Living in Memphis


Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll


Here's what the Memphis Chamber has to say about living in Memphis:

Memphis is a very special place, with a character, a texture, and a feel that doesn’t exist in the same way in any other city. It has a legendary character that is undoubtedly the reason that “Memphis” is mentioned in more song lyrics than any other place on earth.

The city of Memphis is pure energy and pure soul. Taste it in Memphis' back alley barbecue joints and upscale restaurants. Feel it in the magnetic energy of our dynamic business culture, lively music scene, world-class events and attractions.


Memphis Quick Facts

  • Memphis is located in the southwest corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee along the Mississippi River, and is the county seat of Shelby County. It is the largest city in Tennessee and the 20th largest city in the United States.
  • Memphis Metropolitan Statistical Area population – 1.3 million 
  • Remarkably low cost of living – nearly 13% below the U.S. national metro average. 
  • Tennessee is one of the lowest-taxed states per capita in the U.S. 
  • Memphis draws from a three-state pool, employment opportunities range across the spectrum of industries. 
  • Over the past three decades, the presence of companies like FedEx and the region’s superior distribution infrastructure have earned Memphis the title, “America’s Distribution Center.
  • Memphis is on the brink of redefining global logistics, because our location, at the very heart of North America, provides easy access for moving people and product around the world.

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The following are links to local agencies and services that are dedicated to serving the people of Memphis and Shelby County. Here you will find information on services, community centers, parks, libraries and other organizations that make the Memphis metropolitan area a truly great place to be.