Bartlett is a neighborhood-centric city that sits northeast of Memphis, a community of more than 50,000 residents, making it the 10th largest city in Tennessee. It was first settled in 1829 and originally was known as Union Depot for what was the last major way station along a stagecoach route from Nashville to Memphis. It later served as a depot along the Memphis & Ohio Railroad line. It was incorporated as Bartlett in 1866. The city was named for Major Gabriel M. Bartlett, an owner of several large plantations on Stage Road, the main east-west artery through the town. At one time Bartlett was centered on agriculture, but the city’s economy later moved to industry and a variety of retailers.
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Bartlett is the economic center of northeastern Shelby County, with Memphis to the southwest, Millington to the north and Cordova, Lakeland and Arlington to the east and south. The variety of employers in Bartlett’s city limits provide job opportunities, and the city’s proximity to Interstate 40 offers easy access to the Memphis metro area. Bartlett residents and Memphians alike have entertainment options in the city; the Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center hosts a variety of concerts and arts performances throughout the year. Bartlett has an abundance of neighborhood parks, walking trails, lakes, and playgrounds around the city, as well as larger parks that contain sports fields for a variety of community sports leagues. Residents don’t have to travel far for medical services; Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett provides for the community’s health care needs. Money magazine recognized Bartlett in 2007 as one of the 100 best places to live in the U.S.
Bartlett is a community focused on families. In fact, U.S. Census data reflects that nearly half of all households in the city have at least one child 18 or younger. The Bartlett City School District includes three middle schools – Appling, Bon Lin, and Elmore Park; six elementary schools – Alturia, Bartlett, Bon Lin, Ellendale, Oak, and Rivercrest; as well as Bartlett Ninth Grade Academy and Bartlett High School. The municipal school district launched in the fall of 2014.
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