Best Cities 2010: Memphis, TN

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Best Cities 2010: Memphis, TN

Memphis is a great place to live for music lovers; it’s the birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll and the home of Elvis’ Graceland

City: Memphis 

State: Tennessee

Best Cities Overall Rank: 91

About Memphis:

It’s known as the birthplace of rock ‘n roll, and the home of Graceland, Elvis Presley’s mansion,  and the famous Sun Studios.  By the way, there’s a Broadway musical named after it!

Median home sale price is $99,500.  Its urban park system covers 7,000 acres. 

County: Shelby 

Population: 669,651

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitors’ bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: The Commercial Appeal 

Memphis blogs:

Secret Agent Mom

Ryan and Molly

When Mothers Cry

Memphis’ Facebook page: Follow Memphis on Facebook 

Memphis’ Twitter page: Follow Memphis on Twitter

Education rank: 22

High School graduation rate 2008: 66.9%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 3

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.48

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 26

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 3.88

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 261

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 16

Total Expenditures Per Student: $9,181


Health rank: 72

Quality children’s hospitals: 2

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.30

Quality Pediatricians: 4

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.60

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 1.67


Safety rank: 68

Violent Crimes, 2008: 12,937

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1931.90

Sex Offenders: 750

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 111.99


Economy rank: 79

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 21.6             

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 11.3           

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1341.58

Median Home Sale Price: $99,500                         

5-Year Home Value Index: -1.98%                         

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 23.65%           

Recreation Rank: 72

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 4,802           

Parkland per 100,000: 717.09