Helena, AL

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Population

17,928

1.69% growth

Median Age

37.2


Median Household Income

$84,110

0.917% decline

Poverty Rate

3.54%


Number of Employees

9,486

4.37% growth

Median Property Value

$186,900

1.03% growth

About

In 2017, Helena, AL had a population of 17.9k people with a median age of 37.2 and a median household income of $84,110. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Helena, AL grew from 17,630 to 17,928, a 1.69% increase and its median household income declined from $84,888 to $84,110, a -0.917% decrease.

The population of Helena, AL is 77.6% White Alone, 13.3% Black or African American Alone, and 3.61% Two or More Races. 4.72% of the people in Helena, AL speak a non-English language, and 97.9% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Helena, AL is $186,900, and the homeownership rate is 94.3%. Most people in Helena, AL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 30 minutes. The average car ownership in Helena, AL is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Helena, AL employs 9.49k people. The largest industries in Helena, AL are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,793 people), Finance & Insurance (965 people), and Retail Trade (879 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($77,313), Finance & Insurance ($70,313), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($68,882).

Median household income in Helena, AL is $84,110. Males in Helena, AL have an average income that is 1.44 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,615. The income inequality in Helena, AL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$84,110

2017 value

± $4,727

-0.917%

1 Year Growth

± 7.35%

Households in Helena, AL have a median annual income of $84,110, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $84,888 in 2016, which represents a -0.917% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,549

Average Male Salary

± $1,465

$40,615

Average Female Salary

± $997

In 2017, full-time male employees in Helena, AL made 1.44 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $58,018 ± $10,489

  2. White

    $47,885 ± $1,063

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $45,909 ± $38,465

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Helena, AL workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.21 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Helena, AL is from Alabama.

0.46

2017 Wage GINI

0.458

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Alabama was 0.46 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.343% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Alabama was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Alabama in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 303.34

  2. Census Tract 303.36

  3. Census Tract 142.04

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Helena, AL was Census Tract 303.34 with a value of $100,431, followed by Census Tract 303.36 and Census Tract 142.04, with respective values of $96,795 and $92,217.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

3.54% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Helena, AL (634 out of 17.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Males 35 - 44.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    396 ± 133

  2. Black

    163 ± 130

  3. Hispanic

    97 ± 92

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Helena, AL is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

9.49k

2017 Value

± 740

4.37%

1 Year growth

± 10.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Helena, AL grew at a rate of 4.37%, from 9.09k employees to 9.49k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Helena, AL, are Sales & Related Occupations (1,526 people), Management Occupations (1,426 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,095 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Helena, AL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Helena, AL, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (1,526 people), Management Occupations (1,426 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,095 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Helena, AL has an unusually high number of residents working as Computer & Mathematical Occupations (2.07 times higher than expected), Business & Financial Operations Occupations (1.79 times), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.77 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Helena, AL, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($103,258), Management Occupations ($74,274), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($74,028).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

9.49k

2017 Value

± 740

4.37%

1 Year growth

± 10.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Helena, AL grew at a rate of 4.37%, from 9.09k employees to 9.49k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Helena, AL, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,793 people), Finance & Insurance (965 people), and Retail Trade (879 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Helena, AL, though some of these residents may live in Helena, AL and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Helena, AL, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,793 people), Finance & Insurance (965 people), and Retail Trade (879 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Helena, AL has an unusually high number of Utilities (3.63 times higher than expected), Finance & Insurance (2.17 times), and Information (1.49 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Helena, AL, by median earnings, are Wholesale Trade ($77,313), Finance & Insurance ($70,313), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($68,882).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Alabama to other states, or from other states to Alabama.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $40.7B

  2. $28B

  3. $21.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Alabama product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $40.7B, followed by Mixed freight with $28B and Coal-n.e.c. and $21.5B.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$243B

2015 Value

$367B

Projected 2045 Value

50.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Alabama trade was $243B. This is expected to increase 50.7% to $367B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Alabama trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Alabama to other states, or from other states to Alabama.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.3B

  2. $16.7B

  3. $14.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Alabama domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Georgia with $25.3B, followed by Florida with $16.7B and Tennessee and $14.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Alabama shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

95.6% of the population of Helena, AL has health coverage, with 69.1% on employee plans, 3.83% on Medicaid, 8.34% on Medicare, 12.4% on non-group plans, and 1.97% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Helena, AL was $7,281 in 2014. This is a 4.07% increase from the previous year ($6,996).

Primary care physicians in Helena, AL see 1535 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.1% decrease from the previous year (1552 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2139 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1185 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Greene County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (21.1%). Additionally, Macon County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (47.8%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,535 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Alabama see an average of 1,535 patients per year. This represents a 1.1% decrease from the previous year (1,552 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,281

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,641

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,042

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,267

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Alabama (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.07%, from $6,996 to $7,281.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

4.38%

Uninsured

69.1%

Employer Coverage

3.83%

Medicaid

8.34%

Medicare

12.4%

Non-Group

1.97%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Helena, AL grew by 9.96% from 3.98% to 4.38%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Helena, AL changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 21.1% prevalence

  2. 20.9% prevalence

  3. 20.4% prevalence

Greene County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Alabama, at 21.1%.

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Diversity

Helena, AL is home to a population of 17.9k people, from which 97.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.07% of Helena, AL residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Helena, AL is composed of 13.9k White Alone residents (77.6%), 2.39k Black or African American Alone residents (13.3%), 648 Two or More Races residents (3.61%), 492 Asian Alone residents (2.74%), 414 Hispanic or Latino residents (2.31%), 33 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.184%), 29 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.162%), and 12 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0669%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Helena, AL are Spanish or Spanish Creole (340 speakers), Vietnamese (151 speakers), and Chinese (113 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.5

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 5.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Helena, AL was 37.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Helena, AL are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Helena, AL residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.07%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.88%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 4.07% of Helena, AL residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Helena, AL was 3.88%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    51,837 ± 5,560 people

  2. Guatemala

    11,080 ± 2,581 people

  3. India

    9,229 ± 2,356 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Helena, AL was Mexico, the natal country of 51,837 Helena, AL residents, followed by Guatemala with 11,080 and India with 9,229.

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Citizenship

97.9%

2017 Citizenship

97.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.9% of Helena, AL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Helena, AL was 97.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    13.9k ± 657

  2. Black or African American Alone

    2.39k ± 617

  3. Two or More Races

    648 ± 363

In 2017, there were 5.82 times more White Alone residents (13.9k people) in Helena, AL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.39k Black or African American Alone and 648 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Helena, AL as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    340 speakers (2.11%)

  2. Vietnamese

    151 speakers (0.935%)

  3. Chinese

    113 speakers (0.7%)

4.72% of Helena, AL citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Helena, AL was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 2.11% of the overall population of Helena, AL are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.935% speak Vietnamese and 0.7% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    376 ± 163

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    319 ± 133

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    231 ± 111

Helena, AL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.18 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Helena, AL was $186,900 in 2017, which is 0.859 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $185,000 to $186,900, a 1.03% increase. The homeownership rate in Helena, AL is 94.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Helena, AL have an average commute time of 30 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Helena, AL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$84,110

Median Household Income

± $4,727

6.57k

Number of Households

± 582

In 2017, the median household income of the 6.57k households in Helena, AL declined from $84,110 from the previous year's value of $84,888.

The following chart displays the households in Helena, AL 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$186,900

2017 Median

± $5,431

$185,000

2016 Median

± $5,957

In 2017, the median property value in Helena, AL grew to to $186,900 from the previous year's value of $185,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Helena, AL compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Helena, AL the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Helena, AL distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Helena, AL the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

94.3%

2017 Homeownership

93.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 94.3% of the housing units in Helena, AL were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 93.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Helena, AL compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Helena, AL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Helena, AL have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

30 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Helena, AL have a longer commute time (30 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.17% of the workforce in Helena, AL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    91.5%

  2. Carpooled

    3.52%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.95%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Helena, AL was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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