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Memphis metropolitan area

Memphis Metropolitan Area
Memphis-Forrest City TN-MS-AR Combined Statistical Area
Memphis Skyline
Memphis Skyline
Map of Memphis Metropolitan Area
Country United States
State(s) Tennessee
Largest city Memphis, Tennessee
Other cities Southaven, Mississippi
West Memphis, Arkansas
 • Total 3,013 sq mi (7,800 km2)
Population (2013 est.)[1]
 • Total 1,341,746
 • Rank 41st in the U.S.
 • Density 426.7/sq mi (164.8/km2)

The Memphis-Forrest City Combined Statistical Area, TN-MS-AR (CSA) is the commercial and cultural hub of The Mid-South or Ark-Miss-Tenn. The census defined combined statistical area covers ten counties in three states – Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. As of census 2010 the MSA had a population of 1,324,108 [1]. The Forrest City Micropolitan area was added to the Memphis area in 2012 to form the Memphis-Forrest City Combined Statistical area and had a population of 1,369,548 according to census estimates.[2] The greater Mid-South area as a whole has a population of 2.4 million according to 2013 census estimates.[2] This area is covered by Memphis local news channels and includes the Missouri Bootheel, Northeast Arkansas, West Tennessee, and North Mississippi.[3]


  • Regional Identity 1
  • Economy 2
  • Colleges and Universities 3
  • Transportation 4
  • Greater Memphis (Mid-South) Counties By State 5
  • Cities and towns 6
    • Places with more than 100,000 inhabitants 6.1
    • Places with 50,000 to 100,000 inhabitants 6.2
    • Places with 25,000 to 50,000 inhabitants 6.3
    • Places with 5,000 to 25,000 inhabitants 6.4
    • Places with 500 to 5,000 inhabitants 6.5
    • Places with fewer than 500 inhabitants 6.6
    • Unincorporated places 6.7
  • Demographics 7
  • See also 8
  • External links 9
  • References 10

Regional Identity

The Memphis Metro area is known locally as the Mid-South. Culturally the Mid-South is more associated with the Deep South and even more specifically the Mississippi Delta than it is the Upland South, which is the case with Tennessee's other large cities. Memphis is the largest city in the Deep South, third largest in the Southeastern United States, and eighth largest in the Southern United States as a whole. African-Americans make up nearly half the population of the metro area. The Mid-South has the highest percentage of African-Americans of all large metro areas with at least a million people. It is second when metro areas of under a million people are factored in after the Jackson-Vicksburg-Brookhaven, MS Combined Statistical Area. The metro area is blue collar in nature and most of its growth can be attibuted to its logisitcal infrastructure. Recently, however, more companies with technology backgrounds such as Electrolux and Mitsubishi have begun making inroads in the Memphis area.[4]

Although Memphis is the cultural and commercial hub of the Mid-South; other cities have become key players as well. These cities include: Jonesboro, Arkansas, West Memphis, Arkansas, Jackson, Tennessee, Martin, Tennessee, Union City, Tennessee, Tupelo, Mississippi, and Oxford, Mississippi.


The Memphis area enjoys a diverse and robust economy. Well positioned on America's largest river and located near the population center of the United States; Memphis is known as America's distribution hub. FedEx is Headquartered in Memphis and uses the Memphis International Airport as its global superhub facility making the airport the busiest cargo airport in the United States. UPS also uses Memphis as a major hub. The area is also home to one of the United States largest intermodal logistics centers. This includes being the third largest trucking corridor, fourth largest inland port, and third largest in class I railroad services. The Mid-South has the largest percentage of people employed in logistics in the U.S. The Mid-South is also home to many fortune 500 and 1000 companies such as FedEx, AutoZone, Regions Bank, ServiceMaster, BUPERS, First Tennessee and International Paper. Furthermore, companies such as Nike, Baskin Robbins, Sharp, and Hewlett Packard operate large distribution centers out of Memphis.[5]

Healthcare has begun to play a major role in the Mid-south's economy accounting for one in nine jobs. There are nineteen hospitals with over 4,100 beds in the Mid-South. The area is also home to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital which is a nobel prize winning hospital with over 1,200 scientist working there and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.[5]

Tourism is also a major contributor to the Mid-south's economy with the region being known as the birthplace of Rock and Roll and Blues. Over eight million people visit the Memphis metropolitan area every year for tourist related activities. Over four million people visit Beale Street every year making it the most visited attraction in Tennessee. The Memphis Zoo was one of only four zoos in the U.S. to feature a giant panda and is routinely ranked as one of the best zoos in America. The Tunica casino resort area in Mississippi has over twelve million visitors annually and is the third largest gaming area in the U.S. after Las Vegas and Atlantic City.[5] It also contains a lake beach at Lake Sardis near Batesville, Mississippi.

Colleges and Universities

Four Year Colleges and Graduate Schools

Two Year Colleges




Greater Memphis (Mid-South) Counties By State




Counties marked with* are officially included in the Memphis-Forrest City CSA.

Cities and towns

Places with more than 100,000 inhabitants

Places with 50,000 to 100,000 inhabitants

Places with 25,000 to 50,000 inhabitants

Places with 5,000 to 25,000 inhabitants

Places with 500 to 5,000 inhabitants

Places with fewer than 500 inhabitants

Unincorporated places


According to U.S.census estimates for 2013,[7] there were 1,371,110 people residing within the CSA. The racial makeup of the CSA was 45.2% non-Hispanic White, 47.3% African American, 0.5% Native American, 2.2% Asian, <0.1% Pacific Islander, and Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.1% of the population.[7] Memphis is the only metropolitan/combined statistical area in the United States with over a million people to have a plurality/majority African American population.[8] The Jackson, Mississippi metropolitan area also has this distinction but only has around half a million people.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $47,344 and the mean was $65,463. The median income for a family was $57,780 and the mean was $76,126. The per capita income for the MSA was $24,675.[9]

See also

External links

  • Greater Memphis Chamber


  1. ^ "Table 1. Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013" ( 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "More than 90,000 Workers Commute from Other Counties to Selby, Census figures show (Commercial Appeal, Apr. 6, 2013)". 
  4. ^ New Study Forecasts 4000 Local Manufacturing Jobs through 2016
  5. ^ a b c
  6. ^ "Southaven population pushes above 50,000-mark (May 23, 2013)". 
  7. ^ a b 2013 Census Population Estimate Table
  8. ^ [3]
  9. ^ Profile America Facts for Features, CB12-FF.14, July 24, 2012
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