Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content

Shelby County, Tennessee

National Healthy Worksite emblem for Shelby CountyLocated in the state of Tennessee, Shelby County is the state's largest both in terms of population and geographic area, with a population of 927,644. Its county seat is Memphis.
The mighty Mississippi River flows along the banks of downtown Memphis. Shelby Farms, one of the largest urban parks in the country, comprises 4,500 acres of land. This land includes recreational bike ways, trails, lakes and playground facilities.
Image of Memphis skyline

Shelby County, Tennessee has a rich culture expressed by its love of music, food and art. While Memphis is known for its barbeque, blues and rock ‘n’ roll, there also is a plethora of parks, community centers and outdoor activities for people of all ages. Memphis Park Services maintains 166 parks totaling 3,219 acres, many of which have walking trails. With eight golf courses, 28 local community centers, 48 athletic fields, 130 basketball courts and 7 tennis centers, Memphis has been providing fun and educational activities for residents and visitors for more than 100 years.

For something different, tour Memphis on your bicycle! Cyclists can now enjoy more than 60 miles of city streets for on-road, shared roadway bike route tours. There are five neighborhood route tours and one longer Memphis-route tour. These routes are intended for recreation as well as commuter use and link neighborhoods, commercial areas, and many city attractions. Destinations include downtown, Memphis riverfront, city parks, museums, gardens, a nature center, and the Memphis zoo. There also are many aquatic program opportunities available for the citizens and visitors of Memphis to improve cardiovascular fitness and endurance.

Additional sights to see include the Memphis Zoo, which was founded in 1906 and resides on 70 acres in the middle of Overton Park, and the Memphis Botanic Garden, where visitors can take part in an educational walking tour. There also are a vast number of other museums to see. Just to name a few, there is the National Civil Rights Museum, the National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and the Pink Palace, which is the home of Clarence Saunders who created the modern-day grocery store concept.

Shelby County Health Statistics

Shelby County, Tennessee, including the city of Memphis, is an urban community with 21, 452 employers and 439,000 employees.

This is a graph of Shelby County Health Statistics. There are three groups of three columns. The first group of columns provides smoking prevalence rates from 2010 BRFSS data at the Shelby county level (19%), Tennessee state level (20%) and national level (17%). The second group of columns provides obesity prevalence rates from 2009 BRFSS data at the Shelby county level (34%), Tennessee state level (33%) and national level (27%). The last group of columns provides physical inactivity prevalence rate from 2009 BRFSS data at the Shelby county level (29%), Tennessee state level (31%) and national level (24%).

Shelby County ranks 83rd out of Tennessee’s 95 counties in health factors, according to the County Health Rankings. Health factors in the County Health Rankings are those that influence the health of a county, including health behavior and clinical care, as well as social, economic and physical environment factors.

The Memphis Business Group on Health provides local employers with training and networking opportunities for Memphis employers. Shelby County’s tobacco-use rate is lower than the state average, but higher than the national average. The percentage of residents categorized as obese is higher than the state and national averages. The number of individuals who are physically inactive is lower than the national average. The percentage or residents who are physically inactive is significantly higher than the national average.