Shelby County, Tennessee Population 2021

Shelby County, Tennessee's estimated population is 938,768 with a growth rate of 0.09% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Shelby County, Tennessee is the null largest county in Tennessee. The 2010 Population was 928,447 and has seen a growth of 1.11% since this time.

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021938,7688010.09%
2020937,9678010.09%
2019937,1668010.09%
2018936,3651,1140.12%
2017935,251-770-0.08%
2016936,021-1,046-0.11%
2015937,067-433-0.05%
2014937,500-863-0.09%
2013938,363-805-0.09%
2012939,1685,9820.64%
2011933,1864,7390.51%
2010928,447102,11712.36%
1990826,33049,2176.33%
1980777,11355,0997.63%
1970722,01494,99515.15%
1960627,019144,62629.98%
1950482,393124,14334.65%
1940358,25051,76816.89%
1930306,48283,26637.30%
1920223,21631,77716.60%
1910191,43937,88224.67%
1900153,55740,81736.20%
1890112,74034,31043.75%
188078,4302,0522.69%
187076,37828,28658.82%
186048,09216,93554.35%
185031,15716,436111.65%
184014,7219,073160.64%
18305,6485,2841451.65%
18203640.00%
2021 Growth Rate
0.09%
County Website
Founded
November 24, 1819
County Seat
2010 Population
928,447
Growth Since 2010
1.11%
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Shelby County, Tennessee Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American502,66953.68%
White366,18039.11%
Some Other Race25,4562.72%
Asian24,6262.63%
Two or More Races15,6171.67%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,5620.17%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2640.03%
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Shelby County, Tennessee Population By Race

Shelby County, Tennessee Population Pyramid 2021

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Shelby County, Tennessee Median Age

35.6


Total

33.8


Male

37.4


Female

Shelby County, Tennessee Adults

There are 701,193 adults, (122,695 of whom are seniors) in Shelby County, Tennessee.

Shelby County, Tennessee Age Dependency

61.9

Age Dependency Ratio

21.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Shelby County, Tennessee Sex Ratio

Mujer

491,540

52.49%

Masculino

444,834

47.51%

Shelby County, Tennessee Population by Age

Shelby County, Tennessee Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Shelby County, Tennessee Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married77.8%22.2%
All55.1%44.9%
Masculino45.4%54.6%
Non Family42.3%57.7%
Mujer38.1%61.9%

55.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Shelby County, Tennessee Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All351,1942.6255.1
Married132,7833.377.8
Non Family132,6741.2242.3
Mujer68,6333.7738.1
Masculino17,1043.5445.4

3.38

Average Family Size

2.62

Average Household Size

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Shelby County, Tennessee Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade24,2143.95%
9th to 12th Grade46,7787.64%
High School Graduate168,59827.52%
Some College140,34122.91%
Associates Degree39,0196.37%
Bachelors Degree115,88518.92%
Graduate Degree77,76612.69%
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Shelby County, Tennessee Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Shelby County, Tennessee Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Black313,217268,34561,480
White247,660236,371114,378
Hispanic28,11115,4724,010
Asian16,96214,98210,581
Other Race11,5735,3101,284
2+ Races6,4935,9062,535
Native American1,075791249
Islander19318670

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 96.37%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 62.38%.

Shelby County, Tennessee Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Masculino Mujer
Overall$36,699$41,946$32,057
Less Than 9th Grade$21,195$24,452$16,454
High School Graduate$26,972$30,723$24,503
Some College$32,290$40,601$28,651
Bachelors Degree$50,992$61,126$44,544
Graduate Degree$67,955$87,015$59,478

$36,699

Average Earnings

$41,946

Average Male

$32,057

Average Female

Shelby County, Tennessee Earnings by Educational Attainment

Shelby County, Tennessee Language by Age

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Shelby County, Tennessee Language

90.42% of Shelby County, Tennessee residents speak only English, while 9.58% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.50% of the population.

Shelby County, Tennessee Language

Shelby County, Tennessee Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black491,773130,39226.51%
White328,97326,2857.99%
Hispanic58,53716,65128.45%
Other25,0387,97031.83%
Multiple15,4492,91818.89%
Asian24,3941,8557.60%
Native1,47719613.27%
Islander24972.81%

19.35%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.09%

Male Poverty Rate

20.47%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Shelby County, Tennessee

The race most likely to be in poverty in Shelby County, Tennessee is Other, with 31.83% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Shelby County, Tennessee is Islander, with 2.81% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.88%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.82%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 28.24%.

Shelby County, Tennessee Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade33.38%
High School19.40%
Some College12.55%
Bachelors or Greater4.27%

Shelby County, Tennessee Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed45.92%
Male Unemployed34.49%
Female Employed9.46%
Male Employed6.28%

Shelby County, Tennessee Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Shelby County, Tennessee Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$51,657$76,734
Families$65,547$93,228
Married Families$92,718$122,747
Non Families$31,959$46,940
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Income by Household Type

Shelby County, Tennessee Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

39.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

41.9%

Male Marriage Rate

36.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Shelby County, Tennessee Married by Age and Sex

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Shelby County, Tennessee Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Shelby County, Tennessee Marital Status by Race

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Shelby County, Tennessee Marital Status

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50,343

Number of Veterans

44,235

Male Veterans

6,108

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam18,132
First Gulf War11,726
Second Gulf War8,681
Korea2,969
World War II1,112

Shelby County, Tennessee Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 7413,373
35 to 5412,894
55 to 6411,371
75+8,533
18 to 344,172

Shelby County, Tennessee Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
Black24,6106.73%
White24,5418.44%
Hispanic6541.94%
2+ Races5326.39%
Asian3331.77%
Other Race1791.27%
Native American1138.56%
Islander3516.75%

Shelby County, Tennessee Veterans by Race

Shelby County, Tennessee Veterans by Education

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8.37%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.76%

Veteran Disability Rate

Shelby County, Tennessee Veterans by Education

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64.7%

Labor Force Participation

59.9%

Employment Rate

7.1%

Unemployment Rate

Shelby County, Tennessee Employment by Age

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Shelby County, Tennessee Employment by Race

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Shelby County, Tennessee Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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63.03%

Born in Shelby County, Tennessee

93.47%

Native Born

6.53%

Foreign Born

4.14%

Non Citizen

2.39%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

93.47% of Shelby County, Tennessee residents were born in the United States, with 63.03% having been born in Tennessee. 4.14% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Shelby County, Tennessee Place of Birth

  1. US Census City/Town Population estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  2. Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790 - 1990

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