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Population in 2010: 1,184. Population change since 2000: +52.2%
Males: 619  (52.3%)
Females: 565  (47.7%)

Median resident age:  40.7 years
Mississippi median age:  35.1 years

Zip codes: 39562.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $51,087 (it was $36,302 in 2000)
Helena:

$51,087
MS:

$37,095
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $25,881

Helena CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $99,903 (it was $49,200 in 2000)
Helena:

$99,903
MS:

$99,800
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $82,630; Detached houses: $100,406; Mobile homes: $45,619

Median gross rent in 2012: $833.

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  • White alone - 1,008 (85.1%)
  • Black alone - 121 (10.2%)
  • Hispanic - 27 (2.3%)
  • Two or more races - 19 (1.6%)
  • Asian alone - 9 (0.8%)

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


Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Helena: 79.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: United States (20.8%), Irish (10.3%), Scotch-Irish (7.0%), German (5.8%), English (5.7%), Italian (3.1%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 25 feet

Land area: 2.02 square miles.

Population density: 586 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in Helena:

  • High school or higher: 74.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 7.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 27.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Helena CDP:

  • Never married: 22.5%
  • Now married: 62.5%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 6.2%
  • Divorced: 8.7%

68 residents are foreign born

This place:  5.5%
Mississippi:  1.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,134 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $841 (0.8%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Biloxi, MS (25.8 miles , pop. 50,644).

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

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

8.5%
Mississippi:

8.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (42%)
  • Retail trade (24%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Wholesale trade (8%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (4%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (29%)
  • Retail trade (26%)
  • Accommodation and food services (26%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (11%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (11%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (11%)
  • Top executives (10%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (9%)
  • Supervisors of construction and extraction workers (6%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (6%)
  • Child care workers (14%)
  • Cashiers (14%)
  • Communications equipment operators (9%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (8%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (7%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (7%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)

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Tornado activity:

Helena-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Mississippi state average. It is 82% 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 below Mississippi state average. It is 97% 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 10/26/1997 at 23:27:12, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 83.2 miles away from Helena center
On 7/16/1993 at 10:54:32, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 87.7 miles away from the city center
On 9/30/2003 at 02:28:03, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 72.9 miles away from the city center
On 3/22/2005 at 08:11:50, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 96.9 miles away from Helena center
On 5/4/1997 at 03:39:12, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 74.6 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

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: 4, Tornadoes: 4, Storms: 4, Tropical Storms: 2, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Mudslide: 1, Flood: 1, Freeze: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/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)

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: 10,934)
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (about 43 miles; Perkinston, MS; FT enrollment: 6,824)
  • James H Faulkner State Community College (about 51 miles; Bay Minette, AL; FT enrollment: 2,682)
  • Columbia Southern University (about 52 miles; Orange Beach, AL; FT enrollment: 7,407)
  • Pearl River Community College (about 67 miles; Poplarville, MS; FT enrollment: 3,893)
  • William Carey University (about 74 miles; Hattiesburg, MS; FT enrollment: 2,298)
  • University of Southern Mississippi (about 77 miles; Hattiesburg, MS; FT enrollment: 12,146)
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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
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Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 32.0. This is about average.
City:

32.0
U.S.:

32.0
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2007 was 21.7. This is about average. There were 38 monitors within city limits.
City:

21.7
U.S.:

25.6
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 9.62. This is about average. There were 23 monitors within city limits.
City:

9.62
U.S.:

9.59


Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 8.0%
(8.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black 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

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Helena, MS

Helena compared to Mississippi state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Helena travel time to work - commute


Helena mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (81%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (11%)
  • Utility gas (8%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2008 2012

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

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 52.29%
Here52.3%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchAssemblies of GodPresbyterian Church (USA)
Adherents48.9%18.8%14.1%4.5%1.7%
Congregations26.6%7.6%17.7%12.7%1.9%
NameChurches of ChristBaptist Missionary Association of AmericaCommunity Church of ChristEpiscopal ChurchOther
Adherents1.7%1.6%1.5%1.4%6.0%
Congregations6.3%4.4%2.5%1.9%18.4%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables 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%

9.11% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($33,999 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.11%
Mississippi average:

7.82%

0.17% of residents moved from foreign countries ($702 average AGI)
Jackson County:

0.17%
Mississippi average:

0.09%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Harrison County, MS  3.53% ($28,467 average AGI)
from Mobile County, AL  0.32% ($35,527)
from Hancock County, MS  0.20% ($44,588)


12.59% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($36,860 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

12.59%
Mississippi average:

8.35%

0.23% of residents moved to foreign countries ($639 average AGI)
Jackson County:

0.23%
Mississippi average:

0.08%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Harrison County, MS  1.75% ($31,501 average AGI)
to Mobile County, AL  0.93% ($43,555)
to George County, MS  0.35% ($41,385)

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
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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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