These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Memphis, TN For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Memphis are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Memphis, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Memphis neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Memphis are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Memphis for 2018:

  1. Windyke-Southwind (Homes)
  2. Eads-Fisherville (Homes)
  3. River Oaks-Kirby-Balmoral (Homes)
  4. Cordova-Appling (Homes)
  5. White Haven-Coro Lake (Homes)
  6. Downtown (Homes)
  7. East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire (Homes)
  8. Parkway Village-Oakhaven (Homes)
  9. Hickory Ridge-South Riverdale (Homes)
  10. Berclair-Highland Heights (Homes)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Memphis that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Memphis.

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Memphis for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Memphis, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 13 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Memphis.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Windyke-Southwind.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Memphis has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

1. Windyke-Southwind

Population: 10,721
Median Income: $73,937
Median Home Value: $248,175

More on Windyke-Southwind: Real Estate | Data

2. Eads-Fisherville

Population: 13,405
Median Income: $75,186
Median Home Value: $184,600

Eads is an unincorporated community in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States named after Civil War engineer James Buchanan Eads. Some of Eads have been annexed by the city of Memphis. Some of its area is currently still unincorporated. Eads is located northeast of Germantown, west of Somerville, east of Memphis and east of Bartlett. The Eads zip code stretches into both Shelby County and Fayette County, including parts of Hickory Withe and Fisherville. Major roads in this area include Macon Road, Collierville-Arlington Road, Raleigh-LaGrange Road, and Houston Levee/Hall Road.
More on Eads-Fisherville: Real Estate | Data

3. River Oaks-Kirby-Balmoral

Population: 41,027
Median Income: $66,062
Median Home Value: $167,732

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4. Cordova-Appling

Cordova-Appling Memphis, TN

Population: 81,721
Median Income: $65,604
Median Home Value: $144,768

Cordova is a community in Shelby County, Tennessee, Tennessee, United States. Cordova lies east of Memphis, north of Germantown, south of Bartlett, and northwest of Collierville at an elevation of 361 feet.
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5. White Haven-Coro Lake

Population: 90,284
Median Income: $34,756
Median Home Value: $74,687

Whitehaven is a predominantly African-American community in Memphis, Tennessee, first organized in the late 19th century as a neighborhood for upper-class families. Its current population is about 50,000.
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6. Downtown

Population: 48,816
Median Income: $25,584
Median Home Value: $65,883

Downtown Memphis, Tennessee is the central business district of Memphis, Tennessee and is located along the Mississippi River between Interstate 40 to the north, Interstate 55 to the south and I-240 to the east, where it abuts Midtown Memphis.
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7. East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire

East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire Memphis, TN

Population: 109,867
Median Income: $46,153
Median Home Value: $135,672

East Memphis is a region of Memphis, Tennessee, that includes several defined and informal subdivisions/neighborhoods such as Colonial Acres, White Station-Yates, Sherwood Forest, Normal Station, High Point Terrace, Belle Meade, Normandy Meadows, St. Nick, Pleasant Acres, Balmoral, and Ridgeway.
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8. Parkway Village-Oakhaven

Population: 41,359
Median Income: $33,334
Median Home Value: $66,275

Parkway Village is a predominantly African-American community in southeast Memphis, Tennessee. Parkway Village is bounded by Getwell Road and Lamar Avenue on the West, Winchester Road on the South, I-240 on the North, and Mendenhall Road on the East. The former Mall of Memphis was in the Parkway Village community.
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9. Hickory Ridge-South Riverdale

Population: 92,284
Median Income: $45,477
Median Home Value: $92,482

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10. Berclair-Highland Heights

Berclair-Highland Heights Memphis, TN

Population: 32,551
Median Income: $29,284
Median Home Value: $56,197

Berclair is a district of Memphis, Tennessee. It is named after a major street in this district.
More on Berclair-Highland Heights: Real Estate | Data

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Memphis

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Memphis where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Memphis:

  1. Raleigh
  2. Midtown
  3. Shelby Forest-Frayser

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Memphis

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 Windyke-Southwind 10,721 $248,175 2,982 2.7%
2 Eads-Fisherville 13,405 $184,600 3,737 3.0%
3 River Oaks-Kirby-Balmoral 41,027 $167,732 4,302 3.6%
4 Cordova-Appling 81,721 $144,768 5,868 4.2%
5 White Haven-Coro Lake 90,284 $74,687 10,128 11.6%
6 Downtown 48,816 $65,883 10,278 11.0%
7 East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire 109,867 $135,672 6,827 6.9%
8 Parkway Village-Oakhaven 41,359 $66,275 10,744 11.6%
9 Hickory Ridge-South Riverdale 92,284 $92,482 8,992 9.2%
10 Berclair-Highland Heights 32,551 $56,197 10,832 6.7%
11 Shelby Forest-Frayser 35,245 $59,187 11,185 13.2%
12 Midtown 62,890 $102,739 8,585 9.3%
13 Raleigh 52,496 $74,117 9,926 8.0%

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