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 sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Helena-West Helena who work in sales jobs (13.74%), office and administrative support (13.07%), and teaching (10.43%).
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 18.87 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The rate of college-level education in Helena-West Helena is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 12.70% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.
The per capita income in Helena-West Helena in 2010 was $15,070, 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 $60,280 for a family of four. Helena-West Helena also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 44.23% 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 English, African, German, and French .
The most common language spoken in Helena-West Helena is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.