Memphis, TN
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Living in Memphis


Memphis is a very large city located in the state of Tennessee. With a population of 652,717 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 (14.40%), sales jobs (10.29%), and management occupations (6.97%).

Memphis, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Memphis are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.

The percentage of people in Memphis who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 25.09% of adults in Memphis have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Memphis in 2010 was $22,728, 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 $90,912 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.