Location of Bartlett in Shelby County, Tennessee.
|o Mayor||A. Keith McDonald (R)|
|o Total||32.29 sq mi (83.64 km2)|
|o Land||32.28 sq mi (83.60 km2)|
|o Water||0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)|
|Elevation||298 ft (90.8 m)|
| o Estimate |
|o Density||1,841.39/sq mi (710.97/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|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. Bartlett is a suburb of the Raleigh community a formerly incorporated town that was a county seat of Shelby County.
Bartlett, originally called "Union Depot", first served as the last major Tennesseean 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.
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. It had been officially incorporated on November 1, 1866, 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.
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 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.
Residents are in the Bartlett City Schools.
As of the 2020, there were 59,315 people, 20,044 households, and 11,817 families residing in the city. The city was the 10th largest city in Tennessee (2nd in Shelby County, after Memphis). The population density was 3,097people 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% PacifiIslander, 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.
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.
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 www.daviesmanorplantation.org
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.
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.
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.
Active in the Republican Party.