Located on the Mississippi River in the southwest corner of Tennessee, is the largest city in the state with 663,000 people with a metropolitan area of over 1.3 million. Memphis became a natural distribution center for the South and Midwest.
Today, Memphis is a growing city, with several major company headquarters, including FedEx, AutoZone and International Paper. The many FedEx packages passing through makes Memphis International Airport the world's busiest cargo airport. High-tech industries, health care and biomedical research are also important segments of the city's economy. Known as the birthplace of the Blues and home of Elvis Presley, Memphis is one of America's top cities for tourism.
Memphis nightlife also revolves around its downtown music scene. Its claim to fame-- besides great barbecue-- is its blues music, which can be heard nightly at establishments all over town. Beale Street is loaded with clubs and cafes. But the city's love of music isn't limited to just the blues; dozens of clubs featuring jazz, rock, country and rockabilly music are available.
Fortune 500 Companies: FedEx, International Paper, AutoZone
Major Employers: FedEx, Park Place Entertainment, UPS, ServiceMaster, First Horizon National Corp, Thomas & Betts, AutoZone
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