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Overview of Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Memphis, Tennessee, United States is a city located in the southwest corner of Tennessee in Shelby County. Memphis is situated above the Mississippi River on the 4th Chickasaw Bluff just south of the mouth of the Wolf River. Memphis is the largest city in the state, with a total population of over 674,028 residents. It is also the 18th largest city in the nation. Memphis is home to the world's busiest cargo airport, which operates as the primary hub for FedEx shipping. The entertainment and film industry has grown in recent years. Memphis is home to Elvis "The King" Presley, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others.

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  • Population: 674,028
  • Population Density: 2,327.4/mi²
  • Area: 313.8 /mi²
  • Latitude: 35.1175
  • Longitude: -89.971111
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Elevation: 337 feet
  • Time Zone: Central Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, TN was first settled by the Mississippian Culture and then by the Chickasaw Indian Tribe. By 1796, Memphis became the westernmost point of the newly admitted state of Tennessee. The city was founded by John Overton, James Winchester and Andrew Jackson in 1819. Memphis became the world's largest spot cotton market and the world's largest hardwood lumber market. Memphis is home to some of the greatest musicians who have made substantial cultural contributions such as, Elvis Presley, Muddy Waters, B.B. King and Johnny Cash etc.

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Memphis's Demographics

Memphis' total population has grown to over 674,028. The cultural diversity of Memphis consists of 34.41% Caucasian, 61.41% African American, with smaller percentages of Hispanic, Latino, Asian and Native American. The city's population density was 2,327.4 people per square mile.

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Memphis's Climate

Memphis has a humid cub-tropical climate with four, distinct seasons. During July, the average temperatures reach 92 degrees Fahrenheit with high levels of humidity from the Gulf of Mexico. The fall climate experiences drier and milder temperatures, but will remain warm until October. The winter months are variable from mild to chilly. In January the temperatures will usually drop to about 31 degrees Fahrenheit. The third rainiest month of the year is December. The annual snow fall for Memphis is 5.1 inches.

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Education in Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis City schools serve the metropolis city, while Shelby County manages the surrounding areas and suburbs. There are many private and college-prep schools such as: Memphis University School for boys, Hutchison School for girls, St, George's Independent School (co-ed) and Evangelical Christian School (co-ed). The following colleges and universities are located in and around Memphis: University of Memphis, Rhodes College, Memphis College of Art, Crichton College, and Christian Brothers University etc.

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Transportation around Memphis, Tennessee

The Memphis International Airport serves the city's central transportation hub and is known to handling more cargo than any other airport in the world. Interstates 40 and 55 are the main freeways in Memphis. They also cross the Mississippi at Memphis into Arkansas. The Memphis Central Stations commutes passengers to and from the Memphis area.

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Tourism and Attractions of Memphis

The National Civil Rights Museum is at the former Lorraine Motel, where in 1968, Civil Rights Leader; Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Take a trip over to Graceland and encounter being in one of the most visited homes in the U.S. Graceland was Elvis Presley's home while in Memphis. It is now a tourist attraction and museum dedicated to the King.See Memphis' fashion trends at the city's local shopping and retail centers. Discover Memphis' amusement by going out to the theatre or a gallery of fine arts. The Brooks Museum of Art contains the oldest and largest fine arts selections. Specialty works such from the Italian Renaissance, Baroque era, British and French Impressionists. Grab a delicious meal at any of Memphis' local restaurants for that perfect dining experience. Afterwards, go on downtown to visit Memphis' bars and nightclubs.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Memphis
  • Cordova
  • Eads
  • Fisherville

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Geography of Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis has a total area of 313.8 square miles with 15.4 square miles of it is water.

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Memphis's Government

Memphis' municipal mayor is Democrat W.W. Herenton. City Council is comprised of thirteen council members.

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Memphis's Economy and Industry

Memphis is widely known for its bustling cargo airport, which serves FedEx Shipping. There are over 150 businesses from at least 22 different countries. FedEx Corporation, AutoZone Incorporated, International Paper, and Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc. all have locations in Memphis. The entertainment and film industry have taken precedence in Memphis.

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Memphis's Culture and Significant Events

Memphis in May is an annual month long celebration within the city. This event promotes Memphis' heritage and entertainment. The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is the largest pork barbecue cooking contest in the world. The Memphis Carnival is an annual festivity in June and celebrates the city and its accomplishments. Memphis is the home of founders and organizers of various American music genres, including Blues, Gospel, Rock n' Roll, Buck, Crunk, and country music

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Sports in Memphis, Tennessee

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Media of Memphis

The following newspapers are available to Memphis and surrounding area: Memphis Daily News, Memphis Newspaper and The Commercial Appeal etc. There are many local radio stations in Memphis with a wide variety of music formats.

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