Introduction to West Memphis, Arkansas

West Memphis, Arkansas, in Crittenden county, is 7 miles W of Memphis, Tennessee. The city is part of the Memphis metropolitan area. Approximately, 27,666 people live in West Memphis.

West Memphis History

The first inhabitants of West Memphis were the Mound Builders, a native American tribe. The Europeans who came to West Memphis were led by the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto. This city was originally founded as a logging camp. It was constructed in the year 1797 and known as the Bragg's Mill. The city received its present name in the early 1900s. The name stems for the fact that lumber shipped from the Memphis market to foreign buyers fetched higher prices.

West Memphis and nearby Attractions

  • Missouri Pacific Industrial Park
  • West Memphis City Hall
  • Missouri Avenue Plaza Shopping Center
  • Worthington Park
  • Eugene Woods Community Center

Things To Do In West Memphis

There are several frequently visited places in West Memphis including Meadowbrook Country Club, Rainer Industrial Park, and the Eugene Woods Community Center. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Broadway Plaza East Shopping Center, Missouri Avenue Plaza Shopping Center, and the Holiday Plaza Mall Shopping Center. Some of the parks tourists can visit are the Hightower Park, Worthington Park, and Matthews Park.

West Memphis Transportation

The airport closest to West Memphis is Memphis International Airport.

West Memphis Higher Education

Institutes offering higher educational facilities in West Memphis are Mid-South Community College and the Southern Institute of Cosmetology. There are other higher education institutes that can be attended from West Memphis including the University of Memphis, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and Southwest Tennessee Community College-Union campus.


Total Population 25,767
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 13.1%
Employed Population 16+ 9,535
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 34.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.3%
Median Earnings25+ $27,369
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,611
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,236


Median Family Income $33,471
% Above Poverty Level 65.2%
% Below Poverty Level 34.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%


People Living Alone 29.7%
Median Gross Rent $683
Median House Value $85,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 53.6%
US/American 0%
English 3.6%
Irish 5%

West Memphis Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 7 miles W of Memphis, Tennessee
County Crittenden
Metro Area Memphis
Standard Zip Codes 72301
P.O. Box Zip Codes 72303
Phone Area Codes 870
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.146
Longitude -90.184

West Memphis Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.1 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 46 F
Apr Temp 50 to 71 F
Jul Temp 72 to 91 F
Oct Temp 51 to 75 F
Annual Precip 52.8 inches
Distance 12.6 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 49 F
Apr Temp 52 to 72 F
Jul Temp 73 to 92 F
Oct Temp 53 to 75 F
Annual Precip 54.6 inches
Distance 21.8 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 48 F
Apr Temp 48 to 72 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 53.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Crawfordsville 503 $52,083
Edmondson 307 $31,406
Horseshoe Lake 265 $39,583
Jericho 60 $43,333
Marion 12,354 $74,356
Turrell 484 $26,250

West Memphis Public Libraries

West Memphis Public Library
West Memphis, Arkansas
(870) 732-7590
Library Web Site

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West Memphis Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(870) 735-1500
Emergency Service: Yes

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