West Memphis has the 1242nd largest population in the United States. The population shrank by 4.6% from 2010 to 2015, which was slower than the national average. West Memphis is part of the Memphis metro area. Unemployment in the Memphis area is 4%, which is the same as the national average, and is getting better. Memphis has the 47th largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in West Memphis is below average at $41,880, and the median cost of a home in West Memphis is $85,100, which is below the national average. 11% of workers in West Memphis hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 79% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in West Memphis. 83% of West Memphis workers drive to work alone, 0% take public transit, 9% carpool, and 6% walk. People in West Memphis spend an average of 17 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.