Helena, Alabama

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Population in 2013: 17,560 (91% urban, 9% rural). Population change since 2000: +70.6%
Males: 8,613  (49.1%)
Females: 8,947  (50.9%)
Median resident age:  34.0 years
Alabama median age:  38.3 years

Zip codes: 35080.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $82,772 (it was $62,908 in 2000)
Helena:

$82,772
AL:

$42,849

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $30,155 (it was $26,323 in 2000)

Helena city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $177,923 (it was $128,500 in 2000)
Helena:

$177,923
AL:

$122,700

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $233,752; Detached houses: $256,195; Townhouses or other attached units: $145,485; In 2-unit structures: $200,886; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $137,523; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $109,213; Mobile homes: $50,434; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $2,304

Median gross rent in 2013: $1,479.

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  • Races in Helena, AL (2013)

    Helena races chart
    • 13,95181.2%White alone
    • 2,00711.7%Black alone
    • 5533.2%Hispanic
    • 2351.4%Two or more races
    • 2311.3%Asian alone
    • 1811.1%Other race alone
    • 400.2%American Indian alone

Races in Helena detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Helena: 91.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: English (14.3%), United States (13.4%), Irish (12.7%), German (9.6%), French (3.3%), Scottish (2.7%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 440 feet

Land area: 17.1 square miles.

Population density: 1,028 people per square mile   (low).

Helena,AL real estate house value index trend

Helena, Alabama map

For population 25 years and over in Helena:

  • High school or higher: 96.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 47.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 12.7%
  • Unemployed: 0.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 28.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Helena city:

  • Never married: 20.0%
  • Now married: 65.6%
  • Separated: 0.7%
  • Widowed: 3.5%
  • Divorced: 10.2%

150 residents are foreign born

This city:

1.5%
Alabama:

2.0%



According to our research of Alabama and other state lists there were 4 registered sex offenders living in Helena, Alabama as of July 29, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Helena to the number of sex offenders is 4,302 to 1.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is a lot smaller than the state average.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $873 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $753 (0.4%)

Helena satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Hoover, AL (8.0 miles , pop. 62,742).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Birmingham, AL (17.1 miles , pop. 242,820).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Houston, TX (558.3 miles , pop. 1,953,631).

Nearest cities: Alabaster, AL (2.0 miles ), Pelham, AL (2.1 miles ), Brantleyville, AL (2.1 miles ), Greenwood, AL (2.4 miles ), Hoover, AL (2.8 miles ), Indian Springs Village, AL (3.0 miles ), Bessemer, AL (3.1 miles ), Lipscomb, AL (3.3 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 273 buildings, average cost: $109,500
  • 1998: 475 buildings, average cost: $108,200
  • 1999: 300 buildings, average cost: $121,000
  • 2000: 187 buildings, average cost: $111,400
  • 2001: 204 buildings, average cost: $133,000
  • 2002: 202 buildings, average cost: $141,000
  • 2003: 157 buildings, average cost: $161,600
  • 2004: 353 buildings, average cost: $151,900
  • 2005: 242 buildings, average cost: $172,700
  • 2006: 177 buildings, average cost: $193,000
  • 2007: 169 buildings, average cost: $211,900
  • 2008: 49 buildings, average cost: $179,800
  • 2009: 29 buildings, average cost: $193,800
  • 2010: 22 buildings, average cost: $206,400
  • 2011: 18 buildings, average cost: $186,900
  • 2012: 56 buildings, average cost: $214,500

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 33.28 N, Longitude: 86.86 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: -6,109 (-35.0%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 796 (9.5%)

Area code commonly used in this area: 205

Helena household income distribution Helena home values distribution

Crime rates in Helena by Year
Type 2001 2003 2005 2007 2008 2009
Murders 000000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.00.0
Rapes 110131
per 100,000 9.78.70.06.920.46.6
Robberies 100002
per 100,000 9.70.00.00.00.013.2
Assaults 8016142510
per 100,000 77.40.0127.997.0170.165.8
Burglaries 18422243017
per 100,000 174.135.0175.9166.3204.1111.9
Thefts 70381298484N/A
per 100,000 677.2332.21,031.3582.2571.4N/A
Auto thefts 212240
per 100,000 19.38.716.013.927.20.0
Arson N/AN/AN/AN/A0N/A
per 100,000 N/AN/AN/AN/A0.0N/A
City-data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 308.0) 72.125.286.665.796.656.4

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City-data.com crime index counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Helena detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 24 (21 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.21
Alabama average:

2.23
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

5.0%
Alabama:

7.1%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: +5,799 (+129.0%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Finance and insurance (11%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (10%)
  • Construction (8%)
  • Manufacturing (8%)
  • Health care and social assistance (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Finance and insurance (15%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (23%)
  • Sales and related occupations (16%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (8%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (5%)
  • Architecture and engineering occupations (5%)
  • Production occupations (5%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (4%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (23%)
  • Management occupations (13%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (12%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (5%)

Work and jobs in Helena: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Helena, Alabama

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Helena-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Alabama state average. It is 126% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/4/1977, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 17.2 miles away from the Helena city center killed 22 people and injured 130 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 4/8/1998, a category F5 tornado 20.8 miles away from the city center killed 32 people and injured 259 people and caused $200 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Helena-area historical earthquake activity is near Alabama state average. It is 80% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/18/1999 at 07:00:53, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 24.6 miles away from the city center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 109.6 miles away from Helena center
On 6/24/1975 at 11:11:36, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 64.4 miles away from the city center
On 10/24/1997 at 08:35:17, a magnitude 4.9 (4.8 MB, 4.2 MS, 4.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 151.1 miles away from the city center
On 11/7/2004 at 11:20:21, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.3 MW, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 76.2 miles away from Helena center
On 12/12/1997 at 08:42:20, a magnitude 4.0 (3.9 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 29.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Shelby County (18) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 6

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 10, Floods: 8, Tornadoes: 8, Hurricanes: 4, Winds: 3, Drought: 1, Fire: 1, Snowfall: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Helena topographic map

Birthplace of: Rebecca Luker - Female singer, Liz Cochran - Beauty pageant winner.

Hospitals and medical centers near Helena:

  • COMFORT CARE HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 4 miles away; ALABASTER, AL)
  • NEW BEACON OF ALABASTER (Hospital, about 4 miles away; ALABASTER, AL)
  • FAMILY COMFORT HOSPICE OF ALABASTER (Hospital, about 4 miles away; ALABASTER, AL)
  • SHELBY RIDGE NURSING HOME (Nursing Home, about 4 miles away; ALABASTER, AL)
  • HELPING HANDS HOSPICE (Hospital, about 6 miles away; HOOVER, AL)
  • FMC CAHABA VALLEY (Dialysis Facility, about 6 miles away; PELHAM, AL)
  • GALLERIA WOODS SKILLED NURSING FACILITY (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; BIRMINGHAM, AL)

Amtrak station near Helena:

  • 17 miles: BIRMINGHAM (1819 MORRIS AVE.) . Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Helena:

  • University of Montevallo (about 13 miles; Montevallo, AL; Full-time enrollment: 2,826)
  • Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus (about 13 miles; Birmingham, AL; FT enrollment: 2,695)
  • Samford University (about 14 miles; Birmingham, AL; FT enrollment: 3,829)
  • Virginia College-Birmingham (about 14 miles; Birmingham, AL; FT enrollment: 8,167)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (about 16 miles; Birmingham, AL; FT enrollment: 14,853)
  • Jefferson State Community College (about 28 miles; Birmingham, AL; FT enrollment: 6,041)
  • The University of Alabama (about 41 miles; Tuscaloosa, AL; FT enrollment: 30,931)

Public elementary/middle schools in Helena:

See full list of schools located in Helena, School District: SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Library in Helena:

  • HELENA - JANE B. HOLMES PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $294,953; Location: 230 TUCKER ROAD; 25,429 books; 3,341 audio materials; 6,016 video materials; 81 state licensed databases; 2 other licensed databases; 40 print serial subscriptions; 23 electronic serial subscriptions)

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Notable location: Helena Fire Department Station 1 (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Helena include: Helena Cumberland Presbyterian Church (A), Mount Pleasant Baptist Church (B), Shiloh Church (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Cumberland Cemetery (1), Shiloh Cemetery (2), David Lindsay Cemetery (3), Acton Cemetery (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Swamps: Ruffin Swamp (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Prairie Brook (A), Lee Brook (B), Beaverdam Creek (C), Buck Creek (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Helena: Joe Tucker Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attraction: R & B Transportation (Tours & Charters; 1906 Lakeland Trail) (1). Display/hide its approximate location on the map

Shelby County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 95.6. This is worse than average.

City:

95.6
U.S.:

74.2

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2012 was 0.219. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 14.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.219
U.S.:

0.303

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 1.58. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 10.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

1.58
U.S.:

1.93

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 24.8. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 3.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

24.8
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 24.6. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 7.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

24.6
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 11.2. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 7.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

11.2
U.S.:

9.1

Drinking water stations with addresses in Helena that have no violations reported:

  • HELENA UTILITY BOARD (Population served: 18,900, Primary Water Source Type: Purch groundwater under infl of surface water)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 4.6%
(2.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 7.4% for Black residents, 57.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 47.2% for other race residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.8 people
Alabama:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  79.1%
Whole state:  67.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  2.8%
Whole state:  4.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households
16 people in nursing homes in 2000

Helena, Alabama environmental map by EPA

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Helena compared to Alabama state average:

  • Median household income above state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • Number of rooms per house above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly above state average.

Banks with branches in Helena (2011 data):

  • BankTrust: Helena Branch at 4949 Highway 17, branch established on 2000/04/07. Info updated 2012/01/30: Bank assets: $2,083.8 mil, Deposits: $1,812.7 mil, headquarters in Mobile, AL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 50 total offices, Holding Company: Banctrust Financial Group, Inc.
  • Regions Bank: Helena Branch at 4915 Highway 17, branch established on 2002/07/29. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $123,368.2 mil, Deposits: $98,301.3 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1778 total offices, Holding Company: Regions Financial Corporation

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.0
Alabama average:

11.9

Helena travel time to work - commute Helena mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (53%)
  • Utility gas (46%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Helena city (based on Shelby County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant61,933172
Mainline Protestant16,07638
Catholic2,8831
Black Protestant2,42112
Other2,3376
Orthodox581
None109,377-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 24
Shelby County:

1.31 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

1.89 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
This county:

0.16 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.20 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 5
Shelby County:

0.27 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 94
Shelby County:

5.14 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.32 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 124
Here:

6.78 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.75 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.4%
Alabama:

11.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Shelby County:

28.1%
Alabama:

31.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

17.2%
State:

13.5%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 1$5,441$65,2920$0
Other Government Administration 3$13,291$53,1647$6,271
Judicial and Legal 3$8,215$32,8602$3,136
Police Protection - Officers 27$111,744$49,6642$5,133
Firefighters 19$80,176$50,6370$0
Streets and Highways 3$12,357$49,4280$0
Solid Waste Management 15$35,575$28,4600$0
Sewerage 7$18,784$32,2010$0
Parks and Recreation 5$18,923$45,4150$0
Water Supply 7$18,784$32,2010$0
Local Libraries 5$14,190$34,0562$812
Other and Unallocable 7$22,185$38,0311$2,619
Totals for Government 102$359,665$42,31414$17,971

Helena government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Construction - Water Utilities: $1,256,000 ($71.53)
    Sewerage: $738,000 ($42.03)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $1,120,000 ($63.78)
    Water Utilities: $768,000 ($43.74)
    Sewerage: $451,000 ($25.68)
    Central Staff Services: $404,000 ($23.01)
    Financial Administration: $404,000 ($23.01)
    Fire Protection: $389,000 ($22.15)
    General - Other: $271,000 ($15.43)
    Parks & Recreation: $232,000 ($13.21)
    Corrections - Other: $47,000 ($2.68)
    Regular Highways: $17,000 ($0.97)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $63,000 ($3.59)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Water Utilities: $20,000 ($1.14)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $1,636,000 ($93.17)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $696,000 ($39.64)

Helena government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $764,000 ($43.51)
    All Other: $446,000 ($25.40)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $449,000 ($25.57)
    Interest Earnings: $443,000 ($25.23)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,290,000 ($73.46)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $76,000 ($4.33)
    All Other: $51,000 ($2.90)
    Highways: $24,000 ($1.37)
  • Tax - NEC: $953,000 ($54.27)
    Total General Sales: $706,000 ($40.21)
    Property: $465,000 ($26.48)
    Other Selective Sales: $327,000 ($18.62)
    Motor Vehicle License: $52,000 ($2.96)

Helena government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $11,851,000 ($674.89)
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $1,565,000 ($89.12)
  • Long Term Debt Issue, Unspecified - Water Utilities: $312,000 ($17.77)
    Other NEC: $53,000 ($3.02)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $1,459,000 ($83.09)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Water Utilities: $11,901,000 ($677.73)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Water Utilities: $262,000 ($14.92)
    Other, NEC: $159,000 ($9.05)

Helena government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $8,724,000 ($496.81)

8.06% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($48,148 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.06%
Alabama average:

6.02%

0.04% of residents moved from foreign countries ($107 average AGI)
Shelby County:

0.04%
Alabama average:

0.05%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Jefferson County, AL  3.51% ($46,368 average AGI)
from Chilton County, AL  0.21% ($27,586)
from St. Clair County, AL  0.21% ($45,076)


7.50% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($50,573 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.50%
Alabama average:

6.06%

0.05% of residents moved to foreign countries ($278 average AGI)
Shelby County:

0.05%
Alabama average:

0.06%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Jefferson County, AL  2.81% ($44,611 average AGI)
to Chilton County, AL  0.27% ($29,070)
to St. Clair County, AL  0.20% ($43,250)

Strongest AM radio stations in Helena:

  • WJOX (690 AM; 50 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WAPI (1070 AM; 50 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WDJC (850 AM; 50 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: KIMTRON, INC.)
  • WQCR (1500 AM; 2 kW; ALABASTER, AL; Owner: WGTT, INC.)
  • WERC (960 AM; 5 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WYDE (1260 AM; 5 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: KIMTRON, INC.)
  • WNSI (810 AM; 50 kW; JACKSONVILLE, AL; Owner: UNITED BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WRJS (1320 AM; 5 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WLPH (1480 AM; daytime; 5 kW; IRONDALE, AL; Owner: BIRMINGHAM CHRISTIAN RADIO, INC.)
  • WSMQ (1450 AM; 1 kW; BESSEMER, AL; Owner: BESSEMER RADIO INC.)
  • WKNG (1060 AM; daytime; 50 kW; TALLAPOOSA, GA; Owner: WKNG, INC.)
  • WAYE (1220 AM; 1 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: BIRMINGHAM CHRISTIAN RADIO, INC.)
  • WJLD (1400 AM; 1 kW; FAIRFIELD, AL; Owner: RICHARDSON BROADCASTING CORPORATION)

Strongest FM radio stations in Helena:

  • WODL (97.3 FM; HOMEWOOD, AL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WMJJ (96.5 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WQEN (103.7 FM; GADSDEN, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WYSF (94.5 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WZRR (99.5 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WDJC-FM (93.7 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: KIMTRON, INC.)
  • WBHK (98.7 FM; WARRIOR, AL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WZZK-FM (104.7 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WBPT (106.9 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WQEM (101.5 FM; COLUMBIANA, AL; Owner: GLEN IRIS BAPTIST SCHOOL)
  • WBHM (90.3 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: BD OF TRUSTEES/U OF AL AT BIRMINGHAM)
  • W281AB (104.1 FM; MOUNTAIN BROOK, AL; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • WGIB (91.9 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: GLEN IRIS BAPTIST SCHOOL)
  • WLJR (88.5 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: BRIARWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH)
  • WBFR (89.5 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • WDXB (102.5 FM; JASPER, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WVSU-FM (91.1 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: SAMFORD UNIVERSITY)
  • WANZ (100.7 FM; NORTHPORT, AL; Owner: APEX BRAODCASTING INC.)
  • WRAX (107.7 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WENN (105.9 FM; TRUSSVILLE, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

TV broadcast stations around Helena:

  • WABM (Channel 68; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: BIRMINGHAM (WABM-TV) LICENSEE, INC.)
  • WBXA-CA (Channel 2; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: THE BOX WORLDWIDE LLC)
  • WIAT (Channel 42; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WBIQ (Channel 10; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: ALABAMA EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION COMMISSION)
  • WTTO (Channel 21; HOMEWOOD, AL; Owner: WTTO LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WBRC (Channel 6; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: WBRC LICENSE, INC.)
  • WVTM-TV (Channel 13; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: BIRMINGHAM BROADCASTING (WVTM-TV), LLC)
  • WBMA-LP (Channel 58; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: TV ALABAMA, INC.)
  • WDBB (Channel 17; BESSEMER, AL; Owner: WDBB-TV, INC.)
  • WCFT-TV (Channel 33; TUSCALOOSA, AL; Owner: TV ALABAMA, INCORPORATED)
  • W27CM (Channel 27; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: EQUITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • W15AZ (Channel 15; ALABASTER, AL; Owner: GLEN IRIS BAPTIST CHURCH SCHOOL)
  • W34BI (Channel 34; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: VENTANA TELEVISION, INC.)
  • W46DK (Channel 46; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WOTM-LP (Channel 19; MONTEVALLO, AL; Owner: JAMES DONALD EARLEY)
  • WBIH (Channel 29; SELMA, AL; Owner: FLINN BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • W62BG (Channel 62; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: WTTO LICENSEE, LLC)
  • W49AY (Channel 49; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: GLEN IRIS BAPTIST SCHOOL)

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

See more detailed statistics of Helena fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2013 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 14Number of bridges
  • 35m115ftTotal length
  • $18,795,000Total costs
  • 92,929Total average daily traffic
  • 7,970Total average daily truck traffic
  • 136,339Total future (year 2029) average daily traffic

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 11920-1929
  • 11940-1949
  • 21950-1959
  • 11980-1989
  • 41990-1999
  • 52000-2009
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Helena, AL

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

26 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Helena)

FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers:

2
  • Lat: 33.274444 Lon: -86.865556, Call Sign: WPYB920
    Assigned Frequencies: 806.000 MHz
    Grant Date: 07/16/2003, Expiration Date: 07/16/2013, Certifier: Ray Waters
    Registrant: Southernlinc Wireless, 4601 Southlake Parkway - Suite 150, Hoover, AL 35244, Phone: (205) 257-1300, Fax: (205) 874-3953, Email:
  • 1000 Coalmont Road (Lat: 33.274444 Lon: -86.865556), Type: Tower, Structure height: 50.6 m, Overall height: 57.9 m, Call Sign: WQJP290
    Assigned Frequencies: 855.162 MHz, 855.887 MHz, 856.337 MHz
    Grant Date: 05/13/2008, Expiration Date: 07/16/2013, Certifier: Robin J Cohen
    Registrant: Sprint Nextel Corporation, 12502 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191, Phone: (703) 433-4000, Fax: (703) 433-4483

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

5
  • 1 Mi E Hwy 52 Int Cnty Rd 261 & 52 (Lat: 33.287611 Lon: -86.828056), Call Sign: KUW547
    Assigned Frequencies: 48.6200 MHz, 49.1600 MHz
    Grant Date: 02/13/1995, Expiration Date: 03/28/2000, Cancellation Date: 12/03/2000
    Registrant: Plantation Pipe Line Company, 1435 Windward Concourse, Alpharetta, GA 30202, Phone: (404) 751-4100
  • Lat: 33.305556 Lon: -86.831389, Call Sign: WQDA243
    Assigned Frequencies: 462.375 MHz, 464.325 MHz, 469.325 MHz
    Grant Date: 07/06/2005, Expiration Date: 07/06/2015, Certifier: Ricky Duffey
    Registrant: Sullivan Communications, 202 Business Center Drive, Birmingham, AL 35244, Phone: (205) 988-5522, Fax: (205) 988-3125, Email:
  • 7210 Wyndham Parkway (Lat: 33.278056 Lon: -86.852222), Call Sign: WQFS713
    Assigned Frequencies: 30.8400 MHz, 154.540 MHz, 33.4000 MHz, 33.1600 MHz, 31.2400 MHz, 468.487 MHz, 468.762 MHz, 469.462 MHz, 469.662 MHz, 469.887 MHz... (+20 more)
    Grant Date: 09/23/2006, Expiration Date: 09/23/2016, Certifier: Marcella Hammond
    Registrant: Dolfen Consulting Group, 95 Willow Lane, Bristol, IL 60512-9711, Phone: (630) 553-5886, Fax: (630) 566-1755, Email:
  • 3441 Highway 93 (Lat: 33.298917 Lon: -86.902167), Type: Pole, Structure height: 6 m, Call Sign: WQJX731
    Assigned Frequencies: 153.635 MHz
    Grant Date: 02/05/2009, Expiration Date: 02/05/2019, Certifier: Randall J Patterson
    Registrant: Alabama Gas Corporation, 830 5th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233, Phone: (205) 626-8351, Fax: (205) 326-8335, Email:
  • 284 Old Cahaba Terrace (Lat: 33.287444 Lon: -86.874944), Type: Pole, Structure height: 6 m, Call Sign: WQJY428
    Assigned Frequencies: 153.635 MHz
    Grant Date: 02/12/2009, Expiration Date: 02/12/2019, Certifier: Randall J Patterson
    Registrant: Alabama Gas Corporation, 830 5th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35233, Phone: (205) 326-8351, Fax: (205) 326-8335, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • HELENA, Lat: 33.306306 Lon: -86.816500, Call Sign: WQEA242
    Assigned Frequencies: 956.406 MHz
    Grant Date: 12/12/2005, Expiration Date: 12/12/2015, Certifier: Brian Hinds
    Registrant: Sensus, 450 N Gallatin Ave, Uniontown, PA 15401, Phone: (800) 638-3748, Fax: (800) 888-2403, Email:
  • Helena AL 6, 120 Old Tuscaloosa Road (Lat: 33.288472 Lon: -86.849278), Type: Tower, Structure height: 54.8 m, Overall height: 57.9 m, Call Sign: WQII674
    Assigned Frequencies: 10955.0 MHz
    Grant Date: 02/20/2008, Expiration Date: 02/20/2018, Cancellation Date: 08/20/2009, Certifier: William Chastain
    Registrant: Radio Dynamics Corporation, 774 Mays Blvd., #10-465, Silver Spring, MD 20914, Phone: (301) 493-5171, Fax: (301) 576-4553, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

62 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Helena)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

8 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Helena)
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 full and 5 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED116$139,82769$174,164403$167,02519$54,10016$122,4694$23,628
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED3$157,8478$152,03131$165,3461$100,8701$115,0001$20,570
APPLICATIONS DENIED11$141,68610$128,575113$178,33811$28,7115$100,2443$41,217
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN14$156,87417$179,866135$161,6963$109,8803$184,4730$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS3$137,6702$147,14027$164,8694$127,7950$00$0
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 1999

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0303.12 , 0303.13, 0303.16, 0303.17, 0303.18, 0303.20

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 full and 5 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED21$212,82225$182,491
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED4$215,5488$193,570
APPLICATIONS DENIED2$300,5704$262,998
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN1$194,5603$236,620
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$01$144,950
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 1999

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0303.12 , 0303.13, 0303.16, 0303.17, 0303.18, 0303.20

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 4
Most common first names in Helena, AL among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James4068.7 years
Mary3576.6 years
William2971.6 years
Robert2676.2 years
John2472.8 years
Charles1772.7 years
Edward1171.3 years
George1177.4 years
Margaret1181.7 years
Martha1078.5 years
Most common last names in Helena, AL among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson2273.8 years
Smith2275.0 years
Jones1069.3 years
Wilson1077.8 years
Miller975.8 years
Hinds775.2 years
Davis769.0 years
Harris671.9 years
Cox679.7 years
Anderson669.0 years
Businesses in Helena, AL
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Pizza Hut1
CVS1Publix Super Markets1
FedEx1Subway1
Little Caesars Pizza1Taco Bell1
McDonald's1U-Haul1
Nike2Walgreens1

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  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations: (population 5,000+)"
  • #50 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Drugs and druggists' sundries, and chemical and allied products merchant wholesalers (population 5,000+)"
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  • #54 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Pharmacies and drug stores (population 5,000+)"
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  • #73 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage increase in population in the 1990s"
  • #77 on the list of "Top 100 cities with newest houses (pop. 5,000+)"
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