Moving to Memphis, Tennessee means living in the southern part of the United States where Elvis, BB King, and Sun Records made the city famous. It is home of the blues, the barbecued pork capital of the world and nicknamed the birthplace of rock ‘n roll.
Beale Street jazz and the home of Elvis, Graceland, are popular tourist spots in Memphis. There are some housing available near both hotspots, but many families prefer the outskirts of the city. If you find a place to live in the busy sections of town, be prepared to work through heavy traffic congestion and crowds.
Memphis locals are also touted for their southern hospitality and cultural diversity. Don’t be surprised if a total stranger strikes up a conversation or even if your new neighbor brings you a meal to welcome your arrival.
Some neighborhoods to consider in Memphis include Arlington, Germantown, Collierville, Cordova, and Bartlett, which are popular places to raise children. Downtown and Midtown are in the older sections of the city and are in the hub of activity, including airport noise and college life.
Memphis is also known as bluff city. While there is plenty of flat ground in Memphis, flooding is not a major problem in the city. Consider the bluff terrain and possible hills when hiring professional movers or doing it yourself.
The city is easy to get to, located near Highway 40 and 55, and with a major airport servicing the area. Getting to and from work is typically a fairly short commute by car or public transportation. Public transportation in Memphis includes a bus transit system and downtown trolley. The city offers a couple of large parks, with Overton Park and Shelby Farms being among the most spacious and popular.
The temperatures in Memphis are known to get quite hot and humid during summer months. Plan your move accordingly, being prepared with cold water for friends who help you move as well as being careful to pack items that may not be able to take the heat well.