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City of West Memphis

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Location of West Memphis, Arkansas
Location of West Memphis, Arkansas
Coordinates: 35°9′1″N 90°10′44″W / 35.15028, -90.17889
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Crittenden
Government
 - Mayor William H. Johnson
Area
 - City  26.6 sq mi (68.8 km²)
 - Land  26.5 sq mi (68.6 km²)
 - Water  0.1 sq mi (0.2 km²)
Elevation  210 ft (64 m)
Population (2000)
 - City 27,666
 - Density 1,044.3/sq mi (403.2/km²)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 72301, 72303
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-74540
GNIS feature ID 0078727
Website: http://www.ci.west-memphis.ar.us/

West Memphis is the largest city in Crittenden County, Arkansas, United States. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 28,181, ranking it as the state's 14th largest city, behind Bentonville.[1] It is considered part of the Memphis metropolitan area, and is located directly across the Mississippi River from Memphis. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Crittenden_County_Arkansas_Incorporated_and_Unincorporated_areas_West_Memphis_Highlighted. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of... Official language(s) English Capital Little Rock Largest city Little Rock Largest metro area Little Rock Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 29th  - Total 53,179 sq mi (137,002 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 261 miles (420 km)  - % water 2. ... List of 75 counties in the U.S. state of Arkansas: See also Media:Blank county map of Arkansas. ... Crittenden County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... Look up city, City in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... To help compare orders of magnitude of different geographical regions, we list here areas between 1,000 km² and 10,000 km². See also areas of other orders of magnitude. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Look up city, City in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time (UTC-6) and five hours during daylight saving time (UTC-5). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Though DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Mr. ... Area code 870 is the telephone area code serving southern, eastern and northeastern Arkansas. ... Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the U.S. Federal government for use by all (non-military) government agencies and by government contractors. ... GNIS (The Geographic Names Information System) contains name and locative information about almost two million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States of America and its Territories. ... Crittenden County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. ... Official language(s) English Capital Little Rock Largest city Little Rock Largest metro area Little Rock Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 29th  - Total 53,179 sq mi (137,002 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 261 miles (420 km)  - % water 2. ... Sam Waltons original Waltons Five and Dime, now the Wal-Mart Visitors Center, in the center of Bentonville Monument in homage to James H. Berry, the Confederacy, and the Southern Soldier, called by many Feddy, located in the town square of Bentonville, facing the Wal-Mart Visitor... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... For the river in Canada, see Mississippi River (Ontario). ...

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Geography

West Memphis is located at 35°9′1″N, 90°10′44″W (35.150294, -90.178831)GR1.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 68.8 km² (26.6 mi²). 68.6 km² (26.5 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (0.26%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Economy

Primarily because of its central location and transportation infrastructure, West Memphis has become a hub for distribution and assembly operations. The city lies at the point where two of the nation's most heavily travelled interstate highways (I-40 and I-55) intersect with the Mississippi River (a major cargo waterway) and large rail-lines operated by BNSF and Union Pacific.[2]


Major operations include distribution centers for retailers such as Family Dollar Stores[3] and manufacturers such as Ciba Chemicals.[4]


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 27,666 people, 10,051 households, and 7,136 families residing in the city. The population density was 403.2/km² (1,044.3/mi²). There were 11,022 housing units at an average density of 160.6/km² (416.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 55.93% Black or African American, 42.16% White, 0.21% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.51% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 1.01% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ...


There were 10,051 households out of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.4% were married couples living together, 25.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. There are 553 unmarried partner households: 475 heterosexual, 52 same-sex male, and 26 same-sex female. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.23. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 31.5% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 86.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.9 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $27,399, and the median income for a family was $32,465. Males had a median income of $29,977 versus $21,007 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,679. About 23.7% of families and 28.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.9% of those under age 18 and 22.3% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Education

  • West Memphis High School, 10-12
  • West Memphis Christian School, PK-12
  • West Junior High School, 7-9
  • Bragg Elementary School, K-6
  • Richland Elementary School, K-6
  • Faulk Elementary School, K-6
  • East Junior High School, 7-9
  • Jackson Elementary School, PK-6
  • Maddux Elementary School, K-6
  • Weaver Elementary School, K-6
  • Wonder Elementary School, K-6
  • Wonder Junior High School, 7-9
  • St. Michaels School, PK-6
  • Crittenden Pentecostal Academy, K-12
  • Avondale Elementary School, PK-1
  • Wedlock Elementary School, K-6
  • Mid-South Community College

West Memphis Christian School is a college preparatory school with a campus located in West Memphis, Arkansas. ...

Notable residents

  • Betty Blue - model and actress
  • Marcus Brown - former NBA and current European basketball player
  • Shirley Brown - Grammy-nominated Stax recording artist
  • Michael Cage - former NBA rebounding champion
  • Sid Eudy aka Sid Vicious or Sid Justice - former 4 time World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion (WWE, WCW)
  • Keith Lee - former NBA player
  • Sonny Boy Williamson II - influential blues singer and harmonica player. One of his songs, West Memphis Blues, tells the story of how his home there was damaged by fire in 1949. The song mentions several local personalities, white and black, who supported him when he was falsely accused of arson.

West Memphis is also nationally known as the site of a 1993 triple murder in the city's Robin Hood Hills neighborhood. Two documentary films[5][6] and an award-winning book[7] raise doubt about the guilt of the three teenagers, known as the West Memphis 3, who were convicted of the crime. Betty Blue (born August 14, 1931 in West Memphis, Arkansas; died August 23, 2000) was an American model and actress and was Playboy magazines Playmate of the Month for the November 1956 issue. ... Marcus James Brown (born April 3, 1974, in West Memphis, Arkansas) is an American professional basketball player. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... Shirley Brown is a soul singer, born January 6, 1947 in West Memphis, Arkansas. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Streaming API for XML (StAX) is an application programming interface (API) to read and write XML documents in the Java programming language. ... Michael Jerome Cage (born January 28, 1962 in West Memphis, Arkansas) is a former NBA basketball player. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... For the bassist of the Sex Pistols, see Sid Vicious. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... Keith Lee (born December 28, 1962 in West Memphis, Arkansas), is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the 1st round (11th overall) of the 1985 NBA Draft. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... Sonny Boy Williamson, circa 1964 Aleck Rice Miller (December 5, 1899 - May 25, 1965), a. ... “Blues music” redirects here. ... The West Memphis 3 are three men tried and convicted for the murders of three children in the Robin Hood Hills area of West Memphis, Arkansas, United States in 1993. ...


References

  1. ^ Annual Estimates of the Population for All Incorporated Places in Arkansas (CSV). 2005 Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division (June 21, 2006). Retrieved on November 16, 2006.
  2. ^ "Total Access"
  3. ^ "Family Dollar Leverages Strong West Memphis Distribution Operation into 6,000th Store"
  4. ^ "New Laboratory Constructed at the Ciba West Memphis Plant"
  5. ^ Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills
  6. ^ Paradise Lost 2: Revelations
  7. ^ Devil's Knot by Mara Leveritt

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External links

  • West Memphis Economic Development and Site Selection, Demographic, tax, and distribution park data
  • Mainstreet West Memphis
  • Crittenden County Open Portal Website
  • City of West Memphis
  • The Evening Times, West Memphis & Crittenden County's daily afternoon newspaper

Coordinates: 35.150294° N 90.178831° W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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West Memphis, Arkansas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (493 words)
West Memphis is a city located in Crittenden County, Arkansas.
Three people, known as the West Memphis 3, were convicted of the crime, but are claimed to be innocent by some.
West Memphis was the home of Sonny Boy Williamson II, influential blues singer and harmonica player.
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