Why Germantown

  • Median household income of $118,163 and per capita of $60,956
  • Major transportation linkages road, air and rail
  • S & P and Moody’s AAA Bond Rating
  • TVA Platinum Sustainable Community
  • Nationally recognized municipal school district

Regional Location

Located in southeast Shelby County, Germantown is convenient to Memphis International Airport and downtown Memphis. It 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.


The City of Germantown's latest census recorded a city population of 41,333. The 2010 U.S. Census reports the largest percentage of people in Germantown is between the ages of 45 and 54. The second largest percentage of population is between the ages of 55 and 64. The median age is 45.7 years old.

There are 14,910 households in Germantown with an average size of 2.6 people. Thirty-four percent of the households have children under 18 years old. Germantown has 15,536 total housing units with a 96 percent occupancy rate. Of the 14,910 occupied housing units, 88 percent are owner-occupied and 12 percent are renter occupied. The average home value in Germantown is $281,300. 

Germantown is one of only 61 cities in the nation that can take pride in its triple-A Bond rating from both Moody's and Standard & Poor's.

Germantown has one of the lowest crime rates for any city its size in the state of Tennessee and the police and fire departments have an average emergency response time of about five minutes.

98% of the population over 25 years old have a high school diploma or higher. More than half of the population has a bachelor's degree or higher.

At $54,229, Germantown has the highest per capita income of all the municipalities in Shelby County. The median household income is $154,355.


Altitude 265 feet above sea level
Average Rainfall 52.10 inches annually
Average Snowfall 5.7 inches annually
Temperature (mean annual) 61.5 degrees F
Temperature (mean summer) 80 degrees F
Temperature (mean winter) 43 degrees F

Germantown has a temperate climate. Winters are brief and mild, with the coldest days during January and February.

City Amenities

With a park within one mile of most residences in Germantown, this community has 700 acres of parkland, the highest percentage of municipal acreage devoted to parks in Tennessee. Several miles of the Germantown Greenway are complete. The linear park will eventually connect parks in a 22-mile loop encircling the city. Learn more about Germantown Parks and Recreation department.

Germantown Athletic Club is full-service recreational facility featuring more than 9,000 square feet of fitness space, an indoor pool, two outdoor pools, racquetball courts and basketball court.

In 1994, Germantown Performing Arts Centre began a tradition of excellence in the arts with a performance by the legendary Ray Charles. Today, GPAC is the place where all the major artists, in many different genres, come together to perform. From Yo-Yo Ma to Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck to Joan Baez, Joshua Bell to Ravi Shankar, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater to Mikhail Baryshnikov, It's Happening at GPAC!


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