Memphis, TN
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Demographics | Crime | Cost Of Living
Updated: 2023-12-15

Living In Memphis, Tennessee Summary

Life in Memphis research summary. HomeSnacks has been using Saturday Night Science to research the quality of life in Memphis over the past nine years using Census, FBI, Zillow, and other primary data sources. Based on the most recently available data, we found the following about life in Memphis:

  • The population in Memphis is 630,027.

  • The median home value in Memphis is $144,868.

  • The median income in Memphis is $48,090.

  • The cost of living in Memphis is 80 which is 0.8x lower than the national average.

  • The median rent in Memphis is $1,050.

  • The unemployment rate in Memphis is 8.6%.

  • The poverty rate in Memphis is 23.6%.

  • The average high in Memphis is 71.4° and the average low is 51.5°.

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Memphis, TN Crime Report

Crime in Memphis summary. We use data from the FBI to determine the crime rates in Memphis. Key points include:

  • There were 59,912 total crimes in Memphis in the last reporting year.

  • The overall crime rate per 100,000 people in Memphis is 9,586.8 / 100k people.

  • The violent crime rate per 100,000 people in Memphis is 2,420.9 / 100k people.

  • The property crime rate per 100,000 people in Memphis is 7,165.9 / 100k people.

  • Overall, crime in Memphis is 312.48% above the national average.

Total Crimes
Above National Average

Crime In Memphis Comparison Table

Statistic Count
/ 100k People
/ 100k People
/ 100k People
Total Crimes Per 100K 59,912 9,586.8 3,165.5 2,324.2
Violent Crime 15,129 2,420.9 672.7 369.8
Murder 269 43.0 9.6 6.3
Robbery 2,324 371.9 81.0 66.1
Aggravated Assault 12,139 1,942.4 543.2 268.2
Property Crime 44,783 7,165.9 2,492.8 1,954.4
Burglary 6,022 963.6 384.5 269.8
Larceny 27,837 4,454.3 1,802.0 1,401.9
Car Theft 10,924 1,748.0 306.4 282.7

Memphis, TN Cost Of Living

Cost of living in Memphis summary. We use data on the cost of living to determine how expensive it is to live in Memphis. Real estate prices drive most of the variance in cost of living around Tennessee. Key points include:

  • The cost of living in Memphis is 80 with 100 being average.

  • The cost of living in Memphis is 0.8x lower than the national average.

  • The median home value in Memphis is $144,868.

  • The median income in Memphis is $48,090.

Memphis's Overall Cost Of Living
Lower Than The National Average

Cost Of Living In Memphis Comparison Table

Living Expense Memphis Tennessee National Average
Overall 80 90 100
Services 90 93 100
Groceries 91 96 100
Health 90 88 100
Housing 60 82 100
Transportation 94 90 100
Utilities 90 93 100

Memphis, TN Weather

  • The average high in Memphis is 71.4° and the average low is 51.5°.

  • There are 74.2 days of precipitation each year.

  • Expect an average of 53.2 inches of precipitation each year with 3.1 inches of snow.

Average Annual High71.4
Average Annual Low51.5
Annual Precipitation Days74.2
Average Annual Precipitation53.2
Average Annual Snowfall3.1
Average High
Days of Rain

Memphis, TN Photos

Memphis Skyline From Poplar Ave
Source: Wikipedia User Thomas R Machnitzki | GFDL
American Queen Memphis Tn
Source: Wikipedia User Thomas R Machnitzki (thom | GFDL
Elmwood Asian
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Memphis Brooks Museum Of Art
Source: Wikipedia User Michael Gäbler | GFDL
Source: Wikipedia User Jan Kronsell | GFDL
Mud Island River Park
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Stax Museum Satellite Record Shop
Source: Wikipedia User Victor Chapa from Denton, | CC BY 2.0
Memphis National Cemetery
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Source: Wikipedia User Trevor Birchett | CC BY-SA 4.0

20 Reviews & Comments About Memphis

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Autumn Hill -

I'm not from Memphis, however I've lived here the better part of my life. All of my children are originally from Memphis, which is probably what has kept me here way too long. I'll be honest by saying that I've never liked it here. In fact, I can't think of one thing that I like about Memphis...except the cost of living is much cheaper than other places I've lived, but still higher than other places I'd rather live. With that being said, this video and the stereotypes that it depicts are quite offensive to say the least. While I agree that this isn't a city I would recommend anyone move to, there are other things happening here besides crime, and there are far more working class citizens than common street thugs wandering around.

BlackPlanet -

I live in Nashville there are no jobs in the country that's why ppl travel to other counties for work meanwhile in Memphis smh yeah its dangerous yeah ppl that live there should do better it is how you were raised and it's what you know that determines who you are. I'm not downing Memphis at all but yall can do better as ppl that live. Everywhere in this world there's a ghetto everywhere there's poverty everywhere there is government assistance it's not all blk ppl it's poor white ppl Mexicans all these foreign people from all over the world with d**n foodstamps so this s**t that's in this video is out dated but as far for the country parts that might be true it's still country ijs..

Rob424 -

I live in Memphis, It's not that bad at all. Sure it has a hood slightly larger than other cities but every city has a hood. Everyone Stereotypes memphis as a #1 murder capital. If people have seen the progress in the last 10 years this would not be on there but everyone including this channel takes lists like this and changes up a few words. Has anyone ever heard of Chicago as the murder capital- No- G E T | Y O U R | F A C T S | R I G H T

Maximus Raximus -

I live in Tennessee and when I went to Memphis to see the big bass pros and all that I I turned my head every two seconds looking for a guy with a gun

In the weird zone with Madyn -

woah you made memphis sound like the worst place on Earth. my dad was born and raised there and he has a family, a wonderful job and a half a million dollar house.

Robert Randall -

Dude, I live in Memphis. Crime is only really high in one place that no one goes to called Orange Mound. That's were you got the pictures of locked up tide, etc

Suntan Superman -

I live in memphis and beem here my whole life. Not all of the people of memphis drink, smoke, and or have a gun

xXFireJoyXxVlogging -

I live in Memphis and we're considered the worse city ever in TN... I'm somewhat proud we made it #1 somewhere

orbital -

I live in memphis and I've never seen a single shooting happen near me. I must be in a calmer area

H20 ghost -

Lol I live in Memphis !,!,!, and I don't live bad at all

Bill Biligeer -

Bruh I live in Memphis, TN. And it's not that bad.


I live in Memphis TN- it doesn't seem that bad

Keith McWright -

Hey I'm glad to live in Memphis I was born here

HomeSnacks User - 2018-09-06 00:46:41.936894

The crime is very bad. Most people here don't have a life.

Beale Street is okay. Watch some of the people around here though.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-09-10 13:12:03.489183

Crime is high in this area. There some nice neighborhoods that are quiet and clean. For the most part this city is horrible.

What stood out the most are the people. They are rude and ignorant, talk on the phone while they serve you or gossip about customers in their face.

HomeSnacks User - 2019-03-04 16:34:13.403193

I like the convenience of living in the up town area of Memphis. its close to many restaurants and venues and the house I have is fairly new. the problem with Memphis is that no matter where you live, theres a slum area nearby. you can be driving through a neighborhood with upscale housing and clean streets and all of a sudden there's an area that definitely on the downgrade with abandoned houses, prostitutes, and trash laden streets.

wonderful music events and great food venues.

HomeSnacks User - 2019-03-31 16:40:54.455025

Very low cost of housing and no state income taxes are big advantages. Some surrounding communities have low crime and have good public schools, be careful of the local community and who you know. Not too unfriendly but fear new ideas, creativity and mistrust new people and anyone complaining about moving in to leave bad areas because of fear what would say about them. Somewhat luddite and expensive to fly in and out as Delta abandoned their hub in the small airport which is not international is keeping people out along with the reputation of the more dangerous localized areas and they're relatively mistrusting while liberal in and near the city in a conservative state. The issues are being worked on by the new Governor and big companies such as just opening a new facility in historic but areas in need.

Good is no state income tax and low cost of housing with low property taxes and some nice areas. Bad is high cost of flights, need to be careful about where to live and go.

HomeSnacks User - 2019-04-08 03:15:56.469939

Crime everywhere dirty streets and roads no jobs no money the people are the worst. The Christian whites are arrogant hypocrites and the regular whites are hateful drunks and druggies. Outside Dallas-Fort Worth Memphis has without a doubt the nastiness meanest people I've ever met. Lived there most of my life. Racism from blacks and whites add to the mix. Businesses close. Weather is hot as h**l in summer and cold as ice in winter. Rains all the time. It will rain for DAYS. About the only thing good is perhaps Topps Bar BBQ. I cannot reiterate the hatefulness and nastiness of the people that live in that city. I still think about it even though I moved away years ago. A vicious pack of vipers. But so many people in that city think Memphis is somehow good or great. Delusional.

Worst: The people. Wish I could say otherwise.

Better but still bad: weather.

Only good thing: low cost of living if you can call it that.

HomeSnacks User - 2019-04-28 03:20:43.714959

I've lived in Memphis since I was on highschool. Memphis is a city you love but hate. I love the people, I'm a white woman and I've lived downtown 7 block from Beal St. for 4yrs I live in midtown and I've lived in East Memphis the one thing they have in common is your only a couple of streets from a bad area so you have to be aware of your surroundings all the time.

The city has alot to like, Memphis in May, the Grizzlies, music fest.... but it has alot of negative.

My biggest complaint is city leaders they have screwed police and fire by cutting their benefits and pension. So now the city doesn't have enough fireman to operate the ambulance for most stations we do have private but response time is alot longer we have a severely depleted police department it's bad some stations don't have half the patrol cars out, by that I mean the 4pm to 1am shift should have 25ish patrol cars out but can fill 12 cars in South Memphis. At any given time there's 100-150 less police officers. This is all the mayor's fault he's been told the police have found ways to fix it but didn't want to because it might hurt reelection Chance's.. let that sink in. His reelection was more important than the lives of the citizens. Memphis has a lot of good but it has alot of bad most of which is in city hall. Thanks mayor Strickland

HomeSnacks User - 2019-05-25 01:18:55.854353

H20 will be the next statistic, he lives in a fantasy world. Nothing good about Memphis.

Staying off the streets, crime is a big big big problem.

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Memphis Demographics And Statistics

Population over time in Memphis

The current population in Memphis is 630,027. The population has decreased -3.8% from 2010.

Year Population % Change
2022 630,027 -3.6%
2021 653,248 -0.2%
2020 654,723 -0.2%
2019 655,857 -0.2%
2018 657,167 0.1%
2017 656,715 0.9%
2016 650,932 -0.0%
2015 651,050 -0.2%
2014 652,123 -0.4%
2013 654,876 -

Race / Ethnicity in Memphis

24.1% (151,666)
African American
64.1% (403,837)
American Indian
0.1% (423)
1.6% (10,289)
0.0% (61)
0.4% (2,206)
Two Or More
1.7% (11,006)
8.0% (50,539)

Memphis is:

  • 24.1% White with 151,666 White residents.

  • 64.1% African American with 403,837 African American residents.

  • 0.1% American Indian with 423 American Indian residents.

  • 1.6% Asian with 10,289 Asian residents.

  • 0.0% Hawaiian with 61 Hawaiian residents.

  • 0.4% Other with 2,206 Other residents.

  • 1.7% Two Or More with 11,006 Two Or More residents.

  • 8.0% Hispanic with 50,539 Hispanic residents.

Race Memphis TN USA
White 24.1% 72.6% 58.9%
African American 64.1% 16.1% 12.1%
American Indian 0.1% 0.1% 0.6%
Asian 1.6% 1.8% 5.7%
Hawaiian 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Other 0.4% 0.3% 0.4%
Two Or More 1.7% 3.0% 3.5%
Hispanic 8.0% 6.0% 18.7%

Gender in Memphis

52.4% (330,325)
47.6% (299,702)
  • Memphis is 52.4% female with 330,325 female residents.

  • Memphis is 47.6% male with 299,702 male residents.

Gender Memphis TN USA
Female 52.4% 50.9% 50.4%
Male 47.6% 49.1% 49.6%

Highest level of educational attainment in Memphis for adults over 25

  • 4.0% of adults in Memphis completed < 9th grade.

  • 8.0% of adults in Memphis completed 9-12th grade.

  • 31.0% of adults in Memphis completed high school / ged.

  • 23.0% of adults in Memphis completed some college.

  • 6.0% of adults in Memphis completed associate's degree.

  • 17.0% of adults in Memphis completed bachelor's degree.

  • 8.0% of adults in Memphis completed master's degree.

  • 2.0% of adults in Memphis completed professional degree.

  • 1.0% of adults in Memphis completed doctorate degree.

< 9th Grade
4.0% (25,201)
9-12th Grade
8.0% (50,402)
High School / GED
31.0% (195,308)
Some College
23.0% (144,906)
Associate's Degree
6.0% (37,801)
Bachelor's Degree
17.0% (107,104)
Master's Degree
8.0% (50,402)
Professional Degree
2.0% (12,600)
Doctorate Degree
1.0% (6,300)
Education Memphis TN USA
< 9th Grade 4.0% 4.0% 4.0%
9-12th Grade 8.0% 7.0% 6.0%
High School / GED 31.0% 31.0% 26.0%
Some College 23.0% 20.0% 20.0%
Associate's Degree 6.0% 8.0% 9.0%
Bachelor's Degree 17.0% 19.0% 21.0%
Master's Degree 8.0% 8.0% 10.0%
Professional Degree 2.0% 2.0% 2.0%
Doctorate Degree 1.0% 1.0% 2.0%

Household Income For Memphis, Tennessee

  • 9.0% of households in Memphis earn Less than $10,000.

  • 6.6% of households in Memphis earn $10,000 to $14,999.

  • 10.8% of households in Memphis earn $15,000 to $24,999.

  • 10.6% of households in Memphis earn $25,000 to $34,999.

  • 14.2% of households in Memphis earn $35,000 to $49,999.

  • 17.7% of households in Memphis earn $50,000 to $74,999.

  • 10.0% of households in Memphis earn $75,000 to $99,999.

  • 11.2% of households in Memphis earn $100,000 to $149,999.

  • 4.4% of households in Memphis earn $150,000 to $199,999.

  • 5.5% of households in Memphis earn $200,000 or more.

Less than $10,000
9.0% (5,675,566)
$10,000 to $14,999
6.6% (4,186,807)
$15,000 to $24,999
10.8% (6,815,238)
$25,000 to $34,999
10.6% (6,646,954)
$35,000 to $49,999
14.2% (8,965,111)
$50,000 to $74,999
17.7% (11,140,028)
$75,000 to $99,999
10.0% (6,298,617)
$100,000 to $149,999
11.2% (7,056,895)
$150,000 to $199,999
4.4% (2,766,914)
$200,000 or more
5.5% (3,450,566)
Income Memphis TN USA
Less than $10,000 9.0% 5.3% 4.9%
$10,000 to $14,999 6.6% 4.5% 3.8%
$15,000 to $24,999 10.8% 8.4% 7.0%
$25,000 to $34,999 10.6% 8.5% 7.4%
$35,000 to $49,999 14.2% 12.8% 10.7%
$50,000 to $74,999 17.7% 17.6% 16.1%
$75,000 to $99,999 10.0% 13.2% 12.8%
$100,000 to $149,999 11.2% 15.7% 17.1%
$150,000 to $199,999 4.4% 6.7% 8.8%
$200,000 or more 5.5% 7.3% 11.4%

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