Helena is a city in Telfair and Wheeler counties in the U.S. state of Georgia. The population was 2,883 at the 2010 census, up from 2,307 in 2000. On January 1, 2015, Helena and the adjacent city (and Telfair County seat) of McRae merged to form McRae-Helena.
Location in Telfair County and the state of Georgia
Helena is located at (32.074601, -82.912698).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,307 people, 520 households, and 322 families residing in the city. Thepopulation density was 1,092.3 people per square mile (422.2/km²). There were 603 housing units at an average density of 285.5 per square mile (110.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 42.35% White, 54.18% African American, 0.39% Asian, 2.43% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.42% of the population.
There were 520 households out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.1% weremarried couples living together, 20.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.9% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the city the population was spread out with 14.2% under the age of 18, 15.3% from 18 to 24, 44.5% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 7.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 235.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 281.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $22,212, and the median income for a family was $25,543. Males had a median income of $26,772 versus $18,208 for females. The per capita income for the city was $9,520. About 25.3% of families and 29.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 46.0% of those under age 18 and 18.8% of those age 65 or over.