Introduction to Germantown, Tennessee

Germantown, Tennessee, in Shelby county, is 14 miles E of Memphis, Tennessee. The city is considered part of the Memphis metropolitan area. Germantown has a population of 37,348.

Germantown History

Germantown is located in the Shelby County, the largest county in terms of population and geographic area in Tennessee. The city was founded in 1825. Germantown derived its name from the heritage of its early settlers, who were of German origin. It was officially incorporated in 1841.

Germantown and nearby Attractions

  • Lichterman Nature Center
  • Albers Art Gallery
  • Pink Palace Museum
  • Dixon Gallery and Gardens
  • Art Museum and Egyptian Institute of the University of Memphis
  • Sharpe Planetarium

Things To Do In Germantown

Lichterman Nature Center, Shelby Farms and Dixon Gallery and Gardens provide amenities for several different types of outdoor recreation. The Opera Memphis, Libertyland Amusement Park and the Putt-Putt Family Fun Park are popular local spots as well. Local festivals such as the Germantown Festival and the Germantown Charity Horse Show attract a large number of tourists every year.

Germantown Transportation

Memphis International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Germantown Higher Education

One can pursue higher education at Southwest Tennessee Community College-Macon Campus, the University of Memphis, Southwest Tennessee Community College-Union Campus, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Northwest Mississippi Community College.


Total Population 39,207
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 17.4%
Employed Population 16+ 19,055
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 65.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 65.1%
Median Earnings25+ $61,120
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,870
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,250


Median Family Income $126,360
% Above Poverty Level 95.9%
% Below Poverty Level 4.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 19.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,442
Median House Value $282,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.4%
US/American 0%
English 17.5%
Irish 12%

Germantown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 14 miles E of Memphis, Tennessee
County Shelby
Metro Area Memphis
Standard Zip Codes 38138, 38139
P.O. Box Zip Codes 38183
Phone Area Codes 901
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.086
Longitude -89.81

Germantown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 3.3 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 48 F
Apr Temp 48 to 72 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 53.6 inches
Station MOSCOW
Distance 22.3 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 49 F
Apr Temp 49 to 73 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 74 F
Annual Precip 53.1 inches
Station HERNANDO 5 S
Distance 25.3 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 48 F
Apr Temp 50 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 90 F
Oct Temp 50 to 74 F
Annual Precip 55 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Germantown, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Mem (38138, 38139)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bartlett 57,805 $86,583
Collierville 46,780 $118,985
Lakeland 12,549 $109,421
Memphis 656,715 $43,539
Piperton 1,552 $97,708
Rossville 641 $97,125

Germantown Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(901) 757-1350
Emergency Service: No

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