Memphis, TN

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Memphis profile

Living in Memphis

Memphis is a very large city located in the state of Tennessee. With a population of 650,618 people and 181 constituent neighborhoods, Memphis is the largest community in Tennessee.

Unlike some cities, Memphis isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Memphis are a mix 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 (12.46%), sales jobs (9.56%), and management occupations (6.94%).

One thing noticeable about Memphis, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Memphis is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Memphis a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Memphis is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.

One important feature of Memphis is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 83.96% 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.

The percentage of people in Memphis who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 25.70% of adults in Memphis have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Memphis in 2010 was $24,243, 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 $96,972 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 Irish, English, German, Italian, and European.

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