Helena-West Helena, AR

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2019 Population
18,606
2.25% 1-year decline
US Senator
John Boozman
Republican Party
US Senator
Tom Cotton
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
38.9
1.04% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
34.5%
4.06% 1-year increase
2019 Median Household Income
$29,320
0.195% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$70,700
3.67% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
6,708
2.09% 1-year decline

About

In 2019, Helena-West Helena, AR had a population of 18.6k people with a median age of 38.9 and a median household income of $29,320. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Helena-West Helena, AR declined from 19,034 to 18,606, a −2.25% decrease and its median household income grew from $29,263 to $29,320, a 0.195% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Helena-West Helena, AR are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (63.2%), White (Non-Hispanic) (34.5%), White (Hispanic) (1.61%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (0.435%), and Other (Hispanic) (0.188%). 0% of the households in Helena-West Helena, AR speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

100% of the residents in Helena-West Helena, AR are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Helena-West Helena, AR are Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (475 degrees awarded in 2020).

In 2019, the median property value in Helena-West Helena, AR was $70,700, and the homeownership rate was 48.2%. Most people in Helena-West Helena, AR drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 16.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Helena-West Helena, AR was 2 cars per household.

Helena-West Helena, AR borders Clarksdale, MS, Cleveland, MS, and Memphis, TN-MS-AR.

Diversity

Helena-West Helena, AR is home to a population of 18.6k people, from which 100% are citizens. As of 2019, 0.435% of Helena-West Helena, AR residents were born outside of the country (81 people).

In 2019, there were 1.83 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (11.8k people) in Helena-West Helena, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.42k White (Non-Hispanic) and 299 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Helena-West Helena, AR
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    11.8k ± 66
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    6.42k ± 7
  3. White (Hispanic)
    299 ± 60
1.88%
Hispanic Population
350 people

In 2019, there were 1.83 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (11.8k people) in Helena-West Helena, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.42k White (Non-Hispanic) and 299 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.88% of the people in Helena-West Helena, AR are hispanic (350 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Helena-West Helena, AR as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.435%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
81 people
0.562%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
107 people

As of 2019, 0.435% of Helena-West Helena, AR residents (81 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Helena-West Helena, AR was 0.562%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

39
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.8
52
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 42.6

In 2019, the median age of all people in Helena-West Helena, AR was 38.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 52. But people in Helena-West Helena, AR are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Helena-West Helena, AR residents was 39.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    60,028 ± 5,955 people
  2. El Salvador
    14,906 ± 2,990 people
  3. India
    8,724 ± 2,290 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Arkansas was Mexico, the natal country of 60,028 Arkansas residents, followed by El Salvador with 14,906 and India with 8,724.

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Citizenship

100%
2019 Citizenship
99.8%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 100% of Helena-West Helena, AR residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Helena-West Helena, AR was 99.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    411 ± 124
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    126 ± 78
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    40 ± 41

Helena-West Helena, AR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.26 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Arkansas, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Arkansas (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Arkansas. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Arkansas.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Arkansas across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Helena-West Helena, AR is $29,320. In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Helena-West Helena, AR was Benton County, AR with a value of $69,130, followed by Saline County, AR and Lonoke County, AR, with respective values of $66,327 and $62,532.

Males in Arkansas have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,995. The income inequality in Arkansas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.451, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Helena-West Helena, AR employs 6.71k people. The largest industries in Helena-West Helena, AR are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,059 people), Educational Services (969 people), and Retail Trade (939 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($65,110), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($48,154), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($39,637).

Wages

Median Household Income

$29,320
2019 value
± $3,264
0.195%
1 Year Growth
± 15.9%

Households in Helena-West Helena, AR have a median annual income of $29,320, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $29,263 in 2018, which represents a 0.195% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$56,854
Average Male Salary in Arkansas
± $1,935
$41,995
Average Female Salary in Arkansas
± $1,371

In 2019, full-time male employees in Arkansas made 1.35 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Arkansas by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Arkansas
  1. Asian
    $56,874 ± $11,128
  2. White
    $46,626 ± $1,304
  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races
    $42,148 ± $38,775

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Arkansas workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.22 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Arkansas.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Helena-West Helena, AR is from Arkansas.
0.451
2019 Wage GINI in Arkansas
0.452
2018 Wage GINI in Arkansas

In 2019, the income inequality in Arkansas was 0.451 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.384% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Arkansas was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Arkansas in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Arkansas across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Helena-West Helena, AR was Benton County, AR with a value of $69,130, followed by Saline County, AR and Lonoke County, AR, with respective values of $66,327 and $62,532.

The following map shows all of the counties in Helena-West Helena, AR colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

34.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Helena-West Helena, AR (6.36k out of 18.4k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males < 5 and then Males 6 - 11.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. Black
    5,514 ± 451
  2. White
    799 ± 214
  3. Two Or More
    36 ± 96

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Helena-West Helena, AR is Black, followed by White and Two Or More.

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

6.71k
2019 Value
± 636
−2.09%
1 Year decline
± 13.4%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Helena-West Helena, AR declined at a rate of −2.09%, from 6.85k employees to 6.71k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Helena-West Helena, AR, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (918 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (654 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (621 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Helena-West Helena, AR.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Helena-West Helena, AR, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (918 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (654 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (621 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Helena-West Helena, AR has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (7.45 times higher than expected), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (2.1 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.83 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Helena-West Helena, AR, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($59,886), Management Occupations ($51,411), and Community & Social Service Occupations ($50,500).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

6.71k
2019 Value
± 636
−2.09%
1 Year decline
± 13.4%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Helena-West Helena, AR declined at a rate of −2.09%, from 6.85k employees to 6.71k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Helena-West Helena, AR, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,059 people), Educational Services (969 people), and Retail Trade (939 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Helena-West Helena, AR, though some of these residents may live in Helena-West Helena, AR 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-West Helena, AR, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,059 people), Educational Services (969 people), and Retail Trade (939 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Helena-West Helena, AR has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (7.51 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.91 times), and Educational Services (1.56 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Helena-West Helena, AR, by median earnings, are Utilities ($65,110), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($48,154), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($39,637).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Arkansas to other states, or from other states to Arkansas.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $14.2B
  2. $13.7B
  3. $9.55B

In 2020, the top outbound Arkansas product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $14.2B, followed by Meat/seafood ($13.7B) and Coal-n.e.c. ($9.55B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Arkansas products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$144B
2020 Value in Arkansas
$271B
Projected 2050 Value in Arkansas
87.8% growth

In 2020, total outbound Arkansas trade was $144B. This is expected to increase 87.8% to $271B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Arkansas 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 Arkansas to other states, or from other states to Arkansas.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $11.8B
  2. $6.92B
  3. $5.91B

In 2020, the top outbound Arkansas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $11.8B, followed by Mississippi with $6.92B and Oklahoma and $5.91B.

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

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Arkansas went to Donald J. Trump with 62.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (34.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.08%). The most partisan county was Searcy County, AR with 83.7% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

John Boozman and Tom Cotton are the senators currently representing the state of Arkansas. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Arkansas is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Arkansas
62.4% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Arkansas
  1. 83.7% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 83.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 82.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Arkansas was Searcy County, AR with 83.7% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Arkansas colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Arkansas

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John Boozman
Senator from Arkansas3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Tom Cotton
Senator from Arkansas2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

John Boozman and Tom Cotton are the senators currently representing Arkansas.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Arkansas over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Arkansas

Arkansas is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Arkansas have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2020, universities in Helena-West Helena, AR awarded 475 degrees. The student population of Helena-West Helena, AR is skewed towards women, with 394 male students and 699 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Helena-West Helena, AR are White (239 and 50.3%), followed by Black or African American (218 and 45.9%), Hispanic or Latino (12 and 2.53%), and Two or More Races (4 and 0.842%).

The largest universities in Helena-West Helena, AR by number of degrees awarded are Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (475 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Helena-West Helena, AR are Liberal Arts & Sciences (98 and 20.6%), Welding Technology (80 and 16.8%), and Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor (53 and 11.2%).

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 68 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 19 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 9 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Helena-West Helena, AR was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 68 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Helena-West Helena, AR according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
475 degrees awarded

In 2020, the Helena-West Helena, AR institution with the largest number of graduating students was Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas with 475 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

245
Degrees Awarded to Men
230
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 245 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Helena-West Helena, AR, which is 1.07 times more than the 230 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Helena-West Helena, AR by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    239 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    218 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    12 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Helena-West Helena, AR was White students. These 239 degrees mean that there were 1.1 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 218 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Helena-West Helena, AR was $70,700 in 2019, which is 0.294 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $68,200 to $70,700, a 3.67% increase. The homeownership rate in Helena-West Helena, AR is 48.2%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Helena-West Helena, AR have an average commute time of 16.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Helena-West Helena, AR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$70,700
2019 Median
± $6,741
$68,200
2018 Median
± $4,322

In 2019, the median property value in Helena-West Helena, AR grew to to $70,700 from the previous year's value of $68,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Helena-West Helena, AR 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-West Helena, AR the largest share of households have a property value in the $60k - $70k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$29,320
Median Household Income
± $3,264
7.49k
Number of Households
± 623

In 2019, the median household income of the 7.49k households in Helena-West Helena, AR grew to $29,320 from the previous year's value of $29,263.

The following chart displays the households in Helena-West Helena, AR 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 < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

48.2%
2019 Homeownership
48.2%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 48.2% of the housing units in Helena-West Helena, AR were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 48.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Helena-West Helena, AR compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

16.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Helena-West Helena, AR have a shorter commute time (16.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 0.814% of the workforce in Helena-West Helena, AR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (83.2%)
  2. Carpooled (12.6%)
  3. Walked (1.54%)

In 2019, 83.2% of workers in Helena-West Helena, AR drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (12.6%) and those who walked to work (1.54%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Health

91.6% of the population of Helena-West Helena, AR has health coverage, with 23.2% on employee plans, 42.2% on Medicaid, 11.6% on Medicare, 13.3% on non-group plans, and 1.19% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Arkansas was $7,408 in 2014. This is a 6.91% increase from the previous year ($6,929).

Primary care physicians in Arkansas see 1507 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.333% increase from the previous year (1502 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2103 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 423 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Jackson County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (28.8%). Additionally, St. Francis County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (48.2%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,507 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Arkansas

Primary care physicians in Arkansas see an average of 1,507 patients per year. This represents a 0.333% increase from the previous year (1,502 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Arkansas in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,408
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Arkansas
$3,906
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$6,108
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$9,479
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Arkansas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.91%, from $6,929 to $7,408.

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

8.45%
Uninsured
23.2%
Employer Coverage
42.2%
Medicaid
11.6%
Medicare
13.3%
Non-Group
1.19%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Helena-West Helena, AR declined by 9.4% from 9.33% to 8.45%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Helena-West Helena, AR 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. 28.8% prevalence
  2. 27.1% prevalence
  3. 21.2% prevalence

Jackson County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Arkansas, at 28.8%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Arkansas by county over multiple years.

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