Helena-West Helena is a somewhat small city located in the state of Arkansas. With a population of 11,109 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Helena-West Helena is the 33rd largest community in Arkansas.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Helena-West Helena is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Helena-West Helena is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Helena-West Helena who work in office and administrative support (12.17%), sales jobs (11.84%), and healthcare (9.91%).
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Helena-West Helena spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.09 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Helena-West Helena rank slightly lower than the national average. 15.17% of adults 25 and older in Helena-West Helena have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.
The per capita income in Helena-West Helena in 2010 was $15,331, which is lower middle income relative to Arkansas, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $61,324 for a family of four. However, Helena-West Helena contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Helena-West Helena also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 41.70% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Helena-West Helena is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Helena-West Helena home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Helena-West Helena residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Helena-West Helena include Irish, English, German, and Dutch.
The most common language spoken in Helena-West Helena is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.