West Memphis is a medium-sized city located in the state of Arkansas. With a population of 24,860 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, West Memphis is the 18th largest community in Arkansas.
West Memphis is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (15.50%), sales jobs (9.71%), and teaching (7.13%).
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of West Memphis spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.92 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The percentage of adults in West Memphis with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 13.97% of adults in West Memphis have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in West Memphis in 2010 was $17,073, which is lower middle income relative to Arkansas, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $68,292 for a family of four. West Memphis also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.11% 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 Irish, German, English, Italian, and Dutch.
The most common language spoken in West Memphis is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.