Shelby County, Tennessee Population 2020

Shelby County, Tennessee's estimated population is 935,973 with a growth rate of -0.08% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Shelby County, Tennessee is the largest county in Tennessee.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2018935,764-209-0.02%
2017935,973-786-0.08%
2016936,759-1,194-0.13%
2015937,953-623-0.07%
2014938,576-613-0.07%
2013939,189-344-0.04%
2012939,5336,0760.65%
2011933,4575,0090.54%
2010928,448102,11812.36%
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%

How Many People Live in Shelby County, Tennessee?

935,973

Shelby County, Tennessee Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American501,62753.54%
White368,34039.31%
Some Other Race25,2072.69%
Asian23,9242.55%
Two or More Races16,0491.71%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,6070.17%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2510.03%

Shelby County, Tennessee Population Pyramid 2020

Shelby County, Tennessee Median Age

35.4


Total

33.7


Male

37.2


Female

Shelby County, Tennessee Adults

There are 700,758 adults, (118,566 of whom are seniors) in Shelby County, Tennessee.

Shelby County, Tennessee Age Dependency

60.9

Age Dependency Ratio

20.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Shelby County, Tennessee Sex Ratio

Female

491,011

52.40%

Male

445,994

47.60%

Shelby County, Tennessee Households and Families

Shelby County, Tennessee Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Shelby County, Tennessee Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married78%22%
All55.4%44.6%
Male44.7%55.3%
Non Family42.9%57.1%
Female38.5%61.5%

55.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All350,2602.6255.4
Married132,1533.378
Non Family131,4761.2342.9
Female69,5883.7738.5
Male17,0433.5144.7

3.38

Average Family Size

2.62

Average Household Size

5.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Shelby County, Tennessee Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade24,7974.07%
9th to 12th Grade47,2607.75%
High School Graduate167,97927.54%
Some College141,45623.20%
Associates Degree38,6246.33%
Bachelors Degree114,62118.80%
Graduate Degree75,09912.31%

Shelby County, Tennessee Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Black309,386263,86258,910
White249,587238,037113,982
Hispanic27,91314,8853,547
Asian16,42914,73610,297
Other Race11,1994,7181,092
Multiple Races6,5575,8992,287
Native American1,015707217
Islander19418057

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.37%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 62.68%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,484$40,806$31,285
Less Than High School$20,196$22,205$15,408
High School Grad$26,339$29,709$23,061
Some College$32,081$40,141$27,921
Bachelors Degree$50,313$58,399$43,023
Graduate Degree$65,669$83,959$57,796

$35,484

Average Earnings

$40,806

Average Male

$31,285

Average Female

Shelby County, Tennessee Language

Shelby County, Tennessee Language by Age

Shelby County, Tennessee Language

90.54% of Shelby County, Tennessee residents speak only English, while 9.46% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.37% of the population.

Shelby County, Tennessee Poverty

Shelby County, Tennessee Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black491,103139,17528.34%
White332,12327,5858.31%
Hispanic57,63118,28131.72%
Other24,8709,67438.90%
Multiple15,8762,87218.09%
Asian23,6842,1178.94%
Native1,53720913.60%
Islander25151.99%

20.63%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.18%

Male Poverty Rate

21.93%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Shelby County, Tennessee

The race most likely to be in poverty in Shelby County, Tennessee is Other, with 38.90% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Shelby County, Tennessee is Islander, with 1.99% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.45%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.71%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.22%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School34.45%
High School20.68%
Some College12.86%
Bachelors or Greater4.48%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed47.36%
Male Unemployed35.91%
Female Employed10.54%
Male Employed6.71%

Shelby County, Tennessee Income

Shelby County, Tennessee Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$49,782$73,887
Families$63,343$89,278
Married Families$91,153$118,862
Non Families$31,246$45,866

Shelby County, Tennessee Marital Status

Shelby County, Tennessee Marital Status

Marriage Rates

38.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

41.8%

Male Marriage Rate

36.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Shelby County, Tennessee Married by Age and Sex

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

Shelby County, Tennessee Veterans

51,042

Number of Veterans

45,605

Male Veterans

5,437

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam18,696
First Gulf War11,377
Second Gulf War8,474
Korea3,388
World War II1,469
Name Veterans % of Total
White25,6228.73%
Black24,2976.68%
Hispanic6792.03%
2 or More4505.30%
Asian3832.10%
Other1751.27%
Indian846.70%
Hawaiian3114.55%

$Shelby County, Tennessee Veterans by Education

8.12%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.96%

Veteran Disability Rate

Shelby County, Tennessee Employment Status

64.6%

Labor Force Participation

59.4%

Employment Rate

7.7%

Unemployment Rate

Shelby County, Tennessee Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

63.00%

Born in Tennessee

93.55%

Native Born

6.45%

Foreign Born

4.24%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

93.55% of Shelby County, Tennessee residents were born in the United States, with 63.00% having been born in Tennessee. 4.24% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

  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