Population, Race and Ethnicity
Helena-West Helena is a city in Phillips County, Arkansas, with a population of 10,965. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 22.90% of residents identify as white, 75.10% as Black or African American, 0.00% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.10% as Asian, 0.00% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 0.60% as Hispanic or Latino, and 1.20% as some other race or combination of races.
Nationally, some 61.1% of Americans identify as white, 12.3% as Black or African American, 0.7% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 5.4% as Asian, 0.2% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 17.8% as Hispanic or Latino, and 2.6% as some other race or combination of races.
Census respondents are also asked to report ancestry. Some of the most commonly reported ancestries in Helena-West Helena include Irish, German, English, American, and Subsaharan African. Measured by location quotient — comparing the city share to the national share — some of the most highly concentrated ancestries in city are African, Cajun, and Brazilian.
Native and foreign-born population
An estimated 99.50% of Helena-West Helena residents are native-born, meaning they were born in the United States, Puerto Rico, a U.S. Island Area, or abroad to a U.S. citizen. Of the 0.50% of the population that is foreign-born, 100.00% have become naturalized U.S. citizens. Nationwide, 86.5% of Americans are native-born. And of the 13.5% of Americans who are foreign-born, 48.5% have become naturalized U.S. citizens.
The population of Helena-West Helena is younger than the United States as a whole. The median age is 35.1 years, 2.8 years less than the national median age of 37.9 years. An estimated 15.80% of the population is 65 years and over, compared to 15.2% of the U.S. population.
Family and household composition
Family and household composition also varies heavily across the United States. In Helena-West Helena, 28.20% of households are occupied by married-couple families, compared to the 48.3% national figure. Some 5.00% of households are occupied by single male householders, 26.80% by single female householders, and 40.00% by non-family occupants. Nationwide, 4.9% of households are occupied by single male householders, 12.6% by single female householders, and 34.3% by non-family occupants. An estimated 37.30% of heads of household own their homes, compared to the national homeownership rate of 63.8%.
English is by far the most commonly spoken language in Arkansas and across the U.S. as a whole. Similarly, in Helena-West Helena, 99.8% of local residents aged 5 and up speak English exclusively, or, if they are multilingual, speak English very well. For context, 96.7% of the 5 and older population across Arkansas only speaks English, or speak it very well, and 91.5% of the same age group nationwide do.
Residents of Helena-West Helena are less likely than the typical American to be married. Of all local residents aged 15 and older, 32.3% are currently married, compared to 48.1% of Americans nationwide in the same age group. Across Arkansas as a whole, 49.8% of residents 15 and older are married.
Divorce is more common in Helena-West Helena than it is across the U.S. as a whole. According to Census estimates, 12.9% of residents 15 and older are divorced — compared to 10.8% of the U.S. population in the same age group. In Arkansas, 13% of the 15 and older population is divorced.
An estimated 40.1% of Helena-West Helena residents 15 and older have never married, compared to one-third of all Americans in the same age group.
In Helena-West Helena, 6.9% of the 18 and older civilian population are veterans — compared to 7.5% of adult civilians nationwide and 8.9% of the civilian population in all of Arkansas.
In Helena-West Helena, adults are less likely to have a high school education than the typical American adult, and are less likely to have a four-year college education. Among Helena-West Helena residents 25 and older, 76.30% have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 13.00% have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 87.7% and 31.5% of adults nationwide, respectively. Across Arkansas, 86.2% of adults have graduated high school, and 22.6 have a bachelor’s degree.
The typical household in Helena-West Helena earns $22,400 a year, about $37,900 less than the national median of $60,293 and $23,300 less than the median household income across the state of $45,726.
Serious financial hardship is more common in Helena-West Helena than it is nationwide. The local poverty rate stands at 41.70%, while the national poverty rate is 14.1%. Across the state as a whole, 17.6% of the population lives below the poverty line.
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