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C- West Memphis Amenities Some amenities close to this location
A West Memphis Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% lower than Arkansas
West Memphis
7921% less expensive than the US average
8416% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
West Memphis cost of living
F West Memphis Crime Total crime is 91% higher than Arkansas
Total crime
6,957152% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 15152% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-2%Year over year crime is down
West Memphis crime
F West Memphis Employment Household income is 28% lower than Arkansas
Median household income
$30,63245% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$16,67944% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%38% higher than the US average
West Memphis employment
F West Memphis Housing Home value is 29% lower than Arkansas
Median home value
$82,00056% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$68728% lower than the US average
Home ownership
47%26% lower than the US average
West Memphis real estate or West Memphis rentals
F West Memphis Schools HS graduation rate is 5% lower than Arkansas
High school grad. rates
75%9% lower than the US average
School test scores
17%66% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:11% higher than the US average
West Memphis K-12 schools or West Memphis colleges

Living in West Memphis, AR

Located in the state of Arkansas, West Memphis is a mid-sized city with a population of 25,411 inhabitants. All the single ladies (and all the single fellas) might want to take notice as only 49% of the West Memphis population is married. Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in West Memphis is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 17 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in West Memphis, Arkansas. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, weather, education, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in West Memphis and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare West Memphis to Arkansas and the national average.

Using data and statistics West Memphis has received a livability score of 50 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 2nd percentile when compared to all other cities. This is a lower than the US average livability score as West Memphis does not rank well for most categories. West Memphis has also earned the dubious distinction of of being ranked among the bottom 10 percent of all US cities. For each of the livability categories, we see that West Memphis ranks very well for cost of living (A). There are some categories that West Memphis ranks poorly for, including: crime (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

From the cost of groceries to never ending utility bills, monthly expenses can add up in a hurry. We are happy to report that the cost of living in West Memphis is actually 21.1% lower than the national average. You can definitely expect all those irritating monthly expenses to be less than most other cities.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in West Memphis is actually affordable. The median home price for West Memphis homes is $82,000, which is 28.5% lower than the Arkansas average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in West Memphis, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.7, which is 0% lower than the Arkansas average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in West Memphis were 8.6%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at -1.7%.

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Compare West Memphis, AR Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around West Memphis, AR

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Midtown, Memphis6711.762,752
Downtown, Memphis658.348,441
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
White Haven-Coro Lake, Memphis6110.888,153
Shelby Forest-Frayser, Memphis5911.534,652

Best Cities Near West Memphis, AR

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Germantown, TN872439,213
Collierville, TN8729.248,005
Atoka, TN8330.28,917
Bartlett, TN8218.858,318
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Tunica Resorts, MS8023.21,839
Olive Branch, MS7824.335,508
Lakeland, TN7727.712,541
Hernando, MS7723.815,227
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West Memphis: Affordable Living With Caveats

I chose to move to West Memphis because I lined up a job in the city and West Memphis had some reasonably priced homes I could choose from. It isn't the most glamorous city and it leaves a little to be desired, but it is an affordable place to live and it will meet your basic needs.

The crime here is high, which is one of the bigger issues with living in West Memphis. If you don't need to go shopping a lot and you don't eat out at restaurants much either, you'll probably have what you need in West Memphis without having to go far. It has the basics but that's mostly it.

You'll probably be better off getting a job in Memphis and living here in West Memphis. There aren't too many great jobs unless you're in the bigger city, so commuting is easier. For what it costs to live in West Memphis, it isn't too bad.
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Source: The West Memphis, AR data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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