The 10 Best Memphis, TN Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019

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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Memphis.
Best Neighborhoods In Memphis

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 2019:

  1. Windyke-Southwind (Homes)
  2. Cordova-Appling (Homes)
  3. Eads-Fisherville (Homes)
  4. River Oaks-Kirby-Balmoral (Homes)
  5. East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Memphis for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Windyke-Southwind looks to be the best Memphis neighborhood to live in.

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.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

How we determined the best Memphis hoods in 2019

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 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, Tennessee has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 10,884
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $275,875 (1st best)
Median Income: $85,767 (1st best)
More on Windyke-Southwind: Homes For Sale | Data

Cordova-Appling Memphis, TN

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 83,223
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $143,825 (4th best)
Median Income: $65,003 (3rd best)
More on Cordova-Appling: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 14,121
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $197,233 (2nd best)
Median Income: $77,857 (2nd best)
More on Eads-Fisherville: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 42,038
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $169,116 (3rd best)
Median Income: $64,831 (4th best)
More on River Oaks-Kirby-Balmoral: Homes For Sale | Data

East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire Memphis, TN

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 107,753
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $133,731 (5th best)
Median Income: $47,789 (5th best)
More on East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Memphis

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Memphis aren’t all good. Shelby Forest-Frayser takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Memphis.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Memphis For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Windyke-Southwind 10,884 $275,875 $85,767
2 Cordova-Appling 83,223 $143,825 $65,003
3 Eads-Fisherville 14,121 $197,233 $77,857
4 River Oaks-Kirby-Balmoral 42,038 $169,116 $64,831
5 East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire 107,753 $133,731 $47,789
6 Hickory Ridge-South Riverdale 92,024 $90,668 $45,212
7 Raleigh 54,460 $68,098 $37,105
8 Midtown 62,752 $96,608 $34,572
9 Berclair-Highland Heights 33,880 $54,679 $29,979
10 White Haven-Coro Lake 88,153 $69,690 $34,319
11 Parkway Village-Oakhaven 39,436 $61,991 $34,723
12 Downtown 48,441 $56,744 $25,786
13 Shelby Forest-Frayser 34,652 $52,119 $24,694

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.