Helena-West Helena, AR

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Population

19,518

2.06% decline

Median Age

38.2


Median Household Income

$26,652

0.66% decline

Poverty Rate

33%


Number of Employees

6,718

0.871% growth

Median Property Value

$67,100

6.68% growth

About

In 2017, Helena-West Helena, AR had a population of 19.5k people with a median age of 38.2 and a median household income of $26,652. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Helena-West Helena, AR declined from 19,929 to 19,518, a -2.06% decrease and its median household income declined from $26,829 to $26,652, a -0.66% decrease.

The population of Helena-West Helena, AR is 62.8% Black or African American Alone, 34.6% White Alone, and 1.73% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Helena-West Helena, AR speak a non-English language, and 99.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Helena-West Helena, AR are Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (328 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Helena-West Helena, AR is $67,100, and the homeownership rate is 47.6%. Most people in Helena-West Helena, AR commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 17.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Helena-West Helena, AR is 2 cars per household.

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

Economy

The economy of Helena-West Helena, AR employs 6.72k people. The largest industries in Helena-West Helena, AR are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,146 people), Educational Services (950 people), and Retail Trade (884 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($63,578), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($45,040), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($40,294).

Median household income in Helena-West Helena, AR is $26,652. Males in Helena-West Helena, AR have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $38,953. The income inequality in Helena-West Helena, AR (measured using the Gini index) is 0.453, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$26,652

2017 value

± $1,395

-0.66%

1 Year Growth

± 9.75%

Households in Helena-West Helena, AR have a median annual income of $26,652, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $26,829 in 2016, which represents a -0.66% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$53,721

Average Male Salary

± $1,816

$38,953

Average Female Salary

± $1,246

In 2017, full-time male employees in Arkansas made 1.38 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-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

  1. Asian

    $55,861 ± $11,571

  2. White

    $43,596 ± $1,206

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

    $38,912 ± $29,718

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Arkansas workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.28 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-West Helena, AR is from Arkansas.

0.453

2017 Wage GINI

0.453

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Arkansas was 0.453 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0272% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Arkansas was lower than than the national average of 0.479. 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 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Helena-West Helena, AR was Benton County, AR with a value of $63,746, followed by Saline County, AR and Pulaski County, AR, with respective values of $59,633 and $52,450.

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 Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

33% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Helena-West Helena, AR (6.36k out of 19.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males < 5.

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

    5,627 ± 404

  2. White

    684 ± 165

  3. Two Or More

    50 ± 103

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

6.72k

2017 Value

± 565

0.871%

1 Year growth

± 11.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Helena-West Helena, AR grew at a rate of 0.871%, from 6.66k employees to 6.72k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Helena-West Helena, AR, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,091 people), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (636 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (607 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 (1,091 people), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (636 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (607 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 (7.21 times higher than expected), Transportation Occupations (2.25 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.85 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Helena-West Helena, AR, by median earnings, are Business & Financial Operations Occupations ($130,037), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($60,714), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($52,833).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

6.72k

2017 Value

± 565

0.871%

1 Year growth

± 11.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Helena-West Helena, AR grew at a rate of 0.871%, from 6.66k employees to 6.72k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Helena-West Helena, AR, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,146 people), Educational Services (950 people), and Retail Trade (884 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 (1,146 people), Educational Services (950 people), and Retail Trade (884 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 (7.1 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (2.17 times), and Educational Services (1.53 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Helena-West Helena, AR, by median earnings, are Utilities ($63,578), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($45,040), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($40,294).

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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. $24.5B

  2. $17.5B

  3. $8.54B

In 2015, the top outbound Arkansas product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $24.5B, followed by Meat/seafood ($17.5B) and Mixed freight ($8.54B).

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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$150B

2015 Value

$228B

Projected 2045 Value

52.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Arkansas trade was $150B. This is expected to increase 52.4% to $228B by 2045.

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. $12.4B

  2. $11.4B

  3. $7.98B

In 2015, the top outbound Arkansas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Mississippi with $12.4B, followed by Texas with $11.4B and Missouri and $7.98B.

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

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Health

86.9% of the population of Helena-West Helena, AR has health coverage, with 22.5% on employee plans, 38.2% on Medicaid, 11.2% on Medicare, 12.6% on non-group plans, and 2.5% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Helena-West Helena, AR see 1522 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.588% decrease from the previous year (1531 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2218 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 488 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Jefferson County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.2%). Additionally, St. Francis County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (44.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,522 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Arkansas see an average of 1,522 patients per year. This represents a 0.588% decrease from the previous year (1,531 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%).

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 

$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

13.1%

Uninsured

22.5%

Employer Coverage

38.2%

Medicaid

11.2%

Medicare

12.6%

Non-Group

2.5%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Helena-West Helena, AR declined by 15.4% from 15.4% to 13.1%.

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. 17.2% prevalence

  2. 17.1% prevalence

  3. 16.6% prevalence

Jefferson County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Arkansas, at 17.2%.

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

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Diversity

Helena-West Helena, AR is home to a population of 19.5k people, from which 99.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.512% of Helena-West Helena, AR residents were born outside of the country (100 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Helena-West Helena, AR is composed of 12.3k Black or African American Alone residents (62.8%), 6.75k White Alone residents (34.6%), 338 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.73%), 163 Two or More Races residents (0.835%), 10 Asian Alone residents (0.0512%), 7 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0359%), 2 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0102%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Helena-West Helena, AR are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

63

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 11.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Helena-West Helena, AR was 38.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 63. But people in Helena-West Helena, AR are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Helena-West Helena, AR residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.512%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

100 people

0.632%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

126 people

As of 2017, 0.512% of Helena-West Helena, AR residents (100 people) 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-West Helena, AR was 0.632%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    62,950 ± 6,094 people

  2. El Salvador

    12,524 ± 2,742 people

  3. India

    8,219 ± 2,223 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Arkansas was Mexico, the natal country of 62,950 Arkansas residents, followed by El Salvador with 12,524 and India with 8,219.

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Citizenship

99.6%

2017 Citizenship

99.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.6% of Helena-West Helena, AR residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Helena-West Helena, AR was 99.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Black or African American Alone

    12.3k ± 109

  2. White Alone

    6.75k ± 11

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    338 ± 60.2

In 2017, there were 1.82 times more Black or African American Alone residents (12.3k people) in Helena-West Helena, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.75k White Alone and 338 Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Helena-West Helena, AR citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Helena-West Helena, AR was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Helena-West Helena, AR are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    384 ± 107

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    103 ± 69

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    67 ± 58

Helena-West Helena, AR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.73 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Helena-West Helena, AR awarded 328 degrees. The student population of Helena-West Helena, AR is skewed towards women, with 679 male students and 1,068 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Helena-West Helena, AR are Black or African American (157 and 47.9%), followed by White (152 and 46.3%), Unknown (8 and 2.44%), and Hispanic or Latino (6 and 1.83%).

The largest universities in Helena-West Helena, AR by number of degrees awarded are Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (328 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Helena-West Helena, AR are Liberal Arts & Sciences (81 and 24.7%), General Health Services (39 and 11.9%), and Welding Technology (31 and 9.45%).

The median tuition costs in Helena-West Helena, AR are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 39 degrees awarded

  2. 28 degrees awarded

  3. 17 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Helena-West Helena, AR was General Health Services with 39 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Helena-West Helena, AR according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

328 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Helena-West Helena, AR institution with the largest number of graduating students was Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas with 328 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

112

Degrees Awarded to Men

216

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 112 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Helena-West Helena, AR, which is 0.519 times less than the 216 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Black or African American

    157 degrees awarded

  2. White

    152 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    8 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Helena-West Helena, AR were to Black or African American students. These 157 degrees mean that there were 1.03 times more Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 152 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Helena-West Helena, AR was $67,100 in 2017, which is 0.308 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $62,900 to $67,100, a 6.68% increase. The homeownership rate in Helena-West Helena, AR is 47.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Helena-West Helena, AR have an average commute time of 17.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Helena-West Helena, AR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$26,652

Median Household Income

± $1,395

7.82k

Number of Households

± 600

In 2017, the median household income of the 7.82k households in Helena-West Helena, AR declined from $26,652 from the previous year's value of $26,829.

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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Housing

Property Value

$67,100

2017 Median

± $3,578

$62,900

2016 Median

± $5,299

In 2017, the median property value in Helena-West Helena, AR grew to to $67,100 from the previous year's value of $62,900.

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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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

47.6%

2017 Homeownership

48.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 47.6% of the housing units in Helena-West Helena, AR were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 48.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Helena-West Helena, AR 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-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 1 car.

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Commute Time

17.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Helena-West Helena, AR have a shorter commute time (17.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.08% of the workforce in Helena-West Helena, AR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    75.8%

  2. Carpooled

    17.8%

  3. Walked

    2.27%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Helena-West Helena, AR was Drove Alone (75.8%), followed by those who Carpooled (17.8%) and those who Walked (2.27%).

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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