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0.37% decline
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Median Household Income
1.29% growth
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Number of Employees
0.96% decline
Median Property Value
3.98% growth

About the photo: A street trolley pauses in front of the Orpheum Theater on Main Street in Memphis, TN.


The economy of Shelby County, TN employs 430,726 people. The economy of Shelby County, TN is specialized in Transportation & Warehousing; Management of Companies & Enterprises; and Wholesale trade, which employ respectively 2.63; 1.71; and 1.35 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Shelby County, TN are Healthcare & Social Assistance (56,090), Transportation & Warehousing (50,168), and Retail trade (49,857), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($77,300), Utilities ($53,750), and Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($46,652).

Median household income in Shelby County, TN is $47,690. Males in Shelby County, TN have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,923. The income inequality of Shelby County, TN (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Shelby County, TN. In Shelby County, TN the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 81 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $9,269. Shelby County, TN has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Tennessee.


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Shelby County, TN is home to a population of 934,603 people, from which 96.1% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Shelby County, TN is composed of 498,090 Black residents (53.3%), 336,022 White residents (36%), 57,404 Hispanic residents (6.14%), 22,655 Asian residents (2.42%), and 16,778 Two+ residents (1.8%). The most common foreign languages in Shelby County, TN are Spanish (46,364 speakers), African Languages (4,577 speakers), and Vietnamese (4,150 speakers), but compared to other places, Shelby County, TN has a relative high number of African Languages (4,577 speakers), Arabic (3,587 speakers), and Laotian (428 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Shelby County, TN awarded 11,346 degrees. The student population of Shelby County, TN is skewed towards females, with 4,372 male students and 6,974 female students. Most students in Shelby County, TN are White (5,171 and 45.6%), followed by Black or African American (4,860 and 42.8%), Asian (332 and 2.93%), and Hispanic or Latino (323 and 2.85%). The largest universities in Shelby County, TN by number of graduates are University of Memphis (4,263 and 37.6%), Southwest Tennessee Community College (1,119 and 9.9%), and The University of Tennessee-Health Science Center (833 and 7.34%). The most popular majors in Shelby County, TN are Registered Nursing (397 and 3.5%), Other Multidisciplinary Studies (345 and 3.04%), and General Business Administration & Management (257 and 2.27%). The median tuition costs in Shelby County, TN are $29,990 for private four year colleges, and $7,488 and $19,200 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Shelby County, TN is $141,200, which is 0.69 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $135,800 to $141,200, a 3.98% increase. The homeownership rate of Shelby County, TN is 52.9%, which is lower than the national average of 63.1%. People in Shelby County, TN have an average commute time of 22.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Shelby County, TN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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