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Memphis:
A Local Perspective

Most just know it as the home of the King, but there is a lot more than Graceland going on in Memphis. The city is the largest in Tennessee, with more than 650,000 people living there. Although it has bloomed to be the biggest, it is also the newest of the large cities in the State, with a history only reaching back two hundred years.

Memphis is home to a number of institutes of higher education, but the largest is unquestionably the University of Memphis. With more than 21,000 students and 2400 staff, the University is a significant factor in the local economy.

Memphis TN

Finding a Memphis Apartment

When to search

Looking for an apartment in Memphis is best done in the summer. People are less likely to move during the winter, especially from southern cities. This means that vacancies start cropping up with greater numbers as you move from spring into the summer months.

How to Search

Finding an apartment can be hard, especially when there are so many choices. Adding a filter can help narrow your search. With our Quick Filters below, you can search by a price and amenities. After following one of these links, be sure to check out the advanced search filters and then sign up for an Email Alert so you can receive new listings that match your needs.

Staying in the know

Set up multiple appointments to view several apartments. Continue to attend your viewings and meetings with landlords even if you've decided to apply for one of the first ones you've viewed. An application is not a guarantee that you'll get an apartment, and you want to keep working on your search until the lease is signed.

Neighborhoods

Life in Memphis

Transportation

Getting round downtown Memphis is easy via public transit. The MATA system services the downtown core well enough, but to get to anywhere on the outskirts of the city with any degree of reliability you'll need a car. Poplar and Union are both major streets that run the length of much of the city from East to West.

Where to play

The pilgrimage to Graceland should be obligatory for anyone in Memphis. The Rock ‘n' Soul Museum on Beale street is a great way to get introduced to the musical history of Memphis that includes, but goes much beyond, Elvis. A carriage ride around downtown is a romantic way to spend a summer evening. Finally, famous Beale Street is still the best place to hear live music and get a drink any night of the week.

Attractions

There is no question that the top attraction in Memphis is the legendary home of the King. Touring Elvis Presley’s magnificent Graceland is a glimpse into the history of Rock and Roll, and into the life of it's greatest star. Touring Memphis is all about the music even beyond Graceland, and a visit to Sun Studio is a must for any music fan. Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and many other early greats recorded some of their greatest hits at this famous recording studio. There are also a number of great music museums in Memphis, including the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

Dining

A local legend in Memphis is Gus’ World Famous Fried Chicken. Locals will have you believe it is the best fried chicken in the world, and the only way to put the theory to the test is to try it for yourself. Restaurant Iris is one of the most in-demand fine dining establishments in the city. It is well worth the trouble, but you'll need a reservation far in advance. Almost every list reviewing Memphis restaurants will agree that Folk’s Folly Prime Steak House is the definitive steakhouse in Memphis, and somewhere you need to go if you love a good steak. Finally, for some fantastic Tennessee BBQ, visit Central BBQ, especially during the summer months when you can get a seat on the patio.

Bars

The Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar is perfect for those who like to explore new culinary delights. The small plates and taster-sized drinks ensure that you can try as many new things as possible on your night out. Silky O’Sullivan’s is a Beale street legend, and includes duelling pianos and an outdoor patio, complete with goats who entertain the customers. Blues music lovers can't miss out on B.B. King’s Blues Club. A new surge of microbreweries and their accompanying taprooms has come to Memphis. The Wiseacre Brewing Company has a great taproom for those who want to sit down and appreciate some truly great beer.

Culture

Memphis is the kind of town where the culture is largely about the music. When it comes to music in Memphis, you should think “Beale Street”. There are bars all up and down Beale Street, and on any given night you will here music coming out of dozens of them. Beyond music though, there is also a considerable history to Memphis that is worth learning about. The National Civil Rights Museum is an important testament to the battle for civil rights that was fought by Dr. King and many others. The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum is also worth visiting to get an overview of all the great music history that has taken place in this southern town.

Events

The largest Memphis event is the Memphis in May International Festival. Beale Street is transformed during this festival when musicians descend on Memphis for a 3-day celebration of great music. At the same time, one of the world’s most prestigious barbecue competitions is taking place, with competitors from all over the world coming to prove that their barbecue is the best. Great food and great music make the first weekend in May a party that Memphis residents look forward too all year long. Finally, although he may no longer be with us, Elvis remains the King, especially in Memphis. Elvis week brings lovers of The King from all over the world to celebrate his life and music.

Shopping

It shouldn’t be overlooked that one of the best places to shop in Memphis is Graceland itself, where you can get Elvis souvenirs straight from the source. If you like the big mall experience, then the Wolfchase Galleria is where you'll want to take your shopping dollars, as it features all of the typical big name mall stores, along with a movie theatre and several dining options. Antique hunters should head to the Cooper-Young area of town and browse the several shops. For the most picturesque shopping district in town, you need to visit the Collierville Square, which looks like every perfect picture of a town square that you've ever seen.

Sports

The Memphis Tigers are the athletics program at the University of Memphis. This Division I program is strongly supported by the local people, and fans turn out in droves for games in almost any sport. The Tigers compete in 18 sports between men’s and women’s teams. The basketball team plays right on Beale Street in the FedEx Forum. The football team has also been competitive, and both, along with the baseball team, have produced a handful of athletes who have gone onto success in the major leagues, including DeAngelo Williams of the NFL and Dan Uggla of Major League Baseball.

Outdoors

When you talk about outdoor recreation in Memphis, everyone assumes you're talking about Shelby Farms Park. Not just because it is the best park in the city, but also because it has come to be viewed as one of the best parks in the world. It includes miles of trails, opportunities for horseback riding, an off-leash dog park, and many other recreational opportunities. Hunters and fisherman also have ample opportunities in the area immediately around Memphis. One of the best hunting areas is in the Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, and trout fisherman should be heading to the rivers in the nearby Ozarks.

Memphis:
October Rent Report

Welcome to the October 2020 Memphis Apartment Report. In this assessment of the local rental market, ABODO data scientists and rental experts break down the October 2020 key findings and figures for the Memphis rental landscape.

Our experts analyze the pricing trends — one-bedroom, two-bedroom, year-over-year and month-over-month — in Memphis and surrounding areas and provide comparisons to the entire metro area, nearby cities and some of the most desirable and expensive cities in the United States. Take a look at the last 12 months of Memphis rent prices in the chart below.

Monthly Rent Report

Memphis Rent Prices Increase From September to October

Memphis rent prices increased over the last month. From September to October, the city experienced a 1.87% increase for the price of a one-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Memphis one-bedroom apartments currently stands at $870.0.

When we take a look at the two-bedroom comparison from September to October, Memphis experienced a 2.33% increase for the price of a two-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Memphis two-bedroom apartments currently stands at $923.0.

October Prices: Memphis vs. Surrounding Areas

Rent Prices in Memphis and Surrounding Areas

Rent prices have increased in Memphis over the last month. But how have the surrounding areas fared when it comes to the recent volatility in apartment prices? Rent prices in 4 of the Memphis suburbs increased last month. On the other hand, 3 local areas experienced a decrease in the price of a one-bedroom apartment.

More key findings include:

  • Rent increased in Germantown, TN, Southaven, MS, Bartlett, TN, Horn Lake, MS .

  • Rent decreased in Cordova, TN, Collierville, TN, Robinsonville, MS.

  • 6 suburbs are currently priced higher than the city of Memphis.

  • 1 suburb is currently priced lower than the city of Memphis.

October 2020 Pricing Trends: Memphis vs. National Comparisons

Memphis Rent Prices More Affordable Than Major Cities

Rent growth in Memphis over the past year has been on the rise. When compared to major cities nearby, along with some of the most expensive cities in the country, Memphis rent prices appear to be relatively affordable for local residents.

The price for a Memphis one-bedroom apartment remains vastly more affordable than four of the largest cities in the United States — New York City, Washington, D.C. San Francisco and Los Angeles. And pricing compares quite similarly to nearby Midwest cities.

You can view the full rundown of ABODO's October 2020 National Apartment Report and data set here.

For more information about Memphis and surrounding area rent prices, take a look at the complete data set below.

Data set for Memphis and suburbs

1 BR October 1 BR M/M % Change 2 BR October 2 BR M/M % Change
Memphis, TN $854.0 1.67% $902.0 0.67%
Cordova, TN $1,035.0 -2.17% $1,167.0 -1.19%
Germantown, TN $1,122.0 0.45% $1,412.0 0.71%
Collierville, TN $1,033.0 -1.62% $1,292.0 -6.44%
Southaven, MS $1,028.0 0.29% $1,143.0 -0.52%
Robinsonville, MS $775.0 0.00% $875.0 0.00%
Bartlett, TN $1,172.0 1.65% $1,474.0 0.82%
Horn Lake, MS $1,008.0 2.02% $1,202.0 -0.58%

Methodology

Each month, using over 1 million ABODO listings across the United States, we calculate the median 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom rent prices by city, state, and nation, and track the month-over-month percent change. To avoid small sample sizes, we restrict the analysis for our reports to cities meeting minimum population and property count thresholds.