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.
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)
Overton Square Shops
Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum (free museum days)
South Main Shops and Art Galleries
Twilight Sky Terrace Rooftop
National Civil Rights Museum (free museum days)
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.
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.
If you’re a local Memphian, let us know in the comments below what you love most about your city!