West Memphis, Ark., is located just across the river from Memphis, Tenn., and embodies the homey, convenient atmosphere of most small towns. The city is home to numerous cultural attractions that can please all food, shopping and entertainment preferences. Approximately 26,000 people live in West Memphis to enjoy the family-oriented nature of the city's young population. Search for West Memphis apartments for rent, and find Southern comfort in beautiful Arkansas.
The first settlers moved into Crittenden County in 1825 and built their structures on stilts because of the dangerous flood waters in the area. West Memphis was founded in the early 20th century as a lumbering town, as the town's proximity to a railroad station allowed millers to ship Eastern Arkansas timber around the country. Today, West Memphis is a vibrant city that embodies the mid-Southern way of life. With a scenic location on the Mississippi River, West Memphis allows families to have close proximity the best urban and rural amenities. Local residents can live in West Memphis apartments to take advantage of the city's low living expenses. West Memphis' cost of living index of 84.3 is well below the national average.
Southland Park Gaming and Racing is one of West Memphis' largest attractions, and offers world-class recreation opportunities to local residents. With reel games, blackjack, video poker, live music and dining options, Southland Park is a fun, exciting place to spend the day. The Riverside International Speedway is also here, and offers a variety of racing options for speed-seekers. As the oldest dirt track in Arkansas, the speedway hosts Midget, sprint and stock car races. Local residents also enjoy a number of exciting events in the area, including the Memphis in May Festival, Live From Memphis and the Juneteenth Freedom Festival.
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