West Memphis, AR
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West Memphis is a medium-sized city located in the state of Arkansas. With a population of 25,052 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, West Memphis is the 18th largest community in Arkansas.

Unlike some cities, West Memphis isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in West Memphis are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, West Memphis is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in West Memphis who work in office and administrative support (14.92%), sales jobs (10.80%), and food service (7.11%).

The rate of college-level education in West Memphis is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 11.27% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

The per capita income in West Memphis in 2010 was $16,853, which is middle income relative to Arkansas, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $67,412 for a family of four. However, West Memphis contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. West Memphis also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.77% of its population below the federal poverty line.

West Memphis is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call West Memphis home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of West Memphis residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in West Memphis include English, German, Dutch, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in West Memphis is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.