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Bartlett, Tennessee

Bartlett, Tennessee
Flag of Bartlett, Tennessee
Location in Shelby County and state of Tennessee.
Location in Shelby County and state of Tennessee.
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Shelby
Founded 1829
Incorporated 1866
 • Mayor Keith McDonald
 • Total 23.42 sq mi (60.7 km2)
 • Land 19.1 sq mi (49.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 298 ft (90.8 m)
Population (2011)Estimate
 • Total 55,055
 • Density 2,400/sq mi (910/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 38133-38135
Area code(s) 901
FIPS code 47-03440[1]
GNIS feature ID 1304976[2]

Bartlett is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States, located northeast of Memphis, and is part of the Memphis metropolitan area. The population was 54,613 at the 2010 U.S. Census.[3]


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Education 3
    • Public schools 3.1
    • Private schools 3.2
  • Demographics and growth pattern 4
    • Population growth 4.1
  • Places of interest 5
    • Davies Manor Plantation 5.1
    • Nicholas Gotten House 5.2
    • Recreation and fitness center 5.3
    • Performing Arts & Conference Center 5.4
  • Local churches 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The community from which the city of Bartlett grew was first called Union Depot and Green Bottom. It was the last major way station in Tennessee along the stagecoach route from Nashville westward and came into being about 1830. When the Memphis & Ohio Railroad took the place of the stages, Bartlett continued as a depot. This was a farming community, with major plantations along Stage Road.

On November 1, 1866,[4] with a population of less than 100, the city was officially incorporated and the name changed to Bartlett. Upon incorporation, Bryan Wither was named the city's inaugural mayor. 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),[5] 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).


Bartlett's public school system was part of the Shelby County Schools[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] The district's superintendent is David Stephens, former deputy superintendent of Shelby County Schools.[9]

Public schools

Residents are in the Bartlett City Schools.

High schools:

  • Bartlett High School (Grades 10-12)
  • Bartlett Ninth Grade Academy

Middle schools:

  • Appling Middle School
  • Bon Lin Middle School (Opened 2008)
  • Elmore Park Middle School

Elementary schools:

  • Altruria Elementary School
  • Bartlett Elementary School
  • Bon Lin Elementary School
  • Ellendale Elementary School
  • Oak Elementary School
  • Rivercrest Elementary School

Private schools

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

Demographics and growth pattern

As of the census[1] 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 per square mile (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 (these figures had risen to $74,091 and $80,739 respectively as of a 2007 estimate[13]). 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 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.

Places of interest

Davies Manor Plantation

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

Nicholas Gotten House

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

Recreation and fitness center

The Bartlett Recreation Center is a 55,000 sq ft (5,100 m2) facility that was completed in August 2000.[16] 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.

Performing Arts & Conference Center

The Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center, also known as BPACC, was finished in 1999 where it held its first show by Art Garfunkel.[17] 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.[18]

Local churches

Church Denomination Sunday Worship Times
Bartlett Baptist Church Southern Baptist 9am (Choir & Orchestra) and 10:30am (Worship Band)
Bartlett Church of Christ Church of Christ 10am and 5pm
Bartlett First Assembly of God Assembly of God 10:30am and 6pm
Bartlett Hills Baptist Church Southern Baptist 9:30am (Blended), 11am (Contemporary), and 5:30pm
Bartlett United Methodist Church United Methodist 8:20 (Traditional) and 10:50 (Contemporary)
Bartlett Woods Church of Christ Church of Christ 10am and 5:30pm
Calvary Baptist Church Southern Baptist 10:50am and 6pm
Catholic Church of the Nativity Roman Catholic 8am, 10:30am, 12:30pm (Filipino on 1st Sunday of Month) and 5pm (Spanish)
Christ Church-Bartlett Christian 10:45am
Crossway Church Christian 10:30am
Crystal Springs Baptist Church Baptist
Decautur-Trinity Christian Church Disciples of Christ 10:30am
Easthill Baptist Church Baptist 10:30am and 5:30pm
Ellendale Baptist Church Southern Baptist 10:15am and 6pm
Ellendale United Methodist Church United Methodist 8:45am and 11am
Ellendale Church of Christ Church of Christ 10:30am and 5:30pm
Faith Baptist Church Southern Baptist 9:15am, 10:45am, and 6pm
Faith Cumberland Presbyterian Church Reformed Presbyterian 8:45am (Contemporary) and 11am (Traditional)
Fellowship Baptist Church Southern Baptist
First Baptist Church Baptist 11am
First Primitive Baptist Church Primitive Baptist
Fountain of Truth Pentecostal Church Pentecostal
Fullview Missionary Baptist Church Missionary Baptist 9am and 6pm (1st Sunday of Month)
Grace Memorial Baptist Church Baptist 10:15am
Grace Presbyterian Church Presbyterian 11am
Harmony Church of Bartlett Christian 10:30am
Living Word Lutheran Church Lutheran
Memphis Tennessee Temple Mormon
New Destiny Church Christian
New Hope Christian Church Christian 9:30am and 11am
Providence Reformed Presbyterian Church Reformed Presbyterian 10:45am and 6pm
Quail Ridge Church of Christ Church of Christ 10:20am and 5pm
Redemption Community Church Southern Baptist 10:00am
River City Church Christian 10:30am
Rivercrest Baptist Church Southern Baptist
St. Ann Catholic Church Roman Catholic 7:30am, 9am, 11am, and 5pm
St. Elisabeth's Episcopal Church Episcopal 8am (Traditional), 9am (Contemporary Children's), and 11am (Contemporary)
St. George Greek Orthodox Church Greek Orthodox
Temple of Praise COGIC 11:30am
Trinity Reformed Baptist Church Reformed Baptist 11am and 1:30pm
Waypoint Baptist Church Baptist 10:45am and 6pm


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Bartlett city, Tennessee". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Municipal Technical Advisory Service - City Information". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  6. ^ "Shelby County School District Public Schools". Public Schools Report. Archived from the original on 1 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  7. ^ Garlington, Lela (16 July 2013). "Voters say 'yes' to separate school districts in Memphis suburbs". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Moore, Linda (2 December 2013). "County Commission approves school agreements with Bartlett, Collierville and Millington". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Bryson, Samantha (30 December 2013). "Bartlett school board finalizes contract with new superintendent". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses".  
  12. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
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  14. ^ History of Bartlett
  15. ^ "Bartlett, TN - Official Website - History". City of Bartlett. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  16. ^ "Official BRC Website". City of Bartlett. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  17. ^ "BPACC Past Seasons". BPACC. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  18. ^ "BPACC Official Website". BPACC. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 

External links

  • - Official City Website
  • Bartlett Recreation & Fitness Center
  • Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center
  • Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce
  • City charter

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