Situated along the Mississippi River at the junction of Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi, Memphis is Tennessee's largest city. Memphians, who number 670,000 within the city and more than a million in the metropolitan area, are proud of their rich heritage and culture. Memphis is full of homes for rent to suit your living needs.
Known as "America's Distribution Center", Fed Ex has its headquarters in Memphis and is one of the city's major employers. Textiles remain a vibrant industry as well as lumber, livestock and, of course, cotton. There are many opportunities in the field of biomedical research, and the Danny Thomas Children's Hospital is one of the most advanced in the world. Autozone has their headquarters in downtown Memphis, giving a boost to the auto parts sector. Technology jobs have increased in recent years as well.
The music world is forever indebted to Memphis, considered by most to be the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock and roll. Famous names indelibly tied to the "Bluff City" include Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, W.C. Handy, Jerry Lee Lewis, Isaac Hayes, Roy Orbison, Otis Redding, Charlie Rich, Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Rufus Thomas, and Booker T. and the MGs. All these artists had or have strong ties to, or were at least greatly influenced by, the iconic blues-drenched place known as Beale Street, today a downtown hotspot for locals and tourists alike following a restoration effort that began in the 1980s. Even country music giant Johnny Cash knew how to "Get rhythm when (he got) the blues." Gospel and R&B also factor into the Memphis musical landscape that ultimately is all about soul.
The National Civil Rights Museum was built around the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot, and is a center of learning and celebration of civil rights. Memphis and regional culture is also the focus at the Center for Southern Folklore, where the recent boom in the local art scene is in evidence. "Memphis in May" is a multifaceted festival that lasts the entire month and celebrates the music, heritage and cuisine of Memphis (and also spotlights those of a different nation each year).
Ah, the cuisine! One of the main events at Memphis in May is the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, which focuses on the food for which Memphis is probably most famous. The traditional Southern food cooked at this festival and elsewhere year-round is world-renowned and often spotlighted on television programs such as those on the Food Network. Memphis is not, however, just the go-to place for ribs; in the last decade the dining scene has broadened considerably and now includes many eateries featuring contemporary and exotic menus.
If you visit Memphis, in addition to the tourist destinations mentioned above, consider checking out Graceland, former home of Memphis' most famous resident; Mud Island River Park, a 52-acre park with a topographical map of the mighty Mississippi that is to scale and covers five blocks; Sun Studio; the Stax Museum of American Soul Music; The Peabody Hotel, because everyone must see the famous march of the ducks; and a number of establishments in the Beale Street entertainment district. There are plenty more things to do involving the arts, sports, and family fun.
Memphis enjoys a very affordable cost of living in comparison to other major U.S. cities. Midtown is home to lots of artists and musicians, and houses are reasonably priced. Rental houses are plentiful throughout the city and the prices are lower than the national average. Memphis has a variety of housing opportunities downtown with renovated lofts, condos for rent and an assortment of apartment buildings.
Convenient suburbs such as Germantown have upscale apartments and houses for rent and other popular suburban areas include Collierville, Bartlett and Lakeland. The Evergreen neighborhood nestles in the midtown area and Cooper-Young is home to many trendy, renovated rental houses.
Memphis is truly a jewel of the mid-south. With its vibrant multicultural communities and attractions, and historical and exciting places of interest, most visitors will enjoy their stay or considering calling it home.
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