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 652,236 people and 181 constituent neighborhoods, Memphis is the largest community in Tennessee.

Memphis is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (14.36%), sales jobs (9.88%), and management occupations (7.08%).

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.

Of the large cities in America, Memphis is one of the most car-oriented. This is reflected in the urban landscape, which features highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers of all sizes. It is also reflected in the statistics: 83.41% of people in Memphis drive to work in their own car everyday, most often alone. So, if you're going to live in Memphis, you'll need to learn to love driving. Alternative forms of transportation aren't very widely used or supported.

The overall education level of Memphis is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 25.45% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Memphis in 2010 was $23,629, 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 $94,516 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.