Memphis, TN

The Memphis metro are is a ten county metropolitan area located on the Mississippi River in southwestern Tennessee , with Memphis, the largest city in the state of Tennessee, being its anchor city. The population of the area has recently seen a steady overall rise, and much of this is due to the spike in the foreign-born population.

Total Population: 1,344,127

(An increase of 1.46 % in the past 5 years.)

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 57,387
  • Language Spoken at Home - 76,700

Quick Facts

  • Memphis is the most populous city in the state of Tennessee, as well as the most populous city on the Mississippi river.

  • Latinos are the largest ethnic group in Memphis as approximately fifty percent of the foreign-born population are Latino. Mexicans are the largest people group in Memphis at almost 22,000 people.

  • The Latino population in Memphis has more than tripled since 1990.

  • Memphis has a sizable Sudanese refugee population. It is estimated that their are at least 200 Sudanese refugee families living in the greater Memphis area.


Historically, many residents of Memphis identify themselves with African, English, Irish, Italian and German ancestry. However, more recently the city has seen a rise in Latino and Asian immigration. Latinos now makeup almost half of the foreign-born population with Mexicans being the largest of all the people groups in the city. There are also significant presences from the Latin Caribbean, and South American countries. Memphis has seen a larger increase of Mexican immigrants over the last two decades than any other people group.

Memphis also has a growing Asian population with large immigrant communities from Vietnam, the Philippines, and India. Although these populations are currently small relative to other MSA's, if the growth rate continues in the direction it is going, these people groups will have a significant effect on the city.

People Group Profiles

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PG Name Country Of Birth Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
HindiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism1,590
GujaratiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism714
UrduPakistanSouth Asian PeoplesIslam590
Arab, YemeniYemenArab WorldIslam - Shia401
VietnameseVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism - Mahayana3,323
FrenchFranceEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic2,815
Chinese, MandarinChinaEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism2,354
HonduranHondurasLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic2,026
KoreanSouth KoreaEast Asian PeoplesChristianity - Protestant1,583
Filipino, TagalogPhilippinesMalay PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic1,082
GermanGermanyEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Protestant900
JapaneseJapanEast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions - Shintoism832
SalvadoranEl SalvadorLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal738
VenezuelanVenezuelaLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic662
RussianRussiaEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox620
Ethiopian, AmharaEthiopiaHorn of AfricaChristianity - Orthodox509
ItalianItalyEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic489
Cambodian, KhmerCambodiaSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism459
CubanCubaLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic426
LaoLaosSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism360
NigerianNigeriaSub-Saharan AfricanChristianity - Protestant315
Arab, LebaneseLebanonArab WorldIslam276
UkrainianUkraineEurasian PeoplesChristianity268
PolePolandEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic241