In 2012, Memphis had a population of 655,155, making it the largest city in the state of Tennessee, the largest city on the Mississippi River, the third largest in the Southeastern United States, and the 20th largest in the United States. The greater Memphis metropolitan area, including adjacent counties in Mississippi and Arkansas, had a 2010 population of 1,316,100.
Downtown Memphis rises from a bluff along the Mississippi River, and the city’s urban area sprawls outward over southwest Tennessee and into northern Mississippi and eastern Arkansas. Several large parks are scattered through the city, notably Overton Park in Midtown and the 4,500 acres Shelby Farms.
The city is a national transportation hub and Mississippi River crossing for Interstate 40, (east-west), Interstate 55 (north-south), barge traffic, Memphis International Airport, FedEx’s SuperHub facility, and numerous freight railroads that serve the city.
In 2013, Forbes Magazine ranked Memphis as one of the top 15 cities in the United States with an “emerging downtown” area.
Also in 2013, USA Today readers voted Beale Street as America’s Best Iconic Street and Graceland as the Best Iconic American Attraction.
The National Civil Rights Museum (the Lorraine Motel, the site of M. L. King’s assassination) placed third in the poll.
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