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Six Reasons to Live in (and Love) Memphis

A city on the Mississippi River known for its influence on blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll? That’s right, we’re talking about Memphis. This southwestern Tennessee city is legendary for Graceland, home to Elvis Presley, but there is so much more to Memphis. Keep reading to see what the locals love about their city.

Low Cost of Living
From the affordable housing prices to being able to get a great barbecue dinner for a bargain, Memphis ranks high in livability and offers a low cost of living. It was ranked #2 in 2014 and #6 in 2015 on Forbes’ lists of America’s most affordable cities. Many college students also find that it’s a millennial-friendly city and end up staying after finishing their education.

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Great Weather
Locals can relax on their patios all year long! With an average high temperature throughout the year of 72 degrees and an average low of 53 degrees, Memphians can enjoy mild winters, sunny summers and perfectly pleasant fall and spring conditions.

Tech, Entrepreneur and Artist Friendly
You may be surprised to hear that Forbes ranked Memphis in the top 10 cities for growth in Tech jobs. And if you’re an entrepreneur, Memphis has ranked well in the past few years on the list of Best Cities to start a new business, based on five-year survival rate, access to financing, cost of living and cost of office space. Memphis also ranked #5 in the list of cities where artists could thrive.

Plenty of Downtown Sights
You will never be bored with all the attractions this city has to offer.

Big River Crossing
Sun Studio (known as the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll)
Beale Street
Overton Square Shops
Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum (free museum days)
South Main Shops and Art Galleries
Graceland
Twilight Sky Terrace Rooftop
National Civil Rights Museum (free museum days)
Memphis Hop
Overton Park
Stax Museum (free museum days)

It’s a Haven for Foodies
If you’re a fan of southern barbecue and comfort food, you have come to the right place.

BBQ:
Cozy Corner
Central BBQ
The Bar-B-Q Shop
Payne’s BBQ

Soul:
Gus’s Fried Chicken
Lunchbox Eats
Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken
Four Way Restaurant
99 Cent Soul Food Express

Pubs:
The Brass Door
Local Gastropub
Flying Saucer
Earnestine & Hazels

Coffee:
Tart
387 Pantry
Café Eclectic
Tamp and Tap
French Truck Coffee

Local Craft Breweries:
Wiseacre
High Cotton
Memphis Made
Ghost River

Amazing Live Music
After all, an incredible music scene is expected from a city known for its influence on the blues and rock and roll.

The Den
Orpheum
The New Dizzy
Loflin Yard
New Daisy
Newby’s
Huey’s
Levitt Shell
Overton Square
BB King’s
Twilight Sky Terrace

If you’re a local Memphian, let us know in the comments below what you love most about your city!

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