Helena, Mississippi

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Population in 2010: 1,184. Population change since 2000: +52.2%
Males: 696  (58.8%)
Females: 488  (41.2%)
Median resident age:  43.8 years
Mississippi median age:  36.6 years

Zip codes: 39562.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $56,489 (it was $36,302 in 2000)
Helena:

$56,489
MS:

$37,963

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $25,031 (it was $12,346 in 2000)

Helena CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $96,288 (it was $49,200 in 2000)
Helena:

$96,288
MS:

$97,500

Median gross rent in 2013: $757.

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  • Races in Helena, MS (2010)

    Helena races chart
    • 1,00885.1%White alone
    • 12110.2%Black alone
    • 272.3%Hispanic
    • 191.6%Two or more races
    • 90.8%Asian alone

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

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Helena: 80.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: United States (17.6%), Irish (13.3%), English (11.6%), French (9.3%), Scotch-Irish (6.5%), German (5.7%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 25 feet

Land area: 2.02 square miles.

Population density: 586 people per square mile   (low).

Helena, Mississippi map

For population 25 years and over in Helena:

  • High school or higher: 65.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 9.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 15.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 27.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Helena CDP:

  • Never married: 25.6%
  • Now married: 53.2%
  • Separated: 4.4%
  • Widowed: 4.6%
  • Divorced: 12.2%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,088 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $617 (0.9%)

Helena satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Tanner-Williams, AL (20.9 miles , pop. 59,443).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: New Orleans, LA (99.5 miles , pop. 484,674).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Houston, TX (414.5 miles , pop. 1,953,631).

Nearest cities: Escatawpa, MS (1.7 miles ), Moss Point, MS (2.3 miles ), Big Point, MS (2.7 miles) , Hickory Hills, MS (2.9 miles ), Pascagoula, MS (3.0 miles ), Grand Bay, AL (3.1 miles ), Vancleave, MS (3.3 miles ), Gautier, MS (3.3 miles ).

Latitude: 30.49 N, Longitude: 88.50 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 228

Helena household income distribution Helena home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

8.7%
Mississippi:

8.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (36%)
  • Retail trade (28%)
  • Wholesale trade (12%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Construction (4%)
  • Information (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Retail trade (25%)
  • Accommodation and food services (24%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Wholesale trade (7%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (29%)
  • Production occupations (28%)
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Transportation occupations (5%)
  • Material moving occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (27%)
  • Sales and related occupations (25%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (14%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)

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

Average climate in Helena, Mississippi

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Helena-area historical tornado activity is below Mississippi state average. It is 23% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/1950, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 22.1 miles away from the Helena place center injured 15 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

On 4/13/1980, a category F3 tornado 22.4 miles away from the place center injured 25 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Helena-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Mississippi state average. It is 93% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 85.4 miles away from the city center
On 9/10/2006 at 14:56:08, a magnitude 5.9 (5.9 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, Depth: 8.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 314.5 miles away from Helena center
On 2/10/2006 at 04:14:22, a magnitude 5.3 (4.2 MB, 5.3 MS, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 210.8 miles away from the city center
On 1/18/1999 at 07:00:53, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 214.7 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 153.3 miles away from Helena center
On 6/24/1975 at 11:11:36, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 226.9 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 Jackson County (20) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 12, Floods: 5, Storms: 4, Tornadoes: 4, Tropical Storms: 2, Drought: 1, Freeze: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Mudslide: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Helena topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Helena:

  • WE CARE HOSPICE INC (Hospital, about 7 miles away; MOSS POINT, MS)
  • CHATEAU DEVILLE INC (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; MOSS POINT, MS)
  • SINGING RIVER REHAB AND NURS CTR (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; MOSS POINT, MS)
  • SINGING RIVER DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, about 8 miles away; PASCAGOULA, MS)
  • MID DELTA HOSPICE II (Hospital, about 8 miles away; PASCAGOULA, MS)
  • SINGING RIVER HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 8 miles away; PASCAGOULA, MS)
  • SINGING RIVER HOSP SUBACUTE SE (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; PASCAGOULA, MS)

Amtrak station near Helena:

  • 9 miles: PASCAGOULA (505 RAILROAD AVE.) . Services: partially wheelchair accessible, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Helena:

  • University of South Alabama (about 25 miles; Mobile, AL; Full-time enrollment: 13,228)
  • Bishop State Community College (about 31 miles; Mobile, AL; FT enrollment: 2,822)
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (about 44 miles; Perkinston, MS; FT enrollment: 8,320)
  • James H Faulkner State Community College (about 50 miles; Bay Minette, AL; FT enrollment: 3,703)
  • Columbia Southern University (about 52 miles; Orange Beach, AL; FT enrollment: 14,996)
  • Pearl River Community College (about 67 miles; Poplarville, MS; FT enrollment: 3,074)
  • William Carey University (about 74 miles; Hattiesburg, MS; FT enrollment: 3,510)
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Notable location: Escatawpa Fire Department Station 2 (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Church in Helena: Helena First Baptist Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Jackson County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 72.7. This is about average.

City:

72.7
U.S.:

74.2

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 4.03. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 7.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

4.03
U.S.:

6.58

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 0.696. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 5.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.696
U.S.:

1.929

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 34.7. This is about average. Closest monitor was 5.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

34.7
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2007 was 21.7. This is about average. Closest monitor was 7.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

21.7
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 9.05. This is about average. Closest monitor was 7.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.05
U.S.:

9.14

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2003 was 0.00318. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 13.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00318
U.S.:

0.01468
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 15.6%
(17.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents)
Average household size:
This place:  2.8 people
Mississippi:  2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  75.8%
Whole state:  69.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  5.6%
Whole state:  5.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.5% of all households

Helena compared to Mississippi state average:

  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

12.6
Mississippi average:

12.3

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (79%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (12%)
  • Utility gas (5%)
  • No fuel used (4%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Helena CDP (based on Jackson County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant41,796127
Catholic12,43811
Mainline Protestant11,99635
Black Protestant3,27313
Other1,2549
None68,911-
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: 22
Jackson County:

1.69 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

2.08 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
This county:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.24 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 6
Jackson County:

0.46 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

0.80 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 67
Jackson County:

5.15 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.36 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 81
Here:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.03 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

12.1%
Mississippi:

12.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Jackson County:

31.7%
Mississippi:

33.1%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

11.9%
State:

14.4%

7.00% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($35,042 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.00%
Mississippi average:

6.70%

0.13% of residents moved from foreign countries ($749 average AGI)
Jackson County:

0.13%
Mississippi average:

0.04%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Harrison County, MS  2.00% ($32,302 average AGI)
from Mobile County, AL  0.44% ($36,474)
from George County, MS  0.17% ($35,571)


7.30% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($39,543 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.30%
Mississippi average:

6.88%

0.13% of residents moved to foreign countries ($780 average AGI)
Jackson County:

0.13%
Mississippi average:

0.06%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Harrison County, MS  2.04% ($29,296 average AGI)
to Mobile County, AL  0.47% ($38,424)
to George County, MS  0.21% ($42,893)

Strongest AM radio stations in Helena:

  • WZZJ (1580 AM; 5 kW; PASCAGOULA-MOSS POIN, MS; Owner: JUDAH BROADASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WTNI (1640 AM; 10 kW; BILOXI, MS; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WNTM (710 AM; 10 kW; MOBILE, AL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WBHY (840 AM; daytime; 10 kW; MOBILE, AL; Owner: GOFORTH MEDIA, INC.)
  • WDLT (660 AM; 10 kW; FAIRHOPE, AL; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WASG (550 AM; 25 kW; ATMORE, AL; Owner: 550 AM, INC)
  • WLPR (960 AM; 5 kW; PRICHARD, AL; Owner: GOFORTH MEDIA, INC.)
  • WWL (870 AM; 50 kW; NEW ORLEANS, LA; Owner: ENTERCOM NEW ORLEANS LICENSE, LLC)
  • WLNO (1060 AM; 50 kW; NEW ORLEANS, LA; Owner: COMMUNICOM CO. OF LOUISIANA, L.P.)
  • WKSJ (1270 AM; 5 kW; PRICHARD, AL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WLVV (1410 AM; 5 kW; MOBILE, AL; Owner: WLVV, INC.)
  • WSJC (810 AM; 50 kW; MAGEE, MS; Owner: FAMILY TALK RADIO)
  • WABB (1480 AM; 5 kW; MOBILE, AL; Owner: WABB-FM, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Helena:

  • WOSM (103.1 FM; OCEAN SPRINGS, MS; Owner: CHARLES H. COOPER)
  • WKNN-FM (99.1 FM; PASCAGOULA, MS; Owner: CHASE RADIO PROPERTIES, L.L.C.)
  • WMJY (93.7 FM; BILOXI, MS; Owner: CHASE RADIO PROPERTIES, L.L.C.)
  • WBUV (104.9 FM; MOSS POINT, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • W205AP (88.9 FM; PASCAGOULA, MS; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • WMAH-FM (90.3 FM; BILOXI, MS; Owner: MISSISSIPPI AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TV)
  • WRKH (96.1 FM; MOBILE, AL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WMXC (99.9 FM; MOBILE, AL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WZKX (107.9 FM; BAY ST. LOUIS, MS; Owner: DOWDY & DOWDY PARTNERSHIP)
  • WABB-FM (97.5 FM; MOBILE, AL; Owner: WABB-FM, INC.)
  • WZNF (95.3 FM; LUMBERTON, MS; Owner: JMD, INC.)
  • WAOY (91.7 FM; GULFPORT, MS; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC.)
  • WJLQ (100.7 FM; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WBLX-FM (92.9 FM; MOBILE, AL; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WYOK (104.1 FM; ATMORE, AL; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WKSJ-FM (94.9 FM; MOBILE, AL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WXRG (105.9 FM; PASCAGOULA, MS; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WMEZ (94.1 FM; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: 6 JOHNSON ROAD LICENSES, INC.)
  • WHIL-FM (91.3 FM; MOBILE, AL; Owner: SPRING HILL COLLEGE)
  • WBHY-FM (88.5 FM; MOBILE, AL; Owner: GOFORTH MEDIA, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Helena:

  • W51CU (Channel 51; PASCAGOULA, MS; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WKFK-LP (Channel 7; PASCAGOULA, MS; Owner: FRANCES S. SMITH DBA NCN CABLE ADVERTISING)
  • WRBM-LP (Channel 60; PRICHARD, AL; Owner: UPPER GULF COAST, L.L.C.)
  • WKRG-TV (Channel 5; MOBILE, AL; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SOUTH CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WMAH-TV (Channel 19; BILOXI, MS; Owner: MISSISSIPPI AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION)
  • WXXV-TV (Channel 25; GULFPORT, MS; Owner: MORRIS NETWORK OF MISSISSIPPI, INC.)
  • WEAR-TV (Channel 3; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: WEAR LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WMPV-TV (Channel 21; MOBILE, AL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WLOX (Channel 13; BILOXI, MS; Owner: LIBCO, INC.)
  • WPMI (Channel 15; MOBILE, AL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WJTC (Channel 44; PENSACOLA, FL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WALA-TV (Channel 10; MOBILE, AL; Owner: EMMIS TELEVISION LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • W26BR (Channel 26; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
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)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1$67,2001$116,7004$87,2852$24,1401$40,510
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$00$01$41,0900$00$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$45,4801$62,0403$93,0431$31,3400$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$00$01$75,8700$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$01$91,0300$00$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0413.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2008
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
NumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1$46,180
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$0
Choose year:  2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 1999

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0413.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 2
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