St. Helena Parish, LA

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Population

10,509

1.91% decline

Median Age

38.3


Median Household Income

$35,254

3.2% decline

Poverty Rate

26.4%


Number of Employees

3,652

0.0548% growth

Median Property Value

$77,400

13.9% decline

About

In 2017, St. Helena Parish, LA had a population of 10.5k people with a median age of 38.3 and a median household income of $35,254. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of St. Helena Parish, LA declined from 10,714 to 10,509, a -1.91% decrease and its median household income declined from $36,418 to $35,254, a -3.2% decrease.

The population of St. Helena Parish, LA is 54% Black or African American Alone, 44.1% White Alone, and 0.752% Two or More Races. 2.42% of the people in St. Helena Parish, LA speak a non-English language, and 99.7% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in St. Helena Parish, LA is $77,400, and the homeownership rate is 82.8%. Most people in St. Helena Parish, LA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 36.1 minutes. The average car ownership in St. Helena Parish, LA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of St. Helena Parish, LA employs 3.65k people. The largest industries in St. Helena Parish, LA are Health Care & Social Assistance (822 people), Construction (496 people), and Retail Trade (472 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($102,981), Utilities ($92,969), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($63,947).

Median household income in St. Helena Parish, LA is $35,254. Males in St. Helena Parish, LA have an average income that is 1.55 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,269. The income inequality in St. Helena Parish, LA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$35,254

2017 value

± $5,942

-3.2%

1 Year Growth

± 25.5%

Households in St. Helena Parish, LA have a median annual income of $35,254, 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 $36,418 in 2016, which represents a -3.2% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,488

Average Male Salary

± $1,557

$40,269

Average Female Salary

± $1,025

In 2017, full-time male employees in St. Helena Parish, LA made 1.55 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in St. Helena Parish, LA 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

    $54,337 ± $8,658

  2. White

    $51,901 ± $1,178

  3. American Indian

    $39,423 ± $9,186

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of St. Helena Parish, LA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.05 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 St. Helena Parish, LA is from Louisiana.

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

0.465

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.313% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Louisiana was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Louisiana 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 9511

  2. Census Tract 9512

  3. N/A

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in St. Helena Parish, LA was Census Tract 9511 with a value of $41,725, followed by Census Tract 9512 and N/A, with respective values of $31,851 and N/A.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 6 - 11

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

26.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in St. Helena Parish, LA (2.72k out of 10.3k 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 6 - 11, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 25 - 34.

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

    2,139 ± 338

  2. White

    542 ± 173

  3. Two Or More

    38 ± 100

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in St. Helena Parish, LA 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

3.65k

2017 Value

± 462

0.0548%

1 Year growth

± 18.2%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in St. Helena Parish, LA grew at a rate of 0.0548%, from 3.65k employees to 3.65k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in St. Helena Parish, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (424 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (416 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (303 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of St. Helena Parish, LA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of St. Helena Parish, LA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (424 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (416 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (303 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, St. Helena Parish, LA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.24 times higher than expected), Healthcare Support Occupations (2.9 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (2.56 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of St. Helena Parish, LA, by median earnings, are Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($66,438), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($65,479), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations ($63,289).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

3.65k

2017 Value

± 462

0.0548%

1 Year growth

± 18.2%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in St. Helena Parish, LA grew at a rate of 0.0548%, from 3.65k employees to 3.65k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in St. Helena Parish, LA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (822 people), Construction (496 people), and Retail Trade (472 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of St. Helena Parish, LA, though some of these residents may live in St. Helena Parish, LA 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 St. Helena Parish, LA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (822 people), Construction (496 people), and Retail Trade (472 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, St. Helena Parish, LA has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (3.24 times higher than expected), Construction (2.17 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.62 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in St. Helena Parish, LA, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($102,981), Utilities ($92,969), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($63,947).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $81.6B

  2. $69.1B

  3. $38B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $81.6B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. with $69.1B and Basic chemicals and $38B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$365B

2015 Value

$476B

Projected 2045 Value

30.3% growth

In 2015, total outbound Louisiana trade was $365B. This is expected to increase 30.3% to $476B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Louisiana 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 Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $38.9B

  2. $36B

  3. $14.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $38.9B, followed by Mississippi with $36B and Florida and $14.4B.

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

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Health

82.4% of the population of St. Helena Parish, LA has health coverage, with 28.9% on employee plans, 29.9% on Medicaid, 13.8% on Medicare, 8.78% on non-group plans, and 1.04% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of St. Helena Parish, LA was $7,815 in 2014. This is a 4.38% increase from the previous year ($7,487).

Primary care physicians in St. Helena Parish, LA see 3522 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.508% decrease from the previous year (3540 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 10512 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1314 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.2%). Additionally, Assumption Parish has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

3,522 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in St. Helena Parish, LA see an average of 3,522 patients per year. This represents a 0.508% decrease from the previous year (3,540 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in St. Helena Parish, LA in comparison to neighboring states.

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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%).

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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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$7,815

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,420

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,281

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,811

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Louisiana (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.38%, from $7,487 to $7,815.

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

17.6%

Uninsured

28.9%

Employer Coverage

29.9%

Medicaid

13.8%

Medicare

8.78%

Non-Group

1.04%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in St. Helena Parish, LA declined by 15% from 20.6% to 17.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in St. Helena Parish, LA 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% prevalence

  3. 15.6% prevalence

Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana, at 17.2%.

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

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Diversity

St. Helena Parish, LA is home to a population of 10.5k people, from which 99.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.533% of St. Helena Parish, LA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of St. Helena Parish, LA is composed of 5.67k Black or African American Alone residents (54%), 4.63k White Alone residents (44.1%), 79 Two or More Races residents (0.752%), 79 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.752%), 24 Hispanic or Latino residents (0.228%), 23 Asian Alone residents (0.219%), 2 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.019%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in St. Helena Parish, LA are French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (132 speakers), Spanish or Spanish Creole (83 speakers), and Russian (20 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 2.1

31

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 47.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in St. Helena Parish, LA was 38.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 31. But people in St. Helena Parish, LA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all St. Helena Parish, LA residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.533%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

0.877%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 0.533% of St. Helena Parish, LA 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 St. Helena Parish, LA was 0.877%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    31,305 ± 4,329 people

  2. Honduras

    26,985 ± 4,021 people

  3. Vietnam

    19,764 ± 3,444 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of St. Helena Parish, LA was Mexico, the natal country of 31,305 St. Helena Parish, LA residents, followed by Honduras with 26,985 and Vietnam with 19,764.

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Citizenship

99.7%

2017 Citizenship

99.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.7% of St. Helena Parish, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in St. Helena Parish, LA was 99.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Black or African American Alone

    5.67k ± 131

  2. White Alone

    4.63k ± 19

  3. Two or More Races

    79 ± 73.5

In 2017, there were 1.22 times more Black or African American Alone residents (5.67k people) in St. Helena Parish, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.63k White Alone and 79 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 St. Helena Parish, LA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    132 speakers (1.3%)

  2. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    83 speakers (0.817%)

  3. Russian

    20 speakers (0.197%)

2.42% of St. Helena Parish, LA 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 St. Helena Parish, LA was French (Incl. Patois, Cajun). 1.3% of the overall population of St. Helena Parish, LA are native French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) speakers. 0.817% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole and 0.197% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun), the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    197 ± 113

  2. Korea

    34 ± 39

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    30 ± 35

St. Helena Parish, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 5.79 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in St. Helena Parish, LA was $77,400 in 2017, which is 0.356 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $89,900 to $77,400, a 13.9% decrease. The homeownership rate in St. Helena Parish, LA is 82.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in St. Helena Parish, LA have an average commute time of 36.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in St. Helena Parish, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$35,254

Median Household Income

± $5,942

3.99k

Number of Households

± 471

In 2017, the median household income of the 3.99k households in St. Helena Parish, LA declined from $35,254 from the previous year's value of $36,418.

The following chart displays the households in St. Helena Parish, LA 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

$77,400

2017 Median

± $11,952

$89,900

2016 Median

± $29,792

In 2017, the median property value in St. Helena Parish, LA declined from to $77,400 from the previous year's value of $89,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in St. Helena Parish, LA 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 St. Helena Parish, LA the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

None

Average Range

This chart shows the households in St. Helena Parish, LA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In St. Helena Parish, LA the largest share of households pay taxes in the None range.

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Rent vs Own

82.8%

2017 Homeownership

82%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 82.8% of the housing units in St. Helena Parish, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 82%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in St. Helena Parish, LA 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 St. Helena Parish, LA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in St. Helena Parish, LA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

36.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in St. Helena Parish, LA have a longer commute time (36.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 10.2% of the workforce in St. Helena Parish, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.5%

  2. Carpooled

    8.32%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.21%

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

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