The prep atmosphere was great! I even substituted for the MBOE. I was impressed with the entire district.
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Scroll through - you'll love this site for all the information but there is also a message board for those thinking of moving or new to the area!
What a coincidence, I am in the process of investigating the Memphis area as we are planning for a move. There are a lot of great communities in the Memphis metro area.
Collierville is a nice area. We have friends who live there and have sent their kids to school there. They are well pleased with the area. We are also investigating the northern part of Mississippi ie Southaven, Olive Branch, Horn Lake. Like most Metropolitan areas there are areas that have a higher crime rate and areas that are great living. If you would like to chat more, my email is carriecrowell.com. I have a close friend who is a Realtor, if you would like her info I would be happy to give as well. Good luck!
p.s. cost of living is pretty good.
I don't have children, so I cannot comment on the schools, per se. However, from what I've read and heard from parents of school-aged children, private schools are almost a must if living in the city. The public schools in the 'burbs are rated higher than city schools.
As for crime, yes...it's here. But, it's in every city and no different then traffic, political rifes, taxes, etc. that are prevalent in all cities.
Feel free to email me any questions.
I was wondering if anyone can give me some up-to-date information on moving to Memphis, TN. I always wanted to move to the south, but never was quiet was ready. I would like to know where is some nice areas to live in Memphis, TN ? I'm a single black African American with no kids and starting my life over. Here is my list of questions that I hope someone can answer them:
1. Is there plenty of jobs available?
2. Is it hard to make new friends in the south?
3. Hows is the west, south, and east side of town like?
4. What are some things a single person can get into?
I would like to here from positive people. Like to keep it POSITIVE!....
People also are quite fond of Midtown and Cooper Young, within Memphis proper, but those areas do not usually attract families that want their children to attend successful schools. Also, the taxes in Memphis proper are high. The political leaders have a colorful history of corruption and certainly haven't lead the city bustling into a well thought out and attractive future. Our last mayor, who seemed to cause more trouble than solve it, told people angrily and defensively that if they didn't like he situation in Memphis, they were welcome to move out! Well, they had already been doing that. And aren't we as a city currently struggling with lack of funds, probably due to the economy but also due to lack of planning at the leadership level?
Taking care of our responsibilities as a city could also use some improvement. The animal shelter is an embarrassment to the city, with criminal activities being tolerated, animals being treated with callous or being accidentally "lost," and most of them being killed. We do have a large group of charities and rescue groups that try to make up for the irresponsiblity that the city officials and some of our citizens demonstrate.
And no one here has mentioned that Memphis typically rates as #2 or #3 in the list of most crime ridden cities in the nation in some popular magazines. I live in Midtown which is a wonderful little bubble of a neighborhood surrounded by crime ridden areas. It really is one of the good things in Memphis. I don't feel extremely unsafe in midtown, so I assume that the crime is more rampant in the extremely poor neighborhoods. That doesn't make it any more appealing. And everyone on my block drove their children clear across town to White Station School, because the schools all around us are mind blowingly bad.
My summary is this: If you can locate in an area around Memphis where you can send your child to one of the better schools in the area, whether a suburban school, White Station are one of the very few good public schools, or a decent charter school if there is one, and if you can tolerate a large portion of the work force being undereducated and sometimes underinterested in work, and if you can stay away from the higher crime areas, then you might just be charmed by the slow pace, moderate climate and friendly attitude. But don't expect Memphis to be a city that is using its resources wisely or planning well for its future. Memphis has plenty of potential, but just can't seem to find the leadership or citizens to take it to the next level and make it into the great city that it has the potential to be. Maybe you could become one of the people that make a difference here!
P.S. I used to live in the L.A. area in the 80s, and the city schools there were just as bad, and some of the worst in the nation in my opinion. Everyone who could sent their child to a private school. So unless they've changed, I doubt either school system has many positives to shout about. L.A. had its negative and positives, too.
From someone who enjoyed nearly every aspect of life in and around Dallas/Fort Worth, there is absolutely more to do within a 50 mile radius here than in Dallas! Don't believe it? Like to gamble and enjoy Las Vegas quality shows? Tunica is 30 miles away. Love the Blues, Rock N Roll and music in general? Nashville can't hold a candle to the Memphis area insofar as music history is concerned. We have a world-class zoo. We have art museums, theater, and many recreational and entertainment options.
Memphis has consistently ranked in the top 50 healthiest economies in the country out of nearly 400 metro areas (ranked #37 recently by Policom Corp., an independent economic research firm). Jobs are good here, quality of life is good, very high quality education facilities, including public and private. Memphis is ranked near the top of any U.S. city for its distribution facilities and is truly an outstanding port city as well. Dallas is the largest city in the world not on a major waterway! Dallas is also a distribution type economy, but they lack one of the best means to deliver goods and services -- a major water way. Memphis has the mighty Mississippi and goods are transported cheaply and efficiently, plus an international distribution facility in its airport -- ever here of FedEx?
Do we have our share of warts? Of course! But, when have you heard we nearly got wiped out here by wild fires? Mud slides? Earthquakes? That's all in California! And, we have something that is quickly running out in the West: W A T E R!!! So our economy overall is stable and diversified and heavy in the distribution of goods and services.
Some of our warts here are just like those in other cities. But, consider this: housing is continually considered to be under-valued here by about 17% according to National City Corp, which does extensive research on the subject. We have never had the "hockey-stick" type of highs and lows in our market. There are differences in each of the communities and neighborhoods within the Memphis Metro area. Depending on what you are looking for though, there literally is something for everyone, and if you have a good real estate agent, you can come out just fine in nearly any commuity or suburb. You can't buy something this year and expect 20% appreciation in a year or two, but then, when the market turns down, we don't fall as far as the high-flyer markets like Florida, California, Nevada, Arizona.
The weather really isn't that humid, and I can tell you, after living in Dallas for 35 years, it is never as hot here as Dallas in the summer! We occasionally get up to the mid-90s and even hit 100 now and then, but it doesn't stay there, and the same humidity that may be uncomfortable during the day, cools things off nicely at night. In Dallas, I don't care whether it's a dry heat or not, when it's 100 degrees outside, it's hot!
If I haven't mentioned it, I'm a real estate broker. I know this market, and if you are considering a move to the Memphis area, I will be glad to meet with you, counsel with you, give you an overview and give you the pluses and minuses. Just don't make your decision on the basis of some of the remarks I've read posted here that are from idiots who would be unhappy in the Garden of Eden! Like the three blind men and the elephant: your perception of what the elephant looks like will depend on which part you touch!
Ann Maree Matthews
Vice President / Broker
CRS - ABR - CPPS - GRI
Hope this helps, and if you do decide to investigate Memphis or Desoto Counties feel free to call or email me anytime!
Karen A. Taylor
ERA Chamberwood Realty
People who complain about the crime have either been personally affected by it (and I feel for them), or they have never lived in another big city. In many ways, Memphis is a big city that acts like a small town, so bad news travels fast. ANYTHING that happens, you hear about it on the news.
We attend a church where over 30% of the congregants have moved here from other places around the country in the past few years, and only a few would like to go back where they came from.
Memphis is a great place to live & raise children. If everyone else in the country wants to pay too much for their housing, more power to them. I'll just be here enjoying my paid-off home. :)
I live and work in Collierville and I love this town! The people are friendly, the schools are great, and homes are affordable. There is an abundance of great restaurants, shopping and a real sense of community. I will be more than happy to email you information about this great little town and answer any specific questions you may have. firstname.lastname@example.org
I noticed you are looking for community information about the Memphis area and that you are currently in Virginia beach. Here is a website that you can search the nation for community/demographic information by state, city, zip codes etc. You can also check out the cost of living comparison calculator to see if you will save money or spend more in different areas of the country:
I find that most families communities are only as large as thier school, work, Home Depot, and church.
Tennessee rates 46th in the antion in schools. The county schools rate better then the ones in the city, but both the city and county schools are some of the best in the state.
In short, Memphis is a diverse and cultured city full of parks, greenways, music and opportunity. It has a rich history that is not fully appreciated by its residents. Feel free to contact me for a relocation package that includes information about Memphis and all of its surrounding communities. email@example.com
Good luck.. Hope you don't learn the hard way like so many people I know.