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Best Neighborhoods in Memphis for Singles & Young Professionals

Thinking about moving to Memphis? With a hot job market, excellent restaurants, and incredible nightlife, this southwest Tennessee city is a desirable place for young adults to live. Check out these five best Memphis neighborhoods for singles and young professionals!


Navy house with white trim in Binghampton, Memphis. Photo by Instagram user @memphisem22

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  • Home Price: $133,731 median purchase price; $775 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 54% of Memphis neighborhoods

Just to the east of Midtown sits Binghampton, a Memphis neighborhood that’s a perfect fit for singles and young professionals looking for single-family bungalows and cottages with spacious lawns. This area is a quick 15-minute commute from Downtown Memphis and offers amazing dining options, fun local events and activities, and a great music scene!

Things to Do in Binghampton

Find your new favorite pastime at Civil Axe Throwing, where you can fling axes with friends or join an axe-throwing league. Check out a class at High Expectations Aerial Arts, where you’ll get a great workout while soaring through the air! Try City & State, one of the best coffee spots in Memphis that also houses an artisan-centric store featuring unique clothing, home decor, and more. Shred the halfpipe before grabbing a latte at Society, a combination skate park and coffee house. Swing into RockHouse Live Memphis for wings, cocktails, and live music featuring rock bands and cover bands. Pop into contemporary restaurant Bounty on Broad for some of the best steaks and seafood in the city, with dishes like Sauteed Sablefish and 12-ounce Ribeye Steak. Savor unique Ethiopian cuisine, including beef dishes like Zilzil Tibes and vegetarian plates like Bozena Shiro at Abyssinia. Or sample fresh oysters and enjoy mouthwatering entrees like The Binghampton Pizza or The Midtowner Panini in a nautical-themed setting at The Cove.

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Teal house with white trim and tree with white flowers in the yard. Photo by Instagram user @memphistrumpet

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  • Home Price: $96,608 median purchase price; $767 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 23% of Memphis neighborhoods

Cooper-Young is one of the best neighborhoods in East Memphis for singles and young professionals, thanks to its young population, LGBTQ community, and thriving arts culture. There are plenty of affordable apartments and small single-family homes to choose from. Distinguished by the 150-foot Cooper Young Trestle sculpture, residents can easily find their way to Cooper Street, which is lined with pubs, brewhouses, casual restaurants, shops, and more.

Things to Do in Cooper-Young

Find the drum kit of your dreams at Memphis Drum Shop, a well-known drum store with a second-floor stage and a gong chamber. Join 130,000 attendees at the Cooper-Young Festival, an annual arts, music, and crafts event showcasing hundreds of artisans from across the country. Shop rare records and hit albums, or see live music during Gonerfest at the unique and trendy Goner Records. Try 24 different local and regional rotating beers on tap, including some from a seasonal menu, at Hammer & Ale. Grab a pint to go with a dinner of Fish n’ Chips or Shepherd’s Pie, then head out to the patio for live music and dancing at Celtic Crossing Irish Pub. Chow down on a Rib Combo, Pulled Pork, or Beef Brisket at Central BBQ. Make reservations for a fine dining experience with entrees such as Roasted Sea Bass and Spice Crusted Tuna at Tsunami. Or enjoy meatless options like the Vegan Memphis Sandwich Platter or Chicken and Waffles at Imagine Vegan Cafe.


  • Home Price: $96,608 median purchase price; $767 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 23% of Memphis neighborhoods

Centered around the mixed-use Crosstown Concourse building, Crosstown is one of the best places to live in Memphis for singles and young professionals. This up-and-coming neighborhood has tons of apartments, condos, and even houses available for rent at affordable prices. And with convenient access to I-40 and I-69, Crosstown is perfect for those who need to commute into the heart of the city for work.

Things to Do in Crosstown

Grab a coffee, meet up with friends for drinks and dinner, shop for home goods, explore art galleries, and more at Crosstown Concourse. Hit up open mic night, jam out at a punk show, or enjoy local and national acts like The Obscured and No Mas at Hi-Tone. Head over to a classic Memphis bar to rock out by the jukebox or enjoy brews and bites at Alex’s Tavern. Bring your own beer, put in your request with the house blues band, and dance the night away at Wild Bill’s Juke Joint. Dig into popular Cajun dishes like Catfish Po-Boy, Crawfish Etouffee, and Seafood Gumbo at Mardi Gras Memphis. Order fresh Spring Rolls and a hot bowl of Pho Dac Biet at Phuong Long. Share Croquetas de Jamón Serrano, Pan con Tomate, and other tapas in a charming, intimate setting at Tonica. Or visit a long-standing community staple since 1957 for American eats like a Hot N Tasty Wings combo or a Footlong Hotdog with slaw from Jack Pirtle’s Chicken.


  • Home Price: $56,744 median purchase price; $715 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 0% of Memphis neighborhoods

Powered by business and entertainment, Downtown is one of the best places for singles and young professionals in Memphis. Home to the famous Beale Street, Downtown Memphis is jam-packed with historic blues clubs, museums, and award-winning restaurants. And with affordable condos and apartments available for rent in the area, it’s a great location for young adults looking to be smack-dab in the heart of Memphis culture!

Things to Do in Downtown

Learn about the American Civil Rights Movement through exhibitions dedicated to the Montgomery Bus Boycott at the National Civil Rights Museum. Immerse yourself in Memphis’ music history at Memphis Rock n’ Soul Museum. Grab some friends and go to Prohibition-themed bar Blind Bear for handcrafted cocktails like Moonshine Tea, Bootlegger’s Mule, and more. Jam out to a concert, see live dance performances, or get tickets to Broadway show at the historic Orpheum Theatre. Order breakfast at Memphis’ oldest cafe, where Elvis himself was once a regular, with entrees like the Sunriser Sandwich Plate, Eggs Redneck, and Chocolate Mudslide Pancakes at the Arcade Restaurant. Savor upscale entrees like Wagyu Ribeye, Elk Tenderloin, Soft Shell Crab, and other surf-and-turf offerings for date night at Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar. Dine in a converted cinema offering entrees like Grilled Salmon, Roasted Half Chicken, or Shrimp and Mushroom Linguini at The Majestic Grille. Or enjoy dinner and a show with live blues and delicious dishes like the Southern Fried Platter or Chicken and Rib Combo at B.B. King’s Blues Club.


Small brick house with white trim and flower bushes in Midtown, Memphis. Photo by Instagram user @oliveash_

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  • Home Price: $96,608 median purchase price; $767 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 23% of Memphis neighborhoods

Midtown is an excellent neighborhood for singles and young professionals in Memphis. Thanks to its central location in Bluff City, Midtown is convenient for students and faculty at the University of Memphis, healthcare professionals working in the city’s Medical District, and those who need to commute downtown for work. This Memphis neighborhood also has many fun things to do, including outdoor recreation, arts and entertainment, dining, and more.

Things to Do in Midtown

Catch popular plays and musicals put on by both community and touring actors at Playhouse on the Square. See exotic animals up close in one of Midtown’s oldest attractions, the Memphis Zoo. Spend a day playing golf, marvel at beautiful paintings and sculptures in the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, or enjoy nature in the Old Forest State Natural Area at Overton Park. Order the Rosemary Fries, Buffalo Chicken Skewers, or the Chicken Kabob Platter at Stickem, a restaurant and food truck. Split an order of chips and Bean Dip with friends or order El Jefe Grande Burrito or Enchiladas Rancheras for yourself at Frida’s Restaurante Mexicano. Satisfy your cravings for Indian food with entrees like the Tandoori Dinner, Chicken Curry, or Palak Paneer from India Palace. Or have a multi-course meal with offerings like Bistecca, Bronzino, and more for date night at Bari Ristorante e Enoteca.


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Best Neighborhoods in Memphis for Singles and Young Professionals

About Mike Beutler

Mike Beutler is a writer and digital content specialist who transitioned to self storage in 2020 after several years in the airline industry. His travels cultivated a passion for exploring cities across the U.S. and abroad and inspired him to learn more about practical insights for urban living. With 14 moves under his belt, both locally and cross-country, he also has a passion for minimalism and organization, and sharing tips to help others make any space feel like home while staying organized.