Is Memphis a nice place to live?

Talk to city dwellers and Shelby County residents, and chances are they’ll tell you how much they cherish their community, neighbors and the spaces and places that make Memphis home.

While other American cities struggle to revitalize their downtown districts in the post-pandemic era, Memphis’s anchor institutions, including St. Jude, along with local universities and businesses, are fast-tracking new developments that will keep our city vibrant and bustling with art, culture and commerce for generations to come. 

We’re growing and expanding all the time, but we still have a small-town feel. Traffic isn’t terrible and the cost of living is much lower. In New York, I was living in an apartment the size of a shoebox. For what I paid there, you can get a really nice house here.

Line drawing of Alex Switzer

Alex Switzer

Sous Chef Manager

Sherwood Forest

The Memphis sign with downtown Memphis in the background.

People often get their photo taken with the giant Memphis sign in Mud Island River Park.

A number of websites have been created to provide information on the best of Memphis. Here are just a few of our suggestions to help you discover more of what makes Bluff City an outstanding place to live, work and play.

Choose 901 helps locals and newcomers discover the city’s community groups, parks, neighborhoods, restaurants, events and attractions. 

And We Are Memphis includes helpful information on neighborhoods, the city’s arts scene, Memphis’s small business community, the local economy and much more.

I came to St. Jude after working at the same place for 25 years. I was thinking it was going to be a hard adjustment, but it was a very easy transition because of the character of the people at St. Jude. Anything that you have a question about, there are helpful people and resources to get you the answers you need.

line drawing of Angelia Jones

Angelia Jones

Administrative Specialist