St. Helen, MI
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St. Helen is a very small town located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 2,614 people and two constituent neighborhoods, St. Helen is the 305th largest community in Michigan.

St. Helen is a blue-collar town, with 40.43% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, St. Helen is a town of sales and office workers, construction workers and builders, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in St. Helen who work in sales jobs (21.63%), office and administrative support (12.15%), and healthcare (6.49%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.69% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Another notable thing is that St. Helen is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, St. Helen’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, St. Helen has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes St. Helen a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

In St. Helen, just 6.48% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in St. Helen in 2010 was $15,783, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $63,132 for a family of four. St. Helen also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.11% of its population below the federal poverty line.

The people who call St. Helen home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of St. Helen residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in St. Helen include Irish, English, French , and Polish.

The most common language spoken in St. Helen is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.

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