Memphis demographics profile

StatisticMemphisTennesseeNational
Population655,8576,548,009318,558,162
Population density (sq mi)2,06615391
Median age33.538.537.7
Male/Female ratio0.9:11.0:11.0:1
Married (15yrs & older)40%57%55%
Families w/ Kids under 1845%41%43%
Speak English91%93%79%
Speak Spanish6%4%13%
Memphis, TN has a population of 655,857 and is the 24th largest city in the United States. The population density is 2,066 per sq mi which is 1250% higher than the Tennessee average and 2181% higher than the national average. The median age in Memphis is 34 which is approximately 13% lower than the Tennessee average of 39. In Memphis, 40% of the population over 15 years of age are married, 91% speak English and 6% speak Spanish. 65% of Memphis residents were born in Tennessee, 28% were born out of state, 1% were born outside of the United States and 6% were foreign born.

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  • The population density in Memphis is 1250% higher than Tennessee.
  • The median age in Memphis is 13% lower than Tennessee.
  • In Memphis 29.61% of the population is White.
  • In Memphis 63.64% of the population is Black or African American.
  • In Memphis 1.55% of the population is Asian.

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Memphis population breakdown by race

RaceMemphisTennesseeNational
White29.61%77.84%73.35%
Black or African American63.64%16.81%12.63%
Asian1.55%1.61%5.22%
American Indian0.23%0.29%0.82%
Native Hawaiian0.03%0.05%0.18%
Mixed race1.68%2.03%3.06%
Other race3.28%1.38%4.75%
In Memphis, 6.8% of people are of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Please note: Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in any/all of the applicable race categories above.

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Source: The Memphis, TN demographics data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).