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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A-
About West Memphis...
Population
25,411

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$82,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$687
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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West Memphis Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    1,277
    283
  • Murder
    56
    6
  • Rape
    143
    41
  • Robbery
    322
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,487
    500
  • Theft
    3,026
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    322
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$30,632
National
$55,322
Children
23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    38%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    13%
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I have lived in West Memphis on and off since I was 8 years old. When I was growing up and still in school it was a nice place to live. The schools system was good and the neighborhoods were safe. We were all raised and schooled together - red, yellow, black and white - and there was harmony! I have since moved back to raise my choldren here and it is terrible. Job opportunities are poor and the neighborhoods which I felt safe to roam have now been riddled with crime and less than desirable people moving in. You get the pleasure of seeing pan handlers as soon as you exit the interstate and gunshots in the distance are the norm when you sit outside in the evenings. The diversity is not what it once was and the good people are all fleeing. I know the world has seen a change everywhere but this area is one I will be greatful to leave.
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I was born and raised in West Memphis, AR. West Memphis is a small city that is always related to Memphis, TN which is right across the bridge from each other. The only thing that I like about West Memphis is that the very few people that are trying to make some changes and bring some business to this small city. I dislike the violence and crime ratings. Yes, I am aware that the city is getting very out of hand when it comes to the violence. I'm pretty sure the violence is not going to stop until certain laws are being strictly enforced.
West Memphis is a great place to live because it is out of Memphis but close enough to easily commute. Everything you need is here in West Memphis to live comfortably without the hassle of a large city. The bus system is low cost, a wide variety of shopping, a good school system including a university, plenty of doctors offices with specialists as well, a surgery center and it is a growing community. Highly recommend this area for families and anyone wanting a little quieter atmosphere and lower cost of living compared to Memphis but still close enough to commute.