and provided transportation by Shelby County Schools. These schools are commonly called "the 3Gs". These schools have proud traditions within Germantown but, over the years, a situation was created so that a majority of the students don't actually live in the Germantown city limits. These schools test scores are somewhat lower than those within the new GMSD, although the high school does have the highly regarded International Baccalaureate program.

Germantown attempted to acquire these schools from Shelby County, but Shelby County decided to retain these schools.[7] Shelby County will add optional programs in order to attract students.[8]

Private schools[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 245
1870 197
1880 223 13.2%
1890 268 20.2%
1900 270 0.7%
1910 247 −8.5%
1920 263 6.5%
1930 322 22.4%
1940 402 24.8%
1950 408 1.5%
1960 1,104 170.6%
1970 3,474 214.7%
1980 21,467 517.9%
1990 32,893 53.2%
2000 37,348 13.5%
2010 38,844 4.0%
Est. 2012 39,446 1.5%

As of the 2010 census,[11] there were 38,844 people, 14,910 households, and 11,750 families residing in the city, with 15,536 housing units. The racial makeup of the city was 89.54% White, 3.57% Black, 0.21% Native American, 5.15% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.89% of the population.

There were 14,910 households, out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.5% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 21.9% were non-families. 19.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 20, 3.5% from 20 to 24, 19.2% from 25 to 44, 35.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.7 years. There were 18,800 males, of whom 14,023 were over the age of 18. There were 20,044 females, of whom 15,447 were over the age of 18.

The median income for a household in the city according to the 2010 census was $112,979, and the median income for a family was $127,216. Males had a median income of $93,401 versus $54,592 for females. The per capita income for the city was $54,157. About 1.9% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.


Notable people[edit]

Notable celebrities who currently reside or have previously resided in Germantown include:

City partnerships[edit]


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Germantown city, Tennessee". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Tornadoes Kill 2 in Tennessee". The New York Times. 28 November 1994. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
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  7. ^ Peace, Matt and Wayne Carter. "Germantown Aldermen Approve Deal With SCS." WREG. December 9, 2013. Retrieved on March 12, 2014.
  8. ^ Pignolet, Jennifer. "Shelby Schools selling Germantown students on plan that includes optional programs." Memphis Commercial Appeal. January 16, 2014. Retrieved on March 12, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  10. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder – Results". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 

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