Population 2010

927,644

Population 2020

929,744

Registered Voters

382 055

Republicans

129,815

Democrat

246,105

Minor Party

6,135

No Party

Municipalities

City: Population: 
Bartlett57,786
Germantown41.333
Lakeland12,430
Memphis633,104
Millington10,176
Arlington14,549
Collierville51,324
Rosemark2,315

Superintendent of Schools

Treasurer / Tax Collector

County Commission

School Board

Board PresidentAubrey Miller
Board Vice PresidentDavid Bobo
Board MemberJimmy Bice
Board MemberJane Hampton
Board MemberPeg Hill

Brief Political History

During the mid-to-late twentieth century, Shelby County was competitive, voting for the Democratic candidate six times and the Republican candidate five times between 1952 and 1992. In the twenty-first century, the county has become reliably Democratic, due mainly to the influence of Memphis. Barack Obama twice won the county with more than 60 percent of the vote. In 2016, the county was carried by the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who won 62.0 percent of the vote to Donald Trump's 34.5 percent.

Democratic strength is concentrated in Memphis itself, while the eastern suburbs are some of the most Republican areas in Tennessee and the South. In 2020, Joe Biden received 64.42% of the vote, which is the highest share for a Democrat since 1944.

 

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