Introduction to Helena, Arkansas

Helena, Arkansas, in Phillips county, is 52 miles SW of Memphis, Tennessee. As of the year 2000 census, 6,323 people lived in Helena.

Helena History

Helena was officially incorporated in 1833. In fact, it is the second oldest city in the state. The city was named after the daughter of one of its settlers, Sylvanus Phillips. The Union Army occupied the area in 1863 during the American Civil War. It is also the site of the Battle of Helena. until January 1, 2006, the city served as the county seat of Phillips County, which was established on May 1, 1820.

Helena and nearby Attractions

  • Phillips County Museum
  • Great River Road
  • Delta Blues Museum
  • Tunica RiverPark
  • Chucalissa Prehistoric Indian Village
  • Louisiana Purchase State Park

Things To Do In Helena

While in Helena, you can visit the Perry Street Historic District, Cherry Street Historic District, and Beech Street Historic District. One can also visit the Phillips County Museum and Helena Public Library to explore the area's history. The Delta Cultural Center is also worth visiting. The city of Helena hosts several annual events such as the Warfield Music Festival and King Biscuit Blues Festival.

Helena Transportation

The nearest international airport is Memphis International Airport.

Helena Higher Education

Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas is located in the city. Northwest Mississippi Community College, Delta State University, University of Memphis, and many other colleges and universities also offer higher educational facilities.


Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population


% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree


Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation


People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Helena Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 52 miles SW of Memphis, Tennessee
County Phillips
Standard Zip Codes 72342
Phone Area Codes 870
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.529
Longitude -90.591

Helena Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station HELENA
Distance 1 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 49 F
Apr Temp 51 to 74 F
Jul Temp 72 to 93 F
Oct Temp 51 to 76 F
Annual Precip 54 inches
Station TUNICA 2
Distance 15.9 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 48 F
Apr Temp 51 to 72 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 51 to 75 F
Annual Precip 54.1 inches
Distance 22.8 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 49 F
Apr Temp 52 to 73 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 52 to 75 F
Annual Precip 54.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Aubrey 168 $31,250
Elaine 809 $24,286
Lexa 322 $39,063
Marianna 4,024 $32,734
Marvell 1,119 $22,287

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Helena Public Libraries

Phillips-lee-monroe Regional Library System
Helena, Arkansas
(870) 338-7732

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Helena Hospitals

(870) 338-5800
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 9.2

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