Profile: Memphis, Tennessee

Brush up on the facts about Memphis.

By: Alyson McNutt English

Population: 1.2 million (metro), 677,000 (city)

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7b

Major Airports: Memphis International Airport

Companies with a Major Presence: FedEx, International Paper, Harrah’s, Hilton, ServiceMaster, First Horizon National Corp., Belz Enterprises, Fred’s Stores, Buckeye Technologies, Guardsmark, Hohenberg Brothers Co., Morgan Keegan & Co. and AutoZone

Known as The Bluff City for its geographic location over the mighty Mississippi, Memphis is a major shipping and transportation hub for the eastern and central United States, but the city is best known for its blues, barbecue and of course, Elvis.

The Memphis metropolitan area encompasses counties not only in Tennessee, but also Mississippi and Arkansas. In fact, metro Desoto County, Miss., considered a Memphis suburb, is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation.

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