These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Memphis

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:

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

Read on to see how we determined the places around Memphis that deserve a little bragging rights.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Memphis?

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.

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1. Windyke-Southwind

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,625
Median Home Price: $279,450
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,091
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%

2. River Oaks-Kirby-Balmoral

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,355
Median Home Price: $202,315
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,810
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%

3. Cordova-Appling

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 78,760
Median Home Price: $151,288
Crimes Per 100K People: 5,686
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%

4. East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 109,686
Median Home Price: $139,937
Crimes Per 100K People: 6,757
Unemployment Rate: 7.5%

5. Eads-Fisherville

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,361
Median Home Price: $202,367
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,965
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

6. Hickory Ridge-South Riverdale

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 89,875
Median Home Price: $113,037
Crimes Per 100K People: 8,569
Unemployment Rate: 8.8%

7. Midtown

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 63,642
Median Home Price: $109,753
Crimes Per 100K People: 8,591
Unemployment Rate: 9.5%

8. Raleigh

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 53,748
Median Home Price: $86,648
Crimes Per 100K People: 9,758
Unemployment Rate: 8.3%

9. White Haven-Coro Lake

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 89,386
Median Home Price: $87,707
Crimes Per 100K People: 9,987
Unemployment Rate: 11.2%

10. Berclair-Highland Heights

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,709
Median Home Price: $58,455
Crimes Per 100K People: 11,203
Unemployment Rate: 8.5%

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. Shelby Forest-Frayser
  2. Parkway Village-Oakhaven
  3. Downtown

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Memphis

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Windyke-Southwind 1 10,625 $279,450 3,091 2.0%
River Oaks-Kirby-Balmoral 2 40,355 $202,315 3,810 3.8%
Cordova-Appling 3 78,760 $151,288 5,686 4.0%
East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire 4 109,686 $139,937 6,757 7.5%
Eads-Fisherville 5 13,361 $202,367 3,965 4.2%
Hickory Ridge-South Riverdale 6 89,875 $113,037 8,569 8.8%
Midtown 7 63,642 $109,753 8,591 9.5%
Raleigh 8 53,748 $86,648 9,758 8.3%
White Haven-Coro Lake 9 89,386 $87,707 9,987 11.2%
Berclair-Highland Heights 10 31,709 $58,455 11,203 8.5%
Downtown 11 50,291 $83,794 10,110 10.0%
Parkway Village-Oakhaven 12 41,827 $75,934 10,829 11.2%
Shelby Forest-Frayser 13 36,731 $64,823 11,343 12.7%

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