One of the major amenities of Oxford is its close proximity to Memphis, Tennessee.
With a population of approximately 1,341,000, Memphis is the largest city in Tennessee and the 20th largest in America. The Memphis Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), including portions of Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas, is the 41st largest metropolitan statistical area in the nation.
A Business and Commerce Hub
The Memphis International Airport has 154 daily departures, direct flights to 53 destinations, four major airlines, 13 commuter airlines and four runways. The Memphis International Airport is one of seven Delta hubs in the United States. The Memphis International Airport is 68 miles from Oxford and has been ranked by Airports Council International (ACI) as the top cargo airport in North America since 1992. The airport has been ranked by Airports Council International (ACI) as the top cargo airport in North America world since 1992. Federal Express is headquartered in Memphis.
The Memphis area has six interstate highways. The interstate highways are 22, 40, 55, 69, 240 and 269. I-69 is currently under construction. Memphis will be the new interstate’s halfway point. Amtrak’s “City of New Orleans” passenger service from Chicago to New Orleans stops at historic Central Station in Memphis. Amtrak also provides service to New York, Seattle, Denver, and Los Angeles via Union Station in Chicago. The “City of New Orleans” includes amenities such as a dining car, a theater car, and a sightseeing lounge.
A Nice Place to Live or Just Visit
Memphis is one of those cities where spring and fall seem to last forever. With 64% sunshine days, an average annual temperature of 62°F, an average summer temperature of 82.5°F (July) and an average winter temperature of 39.9°F (January) there are plenty things to do all year around. 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. Other aspects of the quality of life include:
- 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.
- Bartlett was named as one of Relocate-America’s™ Top 100 Places to Live in 2009.
- In 2009, Memphis ranked 35th as one of Forbes “Best City for Singles.”
The NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis Tigers play under the same arena roof at FedExForum. The University of Mississippi competes in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and draws many avid fans from the Memphis area for all its sporting events.
As the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals since 1998, the Memphis Redbirds are the first and only professional sports franchise to be recognized as a charity (501C3). Their mission is to improve the lives of the children in our community through programs like RBI (Returning Baseball to the Inner-City) and STRIPES (Sports Teams Returning In the Public Education System). Autozone Park, the Redbirds ballpark, is located in the heart of Downtown Memphis. AutoZone Park was named the 2009 Minor League Ballpark of the Year by Baseball America.