Get to Know Helena, Arkansas

Phillips County, home of Helena, combines the benefits of a larger city (e.g. festivals, concerts, museums) with those of small-town life. The result is a high quality of life alongside a low cost of living. What do we mean by quality of life?  We’re talking about…

1st: All the benefits available to Visitors – entertainment, arts, culture, food, shopping, and so on – are available to YOU!

2nd: You get to live in a place where one person – you – can quickly get involved and make a difference.

3rd: Phillips County is a place where you have a lot of choice. You can play golf at the country club or at the municipal golf course. You can send your kids to a traditional public school, a public charter school, or a private school. You can sit down at a restaurant and order a T-bone or you can order catfish (or even something vegetarian). You can fly your private jet in and out of town, take your car (you will never encounter traffic), or ride your bike. You can opt for community or for solitude. You can be rural and you can be urban. You can be small town and an hour later be in the “big city”. You can be a Republican or a Democrat, Liberal or Conservative. You can be abstemious or you can go across the river to the casino any time of day or night. And you can be whatever combination of these you feel like at any time.

Finally: The quality of life is about the quality of people. There’s always something going on in Phillips County through which you can connect to your neighbors. Whether it’s one of the many annual music festivals, a fishing tournament, an adult sports league, a new exhibit at one of our many museums, a gala banquet, the Tri-County Fair, a grand opening or downtown arts walk, your social calendar will get as full as you let it.  

Did you know…

  • Helena is the only downtown on the Mississippi River for the 300 miles between Memphis and Vicksburg, making it the perfect launching point for any river adventure.


  • The Mississippi River is home to some of the biggest catfish in the country and Helena River Park’s 60 foot wide boat ramp (one of the largest public ramps on the lower Mississippi) is the perfect access point for a fishing trip.


  • Founded in 1820, Helena has an impressive number of historic homes that have been preserved over the years.


  • As the home of “King Biscuit Time,” the longest running blues radio show, Helena has played a rich role in blues and music heritage over the years. This tradition has been carried on with a multitude of festivals, and arts and music events every year.