Memphis Population By Year

Population Graph For Memphis, 1850 - 2022
Year Population Rank in US Growth Rate
2023 618,639 29 -0.8%
2022 623,840 28 -0.7%
2021 628,127 29 -0.5%
2020 631,326 29 -0.2%
2010 646,889 20 -0.6%
2000 690,186 16 1.1%
1990 618,894 18 -0.4%
1980 646,356 14 0.4%
1970 623,530 17 2.3%
1960 497,524 22 2.3%
1950 396,000 26 3.1%
1940 292,942 32 1.5%
1930 253,143 36 4.5%
1920 162,351 40 2.2%
1910 131,105 37 2.5%
1900 102,320 37 4.7%
1890 64,495 43 6.7%
1880 33,592 54 -1.8%
1870 40,226 32 5.9%
1860 22,623 38 9.9%
1850 8,841 73

Memphis Population Facts

What is the current population of Memphis?

Based on the latest 2024 data from the US census, the current population of Memphis is 618,639. Memphis, Tennessee is the 29th largest city in the US.

What county is Memphis, Tennessee in?

Memphis is located entirely in Shelby County.

What is the size of Memphis, Tennessee in square miles?

Memphis has an area of 315.1 square miles. Memphis is the 21st largest city, by area, in the United States. Among cities in Tennessee, Memphis is the 2nd largest city by area.

What was the peak population of Memphis?

The peak population of Memphis was in 2000, when its population was 690,186. In 2000, Memphis was the 16th largest city in the US; now its fallen to the 29th largest city in the US. Memphis is currently 10.4% smaller than it was in 2000.

How quickly is Memphis shrinking?

Memphis has shrunk 10.3% since the year 2000. Memphis, Tennessee's growth is extremely below average. 93% of similarly sized cities are growing faster since 2000.

Is Memphis the biggest city in Tennessee?

No, Memphis is the second largest city in the state of Tennessee based on population. The biggest city, Nashville-Davidson, is 1.1x bigger than Memphis.

What is the population density of Memphis, Tennessee?

Memphis has a population density of 2,053.3 people per square mile. Memphis has the 2nd highest population density in Tennessee.

Similarly Sized Cities In Tennessee

US Rank Name Population Growth
2000-2023
21 Nashville-Davidson 687,788 25.9%
29 Memphis 618,639 -10.3%

Similarly Sized Cities In US

US Rank Name Population Growth
2000-2023
23 El Paso, Texas 678,958 20.2%
24 Las Vegas, Nevada 660,929 36.4%
25 Boston, Massachusetts 653,833 10.7%
26 Detroit, Michigan 633,218 -33.0%
27 Portland, Oregon 630,498 18.9%
28 Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky 622,981 12.4%
29 Memphis, Tennessee 618,639 -10.3%
30 Baltimore, Maryland 565,239 -12.8%
31 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 561,385 -5.9%
32 Albuquerque, New Mexico 560,274 24.3%
33 Tucson, Arizona 547,239 11.8%
34 Fresno, California 545,716 26.6%
35 Sacramento, California 526,384 28.6%

Memphis Demographics

What is the voting age population of Memphis, Tennessee?

The total voting age population of Memphis, Tennessee, meaning US citizens 18 or older, is 464,812. The voting age population is 45.7% male and 54.3% female.

What percentage of Memphis, Tennessee residents are senior citizens?

According to the latest census statistics, 12.8% of the residents of Memphis are 65 or older.

What are the racial demographics of Memphis, Tennessee?

The racial demographics of Memphis are 64.1% Black, 29.2% White, 3.3% Other, 1.7% Asian, 1.5% Two or more races and 0.2% American Indian. Additionally, 7.2% of the population identifies as Hispanic.

What percentage of Memphis, Tennessee residents are below the poverty line?

In Memphis, 25.1% of residents have an income below the poverty line, and the child poverty rate is 40.8%. On a per-household basis, 19.9% of families are below the poverty line in Memphis.

What percentage of Memphis, Tennessee residents are in the labor force?

Among those aged 16 and older, 63.4% of Memphis residents are in the labor force.

What are the education levels among Memphis, Tennessee residents?

Among the adult population 25 years old and over, 85.7% of Memphis residents have at least a high school degree or equivalent, 26.2% have a bachelor's degree and 10.5% have a graduate or professional degree.

What percentage of Memphis, Tennessee residents speak a non-English language at home?

Among Memphis residents aged 5 and older, 9.6% of them speak a non-English language at home. Broken down by language: 6.4% of residents speak Spanish at home, 1.0% speak an Indo-European language, and 1.2% speak an Asian language.

Memphis Income & Labor Statistics

What is the unemployment rate in Memphis, Tennessee?

The unemployment rate in Memphis is 8.7%, which is calculated among residents aged 16 or older who are in the labor force.

What percentage of Memphis, Tennessee residents work for the government?

In Memphis, 12.0% of the residents in the non-military labor force are employed by the local, state and federal government.

What is the median income in Memphis, Tennessee?

The median household income in Memphis is $41,228.

Memphis Housing & Rent Statistics

What percentage of housing units are owner-occupied in Memphis, Tennessee?

In Memphis, 46.6% of housing units are occupied by their owners.

What percentage of housing units are rented in Memphis, Tennessee?

Renters occupy 53.4% of housing units in Memphis.

What percentage of Memphis, Tennessee housing units were built before 1940?

Of all the housing units in Memphis, 7.7% of them were build before 1940.

What percentage of Memphis, Tennessee housing units were built after 2000?

In Memphis, 9.0% of the total housing units were built after the year 2000, which is approximately 27,100 units.

What is the median monthly rent in Memphis, Tennessee?

The median gross monthly rent payment for renters in Memphis is $901.

What percentage of households in Memphis, Tennessee have broadband internet?

In Memphis, 69.5% of households have an active broadband internet connection.


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