Bartlett, Tennessee

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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.
Bartlett is located in Tennessee
Location in Tennessee
Bartlett is located in the United States
Bartlett (the United States)
Bartlett is located in North America
Bartlett (North America)
Coordinates: 35°13′23″N 89°50′28″W / 35.22306°N 89.84111°W / 35.22306; -89.84111Coordinates: 35°13′23″N 89°50′28″W / 35.22306°N 89.84111°W / 35.22306; -89.84111
CountryUnited States
 • MayorDavid Parsons (R)[1]
 • Total32.31 sq mi (83.68 km2)
 • Land32.30 sq mi (83.64 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
298 ft (90.8 m)
 • Total57,786
 • Density1,789.32/sq mi (690.85/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
38133, 38134, 38135, 38002
Area code901
FIPS code47-03440[4]
GNIS feature ID1304976[5]

Bartlett is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 57,786 at the 2020 U.S. Census.[6]


Bartlett, originally called "Union Depot", first served as the last major Tennessean depot along the westward stagecoach route from Nashville. It later shifted to serve as a rail station after the stagecoach route was replaced by the Memphis & Ohio Railroad. An agricultural community gradually emerged around the depot and subsequent station that saw little growth until after the American Civil War.[7]

The community saw quick growth during Reconstruction, and by 1886 was home to a school, two gristmills, three churches, several general stores, and about 300 inhabitants.[7] It had been officially incorporated on November 1, 1866,[8] with a population of less than 100 under the inaugural mayorship of Bryan Wither. The city derived its name from Major Gabriel M. Bartlett, a planter and pioneer settler of the area, whose homeplace was located on the old Raleigh-Somerville Road (Stage Road) at the present location of Bartlett Station Plaza.


Bartlett is 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).


Historical population
Census Pop.

2020 census[edit]

Bartlett Racial Composition[11]
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 inhabitants per square mile (1,196/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[12]). 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[edit]

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 57,786 people today. In 2022, it was the eleventh largest city in Tennessee.

Arts and culture[edit]

Performing Arts and Conference Center[edit]

The Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center, also known as BPACC, was finished in 1999 where it held its first show by Art Garfunkel.[13] 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.[14]

Places of interest[edit]

The John H. McFadden House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. It is located at 3712 Broadway.

Davies Manor Plantation[edit]

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. The property contains several gardens, including a kitchen garden and a medicinal herb garden.[citation needed]

Nicholas Gotten House[edit]

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.[15] The white frame structure was built by Nicholas Gotten in 1871 in the New England saltbox style.[16] A saltbox is a wooden frame house with a long, pitched roof that slopes down to the back.

Parks and recreation[edit]

The Bartlett Recreation Center is a 55,000 sq ft (5,100 m2) facility that was completed in August 2000.[17] 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.


Bartlett's public school system was part of the Shelby County Schools[18] 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.[19] 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.[20] The district's superintendent is David Stephens, former deputy superintendent of Shelby County Schools.[21]

Public schools[edit]

Residents are in the Bartlett City Schools.

Private schools[edit]

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

Notable people[edit]

Notable people from Bartlett, Tennessee:


  1. ^ "Office of the Mayor since 2003". City of Bartlett, TN. Retrieved 3 February 2016. Active in the Republican Party.
  2. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Oct 15, 2022.
  4. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2020 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Bartlett city, Tennessee". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  7. ^ a b History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present. Goodspeed Publishing. 1886.
  8. ^ "Municipal Technical Advisory Service - City Information". Retrieved 2015-06-02.
  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. Archived from the original on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  11. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-08.
  12. ^ Bureau, U.S. Census. "American FactFinder - Community Facts". Archived from the original on 11 February 2020. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  13. ^ "BPACC Past Seasons". BPACC. Archived from the original on 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2007-11-23.
  14. ^ "BPACC Official Website". BPACC. Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2007-11-23.
  15. ^ History of Bartlett
  16. ^ "Bartlett, TN - Official Website - History". City of Bartlett. Retrieved 2009-05-30.
  17. ^ "Official BRC Website". City of Bartlett. Retrieved 2007-11-23.
  18. ^ "Shelby County School District Public Schools". Public Schools Report. Archived from the original on 1 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-07.
  19. ^ Garlington, Lela (16 July 2013). "Voters say 'yes' to separate school districts in Memphis suburbs". The Commercial Appeal. Archived from the original on 31 December 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  20. ^ Moore, Linda (2 December 2013). "County Commission approves school agreements with Bartlett, Collierville and Millington". The Commercial Appeal. Archived from the original on 31 December 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  21. ^ Bryson, Samantha (30 December 2013). "Bartlett school board finalizes contract with new superintendent". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 31 December 2013.

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