Shelby County, Tennessee

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Shelby County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. It is the state's largest both in terms of population and geographic area. Its county seat is Memphis.[1]

Shelby County is part of the Memphis Metropolitan Statistical Area, which comprises eight counties in the three states of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas.

Shelby County was named for Governor Isaac Shelby (1750–1826) of Kentucky.

Mark Luttrell defeated Interim Mayor Joe Ford on Thursday, August 5, 2010 to became the fourth man to parlay a stint as Shelby County sheriff into a county mayoral election triumph.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 784 square miles (2,030 km²), of which 755 square miles (1,954 km²) is land and 29 square miles (75 km²) (3.71%) is water. The lowest point in the state of Tennessee is located on the Mississippi River in Shelby County (just outside the Memphis city limits), where it flows out of Tennessee and into Mississippi.

Parks and recreation

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