St. Helens, Kentucky

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Population in July 2007: 1,678.
Males: 846  (50.5%)
Females: 832  (49.5%)
Median resident age:  39.3 years
Kentucky median age:  35.9 years

Zip code: 41311

Estimated median household income in 2013: $21,600 (it was $17,330 in 2000)
St. Helens:

$21,600
KY:

$43,399

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $11,219 (it was $10,609 in 2000)

St. Helens CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $46,804 (it was $29,300 in 2000)
St. Helens:

$46,804
KY:

$120,900
  • Races in St. Helens, KY (2000)

    St. Helens races chart
    • 1,74497.5%White alone
    • 150.8%Black alone
    • 150.8%Two or more races
    • 100.6%Hispanic
    • 50.3%American Indian alone

Races in St. Helens detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in St. Helens: 83.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Current Local Time: EST time zone

Land area: 58.7 square miles.

Population density: 29 people per square mile   (very low).

St. Helens, Kentucky map

For population 25 years and over in St. Helens:

  • High school or higher: 49.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 5.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.7%
  • Unemployed: 8.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 44.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in St. Helens CCD:

  • Never married: 15.7%
  • Now married: 66.4%
  • Separated: 3.9%
  • Widowed: 7.1%
  • Divorced: 10.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

St. Helens CCD:  0.7% ($199)
Kentucky:  0.8% ($610)
St. Helens satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Fayette, KY (57.5 miles , pop. 260,512).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (365.9 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Beattyville, KY (2.3 miles ), Oakdale, KY (2.7 miles ), Booneville, KY (2.7 miles) , South River, KY (3.2 miles ), Malaga, KY (3.4 miles ), Campton, KY (3.4 miles ), Jackson, KY (3.5 miles ), Canoe, KY (3.6 miles ).

Latitude: 37.57 N, Longitude: 83.62 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 606

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

8.2%
Kentucky:

4.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (19%)
  • Truck transportation (9%)
  • Food and beverage stores (8%)
  • Wood products (7%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)
  • Health care (20%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Apparel (12%)
  • Food and beverage stores (9%)
  • Machinery (7%)
  • Gasoline stations (6%)
  • Social assistance (6%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (16%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (9%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (6%)
  • Construction laborers (4%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)
  • Fishing and hunting, and forest and logging workers (4%)
  • Carpenters (4%)
  • Cashiers (13%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (12%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (10%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (8%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (7%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Personal appearance workers (6%)

Work and jobs in St. Helens: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in St. Helens, Kentucky

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

St. Helens-area historical tornado activity is below Kentucky state average. It is 36% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/9/1961, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 10.8 miles away from the St. Helens place center killed one person and injured 63 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 4/3/1974, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 40.2 miles away from the place center killed 7 people and injured 28 people.

Earthquake activity:

St. Helens-area historical earthquake activity is near Kentucky state average. It is 78% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 47.3 miles away from the city center
On 9/7/1988 at 02:28:09, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 42.0 miles away from St. Helens center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 240.5 miles away from the city center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 124.2 miles away from the city center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 247.6 miles away from St. Helens center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 229.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Lee County (19) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 12, Storms: 11, Tornadoes: 6, Winter Storms: 5, Mudslides: 3, Blizzard: 1, Freeze: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Snowfall: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near St. Helens:

  • LEE COUNTY CARE AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; BEATTYVILLE, KY)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to St. Helens:

  • Hazard Community and Technical College (about 34 miles; Hazard, KY; Full-time enrollment: 2,087)
  • Eastern Kentucky University (about 40 miles; Richmond, KY; FT enrollment: 13,525)
  • Morehead State University (about 44 miles; Morehead, KY; FT enrollment: 7,523)
  • Big Sandy Community and Technical College (about 47 miles; Prestonsburg, KY; FT enrollment: 2,660)
  • Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (about 54 miles; Cumberland, KY; FT enrollment: 2,196)
  • Bluegrass Community and Technical College (about 58 miles; Lexington, KY; FT enrollment: 8,560)
  • University of Kentucky (about 59 miles; Lexington, KY; FT enrollment: 23,517)

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Notable locations in St. Helens: Glen Eden Community Center (A), Primrose Volunteer Fire Department (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in St. Helens include: Gum Springs Bible Church (A), Blaines Branch Church (B), New Springs Church (C), Union Church (D), New Zion Church (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Cable Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Bear Creek (A), Cave Branch (B), Cow Hoof Branch (C), Double Cabin Creek (D), Dunigan Branch (E), Wolfpen Branch (F), Fraley Creek (G), Hell Creek (H), Laurel Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Average household size:
This place:  2.4 people
Kentucky:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  68.5%
Whole state:  66.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  5.8%
Whole state:  6.4%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.8% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

30.9%
Whole state:

15.8%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

13.9%
Whole state:

6.6%

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

17.8
Kentucky average:

13.8

St. Helens travel time to work - commute St. Helens mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for St. Helens CCD (based on Lee County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant1,71421
Mainline Protestant2484
Other1422
Catholic1161
None5,667-
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: 1
Lee County:

1.34 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

2.19 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Lee County:

1.34 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

0.74 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
Lee County:

6.72 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.36 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 2
Here:

2.69 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.74 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

12.5%
Kentucky:

11.0%
Adult obesity rate:
Lee County:

32.9%
Kentucky:

30.0%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

10.1%
State:

15.9%

5.34% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,075 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.34%
Kentucky average:

6.18%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

6.28% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($26,873 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.28%
Kentucky average:

6.19%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Owsley County, KY  0.80% ($31,000 average AGI)
to Madison County, KY  0.60% ($49,750)

Strongest AM radio stations in St. Helens:

  • WMTC (730 AM; 5 kW; VANCLEVE, KY; Owner: THE KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN HOLINESS ASSN.)
  • WEKG (810 AM; daytime; 5 kW; JACKSON, KY; Owner: INTERMOUNTAIN B/CING CO., INC.)
  • WKVL (850 AM; daytime; 50 kW; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: HORNE RADIO, LLC)
  • WHAS (840 AM; 50 kW; LOUISVILLE, KY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WLW (700 AM; 50 kW; CINCINNATI, OH; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WKLB (1290 AM; 5 kW; MANCHESTER, KY; Owner: BARKER BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WTVN (610 AM; 50 kW; COLUMBUS, OH; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WKIC (1390 AM; 5 kW; HAZARD, KY)
  • WKYH (600 AM; 5 kW; PAINTSVILLE, KY; Owner: HIGHLANDS BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WPRT (960 AM; 5 kW; PRESTONSBURG, KY; Owner: EAST KENTUCKY RADIO NETWORK, INC.)
  • WSAI (1530 AM; 50 kW; CINCINNATI, OH; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WLAP (630 AM; 5 kW; LEXINGTON, KY; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)

Strongest FM radio stations in St. Helens:

  • WLJC (102.1 FM; BEATTYVILLE, KY; Owner: HOUR OF HARVEST, INCORPORATED)
  • WOCS (88.3 FM; LEROSE, KY; Owner: BOARD OF REGENTS - MOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WJSN-FM (106.5 FM; JACKSON, KY; Owner: INTERMOUNTAIN BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WMTC-FM (99.9 FM; VANCLEVE, KY; Owner: KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN HOLINESS ASSOC.)
  • WCBJ (103.7 FM; CAMPTON, KY; Owner: MORGAN COUNTY INDUSTRIES INC)
  • WSKV-FM (104.9 FM; STANTON, KY; Owner: PARKS BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WSGS (101.1 FM; HAZARD, KY; Owner: MOUNTAIN BROADCASTING SERVICE, INC.)
  • WZQQ (97.9 FM; HYDEN, KY; Owner: LESLIE COUNTY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WJMD (104.7 FM; HAZARD, KY; Owner: HAZARD BROADCASTING SERVICES)
  • WTBK (105.7 FM; MANCHESTER, KY; Owner: MANCHESTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WEKH (90.9 FM; HAZARD, KY; Owner: EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY)
  • WSEH (102.7 FM; CUMBERLAND, KY; Owner: CUMBERLAND CITY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WCYO (100.7 FM; IRVINE, KY; Owner: KENTUCKY RIVER BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WWAG (107.9 FM; MCKEE, KY; Owner: DANDY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WLFX (106.7 FM; BEREA, KY; Owner: WALLINGFORD COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)

TV broadcast stations around St. Helens:

  • WLJC-TV (Channel 65; BEATTYVILLE, KY; Owner: HOUR OF HARVEST, INC.)
  • W26BK (Channel 26; TALBERT, KY; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W16BI (Channel 16; TALBERT, KY; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WUPX-TV (Channel 67; MOREHEAD, KY; Owner: PAXSON LEXINGTON LICENSE, INC.)
  • W64CM (Channel 64; TALBERT, KY; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W66DA (Channel 66; TALBERT, KY; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W54CI (Channel 54; TALBERT, KY; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WYMT-TV (Channel 57; HAZARD, KY; Owner: WYMT LICENSEE CORP.)
  • WLEX-TV (Channel 18; LEXINGTON, KY; Owner: WLEX COMMUNICATIONS, L.L.C.)
  • W24BT (Channel 24; TALBERT, KY; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (38%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (37%)
  • Wood (9%)
  • Coal or coke (6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (5%)
  • Utility gas (3%)
  • Other fuel (2%)

St. Helens compared to Kentucky state average:

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