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Helen, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Helen Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Raleigh County at latitude 37.6374 and longitude -81.313. Raleigh County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,631 feet.

The formal official name is the Helen Census Designated Place, but most people and references simply refer to it as Helen, West Virginia.

The U5 Census Class Code for Helen indicates a populated place that is also a census designated place with the same name.. The Census Designated Place has a Functional Status Code "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The formal boundaries for the Helen Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.24 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

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Helen, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 221
Population in Households 221
Population in Familes 182
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 927
Diversity Index2 7


Total Households 89
Average Household Size 2.48
Family Households 61
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 96 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 69 (71.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 19 (19.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 7 ( 7.3%)
Median Home Value $54,167
Average Home Value $76,087


Median Household Income $21,632
Average Household Income $30,880
Per Capita Income $12,759
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.21% 0.0%
Households 0.54% 0.0%
Families 0.0% 0.0%
Median Household Income   2.51%
Per Capita Income   1.53%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Helen, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Helen to the other 401 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 340 15th
Population Density1 # 173 57th
Diversity Index2 # 212 47th
Median Household Income # 391 3rd
Per Capita Income # 399 1st

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE West Virginia Census Data Comparison Tool.