Memphis, Tennessee Education and City Information

Memphis had an estimated population of 656,861 in 2014, making it the largest city in Tennessee. Memphis hosts approximately 15 nonprofit colleges and universities, including the University of Memphis and Rhodes College.

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Memphis' roots are in cotton, which was transported to and from the city via the Mississippi River. The city's population of black and African American residents is sizable, at more than 63 percent in 2010 compared to just over 16.7 percent statewide. The median household income in Memphis was $37,099 for the years 2010-2014, versus $44,621 statewide.

Graceland, home of late actor, musician and singer Elvis Presley, is likely the most well-known tourist destination in Memphis, followed by the National Civil Rights Museum, located at the site of the former Lorraine Hotel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968.

Visitors to Memphis also can enjoy the nightlife along Beale Street, check out the animals at the Memphis Zoo or watch the daily 'March of Ducks' at the Peabody Hotel. Other attractions include the Orpheum Theatre, home to Ballet Memphis and Opera Memphis; the Memphis Botanic Garden; and Sun Studio, where musicians including Elvis, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis got their start.

Memphis Educational Opportunities

With slightly more than 21,000 students as of Fall 2014, including 17,000 undergraduates, the University of Memphis is one of the largest postsecondary schools in the city. Students at this public university can pursue bachelor's through doctoral degrees.

Memphis also is home to Rhodes College, rated the nation's 51st best liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report in 2016, and Christian Brothers University, ranked the 27th best regional university in the South by U.S. News. Other 4-year schools in the city include Le Moyne-Owen College, Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences, Memphis College of Art, Remington College, Southern College of Optometry and Visible Music College.

Southwest Tennessee Community College, which had more than 10,200 students in Fall 2014, is one of the largest 2-year schools in Memphis. Other 2-year schools in the city include Tennessee College of Applied Technology and William Moore College of Technology.

Memphis Economy

Manufacturing dominates Memphis' economy, along with food processing and pharmaceuticals. The city is home to manufacturing companies like Smith and Nephew, Thomas & Betts, and Electrolux.

Memphis' location near numerous highways and railroads also has made it a center of manufacturing and distribution for the central part of the county. The city's international airport is the busiest in the world based on tons of cargo, and it's the main hub for FedEx shipping.

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