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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Helena is a town in Montana with a population of 31,212. Helena is in Lewis and Clark County and is one of the best places to live in Montana. Living in Helena offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Helena there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Helena and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Helena are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$232,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$818
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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Helena Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    401.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    172.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    34.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    576.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,307.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    426.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Helena

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$56,221
National
$55,322
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Helena is a wonderful destination for those looking for outdoor activities close to town. It has a great trail system with trails just minutes away. There are beautiful trees and mountains. The town of Helena itself doesn't have as many options for food and entertainment as many other places do, so if you are looking for a great city experience you probably won't find that here. However, Downtown Helena is very unique and has a lot of cool shops and history that could definitely keep you entertained!
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Helena is a great family friendly, outdoor enthusiast, affordable town. As the Montana state capitol, it brings in many state and federal job opportunities to the community. With the endless recreational opportunities surrounding Helena, including three lakes, a ski hill, hiking and biking trails with various terrain, and outdoor parks throughout the city, this is an outdoors enthusiast's paradise. The town has affordable living. The night life here is not great. Unless you're over the age of 21, opportunities for entertainment are limited to a movie theater, hanging out at Helena's biggest strip mall, or joyriding around town. The town needs to invest in more entertainment opportunities for individuals in their tween and teen years. Education in Helena makes the most of what they have. Overall, however, Helena is a great place for families to nurture their children throughout adolescence.
Helena has been my home for 10 years. It had alot to offer outdoor people. There is alot of hiking locations near town, and some within miles of town. There is also alot of fishing nearby with Canyon Ferry being close to town with lots of fishing access. There are also different types of tours that are offered such as the train ride to learn about Helenas history and the gates of mountain tour, which takes place on a boat that also offers a meal before the tour!