Germantown is an upscale community southeast of Memphis. It boasts the lowest crime rate of any city its size in the state and the highest per capita income in Shelby County.
- Population: 40,203
- Median Age: 41.3 years
- Median Household Income: $94,609
- Average Home Value: $295,853
Located in southeast Shelby County, Germantown is one of six suburban municipalities adjacent to Memphis. The distance from the Germantown Municipal Center to downtown Memphis is approximately 17 miles. Germantown is also part of the Memphis Metropolitan Statistical Area which contains more than one million people in five counties: Crittenden County, Arkansas; DeSoto County, Mississippi, and Fayette, Shelby and Tipton Counties in Tennessee.
System of Government:
Germantown is governed by a Mayor and Council form of government, and has elected to have a part-time mayor.
Public Schools in Germantown are part of the Shelby County School System and include Dogwood Elementary, Farmington Elementary, Germantown Elementary, Riverdale Elementary, Germantown Middle School, Houston Middle School, Germantown High School, and Houston High School.
Places of Interest:
- Wolf River Nature Area
The Wolf River Nature Area offers picnic areas, meadows, aquatic plant and animal displays, butterfly gardens, and more. It can be accessed from the Chick-Fil-A parking lot on Germantown Rd. and from two access points on Wolf River Blvd.
- Fort Germantown
At Fort Germantown, cannon replicas mark the spot where Union troops built a fort guarding the Memphis and Charleston Railroad during the Civil War. The fort is located on Honey Tree Dr., off of Poplar Pike.
Germantown was founded by settlers in 1825. By 1833, the growing community was known as Pea Ridge. The name was changed to Germantown in 1836, however, due to the town's growing German population. In 1841, the town was incorporated. From 1950 to 1999, Germantown's population grew from 400 to 40,000.