Information About Memphis

The total estimated population is 729,307. Density is low at 1,887 persons per square mile.

Races of Residents

Population by Race: Black: 420,683; White: 279,073; Asian: 10,399; Two or More Races: 7,543; American Indian: 1,400; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 274; Other Race: 9,935; Hispanic Population: Hispanic or Latino: 20,455 (3%); Not Hispanic or Latino: 708,852 (97%)

There are 27,642 foreign born residents, of which 29.3% are naturalized citizens.

Most Common Birthplaces

Foreign Born: Mexico: 9,758; Vietnam: 2,503; India: 1,683; China (not including Hong Kong or Taiwan): 1,083; Germany: 793; Korea: 701; Canada: 626; U.S. Born: This State: 467,014; South: 157,005; Midwest: 45,049; West: 15,272; Northeast: 13,871;

Most Common Foreign Birthplaces in Memphis Most Common US Birthplaces in Memphis

The sex distribution is 47% male and 53% female. The median age is 32 years.

Age Distribution

There are 47,021 married couples with children and 44,047 single-parent households (6,346 men, 37,701 women).

The median household income is $41,648 in 1999 dollars.

Median Household Income Comparisons

U.S.: $41,994; Tennessee: $36,360; Memphis: $41,648;

19% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Poverty Level Comparisons

U.S.: 12%; Tennessee: 13%; Memphis: 19%;

Household Income Distribution

In thousands of dollars.

Work Type and Occupations

Work Type: Private wage and salary: 232,217; Government: 51,296; Self-employed: 15,609; Unpaid family work: 737; Occupation: Management, professional, and related: 97,382; Sales and office: 96,137; Professional and related: 60,611; Office and administrative support: 60,481; Production, transportation, and material moving: 51,654; Service: 49,964;

Work Types in Memphis Common Occupations in Memphis

The average commute time is 24 minutes to and from work.

Transportation to Work

Car or truck (drove alone): 246,635; Car or truck (carpooled): 46,764; Public transportation: 8,313; Worked at home: 5,583; Walked: 5,381; Bicycle: 320; Motorcycle: 227;

Transportation to work methods in Memphis

Educational Attainment

Percent of population in Memphis.

There are 299,044 housing units, of which 202,841 are single family homes.

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing

All Housing Units: Owner: 165,036; Renter: 112,401; Vacant: 21,607; Owner-Occupied: Mortgaged: 122,931; Not Mortgaged: 42,105;

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing in Memphis

The median single family home value is $88,107.

Median Monthly Cost for Mortgaged Homes

U.S.: $1,088; Tennessee: $882; Memphis: $859;

Median Rent for Rental Units

U.S.: $519; Tennessee: $408; Memphis: $423;

The average household size is 2 and the median number of rooms in housing units is 5.

Housing Units By Year Built

1939 or earlier: 24,783; 1940 to 1949: 25,933; 1950 to 1959: 53,245; 1960 to 1969: 59,103; 1970 to 1979: 61,666; 1980 to 1989: 41,221; 1990 to 1994: 18,294; 1995 to 1998: 11,389; 1999 to March 2000: 3,410;

0.9% of homes lack plumbing and 2.7% lack telephone service.

Commonly Used Home Heating Fuel

Utility Gas: 164,433; Electricity: 108,455; Bottled, tank, or LP gas: 2,877; No Fuel: 810;

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