Memphis, TN
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Memphis is a very large city located in the state of Tennessee. With a population of 655,770 people and 181 constituent neighborhoods, Memphis is the largest community in Tennessee.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Memphis is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Memphis is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Memphis who work in office and administrative support (14.49%), sales jobs (10.46%), and management occupations (7.06%).

One important feature of Memphis is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 0.82% of people commute to and from work every day by private automobile, eschewing alternative forms of transportation, which are not widely available in Memphis anyway. So, if you like to drive, Memphis is the city for you! The landscape around Memphis reflects this: wide streets, parking lots, plenty of highways, malls, and shopping centers are what you'll find.

In terms of college education, Memphis is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.16% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Memphis in 2010 was $22,121, which is upper middle income relative to Tennessee, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $88,484 for a family of four. However, Memphis contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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