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The 20 Best Places to Live in Memphis


When relocating to a new area with which you are not familiar, it is always important to compare the different neighborhoods to find the one that is best for you. Each area will have pros and cons which will make them appeal to some demographics more than others.

If you are considering moving to Memphis, there are some fantastic neighborhoods, each of which has different attributes that can make them a great place to live.

Some of the typical factors that people consider when deciding on a location include amenities, public schools, crime rates, house prices, employment opportunities, leisure facilities, and transport links. To help you find the best location for you, here are the 20 best places to live in Memphis.


20. Midtown

Thrillist says that one of the best places to live in Memphis is Midtown. It is described as a hip area at the core of the city, with a mixture of stately period homes and old-fashioned apartment buildings. It is a fantastic area to live if you enjoy a busy social life, as the bar and restaurant scene in this neighborhood is excellent. Many of the venues also boast live music, so there are some great places to hang out with friends.

East Memphis

19. East Memphis

East Memphis sits just between Germantown and Midtown, both of which are also desirable areas to live. According to 10 Best, there are plenty of job opportunities in this area as it is home to many top financial firms and to the headquarters of many Fortune 500 companies.

It is a fantastic place to live if you like to get out and about rather than spending time at home, as there are many cultural venues, excellent restaurants, fantastic shopping options, and some beautiful green spaces.


18. Downtown

An area that will appeal to young professionals is Downtown Memphis. By day, this neighborhood is filled with those who work in the area. It completely transforms at night when it becomes a lively entertainment district.

The area boasts amazing restaurants, lively bars, and well-known music venues. There are plenty of job opportunities and excellent transport links. The one downside to this area is that rental costs are generally higher than most other parts of Memphis, although this is the price you will pay for living in such a desirable area.


17. Oakland

Oakland boasts one of the lowest crime rates of anywhere in the Memphis metro area, so it is widely considered one of the safest places to live. Although there are only around seven thousand residents in this municipality, it has an increasing population due to its popularity. This area has some of the best public schools in and around Memphis, which is why Oakland consistently ranks as one of the best places to live for families.


16. Brighton

Brighton is a town in Tipton County, Tennessee, and it has a population of just under three thousand. One feature of this area that its residents find appealing is the rural feel of the area. It is a place that will suit people who want a quieter and more laid-back place of life than in the heart of Memphis.

Other positive elements of Brighton include above-average public schools, a diverse community, varied employment opportunities, and a low cost of living. The downside to Brighton is that the transport links are not great.


15. Munford

Although there are not many outdoor activities or health and fitness facilities in Munford, these are the only downsides to living in this town in Tennessee. With a population of a little over six thousand people, there is a rural feel to this area.

This makes it a good option for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of life in Memphis, while still having access to the amenities, leisure activities, and job opportunities that are available in the city. This is easy to do because there are decent public transport links. This town has public schools that are above average, a diverse community, and a reasonable cost of living.


14. Millington

Niche lists Millington as one of the 20 best places to live in Memphis. This suburb of Memphis has a dense suburban feel, and there are more than 11 thousand people living in this area. It tends to attract families as the public schools in Millington are rated as above average.

There are also many activities for people of all ages to enjoy in this neighborhood. Some other positive elements of this area are the reasonable cost of living, many employment opportunities, and a wide range of housing options.

Horn Lake

13. Horn Lake

Many families live in Horn Lake, as the schools are above average and there is a good choice of family activities to enjoy in the area. There are almost 27 thousand residents living in this Memphis suburb in DeSoto County, and the area has a sparse suburban feel.

The community is diverse, there are lots of jobs, and the cost of living is reasonable. Like in most areas, there are also some negatives to life in Horn Lake. These include poor transport links and the lack of outdoor activities to enjoy.


12. Lynchburg

As one of the smaller suburbs of Memphis with a population of around 2,400 residents, Lynchburg offers a rural feel. It is an area that appeals to a wide range of people, including families, and young professionals, so this means that the community is diverse.

Some of the positive elements of life in Lynchburg are the varied housing, the reasonable cost of living, the good range of family-oriented activities, and the above-average schools. The downside to living in Lynchburg is the poor transport links, so it is not a good option for those who need to commute using public transport.


11. Marion

Marion is one of the most affordable areas to live in Memphis, which is one of the reasons why this is such a desirable area. This suburb of Memphis has a diverse community of 12 thousand residents, and there is a sparse suburban feel and a strong sense of community.

The public schools are rated as above average, and there is a good range of leisure activities for families to enjoy. On the downside, the area is lacking in things to enjoy in the evenings, so the nightlife is not particularly vibrant.


10. Atoka

The main downside of living in Atoka is the poor transport links. However, if using public transport or commuting are not key elements of choosing where to live for you, then Atoka is a place with a lot going for it. The public schools are above average, job opportunities are plentiful, it is reasonably safe, and it is an affordable place to live. This town in the Memphis metro area has a population of around nine thousand people.


9. Piperton

Those who prefer to live in an area with a rural feel and a strong sense of community should consider living in Piperton. This suburb of Memphis has under two thousand residents, and it is a popular place for retirees.

The cost of living is reasonable and it is a safe place to live as the crime rates are low. Another reason that people like to live in this area is that the community is diverse. Some of the negative aspects of Piperton are the lack of decent schools and poor transport links.


8. Hernando

A city in and the county seat of DeSoto County, Hernando has a population of more than 15 thousand people. The population more than doubled between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, which shows what a highly desirable area this has become.

Some of the factors that make this such a desirable area include the public schools, housing options, diversity in the community, job opportunities, and reasonable cost of living. The downsides of living in Hernando are a lack of nightlife and limited options in terms of leisure activities.


7. Arlington

Just 30 minutes east of Memphis is Arlington, which is one of the most rapidly growing communities in Tennessee. Just some of the reasons why this has become such a desirable area include the highly-rated schools, affordable housing, and the small-town feel. Furthermore, the commute into downtown Memphis is reasonable.


6. Bartlett

It is the sense of community in Bartlett that many of its residents enjoy the most about living in this area, says Memphis Realty Search. Bartlett is a quiet city that was founded in the 1830s and is located about 20 minutes east of Memphis.

It is an easy commute into Memphis, which means it appeals to those who work in the city but prefer to live somewhere that offers a more laid-back pace of life. When choosing a property in this area, you will find that there are many styles and sizes available, and the cost of the property is lower than in many areas of Memphis.


5. Southaven

Southaven is one of the areas of Memphis that is popular with families as the schools in this Memphis suburb are highly rated. It is also a fantastic place to live for young professionals due to job opportunities, good transport links, lively nightlife, and a reasonable cost of living.

Other positive elements of this suburb are the diversity of the community and the excellent range of leisure facilities. There is a sparse suburban feel in Southaven, and there are more than 52 thousand people living in this area.

Olive Branch

4. Olive Branch

A Memphis suburb in DeSoto County, Olive Branch has a population of more than 36 thousand people. Despite so many people living in this suburb, it retains a rural feel and a strong sense of community.

Families love Olive Branch as there are highly rated schools and a good range of family-oriented activities. Other positive features of this suburb are the varied housing options, employment opportunities, and the diverse community. Also, the cost of living is reasonable and there are good leisure facilities in the area.


3. Lakeland

Although the population of Lakeland is just over 13 thousand, this is one of the fastest-growing suburbs of Memphis. It is located 18 miles east of the center of the city, so it is an ideal option for those who need to commute to work.

This is an amazing place to live for those who want to combine the convenience of proximity to the city with an outdoor lifestyle. It is by Lake Garner, after which it is named, and there are some stunning natural spaces. There are also excellent schools, which is a feature that will appeal to families considering moving to Memphis.


2. Collierville

One of the most affluent areas of Memphis, Collierville is located just 30 minutes from downtown Memphis. This means it is a popular place to live for those who work in the center of Memphis but one to live in a less urban area.

Collierville is the second oldest town in Shelby County, and this is evident in the beautiful architecture. There are excellent schools, an easy commute, and a laidback lifestyle. There are approximately 49 thousand people living in this suburb. Despite the high population, there is almost a rural feel to the area.


1. Germantown

According to Niche, the best place to live in Memphis is Germantown. This Memphis suburb has a population of just under 40 thousand people, and those who live there enjoy the sparse suburban feel.

This is one of the best places to live if you are looking for somewhere with plenty of job opportunities across a variety of industries, and it is also a good option for families as the schools are above average and there are plenty of family activities to enjoy. The cost of living is reasonable, and there are many housing options in this area, regardless of whether you are buying or renting.

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Liz Flynn

Written by Liz Flynn

Liz Flynn has worked as a full-time writer since 2010 after leaving a career in education. She finds almost all topics she writes about interesting, but her favorite subjects are travel and food. Liz loves the process of researching information, learning new things, and putting into words what others who share her interests might like to read. Although she spends most of her time writing, she also enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, watching films, cooking, dining out, reading, motorsports, gaming, and walking along the beach next to her house with her dog.

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