Memphis is the worst!
Worst move I ever made. I loved my career and responsibilities and I met some nice people for sure, but Memphis is NOT a city I would spend my life in!
Why? I'm not in love with the west coast but there are so many southern cities and other coastal cities in the south (and inland ones) that offer much more; educationally and socially.
Just pick any one of the following and you'll be in a better place than Memphis Tennessee.
1) Nashville - yep in the same state as Memphis- night and day
3) Raleigh Durham
5) Huntsville, AL - great, smart, NORTH AL city
6) Tampa-St Pete-Clearwater
8) Ft Myers/Bonita Springs/Cape Coral
9) Atlanta suburbs
In the Memphis region, I would even choose a place like Little Rock
or "Northwest Arkansas" over living in Memphis TN or anywhere in west Tennessee.
SKIP living in Memphis if you can. There are simply too many other and better options. Memphis is not some cutting edge, leading southern or national city. Don't waste your time like I did. Many people told me 'oh you'll love it', and it's a great place to live, etc. It depends on what you're used to I guess, but my standards and expectations were not met at all.
Memphis doesn't even have an excellent GROCERY STORE in the suburb I lived it. KROGER? they were horrible !!!
PUBLIX and TRADER JOE's is not even located in Memphis, but they did decide to expand in Nashville !! And no Wegman's either.
If it tells you anything, PUBLIX and Trader Joe's does not have Memphis TN on their 5 year expansion plans either. They must know the truth like I do about how slow and behind Memphis truly is, or they would be all over the million-plus population. Trader Joe's already has a store in Austin, and tiny Sarasota FL. How much greasy nasty "Memphis BBQ" and fat-laden Gus' Fried Chicken can you eat?