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The 2000 Census showed that Shelby County had a population of 897,472 people. This represented 15.77% of the total population of Tennessee, making it the state's most populous county (out of 95 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Shelby had a population of 920,232 people. This is an increase of 2.54% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010927,644+3.36%+0.81% since 2009
2009920,232+2.54%+0.12% since 2008
2006919,179+2.42%+0.74% since 2005
2005912,418+1.67%+0.38% since 2004
2004908,922+1.28%+0.29% since 2003
2003906,280+0.98%+0.41% since 2002
2002902,605+0.57%+0.34% since 2001
2001899,543+0.23%+0.23% since 2000
2000897,472The Last Census

Shelby County had 362,954 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Shelby County has a total area<3> of 783 square miles [2,029 km²]. Of this total, 754 square miles [1,954 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (3.71%) being water (29.1 square miles [75.4 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Shelby County had a population density of 1,189 people per square mile [459.2 people/km²], making it the most densely populated county in Tennessee.

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Shelby County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Shelby and the state of Tennessee.

Click here for the Shelby County QuickFact (QF-47157).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Shelby County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Shelby County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Crittenden (AR)QF-05035   W53,02250,8664.24%
DeSoto (MS)QF-28033   S158,719107,19948.06%
Marshall (MS)QF-28093   SE36,90034,9935.45%
FayetteQF-47047   E38,78528,80634.64%
TiptonQF-47167   NE59,49551,27116.04%

The Mississippi River runs along the western border of the county.

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Shelby. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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