New Survey Lists Memphis As Worst City To Live In Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( - A recent survey by 24/7 Wall Street lists Memphis as the worst city in Tennessee to live in.

The article states that Memphis struggles with several issues like high crime and poverty, that make it less than desirable.

The survey also says that a typical household income in Memphis is about $10,000 less than the average household income across the state.

24/7 Wall Street covered the worst cities to live in from all 50 states.

For Arkansas, it's Fort Smith. And in Mississippi, it's Jackson.


Based on a range of variable including crime rate, employment growth, access to restaurants and attractions, educational attainment, and housing affordability, Memphis has been identified as the “Worst City in Tennessee to Live In” by financial news and opinion website 24/7 Wall St.  Click HERE to read 24/7 Wall St.’s article, the “Worst Cities to Live in Every State.” 


  • Worst city to live: Memphis
  • Population: 655,760
  • Median home value: $94,400
  • Poverty rate: 26.2%
  • Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 24.9%

One of the largest cities to make this list, Memphis struggles with several issues that make it a less than desirable place to live. Chief among these is one of the worst crime rates of any major city. The city’s annual violent crime rate of 1,740 incidents for 100,000 residents, which is close to five times the national rate, is by far the highest in the state. Additionally, the city’s property crime rate of 5,631 for every 100,000 residents is more than double the national rate.

Memphis’ housing is relatively inexpensive, but like many cities on this list, that likely largely reflects the ability of Memphis’ citizens to pay. Over one-quarter of the population lives in poverty, the highest poverty rate of any large Tennessee city, and the typical household’s income is less than $37,000, about $10,000 less that the median income across Tennessee.

Click here to see the worst city to live in every state.

Click here to see 24/7’s methodology.




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