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Welcome to Memphis ...

The city of Memphis is located in Shelby County<1> and is the County Seat for Shelby County.

When the people of Memphis refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Memphian<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Memphis has a population of 651,073 people<3> (see below for details).

Memphis was established in 1819.

The community of Memphis is 310 feet [94 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Memphis lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Memphis lies within the (901) area code.

The ZIP code for Memphis: 38105<5>

Websites for Memphis ...

Official Website:   www.cityofmemphis.org/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.memphischamber.com/

Junior League:   jlmemphis.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Memphis had an population of 651,073 people. This is an increase of 0.65% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 0.15% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Memphis had a population of 646,889 people (which is 69.73% of the total population of Shelby County). This makes Memphis the county's most populous community.

The population of Memphis represents 10.19% of the total population of Tennessee (which has 6,346,105 people), making it the state's most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 646,889 people, the population of Memphis has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (with a count of 650,100 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Memphis.

Adding Memphis to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Memphis in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Memphis was on a map titled Map of Tennessee (from Rand McNally, 1888).

We also found Memphis in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Memphis on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Memphis ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 13 communities that are also named Memphis - they are located in Alabama (2), Florida, Indiana, Michigan (2), Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Ohio and Texas.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Memphis.

Communities near Memphis ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Memphis.

  • Bartlett [Shelby County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bartlett
    • Bartlett [Shelby County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the northeast of Memphis
    • Estimated population in 2019: 59,440 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bartlett have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bartlett
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bartlett<8>
  • Southaven [DeSoto County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Southaven
    • Southaven [DeSoto County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the south of Memphis
    • Estimated population in 2019: 55,780 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Southaven have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Southaven
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Southaven<8>
  • Germantown [Shelby County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Germantown
    • Germantown [Shelby County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the east of Memphis
    • Estimated population in 2019: 39,225 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Germantown
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Germantown<8>
  • Olive Branch [DeSoto County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Olive Branch
    • Olive Branch [DeSoto County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the southeast of Memphis
    • Estimated population in 2019: 38,924 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Olive Branch have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Olive Branch
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Olive Branch<8>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Spring Lake [Shelby County]
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      • Spring Lake [Shelby County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the northeast of Memphis
      • Estimated population in 2014: 34,269 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spring Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spring Lake
    • Horn Lake [DeSoto County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Horn Lake
      • Horn Lake [DeSoto County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the south of Memphis
      • Estimated population in 2019: 27,272 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Horn Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Horn Lake
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Horn Lake<8>
    • West Memphis [Crittenden County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Memphis
      • West Memphis [Crittenden County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the west of Memphis
      • Estimated population in 2019: 24,402 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Memphis have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Memphis
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for West Memphis<8>
    • Lakeland [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lakeland
      • Lakeland [Shelby County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the northeast of Memphis
      • Estimated population in 2019: 12,642 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lakeland have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lakeland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lakeland<8>
    • Marion [Crittenden County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marion
      • Marion [Crittenden County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the northwest of Memphis
      • Estimated population in 2019: 12,310 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marion
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Marion<8>
    • Millington [Shelby County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Millington
      • Millington [Shelby County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the northeast of Memphis
      • Estimated population in 2019: 10,641 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Millington
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Millington<8>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Memphis. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Memphis.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Memphis. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Memphis.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Memphis. Our list includes 206 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Memphis.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Memphis ...

Looking for more information about Memphis? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Memphis, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Memphis.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Tennessee

About Shelby County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Memphis: www.cityofmemphis.org/

The official website for Shelby County: www.shelbycountytn.gov/

The official website for State of Tennessee: https://www.tn.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Tennessee's counties, including Shelby, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Memphis refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Memphis may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Memphis.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Memphis - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Memphis). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Memphis or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Memphis) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Memphis. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from MemphisOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Memphis. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.1516, Longitude: -90.0414    
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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