The 5 Cheapest Memphis, TN Neighborhoods To Live In For 2024

The cheapest Memphis neighborhoods are Berclair-Highland Heights and White Haven-Coro Lake for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

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Everything else equal, we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I’d much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I’d rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Memphis might be more expensive than living in rural Tennessee, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

What exactly are those Memphis neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further — you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and determine which neighborhoods in Memphis are the cheapest using Saturday Night Science.

The Cheapest Neighborhoods In Memphis For 2024

  1. Berclair-Highland Heights
  2. White Haven-Coro Lake
  3. Raleigh
  4. Parkway Village-Oakhaven
  5. Hickory Ridge-South Riverdale

What’s the cheapest neighborhood to live in Memphis for 2024? According to the most recent census data, Berclair-Highland Heights looks to be the cheapest Memphis neighborhood to live in.

At this point, we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for — some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Memphis. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates for more space and cheaper groceries.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Memphis that deserve a little bragging rights, or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Memphis.

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Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

The 5 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Memphis For 2024

Berclair-Highland Heights Memphis, TN

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Population: 32,735
Cost Of Living Index: 76 (2nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.9 (cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.026 (10th cheapest)
More on Berclair-Highland Heights: Data | Real Estate

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Population: 87,467
Cost Of Living Index: 77 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.0 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.023 (6th cheapest)
More on White Haven-Coro Lake: Data | Real Estate

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Population: 58,688
Cost Of Living Index: 78 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.0 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.024 (8th cheapest)
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Population: 38,591
Cost Of Living Index: 77 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.0 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.026 (11th cheapest)
More on Parkway Village-Oakhaven: Data | Real Estate

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Population: 66,172
Cost Of Living Index: 82 (8th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.1 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.024 (7th cheapest)
More on Hickory Ridge-South Riverdale: Data | Real Estate

Methodology: How We Determined The Cheapest Memphis Hoods In 2024

To rank the cheapest places to live in Memphis, we had to determine what criteria define “cheap” and then apply Saturday Night Science.

Using Census and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 13 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index, the “Cheapest City Neighborhood In Memphis.” We’re lookin’ at you, Berclair-Highland Heights.

We updated this article for 2024. This is our fourth time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Memphis. Skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city, from cheapest to most expensive.

Summary: Lowest Cost Places To Live In Memphis

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Memphis where prices are low, and it’s cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

The most affordable neighborhoods in Memphis are Berclair-Highland Heights, White Haven-Coro Lake, Raleigh, Parkway Village-Oakhaven, Hickory Ridge-South Riverdale, River Oaks-Kirby-Balmoral, East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire, Shelby Forest-Frayser, Windyke-Southwind, and Cordova-Appling.

As mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Memphis aren’t all cheap. Eads-Fisherville takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Memphis.

The most expensive neighborhoods in Memphis are Eads-Fisherville, Downtown, Midtown, Cordova-Appling, and Windyke-Southwind.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Memphis For 2024

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Berclair-Highland Heights 76
2 White Haven-Coro Lake 77
3 Raleigh 78
4 Parkway Village-Oakhaven 77
5 Hickory Ridge-South Riverdale 82
6 River Oaks-Kirby-Balmoral 89
7 East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire 85
8 Shelby Forest-Frayser 76
9 Windyke-Southwind 101
10 Cordova-Appling 88
11 Midtown 80
12 Downtown 75
13 Eads-Fisherville 96
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