Shelby County, TN

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2019 Population
937,166
0.15% 1-year growth
US Senator
Marsha Blackburn
Republican Party
US Senator
Bill Hagerty
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
35.9
0.278% 1-year decrease
2019 Poverty Rate
19.3%
6.21% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$52,614
10.8% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$170,900
8.37% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
440,856
2.4% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Shelby County, TN had a population of 937k people with a median age of 35.9 and a median household income of $52,614. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Shelby County, TN grew from 935,764 to 937,166, a 0.15% increase and its median household income grew from $47,500 to $52,614, a 10.8% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Shelby County, TN are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (53.7%), White (Non-Hispanic) (35.2%), White (Hispanic) (3.82%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.75%), and Other (Hispanic) (2.45%). 0% of the households in Shelby County, TN speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

96.4% of the residents in Shelby County, TN are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Shelby County, TN are University of Memphis (4,456 degrees awarded in 2019), The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (1,067 degrees), and Southwest Tennessee Community College (1,057 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Shelby County, TN was $170,900, and the homeownership rate was 54.2%. Most people in Shelby County, TN drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Shelby County, TN was 2 cars per household.

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Diversity

Shelby County, TN is home to a population of 937k people, from which 96.4% are citizens. As of 2019, 6.53% of Shelby County, TN residents were born outside of the country (61.2k people).

In 2019, there were 1.52 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (503k people) in Shelby County, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 330k White (Non-Hispanic) and 35.8k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Shelby County, TN
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    503k ± 2.85k
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    330k ± 604
  3. White (Hispanic)
    35.8k ± 5.8k
6.63%
Hispanic Population
62.1k people

In 2019, there were 1.52 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (503k people) in Shelby County, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 330k White (Non-Hispanic) and 35.8k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.63% of the people in Shelby County, TN are hispanic (62.1k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Shelby County, TN as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

6.53%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
61.2k people
6.46%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
60.5k people

As of 2019, 6.53% of Shelby County, TN residents (61.2k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Shelby County, TN was 6.46%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

35
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.2
42
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.9

In 2019, the median age of all people in Shelby County, TN was 35.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Shelby County, TN are getting getting younger. In 2018, the average age of all Shelby County, TN residents was 36.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    90,399 ± 7,333 people
  2. India
    25,162 ± 3,887 people
  3. Guatemala
    22,860 ± 3,706 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Tennessee was Mexico, the natal country of 90,399 Tennessee residents, followed by India with 25,162 and Guatemala with 22,860.

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Citizenship

96.4%
2019 Citizenship
95.6%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 96.4% of Shelby County, TN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Shelby County, TN was 95.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    16,438 ± 1,805
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    10,008 ± 2,599
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    8,077 ± 1,725

Shelby County, TN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.64 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Tennessee, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Tennessee (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Tennessee. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Tennessee.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Tennessee across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Shelby County, TN is $52,614. In 2019, the tract with the highest median household income in Shelby County, TN was Census Tract 213.53 with a value of $175,938, followed by Census Tract 215.40 and Census Tract 213.11, with respective values of $145,934 and $132,955.

Males in Tennessee have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,943. The income inequality in Tennessee (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Shelby County, TN employs 441k people. The largest industries in Shelby County, TN are Health Care & Social Assistance (61,443 people), Transportation & Warehousing (58,279 people), and Retail Trade (43,844 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($61,001), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($56,403), and Finance & Insurance ($55,443).

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,614
2019 value
± $2,477
10.8%
1 Year Growth
± 5.91%

Households in Shelby County, TN have a median annual income of $52,614, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $47,500 in 2018, which represents a 10.8% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$63,562
Average Male Salary in Tennessee
± $1,473
$46,943
Average Female Salary in Tennessee
± $1,064

In 2019, full-time male employees in Tennessee made 1.35 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Tennessee by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Tennessee
  1. Asian
    $76,106 ± $10,142
  2. White
    $51,338 ± $973
  3. Two or More Races
    $42,464 ± $7,062

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Tennessee workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.48 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Tennessee.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Tennessee by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Shelby County, TN is from Tennessee.
0.466
2019 Wage GINI in Tennessee
0.464
2018 Wage GINI in Tennessee

In 2019, the income inequality in Tennessee was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.472% growth from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Tennessee was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Tennessee in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Tennessee across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 213.53
  2. Census Tract 215.40
  3. Census Tract 213.11

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Shelby County, TN was Census Tract 213.53 with a value of $175,938, followed by Census Tract 215.40 and Census Tract 213.11, with respective values of $145,934 and $132,955.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Shelby County, TN colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

19.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Shelby County, TN (178k out of 918k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males < 5 and then Males 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. Black
    130,392 ± 2,939
  2. White
    34,337 ± 1,468
  3. Hispanic
    16,651 ± 982

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Shelby County, TN is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

441k
2019 Value
± 13,524
2.4%
1 Year growth
± 4.12%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Shelby County, TN grew at a rate of 2.4%, from 431k employees to 441k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Shelby County, TN, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (57,469 people), Sales & Related Occupations (42,039 people), and Management Occupations (40,150 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Shelby County, TN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Shelby County, TN, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (57,469 people), Sales & Related Occupations (42,039 people), and Management Occupations (40,150 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Shelby County, TN has an unusually high number of residents working as Material Moving Occupations (2.38 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.66 times), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.31 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Shelby County, TN, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($81,505), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($78,884), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($74,598).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

441k
2019 Value
± 13,524
2.4%
1 Year growth
± 4.12%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Shelby County, TN grew at a rate of 2.4%, from 431k employees to 441k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Shelby County, TN, are Health Care & Social Assistance (61,443 people), Transportation & Warehousing (58,279 people), and Retail Trade (43,844 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Shelby County, TN, though some of these residents may live in Shelby County, TN and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Shelby County, TN, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (61,443 people), Transportation & Warehousing (58,279 people), and Retail Trade (43,844 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Shelby County, TN has an unusually high number of Transportation & Warehousing (2.72 times higher than expected), Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.27 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.27 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Shelby County, TN, by median earnings, are Utilities ($61,001), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($56,403), and Finance & Insurance ($55,443).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Tennessee to other states, or from other states to Tennessee.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $48.8B
  2. $36.4B
  3. $34.6B

In 2018, the top outbound Tennessee product (by dollars) was Electronics with $48.8B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($36.4B) and Pharmaceuticals ($34.6B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Tennessee products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$413B
2018 Value in Tennessee
$825B
Projected 2045 Value in Tennessee
99.4% growth

In 2018, total outbound Tennessee trade was $413B. This is expected to increase 99.4% to $825B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Tennessee trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Tennessee to other states, or from other states to Tennessee.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $28.5B
  2. $25.4B
  3. $22.6B

In 2018, the top outbound Tennessee domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $28.5B, followed by Kentucky with $25.4B and Georgia and $22.6B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Tennessee shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Shelby County, TN went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 61.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (34.5%), followed by Other (3.57%). The most partisan county was Wayne County, TN with 86% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty are the senators currently representing the state of Tennessee. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Tennessee is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Shelby County, TN
61.9% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Tennessee
  1. 86% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 84.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 83.5% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Tennessee was Wayne County, TN with 86% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Tennessee colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Tennessee

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Marsha Blackburn
Senator from Tennessee1
Assumed office on January 3, 2019
Bill Hagerty
Senator from Tennessee2
Assumed office on January 3, 2021

Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty are the senators currently representing Tennessee.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Tennessee over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Tennessee

Tennessee is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Tennessee have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Shelby County, TN awarded 10,797 degrees. The student population of Shelby County, TN is skewed towards women, with 18,127 male students and 31,735 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Shelby County, TN are White (4,946 and 46.9%), followed by Black or African American (4,104 and 38.9%), Hispanic or Latino (472 and 4.48%), and Asian (411 and 3.9%).

The largest universities in Shelby County, TN by number of degrees awarded are University of Memphis (4,456 and 41.3%), The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (1,067 and 9.88%), and Southwest Tennessee Community College (1,057 and 9.79%).

The most popular majors in Shelby County, TN are Registered Nursing (709 and 6.57%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (696 and 6.45%), and General Business Administration & Management (605 and 5.6%).

The median tuition costs in Shelby County, TN are $17,825 for private four year colleges, and $8,799 and $18,576 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 280 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 559 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 316 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Shelby County, TN was Kinesiology & Exercise Science with 280 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Shelby County, TN according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 4,456 degrees awarded
  2. 1,067 degrees awarded
  3. 1,057 degrees awarded
$8,799
Median In-State Public
$17,825
Median Private

In 2019, the Shelby County, TN institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Memphis with 4,456 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,810
Degrees Awarded to Men
6,987
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 3,810 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Shelby County, TN, which is 0.545 times less than the 6,987 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Shelby County, TN by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    4,946 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    4,104 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    472 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Shelby County, TN was White students. These 4,946 degrees mean that there were 1.21 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 4,104 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Shelby County, TN was $170,900 in 2019, which is 0.711 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $157,700 to $170,900, a 8.37% increase. The homeownership rate in Shelby County, TN is 54.2%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Shelby County, TN have an average commute time of 22.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Shelby County, TN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$170,900
2019 Median
± $5,751
$157,700
2018 Median
± $4,499

In 2019, the median property value in Shelby County, TN grew to to $170,900 from the previous year's value of $157,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Shelby County, TN compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Shelby County, TN the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$52,614
Median Household Income
± $2,477
354k
Number of Households
± 11,090

In 2019, the median household income of the 354k households in Shelby County, TN grew to $52,614 from the previous year's value of $47,500.

The following chart displays the households in Shelby County, TN distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Shelby County, TN distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Shelby County, TN the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

54.2%
2019 Homeownership
55%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 54.2% of the housing units in Shelby County, TN were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 55%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Shelby County, TN compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

22.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Shelby County, TN have a shorter commute time (22.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26 minutes). Additionally, 1.34% of the workforce in Shelby County, TN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (84.1%)
  2. Carpooled (9.13%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.4%)

In 2019, 84.1% of workers in Shelby County, TN drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.13%) and those who worked at home (3.4%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Shelby County, TN distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Shelby County, TN have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

87.9% of the population of Shelby County, TN has health coverage, with 47.5% on employee plans, 18.8% on Medicaid, 9.7% on Medicare, 9.96% on non-group plans, and 1.97% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Tennessee was $7,372 in 2014. This is a 3.74% increase from the previous year ($7,106).

Primary care physicians in Shelby County, TN see 1161 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.01% decrease from the previous year (1197 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1358 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 669 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, DeKalb County and Lauderdale County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (21.5%). Additionally, Lauderdale County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (47.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,161 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Shelby County, TN

Primary care physicians in Shelby County, TN see an average of 1,161 patients per year. This represents a 3.01% decrease from the previous year (1,197 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Shelby County, TN in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,372
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Tennessee
$4,680
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$5,677
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$10,371
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Tennessee (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.74%, from $7,106 to $7,372.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

12.1%
Uninsured
47.5%
Employer Coverage
18.8%
Medicaid
9.7%
Medicare
9.96%
Non-Group
1.97%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Shelby County, TN declined by 6.21% from 12.9% to 12.1%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Shelby County, TN changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 21.5% prevalence
  2. 21.5% prevalence
  3. 20.3% prevalence

DeKalb County and Lauderdale County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Tennessee, at 21.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Tennessee by county over multiple years.

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