Shelby County’s population has stagnated since 2010
Shelby County remains Tennessee’s most populous county with 929,744 residents, but its population growth has largely stagnated from 2010 to 2020, according to 2020 U.S. Census results released Thursday.
During this period, the county only grew by 2,100 people, a change of only 0.2%.
That’s compared to counties like Williamson, which grew by 65,544 (35.2%) and Rutherford, which grew by 78,882 (30%).
But Shelby County has changed in other ways, including its demographics, which were also released Thursday.
Shelby County remains one of the most diverse counties in the state, second only to Davidson County in its diversity index of 61.4% (the diversity index measures the likelihood of two randomly selected people being from different racial and ethnic groups). Tennessee as a state has a diversity index of 46.6.
Shelby County remains predominantly Black or African American (51.1%) with a white population at 34.1%.
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However, both of these populations, particularly the white population, have declined since 2010. There are 13.3% fewer white people in Shelby County since 2010, and the black population has decreased by 1.3%.
Shelby County saw an increase in the Hispanic or Latino population, which grew 49.2% to represent 8.4% of Shelby County residents. It also saw a growth in the Asian population, which increased by 31.6% to represent 3% of the population.
Nationally, overall racial and ethnic diversity has increased since 2010, the US Census Bureau found.