Helena-West Helena, AR

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2022 Population
9,470
2.44% 1-year decline
US Senator
John Boozman
Republican Party
US Senator
Tom Cotton
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
38.4
5.79% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
33.9%
21.1% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$31,118
20.9% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$69,300
1.98% 1-year decline
2022 Employed Population
2,989
9.05% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Helena-West Helena, AR had a population of 9.47k people with a median age of 38.4 and a median household income of $31,118. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Helena-West Helena, AR declined from 9,707 to 9,470, a −2.44% decrease and its median household income grew from $25,735 to $31,118, a 20.9% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Helena-West Helena, AR are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (73.9%), White (Non-Hispanic) (20.3%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.04%), White (Hispanic) (1.69%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.982%).

None of the households in Helena-West Helena, AR reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99% of the residents in Helena-West Helena, AR are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Helena-West Helena, AR are Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (356 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Helena-West Helena, AR was $69,300, and the homeownership rate was 46.7%.

Most people in Helena-West Helena, AR drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 20.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Helena-West Helena, AR was 1 car per household.

Population & Diversity

Helena-West Helena, AR is home to a population of 9.47k people, from which 99% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.56% of Helena-West Helena, AR residents were born outside of the country (148 people).

In 2022, there were 3.64 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (7k people) in Helena-West Helena, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.92k White (Non-Hispanic) and 193 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99%
2022 Citizenship
100%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99% of Helena-West Helena, AR residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Helena-West Helena, AR was 100%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Helena-West Helena, AR
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    7k ± 349
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    1.92k ± 289
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    193 ± 121
2.65%
Hispanic Population
251 people

In 2022, there were 3.64 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (7k people) in Helena-West Helena, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.92k White (Non-Hispanic) and 193 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.65% of the people in Helena-West Helena, AR are hispanic (251 people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    62,018 ± 6,050 people
  2. El Salvador
    15,360 ± 3,035 people
  3. India
    9,985 ± 2,449 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Arkansas was Mexico, the natal country of 62,018 Arkansas residents, followed by El Salvador with 15,360 and India with 9,985.

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Foreign-Born Population

1.56%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
148 people
0.546%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
53 people

As of 2022, 1.56% of Helena-West Helena, AR residents (148 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Helena-West Helena, AR was 0.546%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    161 ± 70
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    59 ± 45
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    15 ± 17

Helena-West Helena, AR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.73 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Helena-West Helena, AR employs 2.99k people. The largest industries in Helena-West Helena, AR are Health Care & Social Assistance (489 people), Manufacturing (465 people), and Retail Trade (410 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($221,000), Wholesale Trade ($77,583), and Educational Services ($42,264).

Males in Arkansas have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,335. The income inequality in Arkansas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.452, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

2.99k
2022 Value
± 454
9.05%
1 Year growth
± 20.6%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Helena-West Helena, AR grew at a rate of 9.05%, from 2.74k employees to 2.99k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Helena-West Helena, AR, are Sales & Related Occupations (382 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (376 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (339 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Helena-West Helena, AR.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

2.99k
2022 Value
± 454
9.05%
1 Year growth
± 20.6%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Helena-West Helena, AR grew at a rate of 9.05%, from 2.74k employees to 2.99k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Helena-West Helena, AR, are Health Care & Social Assistance (489 people), Manufacturing (465 people), and Retail Trade (410 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Helena-West Helena, AR, though some of these residents may live in Helena-West Helena, AR and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$37,741
Median earning men ± $2,006
$24,713
Median earning women ± $5,952

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($77,583), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,625), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($41,047).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($35,256), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation, & Accommodations & Food Services ($34,830), and Public Administration ($24,679).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
2.24%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.35M people employed in Arkansas. This represents a 2.24% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 8.69%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Arkansas.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Arkansas went to Donald J. Trump with 62.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (34.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.08%).

John Boozman and Tom Cotton are the senators currently representing the state of Arkansas. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Arkansas is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Arkansas

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John Boozman
Senator from Arkansas3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Tom Cotton
Senator from Arkansas2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

John Boozman and Tom Cotton are the senators currently representing Arkansas.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Arkansas

Arkansas is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Arkansas have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Helena-West Helena, AR awarded 356 degrees. The student population of Helena-West Helena, AR in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 451 male students and 783 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Helena-West Helena, AR are Black or African American (193 and 54.2%), followed by White (149 and 41.9%), Hispanic or Latino (9 and 2.53%), and Two or More Races (4 and 1.12%).

The largest universities in Helena-West Helena, AR by number of degrees awarded are Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (356 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Helena-West Helena, AR are Liberal Arts & Sciences (64 and 18%), Welding Technology (43 and 12.1%), and Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor (40 and 11.2%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 1,234 students enrolled in Helena-West Helena, AR, 36.5% men and 63.5% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in Black or African American with 636 records, of which 64% were women and 36% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Helena-West Helena, AR was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 53 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
356 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas with 356 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 171 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Helena-West Helena, AR, which is 0.924 times less than the 185 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was Black or African American students. These 193 degrees mean that there were 1.3 times more degrees awarded to Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 149 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($2,640) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($860) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,350) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.946% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.851% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (793k), Some college (528k), and Secondary Education (350k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Helena-West Helena, AR was $69,300 in 2022, which is 0.246 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $70,700 to $69,300, a 1.98% decrease. The homeownership rate in Helena-West Helena, AR is 46.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Helena-West Helena, AR have an average commute time of 20.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Helena-West Helena, AR is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Median household income in Helena-West Helena, AR is $31,118. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Helena-West Helena, AR was Census Tract 4801 with a value of $42,917, followed by Census Tract 4803 and Census Tract 4805, with respective values of $30,490 and $24,589.

Property

$69,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$10,307
$1,680
Median Property Taxes
±$307

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Rent vs Own

46.7%
Homeownership
2022
53.3%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 46.7% of the housing units in Helena-West Helena, AR were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 42.6%.

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Income by Location

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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 4801
  2. Census Tract 4803
  3. Census Tract 4805

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Helena-West Helena, AR was Census Tract 4801 with a value of $42,917, followed by Census Tract 4803 and Census Tract 4805, with respective values of $30,490 and $24,589.

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Household Income

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$31,118
Median Household Income
± $6,494
3.6k
Number of Households
± 460

In 2022, the median household income of the 3.6k households in Helena-West Helena, AR grew to $31,118 from the previous year's value of $25,735.

The following chart displays the households in Helena-West Helena, AR distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Helena-West Helena, AR is from Arkansas.
0.452
2022 Wage GINI in Arkansas
0.45
2021 Wage GINI in Arkansas

In 2022, the income inequality in Arkansas was 0.452 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.376% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Arkansas was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Arkansas in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (73.5%)
  2. Carpooled (17.5%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.12%)

In 2022, 73.5% of workers in Helena-West Helena, AR drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (17.5%) and those who worked at home (4.12%).

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Commute Time

20.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Helena-West Helena, AR have a shorter commute time (20.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 4.72% of the workforce in Helena-West Helena, AR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

1 car
Average Number

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Poverty & Diversity

33.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Helena-West Helena, AR (3.17k out of 9.34k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 6 - 11, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males < 5.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Helena-West Helena, AR is Black, followed by White and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

92.1% of the population of Helena-West Helena, AR has health coverage, with 20% on employee plans, 49.1% on Medicaid, 10.9% on Medicare, 10.5% on non-group plans, and 1.69% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Phillips County, AR see 1617 patients per year on average, which represents a 10.3% decrease from the previous year (1803 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2883 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1331 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,617 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Phillips County, AR

Primary care physicians in Phillips County, AR see an average of 1,617 patients per year. This represents a 10.3% decrease from the previous year (1,803 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Phillips County, AR in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 30.9% under 18 years, 16.2% between 18 and 34 years, 35.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 17.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 42.6% were men and 57.4% were women.

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Uninsured People

7.91%
Uninsured
20%
Employer Coverage
49.1%
Medicaid
10.9%
Medicare
10.5%
Non-Group
1.69%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Helena-West Helena, AR grew by 14% from 6.93% to 7.91%.

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