Memphis metropolitan area
Common name: The Mid-South, Tri-State
|Largest city||Memphis, Tennessee|
|Other cities||Southaven, Mississippi
West Memphis, Arkansas
|Population||Ranked 41st in the U.S.|
|– Total||1,305,946 (2009 est.)|
|– Density||426.7/sq. mi.
|Area||3013 sq. mi.
|– Highest point||feet ( m)|
|– Lowest point||feet ( m)|
The Memphis-Forrest City Combined Statistical Area, TN-MS-AR (CSA) is the commercial and cultural hub of The Mid-South. The metropolitan area covers ten counties in three states – Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. As of census 2010 the MSA had a population of 1,324,108 . 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. The greater Mid-South area as a whole has a population around two million. This area is covered by Memphis local news channels and includes the Missouri Bootheel, Northeast Arkansas, West Tennessee, and North Mississippi. Furthermore it has been documented that close to 100,000 people commute to Memphis daily from as far away as Western Kentucky, Northwest Alabama, and Northern Louisiana for work.
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. Although recently more companies with technology backgrounds such as Electrolux and Mitsubishi have begun making inroads in the Memphis area.
The Memphis area enjoys a diverse and robust economy. Well positioned on America's largest river and located smack dab in the middle 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. For example 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.
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.
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 zoo's in the U.S. to feature a giant panda and is routinely ranked as one of the best Zoo's 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.
- Memphis International Airport
- General DeWitt Spain Airport
- Olive Branch Airport
- University-Oxford Airport
- Jonesboro Municipal Airport
- McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport
- Interstate 40
- Interstate 240 (Tennessee) (Inner beltway/loop)
- Interstate 55
- Interstate 69
- Interstate 22 (Connects Hickory Hill, Memphis and DeSoto County, Mississippi to Birmingham, AL and Atlanta, GA)
- Interstate 269 (Outer beltway/loop connecting the metro area's Mississippi suburbs to the Shelby/Fayette county suburbs)
- Bill Morris Parkway (Connects Piperton, Collierville, Germantown, Southwind, Memphis, and Hickory Hill to I-240)
- Sam Cooper Blvd (Connects East Memphis and Barltett to Midtown, Memphis, Tennessee)
- Tennessee State Route 300 (Located in the Frayser area it connects Watkins and the I-240 loop to U.S. Route 51 in Tennessee)
- U.S. Route 63 (Connects Memphis to Jonesboro, Arkansas)
Metro Memphis Counties By State
Cities and towns
Places with more than 100,000 inhabitants
- Memphis, Tennessee (Principal City)
Places with 50,000 to 100,000 inhabitants
Places with 25,000 to 50,000 inhabitants
- Collierville, Tennessee
- Germantown, Tennessee
- Olive Branch, Mississippi
- West Memphis, Arkansas
- Horn Lake, Mississippi
Places with 5,000 to 25,000 inhabitants
- Covington, Tennessee
- Hernando, Mississippi
- Holly Springs, Mississippi
- Lakeland, Tennessee
- Marion, Arkansas
- Millington, Tennessee
- Senatobia, Mississippi
- Forrest City, Arkansas
- Arlington, Tennessee
Places with 500 to 5,000 inhabitants
Places with fewer than 500 inhabitants
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,324,108 people residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 46.2% White, 45.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 2% Asian, <0.1% Pacific Islander, 2% from two or more races and Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5% of the population. Memphis is on the verge of becoming the first metropolitan area in the United States with over a million people to have a majority African American population. The Jackson, Mississippi metropolitan area is also on the verge but only has around half a million people.
- Tennessee census statistical areas
- Mississippi census statistical areas
- Arkansas census statistical areas
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