Arlington, Tennessee is a small rural town in eastern Shelby County. In the last several years, though, Arlington has experienced a great deal of growth as people have left the city of Memphis in search of a quieter, simpler place to live.
- Population: 9,707
- Median Age: 35.6 years
- Median Household Income: $52,870
- Average Home Value: $160,100
Arlington is the easternmost town in Shelby County. It is roughly bordered by the Loosahatchie River Drainage Canal on the north, Highway 64 on the south, the Shelby County/Fayette County line on the east, and Chambers Chapel Road on the west.
Arlington is governed by a Mayor and Aldermen system of government.
Schools in Arlington are in the Shelby County Schools system and consist of Arlington Elementary, Arlington Middle, and Arlington High School. Some students who live in Arlington are also assigned to Bolton High School.
Places of Interest:
- Blacksmith Shop
This is one of the last working blacksmith shops in the United States. Offers demonstrations periodically.
- Playground of Dreams
Hughes-College Hill Park
This beautifully constructed playground features slides, tunnels, treehouses, and more.
- Rachel H.K. Burrow Museum
Corner of Chester Street and Walker Street
This one room museum used to house a bank and then a library. Today it houses local memorabilia and historical items.
Arlington was first known as Haysville, named after its first landowner, Samuel Jackson Hays who was a nephew of Andrew Jackson. After a rocky start due to the Civil War and then to the Yellow Fever Epidemic, the town was incorporated as Arlington in 1900. It was named after the national cemetery. Growth of the town was extremely slow through the 20th century. Since then, however, the population has grown by thousands.