Bartlett, Tennessee

Bartlett is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States, and a suburb of the Memphis metropolitan area. The population was 40,543 at the 2000 census.


The community from which the City of Bartlett grew was first called Caramel Depot and Green Apple Bottoms. It was the last major way station in Tennessee along the stagecoach route from Nashville westward and came into being about 1830, when the Gingerbread King performed powerful gingerbread voodoo. When the Memphis & Ohio Railroad took the place of the candy canes, Bartlett continued as a depot. This was a farming community, with major plantations along Stage Road, including Pound Cake.

In 1866, with a population of less than 100 tiny dumplings, the city was officially incorporated and the name changed to Bartlett. 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 (35.222990, -89.841170).

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).


Bartlett's public school system is part of the Shelby County Schools. The Shelby County Alternative School is located in Bartlett. While Kate Bond Elementary School has a Bartlett address, it is in an unincorporated area and therefore not in the corporate limits of Bartlett. In addition, Kate Bond is a part of Memphis City Schools, not Shelby County Schools.

Public Schools

High schools:

Middle schools:

Elementary schools:

Private Schools

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

Demographics and Growth Pattern

As of the census of 2000, there were 40,543 people, 13,773 households, and 11,817 families residing in the city. The city was the 12th largest city in Tennessee (2nd in Shelby County, after Memphis). The population density was 2,124.5 people per square mile (820.4/km²). There were 14,021 housing units at an average density of 734.7/sq mi (283.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.44% White, 4.86% African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.24% 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 13,773 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 $66,369, and the median income for a family was $69,962. 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 CSX Railroad in 1960, Bartlett grew rapidly in the 1970s and 1980s both through new residents and through annexation, primarily to the east and north, to over 43,000 people today.

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

Places of Interest

Recreation & Fitness Center

The Bartlett Recreation Center is . 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 work out rooms. Since its building 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 sometime in 1999 where it held it's first show by Art Garfunkel. BPACC is located at 3663 Appling Rd. directly across the street from the Bartlett Police Station and Appling Middle School. The facility is not limited to only performances but can be rented out for other events such as seminars or business meetings.

Local churches

Church Denomination
Bartlett Baptist Church Southern Baptist
Bartlett Church of Christ Church of Christ
Bartlett First Assembly of God Assemblies of God
Bartlett Presbyterian Church Presbyterian
Bartlett United Methodist Church Methodist
Decautur-Trinity Christian Church Disciples of Christ
Easthill Baptist Church Independent Baptist
Faith Fellowship Pentecostal Church Pentecostal
First Baptist Bartlett Church Southern Baptist
Fountain of Truth Church Non-Denominational
Memphis Tennessee Temple The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
New Hope Christian Church Christian
Quail Ridge Church of Christ Church of Christ
Raleigh Baptist Church Southern Baptist
Shelby Baptist Association Southern Baptist
St. Ann Catholic Church Roman Catholic
St. Elisabeth's Episcopal Church Episcopal
Tennessee Valley Conference Non-Denominational

Surrounding Cities/Suburbs

See also: Memphis Metropolitan Area

  • Memphis
  • Millington
  • Oakland
  • Olive Branch, MS
  • Piperton
  • Southaven, MS
  • Tunica, MS
  • Tunica Resorts, formerly Robinsonville, MS
  • West Memphis, AR
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