Memphis Fact Sheet

TOURISM STATISTICS

2018 Annual Visitors: 11.8M+
Leisure & Hospitality Jobs in Shelby County in 2018: 49K+
Leisure & Hospitality Businesses in Shelby County: 2,000+

2018 Annual Economic Impact of Domestic Visitors: $3.65B
State Tax Receipts Generated: $179.5M
Local Tax Receipts Generated: $101M

TOP TRAVEL MOTIVATORS

The top travel motivators for Memphis visitors include paying their respects to Memphis music legends like Elvis, B.B. King and Johnny Cash; experiencing our current live music scene and the Memphis nightlife in person, especially Beale Street; tasting our world-famous barbeque; and most importantly, spending quality time making memories with friends and family.
 
Over three-quarters of all Memphis attraction visitors report experiencing the music unique to Memphis was a key reason they chose to come here, ranking the importance of Memphis as a seven or above on a scale of ten—and over 60 percent of these music-influenced travelers ranked music as a nine or a ten in importance.
 
Only 15 percent of Memphis attraction visitors reported that experiencing live music was not a priority for them during their trip to Memphis; over three-quarters of surveyed Memphis attraction visitors had either already experienced live music during their trip or reported having definite plans to seek out a live music experience during their time here.

LEISURE TRAVELER PROFILE

Based on personal interviews with 1,300 actual Memphis attraction visitors, we have considerable insight into the characteristics of a Memphis attraction visitors
• Average Number of Adults in Attraction Travel Parties: 2.4 Adults
• Share of Memphis Attraction Travel Parties that Include Children: 34%
• Average Number of Children in Attraction Family Travel Parties: 2 Children
• Average Nightly Expenditures for Attraction Travel Parties: $398 Nightly
• Average Length of Stay for Attraction Leisure Travel Parties: 2.4 Nights
• Share of Attraction Travel Parties Staying Overnight: 77%
• Share of Overnight Attraction Travel Parties Staying in Hotels: 66%

 2019 HOTEL INDUSTRY

Total Number of Memphis MSA Hotel Rooms: 23,954
Total Number of Hotel Rooms Downtown: 3,194

2018 UNITED STATES TRAVEL & TOURISM INDUSTRY

Based on information from the US Travel Economic Review of Travel in America, 2019 Edition
• 2.3 billion domestic person-trips were taken in the U.S. in 2018, up 1.9 percent from 2017.
• 79.6 million international visitors arrived in the U.S. in 2018, up 3.5 percent from 2017.
• 39.9 million international visits were from overseas (excluding Canada and Mexico), a 2.5 percent increase from 2017.
• Nearly $1.1 trillion was spent by domestic and international travelers in 2018, up 4.9 percent from 2017.
• Domestic and international travel spending generated 8.9 million jobs in 2018, up 1.3 percent from 2017.
• Travel spending generated $268 billion in wages and salaries for American workers, up 3.6 percent from 2017.
• Travel spending also raised $171 billion in tax revenue for federal, state, and local governments, up 4 percent from 2017.

QUICK FACTS

Official city flower

Crepe Myrtle

Official city tree

Dogwood

Colleges and universities

Christian Brothers University 1871
Lemoyne-Owen College, 1871
University of Memphis, 1912
Rhodes College, 1848
University of Tennessee Health Science Center, 1911

Major businesses headquartered in Memphis

FedEx, International Paper, AutoZone, ServiceMaster, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Indigo AG, Ducks Unlimited, First Horizon National Corp., Mueller Industries, Thomas & Betts

Elevation

Airport: 331’ above sea level
Mississippi River: 188’ above sea level

Founded

1819. Incorporated 1826.

Climate

Average annual: 72.4
January average: 50 / July average: 92

Precipitation

Average annual rainfall: 53.67”

Government

Mayor and City Council

GENERAL INFORMATION

Total area in square miles

315.06

Memphis park services

166 parks with a total of 3,219 acres.
110 playgrounds.
28 local community centers.
48 athletic fields.
130 basketball courts (indoor and outdoor).
7 tennis centers

Tallest buildings

100 North Main: 430’, 37 stories
Raymond James Tower: 403’, 21 stories
Clark Tower: 403’, 34 stories
One Commerce Square: 396’, 31 stories
Sterick Building: 365’, 31 stories

Historical landmarks

Beale Street, Chucalissa, Graceland, Sun Studio, Cotton Row Historic District, Davies Manor Plantation, Elmwood Cemetery, Victorian Village area

Entertainment districts

Beale Street Entertainment District
Cooper-Young Entertainment District
Overton Square Entertainment District
South Main Historic Arts District
Broad Avenue Arts District
Crosstown
Main Street Collierville

POPULATION

City of Memphis and surrounding areas

The 2018 population of the Memphis-MSA is 1,342,349
Shelby County, Tennessee is 936,961
City of Memphis is 650,618

Major ethnic groups (2019)

White: 29.21%; Black: 63.91%; Hispanic: 6.49%, Asian: 1.57%

Males/Females and median age

Males: 48%; Females: 52%. Median resident age 33.3

Population of Tennessee

6.77 million. Tennessee is the 17th largest state in the U.S.

MEETING & SPECIAL EVENT VENUES

Hotel room nights generated in 2016

165+K

Meetings, conventions and events in 2016

303

Economic impact for 2016

$109+M

Memphis Cook Convention Center

350,000 square feet of convention space. 31 breakout rooms. 28,000 square foot ballroom accommodating 2,000 people

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts

2,100 seat multi-purpose facility

FedExForum

A capacity of 18,600, FedExForum is a sports and entertainment arena with multiple additional meeting rooms

University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology

State-of-the-art facility with 190-seat tiered amphitheater, 85-seat high-definition presentation theater and 17 meeting rooms

Agricenter International

14,000 square foot facility with 800 seat amphitheater / auditorium and 5 additional meeting rooms

OUTDOORS

Bike lanes

In addition to the vast number of bike trails in Memphis, make sure to walk / bike / run Big River Crossing spanning the Mississippi River bridging Downtown Memphis and West Memphis, Arkansas and the Shelby Farms Greenline, a 10.65 mile paved, urban trail that connects pedestrians and cyclists in Midtown Memphis through Shelby Farms Park to Cordova..

Mississippi River

Go kayaking on the Mississippi River or take a leisure tour aboard a paddle-wheel riverboat.

Recreation

Shelby Farms Park offers horseback riding, 20 lakes for fishing and paddle-boating, a disc-golf course, picnic pavilions, playgrounds, bike trails and more.

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park is more than 13,000 acres of hardwood forest and with plenty to do: fishing lakes, disc-golf course, biking and hiking trails plus park cabins.

Paddle down the Ghost River near historic La Grange, Tennessee. This 8.5 mile well-marked canoe trail offers intimate views of abundant wildlife, lakes and untouched portions of the Wolf River.

If golf is your interest, be sure to play Mirimichi, established by Justin Timberlake, or TPC Southwind that hosts the WGC St. Jude-FedEx Invitational PGA tournament. 

Gardens

Memphis Botanic Gardens and Dixon Gallery and Gardens will give you the solitude and beauty you expect. In addition, you can view works of art or let the children run free in My Big Backyard play area.

Festivals/ Annual Events

Click here for a list all the major annual events

ATTRACTIONS

Number of attractions

60+

Music-themed attractions

Memphis, Home of the blues and Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll has many must-see music-themed attractions including Beale Street Historic District, Blues Music hall of Fame, Center for Southern Folklore, Graceland, Gibson Guitar Factory, Memphis Music Hall of Fame, Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, St. Blues Guitar Workshop, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Sun Studio and the W.C. Handy home and Museum.

Restaurants

With approximately 100 barbecue restaurants alone, Memphis is also home to world-famous fine dining, rich soul food and eclectic dining.

Theaters and small theaters

Memphis offers multiple choices when it comes to live entertainment, dance classical concerts and performance art. Of special note is the Orpheum Theatre, Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse, Theatre Memphis, Hattiloo Theatre, The Doll House Theater at Crosstown and FedExForum

Art museums

Memphis is rich with arts, sculpture and painting exhibits offering pieces form Rodin to Renoir. Be sure to visit Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis Botanic Garden, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Metal Museum, Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art, CrosstownArts and the Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange.

TRANSPORTATION

Public transportation

Each year MATA services over 12M passengers trips on a fleet of 222 transit vehicles including passenger buses and trolley buses

Licensed taxis

Checker Cab, Yellow Cab and Premiere Transportation

Ride Share

Uber or Lyft 

Explore Bike Share

 600 bikes and 60 stations connect Downtown, Midtown, South Memphis and Orange Mound for visitors and residents to explore the city

Scooters

Bird / Lime / Spin. Download the app and use the dockless electric scooter to get around downtown and midtown

Air terminal

Memphis International Airport, “America’s Aerotropolis” is a world-class facility serving more than 8 million passengers a year

Rail service

Central Station with Amtrak service since 1971

Bridges

Frisco: 1892; Harahan: 1916; Memphis & Arkansas: 1949; Hernando De Soto: 1973