Germantown, Tennessee

Germantown is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 38,844 at the 2010 census.[5]

Germantown, Tennessee
Historic downtown Germantown
Location of Germantown in Shelby County, Tennessee.
Coordinates: 35°5′20″N 89°47′38″W
CountryUnited States
StateTennessee
CountyShelby
Founded1825
Incorporated1841
Government
  MayorMike Palazzolo
Area
  Total20.01 sq mi (51.83 km2)
  Land19.99 sq mi (51.76 km2)
  Water0.03 sq mi (0.06 km2)
Elevation
377 ft (115 m)
Population
 (2010)
  Total38,844
  Estimate 
(2019)[2]
39,225
  Density1,962.62/sq mi (757.77/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
  Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
38138, 38139, 38125
Area code(s)901
FIPS code47-28960[3]
GNIS feature ID1285318[4]
Websitehttp://www.germantown-tn.gov/

Germantown is a suburb of Memphis, bordering it to the east-southeast. Germantown's economy is dominated by the retail and commercial service sectors; there is no heavy industry in Germantown. In the city center is the "Old Germantown" neighborhood, anchored by a railroad depot (a 1948 reproduction of the 1868 original) and railroad tracks that recall the community's earliest days of development as an outpost along the Memphis and Charleston Railroad.

The city hosts many horse shows and competitions annually, most notably the Germantown Charity Horse Show in June. Other major annual events include the Germantown Festival, an arts and crafts fair, in early September.

Germantown has the lowest crime rate for any city its size in the State of Tennessee and the police and fire departments have average emergency response time of five minutes (police just under 4 minutes & fire department 5.2 minutes).[6] The parks and recreation department is nationally accredited. The Arbor Day Foundation has designated Germantown a "Tree City USA" for 23 consecutive years.[7] Only 3.2% of Germantown citizens are below the poverty line.[8]