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 is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Memphis really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Memphis citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Memphis ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Memphis a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

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: 25.09% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

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