Arlington, Tennessee

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Arlington is a town in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 2,569 at the 2000 census and approximately 9,700 in 2009. It is one of seven municipalities in Shelby County.



Arlington has been called Shelby County’s best-kept secret[3], as it has remained a small quiet rural town for two centuries.

Settlers came in the area in the 1830s and many of their descendants still live in the town. Originally known as Haysville, the town was named after the original landowner, Samuel Jackson Hays, a nephew of President Andrew Jackson. The area began to grow with the development of the Memphis and Ohio Railroad and the creation of Withe Depot within its boundaries. By 1856, about 200 people called Haysville home. Another nearby disaster, the outbreak of yellow fever in Memphis in 1878, also contributed to the stagnant population as the town fathers quarantined this area, forbidding outsiders from entering the town. Since its incorporation, Arlington has grown to incorporate the former community of Bolton, after which Bolton High School is named.

In 1883, the name of the town was changed to Arlington, a name suggested by Captain Henry Pitman and his friend Phillip Pearce. He had visited the national cemetery in Arlington, Virginia and thought it was the most beautiful spot on Earth.

The community received its charter from the State of Tennessee in December 1900, then with a population of slightly over 600. Like many small communities, Arlington suffered losses during the World Wars; the 1950 census shows only 465 residents, and the 1960 census lists 651. Arlington had 1,742 residents on its centennial. A special census conducted in early 2004 revealed that Arlington is currently home to over 5,000 people. In 2009 the city published that the population was around 9,700.


Arlington is located at 35°16′40″N 89°40′24″W / 35.27778°N 89.67333°W / 35.27778; -89.67333 (35.277689, -89.673273)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 20.4 square miles (52.9 km²), of which, 20.4 square miles (52.9 km²) of it is land and 0.05% is water.


A of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,569 people, 794 households, and 669 families residing in the town. The population density was 125.8 people per square mile (48.6/km²). There were 928 housing units at an average density of 45.4/sq mi (17.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 74.23% White, 23.01% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.54% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population.

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