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Income/capita 24%
Household income 33%
Unemployment 55%
IndexMemphisTennesseeNational
Income per capita$22,728$26,019$29,829
Median household income$36,975$46,574$55,322
Median income owner occupied$53,933$58,570$70,586
Median income renter occupied$26,343$28,937$35,192
Median earnings male$27,363$32,560$36,919
Median earnings female$23,011$24,186$26,250
Unemployment rate7.2%4.6%4.7%
Poverty level27.6%17.2%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Memphis is 24% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Memphis is 33% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Memphis is 55% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Memphis is 83% higher than the national average

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      am i middle class

      $Input your household income
      $24,647$36,975$73,950
      City
      $31,046$46,574$93,148
      State
      $36,877$55,322$110,644
      Nation
      According to the PEW research center, the middle class is defined as a range from two thirds (2/3) of the median household income to a multiple of two (2) times the median household income. Displayed above are the city, state and national median household income averages. Simply enter your median household income to determine if your income falls into the middle class or if your household income is considered upper or lower class.

      Memphis median earnings by income bracket

      Memphis employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry10.1%0.8%
      Manufacturing sector10.7%0.2%
      Financial & insurance services2.5%3.8%
      Wholesale & retail services15.5%13.8%
      Public administration3.8%4.7%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities15.4%9.1%
      Education, health & social services11.5%33.7%
      Other28.6%26.6%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Clarkedale, AR434$86,25056%
      Bartlett, TN58,318$81,58347%
      Marion, AR12,323$67,17821%
      Olive Branch, MS35,508$67,00421%
      Lynchburg, MS2,197$64,62017%
      Memphis, TN655,857$36,97533%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Boston, MA658,279$58,5166%
      Washington, DC659,009$72,93532%
      Denver, CO663,303$56,2582%
      Nashville, TN643,771$49,89110%
      Seattle, WA668,849$74,45835%
      Memphis, TN655,857$36,97533%
      Source: The Memphis, TN employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).