Helena, Arkansas

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Helena, Arkansas
City
Downtown Helena
Downtown Helena
Location of Helena, Arkansas
Location of Helena, Arkansas
Coordinates: 34°31′34″N 90°36′5″W / 34.52611°N 90.60139°W / 34.52611; -90.60139Coordinates: 34°31′34″N 90°36′5″W / 34.52611°N 90.60139°W / 34.52611; -90.60139
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Phillips
Area
 • Total 8.9 sq mi (23.0 km2)
 • Land 8.9 sq mi (23.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 197 ft (60 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 10,032
 • Density 902/sq mi (290.89/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 72342
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-31180
GNIS feature ID 0077157

Helena is the eastern portion of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, a city in Phillips County, Arkansas. As of the 2000 census, this portion of the city population was 6,323. Helena was the county seat of Phillips County[1] until January 1, 2006, when it merged its government and city limits with neighboring West Helena.

Helena is the birthplace of Arkansas' former Senior United States Senator Blanche Lincoln and actor/director/filmmaker Chuck Williams. Helena is home to the longest running daily radio program in the U.S., King Biscuit Time.

From 1906 to 1946, Helena was a terminal point on the former Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad, which provided passenger and freight service to Joplin, Missouri.[2]

Geography[edit]

Helena is located at 34°31′34″N 90°36′5″W / 34.52611°N 90.60139°W / 34.52611; -90.60139 (34.526223, −90.601377).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, Helena had a total area of 8.9 square miles (23 km2), all land.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 6,323 people, 2,312 households, and 1,542 families residing in Helena. The population density was 710.7 people per square mile (274.3/km²). There were 2,710 housing units at an average density of 304.6/sq mi (117.6/km²). The racial makeup of Helena is 67.93% Black or African American, 30.59% White, 0.13% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 0.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,312 households out of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.8% were married couples living together, 28.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.28.

In Helena, the population is spread out with 32.5% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 22.1% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 83.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.5 males.

The median income for a household in Helena is $18,662, and the median income for a family was $21,534. Males had a median income of $27,203 versus $17,250 for females. The per capita income for Helena is $13,028. About 38.4% of families and 41.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 54.9% of those under age 18 and 24.1% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture[edit]

Historic buildings[edit]

Helena, Arkansas is home to a number of historic buildings such as the Sidney H. Horner House and the Centennial Baptist Church.

Education[edit]

Helena-West Helena School District operates schools in what was Helena.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ "H. Glenn Mosenthin, "Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad"". encyclopediaofarkansas.net. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Bruce Bennett (1917–1979)". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Saxophonist Red Holloway Dead at 84 Chicago tenor was prolific leader and sideman for six decades". Jazz Times. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Alex Johnson Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  8. ^ "LINCOLN, Blanche Lambert, (1960 – )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ "The Roberta Martin Singers". All Music. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Conway Twitty". All Music. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 

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