Bartlett is a beautiful city in Shelby County, Tennessee and part of the Memphis metro area. Bartlett is a family oriented community with over 24 parks, a library, youth associations, community centers and many more amenities for family education and recreation. In addition to being a great place to raise your family, Bartlett has a very a
ctive business community with over 600 members of the local Chamber of Commerce.
The population was 54,613 at the 2010 U.S. Census. Bartlett is the 10th largest city in Tennessee and the 2nd largest city in Shelby County.
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 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.
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.
In 1866, 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 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