You heard it here first – our city has so much to brag about. From arts and entertainment to business success, get the facts on why so many people love to call Memphis home.
Transportation & Logistics
Led by the FedEx World Headquarters, Memphis is centrally located in the United States and a hub for all modes of transportation across the country and beyond, creating jobs and opportunities in our city and connecting us all over the world.
- International gateway for product export and import via four Foreign Trade Zones
- Home to the FedEx World Hub and major hubs for UPS, the U.S. Postal Service, and the Air National Guard.
- The Memphis workforce has more experienced logistics workers per capita than any other top 100 U.S. city, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
- Memphis was ranked as the number 1 “Logistics Leader” in the country and was ranked second globally by Business Facilities magazine in 2016.
- Memphis ranked 4th for “Best Cost of Living” in 2015 by Business Facilities magazine.
- Memphis ranked 26th out of 100 U.S. metros in total value of products exported in 2015, exporting over $11.8 billion.
- Global Trade magazine named Memphis one of the “America’s Best Cities for Global Trade,”ranking Memphis 3rd for best infrastructure in 2015.
- For 23 years, Memphis International Airport, “America’s Aerotropolis” has been the busiest cargo airport in North America.
- Weather does not impact operations at Memphis International Airport 99.2% of the time.
- Memphis International Airport was ranked No. 1 for mobile data coverage among the top 50 airports by RootMetrics in 2015.
- I-40 connects the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts and runs directly through Memphis. The stretch between Memphis and Little Rock is the 3rd-busiest trucking corridor in the nation.
- Memphis is the halfway point of the new 2,600-mile, I-69 superhighway connecting Canada to Mexico currently under construction.
- Memphis is the 3rd-largest rail center in the United States behind Chicago and St. Louis.
- Memphis is one of four U.S. cities with five Class I railroads: BNSF, Canadian National, CSX, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific.
- Memphis is home to five of the largest wide-span cranes in the country because of BNSF’s $200 million newly expanded intermodal facility.
- Home to nine fully-operational rail yards with a total current container capacity of more than 2 million annual lifts
- By train, Memphis can reach 45 states (including Canada and Mexico) within 2 days.
- Single system shipment to all 48 contiguous states, and Alaska, Mexico, and Canada
- The International Port of Memphis is the 5th-largest inland port in the United States and 2nd-largest inland port on the shallow draft portion of the Mississippi River.
- The largest still water harbor on the Mississippi River
- Port of Memphis handles more than 14.7 million tons annually.
- The International Port of Memphis is also home to the Valero petroleum refinery, the only refinery in the State of Tennessee.
Memphis is a hotspot for business in the Southeast and across the nation. Business leaders here have multiple incentives to operate their companies in the Bluff City, and entrepreneurs can make an impact like in no other place, with a workforce and economy ready to help business succeed.
- In 2017, a study by the Urban Land Institute ranked Memphis #4 among U.S. cities where millennials are moving.
- In 2016, WalletHub, a leading personal finance outlet, ranked Memphis 4th for Best Places for Women Owned Businesses. The study looked at 10 key metrics and also ranked Memphis 4th for Overall New-Business Friendliness out of 100 metros.
- In a report published in March 2016, The Center for an Urban Future found that Memphis had the highest women-owned business growth between 2007 and 2012 among the 25 largest cities in the U.S. Women-owned businesses grew 116% in that time period and by 2012, there were 35,710 female owned business.
- Adobo ranked Memphis #7 for Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations in their report on the Best Cities for Job Seekers in 2016.
- Area Development magazine named Tennessee 4th in their 2016 “Top States for Doing Business” survey of location consultants. Tennessee also ranked in the Top 5 for Overall Cost of Doing Business, Business Incentive Programs, Leading Workforce Development, Favorable Regulatory Environment, and Speed of permitting.
- GoodCall ranked Memphis among the “2016 Best Places for Law School Graduates” because of high salaries, affordable housing, and a high number of job opportunities.
- In 2015, Memphis was designated as an Investment in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) community. The Made in the Mid-South Manufacturing Alliance was led by the Greater Memphis Chamber and includes nine surrounding counties.
- In 2015, a WalletHub study named Memphis the 7th “Best City to Start a Business.”
- In 2015, Glassdoor, a workplace review and job search website, ranked Memphis 18th for their “25 Best Cities for Jobs” list.
- A 2015 NerdWallet survey ranked Memphis the 4th best place for black-owned businesses. NerdWallet is a personal finance website.
- Area Development magazine awarded Tennessee the “Gold Shovel Award” for economic development success in 2015, in part due to Target’s announcement of a new distribution center in Memphis.
- Tennessee was ranked as having the #2 “Best Business Climate” by Business Facilities magazine in 2015. Tennessee also ranked #1 for “Education: Tech Skills Leaders” for investments and improvements in education, #1 for “Automotive Manufacturing Strength,” and #1 for “Workforce Training Leaders.”
Memphis is home to a myriad of corporations and world headquarters, leading the world across industries powered from the Bluff City. Read how we rank and how Memphis corporations are making headlines for their success.
Three Fortune 500 world headquarters (2016):
World HQ for two of Fortune’s “Best Companies to Work For” (2016)
World HQ for three of Forbe’s World’s Biggest Public Companies” (2016)
World HQ for two of Fortune’s “Global 500” (2016)
World HQ for three of Industry Week’s “U.S. 500” (2016)
Corporate Knights’ 2016 “Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World” companies with a Memphis area presence are:
- Schneider Electric (#12)
- Unilever (#47)
- Atlas Copco (#34)
- Daimler AG (#48)
- Cisco Systems (#57)
- Johnson Controls (#64)
- General Electric (#70)
- EMC Corporation (#72)
Over 15 companies with a Memphis area presence were named as Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens for 2016.” The highest ranked in Memphis are:
Over 50 Memphis area companies were ranked in Newsweek’s “Top 500 U.S. Green Companies for 2016.”
Entrepreneur’s 2016 “Franchise 500” rankings of Memphis-based franchises
- Hampton Hotels (#2)
- ServiceMaster Clean (#33)
- Merry Maids (#48)
- Homewood Suites (#129)
- Embassy Suites (#189)
Twelve Memphis area companies were r ranked on the “Inc. 5000” 2016 list which ranks the fastest growing private companies in the U.S.
- A1 Diabetes & Medical Supply (#643)
- Impact Express (#970)
- Clarion Security (#1308)
- HigherVisibility (#1396)
- T-Star Luxury Ground Transportation (#1602)
- Discount Property Warehouse (#2766)
- Monogram Food Systems (#2819)
- Mahaffey Fabric Structures (#3584)
- Matrix Achievement Group (#3711)
- Memphis Invest (#3778)
- Premier Property Management Group (#3785)
- archer>malmo (#4702)
- Ikea will have the largest solar array in the state of TN. The 1,146 solar panel system will be 250m, 675 square feet and will harness enough energy to power 205 homes yearly. Ikea opened in December 2016.
- Mid-America Apartment Communities, a Memphis-based company, was named one of “The 100 Most Trustworthy Companies In America” by Forbes in 2015.
- Waddell and Associates, a Memphis-based wealth management firm, was ranked 29th on CNBC’s list of “Top 100 Fee-Only Wealth Managers” in 2015.
- Memphis is now home to Nike’s largest distribution center in the world after they completed their $301 million expansion and consolidation to their facility located at 3100 Frayser Boulevard in 2015.
- FedEx is ranked 8th on Fortune’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” in 2016.
- Computer World magazine lists FedEx as one of the 100 “Best Place to Work in IT” in 2016.
- FedEx is included on the 2016 InformationWeek 500, a listing of the most innovative users of business technology in the United States.
- International Paper was named one of Ethisphere’s “World’s Most Ethical Companies” for 2016.
- ComputerWorld lists International Paper as the 37th “Best Place to Work in IT” in 2016.
- Tri-State Bank was named one of 2016 Black Enterprise 100’s companies in the financial services sector.
Other Memphis-Based Companies
Memphis is home to major operations for more than 200 foreign-owned companies.
The Memphis area is also home to world-renowned companies like:
- Ducks Unlimited (World HQ)
- Elvis Presley Enterprises (World HQ)
- First Tennessee (World HQ)
- Hilton Hotels (Division HQ)
- Hunter Fan (World HQ)
- Lucite International (World HQ)
- Medtronic (Division HQ)
- MicroPort Orthopedics (Division HQ)
- Nike (Major Operations)
- Sharp Manufacturing of America (Division HQ)
- Thomas & Betts (Division HQ)
- Smith & Nephew (Division HQ)
- Wright Medical Technologies (World HQ)
- Youth Villages (World HQ)
Your Chamber at Work
The Greater Memphis Chamber has been an advocate for businesses in the Mid-South for nearly 180 years. We are proud of the efforts we’ve made to support our city’s businesses and hope to continue to work for our greater success for centuries to come.
- The Greater Memphis Chamber was one of 3 recipients honored with the 2016 Governor’s Award for Trade Excellence. Our International Business Council was praised in addition to the newly formed Memphis Metro Export Alliance.
- The Greater Memphis Chamber’s Communication team took home the Gold Award for Marketing Communications Promotions for our Chamber 101 events at the Memphis Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) 2016 Vox Awards.
- In November 2015, the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Communication Team took home 5 awards for 3 marketing campaigns at the 2015 PRSA Vox Awards:
- Best in Show & Vox Award: Media Relations Campaigns Category for the Chamber’s New York City Media Trip in January 2015.
- Best in Show & Vox Award: Website Tactics Category for the From the Top blog, which features important updates from Chamber President & CEO, Phil Trenary, to the Chamber membership.
- Vox Award: Marketing Communications Promotion Campaigns for the launch of SoundCheck, the Chamber’s Young Professionals Council
It All Starts in Memphis
Many of the forerunners and existing businesses that make up today’s American economy were founded in Memphis. This city continues to be a place where entrepreneurs can thrive, following trails blazed by so many innovators before them.
- WalletHub, a financial advice and review website, named Memphis the #7 “Best City to Start a Business” in 2015.
- The first self-service grocery store, Piggly Wiggly, was developed in Memphis in 1916.
- Kemmons Wilson envisioned reliable, standardized hotel service when he created the first Holiday Innin Memphis, the first modern hotel chain.
- Since its founding in 1971, FedEx has revolutionized the logistics industry. Among FedEx’s many firsts are:
- The first company dedicated to overnight package delivery
- The first express company to introduce the overnight letter
- The first to offer 10:30 a.m. next-day delivery
- The first to offer Saturday delivery and the first express company to offer time-definite service for freight
- The first in the industry with money-back guarantees and free proof of performance, services that now extend to its worldwide network
- Tri-State Bank was founded in 1946 by Dr. J. E. Walker and his son A. Maceo Walker. Tri-State Bank was and still is the largest African-American run bank in Tennessee.
- Robert Church was the South’s first African-American millionaire
- In 1906, Church founded the Solvent Savings Bank and Trust Company. It was the first black-owned and operated bank in Memphis.
- Robert Church developed Church Park, Memphis’ only park for African Americans at that time.
- In 1923, Dr. J. E. Walker founded Universal Life Insurance in Mississippi
- Universal Life Insurance relocated to Memphis in 1926. By 1947, Universal Life Insurance became the second African American company in America to “attain million-dollar-capital status.”
- The hydraulic lift was invented by an Italian immigrant to Memphis and was later adopted by German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp
- Greyhound and Continental Trailways bus lines ran across North America from humble beginnings in Memphis.
- Shering Plough, now part of Merck, was known for Coppertone, Afrin, Dr. Shoal’s and many other over-the-counter products.
Leading Innovations in Healthcare
From well-known care from organizations like St. Jude to excellence in health science education, award-winning primary care and a hub of medical device manufacturing, Memphis leads the way in healthcare on all fronts.
Shelby County is the 2nd-largest orthopedic device manufacturing center in the U.S.
Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, Memphis is home to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
- The premier center for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases
- The first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, receiving an “exceptional” score, the highest rating awarded.
- St. Jude was ranked as the #4 hospital in the country for Children’s Cancer on U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Hospitals in the U.S.” list in 2016.
- Ranked 35th on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work” for in 2016
- ALSAC/St. Jude is America’s 5th largest healthcare charity, according to Forbes’ 2016 list of “50 Largest U.S. Charities.”
- Ranked 47th on Forbes 2016 list of “America’s Best Midsize Employers“
- St. Jude made the Becker Hospital Review magazine’s 2016 “100 Great Hospitals in America” and the 2016 “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” list.
- Employs more than 3,200 clinicians, researchers, postdoctoral fellows, administrators and information technology specialists from around the globe, including Peter Doherty, PhD, of the Department of Immunology. Dr. Doherty was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for key discoveries he made about the workings of the immune system.
Baptist Memorial Hospital has six metro hospitals, the Reynolds Hospice House and an expanding number of physician clinics and clinical specialties.
- Mid-Southerners have selected Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis as their preferred hospital choice for quality in the National Research Corporation’s annual Healthcare Market Guide Study’s “Consumer Choice” award for 20 years in a row as of 2016.
- Baptist was awarded the only Epic 10-Star rating of any hospital nationwide for the successful implementation of e-health records across the hospital system.
- Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare ranked as the Best Hospital in Memphis and the #3 hospital system in Tennessee by U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 “Best Hospitals” list.
- Methodist ranked as “High Performing” in five adult specialties, and among the top 50 U.S hospitals in seven pediatric specialties on the U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 “Best Hospitals” list.
- Methodist was named one of the “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” by Becker’s Healthcaremagazine in 2016.
- Methodist University Hospital conducts the Mid-South’s only minimally invasive integrated surgical procedure that removes colon polyps.
- Le Bonheur’s Children’s Hospital, part of the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system, treats more than 200,000 children each year.
- LeBonheur Children’s has been named one of U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 Best Children’s Hospitals, and is ranked nationally in seven specialties.
- Le Bonheur is the only pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center in the region certified by the American College of Surgeons. With over 34,000 square feet, the trauma center serves the entire region, receiving an average of 220 traumas per day.
- Le Bonheur’s Neuroscience Institute, in conjunction with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is home to one of the nation’s largest brain tumor programs. Le Bonheur Children’s receives brain tumor patients from over 40 states, and employs 3 pediatric neurosurgeons.
- In 2011, Le Bonheur and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center joined forces to create the region’s only multi-specialty physician practice focused solely on pediatrics. University of Tennessee Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists(ULPS) includes more than 100 pediatric subspecialists.
Regional One Health is home to one of the busiest Level 1 Trauma Center in the nation, with approximately 4,500 admissions annually.
- Region One Health was named one of the “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” by Becker’s Healthcare magazine in 2015.
- The Med is home to the Sheldon B. Korones Newborn Center, where more than 1,500 premature or critically ill newborns are treated each year.
- The Firefighters Regional Burn Center at the Med has earned verification for the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons making it the only full-service burn center within 150 miles of Memphis.
Memphis is home to the Church Health Center (CHC), a faith-based clinic that provides quality, affordable healthcare to 50,000 working, uninsured people and their families. In the United States, the CHC is the largest faith-based clinic of its kind.
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, one of four medical schools in the State of Tennessee, spun off two new bioscience companies and a research park that are making national headlines: GTx – a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to men’s health and Luminetx – a bioscience technologies company that made headlines with THE VEINVIEWER, recognized by Time Magazine as one of the most innovative medical inventions of the year.
The College of Medicine is affiliated with three of the six level 1 trauma centers in the State of Tennessee.
- The 1996 Nobel Prize was awarded to Dr. Peter C. Doherty in the ‘Physiology or Medicine’ category. Dr. Doherty is an adjunct faculty member for the College of Medicine’s pediatric department.
- Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs underwent a complete liver transplant at Methodist University Hospital in 2009 performed by James D. Eason, M.D., FACS, a UTHSC graduate and practicing physician at Methodist University Hospital.
- UTHSC’s Executive Vice Chancellor Dr. Kennard Brown is an active board member for The Memphis Medical District Collaborative, a local non-profit entity dedicated to improving the livability and overall prosperity of Memphis’ Medical District.
- The University of Tennessee College of Medicine launches the world’s first Mobile Stroke Unit with Advanced CT imaging capabilities including CT Angiography Imaging for brain and blood vessels and producing advanced quality imaging for stroke diagnosis and noninvasive CT-angiography with a Siemens SOMATOM® Scope CT scanner.
- In February 2016, the College of Health Professions opened the only student-run pro bono occupational therapy Clinic in the Nations, the Rachel Kay Stevens Therapy Center.
- UTHSC has been awarded Top Workplace in 2014 & 2015 by the Commercial Appeal.
- UTHSC has been named a Tennessee Healthy Workplace for two years in a row by the Healthier Tennessee Workplace program.
UT / Baptist Research Park – currently under construction – is 1.2 million square feet of lab research, education and business development space, is expected to be completed in six phases over a 10-year period, allowing flexibility to meet current and future bioscience needs.
Schools in Memphis offer students all the opportunities they need to reach careers in any industry, from early education to renowned universities and graduate schools.
- The University of Memphis was included 2017 list of military friendly schools, by Victory Media, originator of Military friendly.com.
- The University of Memphis was selected to lead the NIH National Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K). The University has been granted $1.8 million to develop big data solutions for mobile health sensors.
- U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 list for “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranks the University of Memphis Graduate programs as:
- Audiology (#17)
- Rehabilitation Counseling (#21)
- Speech-Language Pathology (#24)
- Health Care Managementt (#47)
- Part-time Law (#57)
- Clinical Psychology (#102)
- Earth Sciences (#106)
- Public Affairs (#115)
- Psychology (#117)
- Social Work (#123)
- Math (#126)
- Fine Arts (#147)
- Part-time MBA (#153)
- Biological Sciences (#209)
- The Fogelman College of Business and Economics is listed as one of the “Best Business Schools” by the Princeton Review (2017).
- The Business School was also ranked #133by the U.S. News and World Report.
- The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law was list on Princeton Review’s Best 172 Law Schools in 2017
- U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Memphis #247 in their 2017 “High School Counselor” ranking.
- Listed as one of Princeton Review’s 353 Green Colleges (2015)
- The University of Memphis ranked 40th in the nation on Washington Monthly’s “2015 National Universities” rankings.
- Christian Brothers University ranked 28th on the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2017” list and 11th for “Best Value Schools” in the Regional Universities (South) division
- CBU ranked among the “Best Southeastern Colleges” according to The Princeton Review’s 2017 Best Colleges: Region by Region.
- CBU students achieve an 85% acceptance rate into medical school compared to 45% nationally and a 94% acceptance rate into nursing school compared to 44% nationally.
- Rhodes College ranked 44th in U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 “National Liberal Arts Colleges” and 37th in their High School Counselor Rankings for liberal arts colleges.
- Rhodes ranked in Washington Monthly’s 2017 College Guide on both the top liberal arts colleges list and the Best Bang for your Buck–South rankings
- Rhodes ranked in the Princeton Review’s “Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition” and as one of the Best Southeastern Schools in 2017.
- The Princeton Review also ranked Rhodes #1 in “Most Beautiful Campus”, and #2 in Most Engaged in Community Service.
- Rhodes is on the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction
- Rhodes is ranked on Money magazine’s 2017 list of top 50 best colleges in the South, from the magazine’s rankings of more than 700 “Best Colleges for Your Money” based on educational quality, affordability, and alumni success.
- Zippia listed Rhodes among the five best colleges in Tennessee for accounting majors in 2017.
- Southwest Tennessee Community College had a 90% pass rate for the 2015 Nursing Students’ National Council Licensure Exam.
- Ranked 26th in the nation in associate degrees to African Americans by Community College Week in 2015.
- Memphis College of Art ranked 114th in the nation by U.S. News and World Reports 2017 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” for Fine Arts.
University of Tennessee Health Science Center offers bachelor, masters and doctorate degrees from its School of Biomedical Engineering and Colleges of Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Social Work.
- U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” 2017 rankings for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center are:
- In 2015, 95.89% of pharmacy students passed the North America Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX).
Primary & Secondary Education
- White Station High School was ranked #19 in Tennessee and #1815 in the nation on the U.S. News and World Report’s “Best High School” list in 2016.
- The U.S. News and World Report’s “Best High School” 2016list ranked Collierville High School, part of the Collierville Municipal School District, w #10 in Tennessee and #1123 in the U.S. and Houston High, part of the Germantown School District #11 in Tennessee and #1248 in U.S.
- Collierville High School was ranked #335 on Newsweek’s America’s Top High Schools in 2015.
Grit and Grind has become a mantra in Memphis, thanks to the Memphis Grizzlies. From college athletics to the pros, there is always something to watch live in the Bluff City, and nowhere more passionate fans.
- The Memphis Grizzlies were ranked #14 of 122 sports teams (from the NBA, MLB, NFL, and NHL) in the ESPN the Magazine’s 2016 “Ultimate Standings” list. The Grizzlies were ranked #2 in the “Affordability” category.
- Memphis is home to the Memphis Redbirds, the AAA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
- Memphis hosts the PGA Tour for the annual St. Jude Classic presented by FedEx. The St. Jude Classic is the only PGA event held in the state of Tennessee.
- The nationally-televised AutoZone Liberty Bowl is one of the longest-running bowls. It is played each year in Memphis at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
- Memphis in May Triathlon attracts more than 2,000 pro and amateur athletes from around the nation and world to compete in the 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run event.
- The St. Jude Marathon & Half Marathon is a Boston-qualifying marathon benefiting St. Jude. It is held each year in downtown Memphis.
- The Mike Rose Soccer Complex is the nation’s premier soccer facility sitting on 136.7 acres with 16 FIFA dimension fields and a 2,500-seat stadium. Soccer sporting events include the Rose Cup, Blues City Blowout and the John Talley Showcase.
- Each year, thousands attend the Southern Heritage Classic, an annual football game held at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium between rival historically black universities Jackson State University and Tennessee State University. In addition to the game, the event includes concerts, tailgates, parades, a battle of the bands and a fashion show.
Arts & Entertainment
Memphis has been inspiring artists along the river for longer than anyone can remember. Every piece of arts and entertainment in Memphis reflects a spirit of creativity that can’t be held back in this city.
- MovieMaker Magazine ranked Memphis the 10th “Best Place to Live and Work as a Moviemaker” in 2016. The magazine cites Memphis’ great amenities, low cost of living and valuable incentives.
- Etsy named Memphis a “Maker City,” a network of “strong municipalities that value entrepreneurship, sustainability, and responsible manufacturing with the creative and innovative spirit of the Etsy community,” according to Etsy.com (2016).
- Memphis was named the one of the “20 Best Cities for 20-somethings” in 2015 by Greatist, a health and happiness digital magazine. They credited the recent downtown development and low cost of living.
- The Orpheum brings Broadway to Memphis through their Broadway Series with 8 to 10 touring performances every season. The Orpheum also hosts movie nights, comedy and musical performances and celebrated its 88th anniversary in 2016.
- The Germantown Performing Arts Center celebrated its 23rd season in 2016.
- Ballet Memphis celebrated its 30th season in 2016. in 2015, Ballet Memphis purchased the old French Quarter Inn in Overton Square and is building a brand new $12 million, 38,000 square feet headquarters. Identified as a “national treasure” by the Ford Foundation, Ballet Memphis produces more original work than any other company of its size.
You won’t have to look far for how to fill a weekend or a week seeing all there is to see and do around the Bluff City for visitors of all ages.
- Time MONEY ranked Memphis #3 on its list of the 7 Best Domestic Destinations in 2016 citing affordable accommodations and a plethora of affordable eats and drinks, including nationally recognized Central BBQ and Wiseacre Brewery.
- Memphis ranked #10 on SmartAsset’s 2016 list of “America’s Most Affordable Travel Destinations for a Family of Four.”
- Huffington Post featured Memphis on its travel blog, highlighting Shelby Farms, the Broad Ave Arts District, the South Main Arts District, and the Victorian Village in a piece titled “Is Memphis the Next Hot Southern City?”
- The Daily Telegraph listed Memphis as one of it’s “20 Destinations for 2015.”
- Memphis is the #5 U.S. city for an affordable getaway, according to Travel + Leisure magazine (2015).
- Forbes Magazine named Memphis one of the “10 Best Cities for Weekend Vacations” in 2015.
- The New York Times recommended Memphis and the Big Cypress Lodge in their resort section of the “20 Family-Friendly Travel Ideas to Get You Going” (2015).
- The Memphis in May Festival was named the #1 “Best Southern Event” by 10Best, a publication ofUSA Today in 2015.
- Graceland was voted the #1 “Best Historic Southern Attraction” by 10Best, a publication of USA Today in 2015.
- Sun Studios was named the #2 “Best Musical Attraction” on 10best.com, second only to Graceland, which took the top honors. Stax Museum took 5th place, giving Memphis three names in the Top 5 in 2015.
Stay & Eat
You can’t go wrong with Memphis food, and we have plenty of beautiful places to stay after a great meal and drinks!
- The Historic Hotels of America named The Peabody Memphis the Best Historic Hotel (over 400 guest rooms) in 2015.
- The Peabody Hotell is one of 125 Forbes Four-Star hotels in the U.S., and a AAA Four-Diamond Hotel.
- In 2016, Southern Living magazine named 5 Memphis restaurants in their list of the “South’s Top 50 Best BBQ Joints”: A&R Bar-B-Que, The Bar-B-Q Shop, Charlie Vergos Rendezvous, and Interstate Barbecue.
- Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar and Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen were both named one of the Top 100 Restaurants of 2016 by OpenTable Diners.
- Wiseacre Brewery’s Tiny Bomb made Southern Living’s list of the 18 Best Southern Craft Beers
- Travel + Leisure named Memphis #11 on their list of America’s 20 Best Cities for Beer Lovers in 2015.
- Chez Philippe is the only Forbes Four-Starand AAA Four-Diamond rated restaurant in the Mid-South.
- The Cove and Molly Fontaine Lounge have both been named among the 100 “Best Bars in the South” by Southern Living magazine for 3 straight years: 2013, 2014 and 2015.
More Reasons to Love Life in the 901
The work/life balance in Memphis is second to none. From great food to great culture and everything in between, there are countless reasons why quality of life is so high in the Mid-South.
- Realtor.com named Memphis the #3 city that “Millennial are most likely to buy in 2016,” citing the low median list price, rising millennial population, and rising median household income as key factors.
- Zillow named Memphis the 3rd best market for first time home buyers citing the low median list price, the number of houses on the market, and the low 10.9% of monthly income needed for a mortgage payment.
- Memphis was named for innovate bike strategy in a 2016 report by PeopleForBikes. The MEMFix program, a collaboration between the city and local nonprofits and volunteers, was specifically cited as a model for other cities.
- In 2015, The Memphis Farmer’s Market was ranked 14th in The Daily Meal’s “101 Best Farmers’ Markets in America.”