The American Community Survey (ACS) has released figures for 2007 concerning Helena-West Helena’s declining population.

The American Community Survey (ACS) has released figures for 2007 concerning Helena-West Helena’s declining population.  The ACS is a new nationwide survey designed to provide communities with a fresh look at how trends are changing.
The 2000 Census set the population of Helena and West Helena - now combined - at 15,012. During the past seven years the population has steadily declined to today’s estimate of 12,426.
The ACS collects information such as age, race and income, commute time to work, home value, veteran status and other important data but the agency has not released that information for cities with a population of less than 20,000. About three million housing unit addresses are selected annually from every county in the nation.  For areas like Helena-West Helena, (areas with a population less than 20,000), five-year estimates will be available in 2010. The first five-year estimates are based on ACS data collected from 2005 through 2009.
The work performed by ACS has been hailed as a critical element in the U.S. Census Bureau’s reengineered decennial census program that should start in 2010. In December, the U.S. Census Bureau will introduce three-year estimates, providing a first look at the characteristics of midsize population areas (20,000 to 64,999) since the last 10-year census in 2000. The three-year estimates are based on data collected from 2005 to 2007 and will include all geographic areas with populations of 20,000 or more, like Phillips County.
For a year-by-year breakdown on Helena-West Helena’s population decline, visit
http://factfinder.census.gov/home/saff/main.html?_lang=en.