Shelby County, Tennessee
National Healthy Worksite Program
Community Director: Mary Cay Oyler
Located 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.
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.
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.
Shelby County Participating Employers
Total number of employers in Shelby County: 11
Total number of employees in Shelby County: 2,506
- Cotton Board, Memphis, small, agriculture
- Dillard Door & Security, Memphis, small, manufacturing
- YMCA of Memphis in the mid-South, small, services
- First South Financial Credit Union, Bartlett, mid-size, finance, insurance & real estate
- Independent Bank, Memphis, mid-size, finance, insurance & real estate
- Victory University, Memphis, mid-size, services
- Duncan Williams, Inc., Memphis, mid-size, finance, insurance & real estate
- Porter-Leath, Memphis, large, services
- MCR Safety, Memphis, large, manufacturing
- Shelby County Government Health Department, large, public administration
- Shelby County Division of Corrections, large, public administration