Young professionals who play as hard as they work are no doubt drawn to the lively city of Memphis
and the incredible music scene, delicious dining options, and thriving nightlife.
But living in Memphis isn’t the only option for young professionals. Data and help from local Movoto real estate agents led us to the five suburbs on this list.
Let’s take a look at the winners.
1. Millington, TN
Source: Naval Support Activity Mid-South via Facebook
- Total amenities: 962
- Residents age 22-29: 11.2 percent
Young professionals looking for room to spread out will love the affordable ranch and farmhouse style homes on multiple acres that are common in the Memphis suburb of Millington.
Grab fresh local produce at the Millington Farmers Market, enjoy the tennis courts at Baker Community Center, or have a weekend picnic with friends at one of Millington’s city parks. Young professionals who love playing as hard as they work in Memphis are just over a 20-minute drive from the city.
2. Munford, TN
Source: City of Munford via Facebook
- Total amenities: 363
- Residents age 22-29: 11.5 percent
Young professionals searching for a home in Munford will find a range of spacious options, including ranch and farmhouse style homes. Munford provides a close-knit community, with a population of just fewer than 6,000.
Munford’s city parks provide plenty of amenities to keep active residents entertained, including a skate park, softball and soccer fields, and a disc golf course. The annual Celebrate Munford festival is a great way to get to know your neighbors while enjoying live music and local vendors.
3. West Memphis, AR
Source: Flickr user bradmontgomery
- Cost of living: 80, compared to the Memphis average of 83
- Total amenities: 1,502
The Arkansas city of West Memphis lies just across the Mississippi River from Memphis. Young professionals searching for a home in West Memphis will find everything from colonial to ranch style houses.
Historic Broadway, the heart of downtown West Memphis, has dozens of local specialty stores and restaurants. Meet neighbors and enjoy live local music at downtown events like Blues on Broadway.
4. Southaven, MS
Source: City of Southaven – Municipal Government via Facebook
- Total amenities: 2,088
- Residents age 22-29: 10.9 percent
Young professionals will have plenty to do after work in the Memphis suburb of Southaven, which has nearly 50,000 residents and the amenities to match. Ranch style homes on wooded lots give residents plenty of privacy.
Enjoy live music on the weekends at the BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove, or stay fit at over 200 acres of parkland including a nine-hole golf course and 18-hole disc golf course.
5. Germantown, TN
Source: City of Germantown, Tennessee Government via Facebook
- Residents with a bachelor’s degree: 37.4 percent
- Residents in professional occupations: 59.2 percent
- Median earnings of bachelor’s degree holders: $64,096
Germantown rounds out our list with a nod from local Movoto real estate agents Homer and JoAn Craft
, who noted Germantown was the “most prestigious city in the Memphis area.” Young professionals will find a range of housing options, from colonial to farmhouse styles.
Arts and culture enthusiasts won’t have to travel to Memphis to get their fix with The Germantown Performing Arts Center in town. Stay active at the shady, well-maintained Cameron-Brown Park, or get to know your neighbors while enjoying live music and local vendors at the annual Germantown Festival.
To create this list of the best places near Memphis for young professionals, we looked at the following criteria:
- Percent of residents age 22-29
- Percent of residents who attained a bachelor’s degree
- Median earnings for those who attained a bachelor’s degree
- Percent of residents who work in management, business, financial, or other professional fields
- Cost of living
Then, because some things are just a little more important to young professionals than others, we weighted the percent of residents age 22-29 and amenities per capita to each make up 35 percent of our score. Professional opportunity made up 20 percent, and cost of living made up 10 percent.
We then averaged those weighted scores into one overall score, and the five lowest overall scores made the cut for this list.
For this list, we sourced data from the U.S. Census
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