Victory University's campus is located in the heart of Memphis, a vibrant city full of opportunities for those on campus, those visiting, or those who call it their home. Memphis has a lot to offer.
Memphis is located on the southwest corner of Tennessee within Shelby County, the core county of the Memphis metropolitan statistical area. The city is along the Mississippi and Wolf rivers and is on the 4th Chickasaw Bluff. Memphis is 330.3 square miles with latitude of 35.149534N and longitude of -90.04898W.
In 1541, Hernando De Soto explored the Memphis area and there encountered the Chickasaw Indians. The city was later founded in 1819 and incorporated in 1826.
- City of Memphis: 646,889
- Shelby County, TN: 935,088
- Metropolitan area: 1,325,605
- Memphis is the largest city in Tennessee.
- Memphis is the 20th largest city in America.
- The city of Memphis is larger than: Atlanta, GA; St. Louis, MO; Portland, OR; Nashville, TN; Boston, MA; Miami, FL; Baltimore, MD; and Seattle, WA.
- The Memphis Metropolitan Statistical Area, TN-MS-AR (MSA) is the 41st largest metropolitan statistical area in the nation. The Memphis MSA also includes Crittenden County in Arkansas; DeSoto, Marshall, Tate and Tunica in Mississippi; and Fayette and Tipton counties in Tennessee.
Memphis is known as America's Aerotropolis because of the city’s central location and major industries.
The Memphis International Airport has 177 daily departures, direct flights to 61 destinations, four major airlines, 13 commuter airlines, and four runways. The airport is one of seven Delta hubs in the United States. The airport has international direct flights to Amsterdam, Cancun, and Toronto.
Memphis is the third largest rail center in the nation behind Chicago and St. Louis.
The Memphis area has six interstate highways including 22, 40, 55, 69, 240, and 269.
The Port of Memphis is one of the largest ports in the nation. In 2008, approximately 27.6% (681.60 million tons) of all of the nation’s waterborne cargo was shipped on the Mississippi.
Memphis has more sunny days each year than Miami. With 64% sunshine days, the average annual temperature is 62°F. The average summer temperature is 82.5°F (July) and the average winter temperature is 39.9°F (January). The average snowfall in the Memphis area is 5.2” inches and the average rainfall is 54.65” inches. Rainfall is distributed evenly all year round.
Memphis is the music pilgrimage for those wanting to visit the birthplace of the blues, of soul, and of rock 'n' roll.
- W.C. Handy's first wrote blues music on Beale Street.
- Elvis, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash all recorded at the historic Sun Records, which is now a museum.
- B.B. King now features more great blues music at his own club on Beale.
- Take a complete tour of the Gibson's Memphis guitar factory consisting of an intimate viewing of the facility as Gibson's skilled Luthiers craft some of the finest guitars in the world.
- Take a tour through the Stax Museum, a replica of the Stax studio, built on the same site where many of the historic Stax recording sessions of gospel, funk, jazz, and the blues took place.
- Beale Street (In 2009, Memphis was named as the Society of American Travel Writers sixth Best North American City “For Live Music.”
- National Civil Rights Museum (walk in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
- Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley (the second most-visited home in America, welcomes visitors from around the world who yearn for a peek into the life of "the King.")
- Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
- Memphis Zoo (one of only a handful of zoos in the country with Pandas)
- Sun Studios (now a museum)
- Shelby Farms Park (4,500 acres of green space and 6.5 miles of urban trail - a community treasure, unrivaled in size and potential anywhere else in the United States.)
- Memphis Botanical Garden
- Pink Palace
- Mud Island Amphitheatre
- The FedEx Forum (where the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies play)
- AutoZone Park (the home of the Triple A affiliate The Memphis Redbirds)
- Memphis in May (a month-long celebration of culture, food, art, and music)
Living in Memphis:
- Memphis has one of the lowest urban cost-of-living expenses in the nation.
- No state income tax
- According to the quarterly ACCRA cost of living index the Memphis cost of living 14% lower than the national average.
- In 2011, Memphis ranked 2nd on Forbes’ "Best Places For Bargain Retirement Homes."
- In 2010, Memphis was named as one of Living It Up: The Top 100 Fun Cities by Portfolio.com.
- In 2010, Memphis ranked third in the nation on Coldwell Banker Real Estate’s “The Most Affordable College Towns” study.
- In 2009, Memphis ranked #35 out of 100 large U.S. metro areas as one of the "Best Bang for the Buck Cities" by Forbes.
- In 2009, Memphis ranked 35th as one of Forbes “Best City for Singles.”
Memphis is the home to award winning and nationally recognized companies including:
- International Paper