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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population25,152
Male Share of the Population46.2%
Female Share of the Population53.8%
Senior Citizens13.7%
Employed Population 16+9,048
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married33.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14%
Median Earnings25+$29,195
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,292
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,431

Wealth

Median Family Income$35,174
% Above Poverty Level68.9%
% Below Poverty Level31.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home1%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone33.1%
Median Gross Rent$694
Median House Value$84,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)46.2%
Irish5.5%
German4.9%
English3.9%
Italian1.2%
Dutch1%
Scottish0.5%
African0.5%
Polish0.5%
French Except Basque0.4%
Romanian0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
South African0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
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West Memphis Almanac

CategoryValue
County Crittenden County
Standard Zip Codes72301
P.O. Box Zip Codes72303
Phone Area Codes870
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude35.14
Approximate Longitude-90.18

West Memphis Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationWEST MEMPHIS
Distance2.1 miles
Jan Temp29 to 46 F
Apr Temp50 to 71 F
Jul Temp72 to 91 F
Oct Temp51 to 75 F
Annual Precip52.8 inches
StationMEMPHIS INTL AP
Distance12.6 miles
Jan Temp31 to 49 F
Apr Temp52 to 72 F
Jul Temp73 to 92 F
Oct Temp53 to 75 F
Annual Precip54.6 inches
StationMEMPHIS WSFO
Distance21.8 miles
Jan Temp28 to 48 F
Apr Temp48 to 72 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp49 to 74 F
Annual Precip53.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Crawfordsville679$57,250
Edmondson219$20,500
Horseshoe Lake366$42,813
Jericho70$20,938
Marion12,467$77,325
Turrell513$19,833

West Memphis Public Libraries

West Memphis Public Library
213 NORTH AVALON STREET
West Memphis, Arkansas
(870) 732-7590

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West Memphis Public Schools

Avondale Elementary School
1402 Crestmere
ZIP: 72301
Primary
Total Enrollment 730
Bragg Elementary School
309 W Barton
ZIP: 72301
Primary
Total Enrollment 442
East Junior High School
1151 Goodwin St
ZIP: 72301
Middle
Total Enrollment 337
Faulk Elementary School
908 Vanderbilt
ZIP: 72301
Primary
Total Enrollment 575
Jackson Elementary School
2395 Sl Henry St
ZIP: 72301
Primary
Total Enrollment 312
Maddux Elementary School
2100 E Barton
ZIP: 72301
Primary
Total Enrollment 506
Mid-south Comm College Tech Center
2000 W Brdway
ZIP: 72301
High
Richland Elementary School
1011 W Barton
ZIP: 72301
Primary
Total Enrollment 567
The Academies Of West Memphis Charter School
501 Broadway
ZIP: 72301
High
Total Enrollment 1128
Weaver Elementary School
1280 E Barton
ZIP: 72301
Primary
Total Enrollment 353
West Junior High School
331 W Barton St
ZIP: 72301
Middle
Total Enrollment 424
West Memphis High School
501 W Brdway
ZIP: 72301
Wonder Elementary School
801 S 16th St
ZIP: 72301
Primary
Total Enrollment 461
Wonder Junior High School
1401 Madison St
ZIP: 72301
Middle
Total Enrollment 420

West Memphis Private Schools

St Michael School
405 N Missouri Street
ZIP: 72301
Elementary
Total Enrollment 71
West Memphis Christian
1101 N Missouri St
ZIP: 72301
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 219
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