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Memphis, Michigan
A Pleasant Place to Live
Location of Memphis, Michigan
Location of Memphis, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
Counties Macomb, St. Clair
 • Total 1.15 sq mi (2.98 km2)
 • Land 1.12 sq mi (2.90 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
755 ft (230 m)
 • Total 1,183
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,056.3/sq mi (407.8/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s) 810
FIPS code 26-52960
GNIS feature ID 1624727

Memphis is a city on the line between Macomb and St. Clair counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,183 at the 2010 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.15 square miles (2.98 km2), of which 1.12 square miles (2.90 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water. The city is evenly divided between Macomb and St. Clair counties. The Belle River passes through the city. Memphis is also known for its slogan, "A Pleasant Place To Live."


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 385
1880 579 50.4%
1890 588 1.6%
1900 586 −0.3%
1910 557 −4.9%
1920 452 −18.9%
1930 574 27.0%
1940 630 9.8%
1950 80 −87.3%
1960 996 1,145.0%
1970 1,121 12.6%
1980 1,171 4.5%
1990 1,221 4.3%
2000 1,129 −7.5%
2010 1,183 4.8%
Est. 2015 1,182 −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $41,705, and the median income for a family was $52,679. Males had a median income of $41,932 versus $27,019 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,983. About 7.8% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 15.9% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,183 people, 474 households, and 320 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,056.3 inhabitants per square mile (407.8/km2). There were 514 housing units at an average density of 458.9 per square mile (177.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.6% White, 0.8% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.5% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.

There were 474 households of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.5% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.02.

The median age in the city was 39.4 years. 24.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26% were from 25 to 44; 27.9% were from 45 to 64; and 13.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.8% male and 52.2% female.

Additional information

Memphis was established in 1835 and named after Memphis, Egypt, "the City on the Nile." It is located on a bluff overlooking the Belle River.

Memphis has a landmark called "The Thing", which has a state of Michigan historical marker noting Memphis as the home of the first automobile. The marker reads as follows: "Thomas Clegg (1863-1939) and his English-born father, John, built "The Thing," the first recorded self-propelled vehicle in Michigan (and perhaps the country) in 1884-85. The Thing, driven by a single cylinder steam engine with a tubular boiler carried in the rear, seated four. The vehicle was built in the John Clegg & Son machine shop here in Memphis. It ran about 500 miles (800 km) before Clegg dismantled it and sold the engine to a creamery. The shop was razed in 1936, just a short time before Henry Ford offered to buy it for Greenfield Village." It is located on Bordman Road, east of the village limits of Memphis.

Coordinates: 42°53′47″N 82°46′08″W / 42.89639°N 82.76889°W / 42.89639; -82.76889

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