The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In Memphis For 2020

We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Memphis are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Memphis.
Safest Neighborhoods In Memphis

We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Memphis are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Memphis. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Memphis neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Memphis in 2020? That would be Windyke-Southwind. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Memphis.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Memphis neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. 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 We Determined The Safest Memphis Hoods In 2020

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Memphis.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

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

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

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest 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 safest places Memphis. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 5 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Memphis For 2020

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Population: 10,884
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 230
Property Crime Per 100k: 894
More on Windyke-Southwind: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Windyke-Southwind comes in at 230 and the property crime per capita is 894 for 2020.

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Population: 14,121
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 249
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,240
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Eads-Fisherville comes in at 249 and the property crime per capita is 1,240 for 2020.

Cordova-Appling Memphis, TN

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Population: 83,223
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 542
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,504
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Cordova-Appling comes in at 542 and the property crime per capita is 2,504 for 2020.

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Population: 42,038
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 798
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,469
More on River Oaks-Kirby-Balmoral: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in River Oaks-Kirby-Balmoral comes in at 798 and the property crime per capita is 4,469 for 2020.

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Population: 92,024
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,512
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,615
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The violent crime per 100K people in Hickory Ridge-South Riverdale comes in at 1,512 and the property crime per capita is 4,615 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In Memphis

Looking at the data, you can tell that Windyke-Southwind is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Tennessee residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you’re informed ahead of time.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Memphis For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Windyke-Southwind 1,124
2 Eads-Fisherville 1,489
3 Cordova-Appling 3,046
4 River Oaks-Kirby-Balmoral 5,267
5 Hickory Ridge-South Riverdale 6,127
6 East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire 7,289
7 Raleigh 7,787
8 White Haven-Coro Lake 8,745
9 Shelby Forest-Frayser 9,241
10 Midtown 9,790
11 Berclair-Highland Heights 10,107
12 Parkway Village-Oakhaven 10,808
13 Downtown 11,750

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.

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