11 Things to Love about Living in Memphis

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Founded in: 1796

Population: Approx 670,000

If you're nervous about moving to Memphis, you're not alone. Moving, no matter where you are going, is often scary and overwhelming. Fortunately, proper preparations and a bit of knowledge about your destination can make the transition significantly easier, and can even help you get excited about the journey. Living in Memphis, incidentally, is particularly enjoyable because it's extremely affordable and there are many things to do in and around the city. Here are some things to look forward to when living in Memphis.

One of the most attractive aspects of living in Memphis is the reasonable housing costs in the city. The median price of a house in Memphis is only about $88,000, which is extremely reasonable, especially as compared with other similarly-sized cities such as Charlotte, where the average price of a house is nearly $175,000. The cost of renting in Memphis is equally appealing - the average price of a 1 bedroom apartment is under $650/month, while a home with 3 or more bedrooms can cost about $1000/month.

Memphis also offers ample educational opportunities for students in all stages of life. From a comprehensive public school system to a wide network of colleges and universities, Memphis enables the city's residents (and visitors as well) to study a wide range of topics without traveling far from home. Memphis's higher educational opportunities include the University of Memphis, the University of Memphis Health Sciences Center (which includes programs for optometry, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and medicine), Christian Brothers University and the Memphis College of Art.

If you're looking for fun and inexpensive ways to spend your time when living in Memphis, you'll be happy to know that the city has an abundance of free activities which cater to all types of people. A stroll along the Mississippi River, for example, can be an enjoyable activity for families, couples or seniors. Similarly, traversing the South Main Historic district is always interesting, especially when you stop to look in the galleries, upscale shops and restaurants. And, of course, if you prefer a more earthy experience, you can always check out one of over a dozen hiking trails located in and around Memphis.

Finally, if you're moving to Memphis you'll be happy to know that the city has a convenient (and, of course, inexpensive) public transportation system that makes it possible to travel easily throughout the city. MATA, the Memphis Area Transit Authority operates both buses and trolleys throughout the city. From 6-9 pm on the last Friday of the month, rides are free on the trolley and live entertainment can be enjoyed en route. During regular hours, trolley fares are $1 and bus fares are $1.50. During lunchtime (11am-1:30pm), riders can ride the trolley for only 50 cents.

As you can see, living in Memphis has the potential to be extremely enjoyable, easygoing and inexpensive. Go ahead, book your Memphis movers, and see for yourself why Memphis is the 19th largest city in the United States.

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