Phillips County is located in east central Arkansas. The County Seat is Helena-West Helena and the largest city is Helena-West Helena. The Official Web Site is located at http://phillipscounty.arkansas.gov/. The 2014 population estimate is 19,930 and the 2010 census population was 21,757. The land area is 695.66 square miles and there are 31.3 persons per square mile.
36.2% of the population is White, 62% is Black or African American, 1.6% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.4% is Asian, 0.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.1% is two or more races. 72.8% have a high school degree or higher, and 12% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $59,500, there are 8,339 households, an average of 2.52 persons per household. The per capita income is $16,830, the median household income is $26,737, and 33.5% of the persons in Phillips County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 1,791. Retail sales (in $1000) were $229,411, and sales per capita were $10,468. The percentage of black-owned firms is 26.7%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 33.4%.
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