West Memphis is a medium-sized city located in the state of Arkansas. With a population of 24,402 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, West Memphis is the 18th largest community in Arkansas.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, West Memphis is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (11.38%), sales jobs (11.35%), and food service (7.53%).
The percentage of adults in West Memphis with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 15.14% of adults in West Memphis have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in West Memphis in 2018 was $18,260, 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 $73,040 for a family of four. However, West Memphis contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
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.