A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$205,500
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$754
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%

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
    461
    273
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    138
    41
  • Robbery
    36
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    468
    525
  • Theft
    3,445
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    214
    263

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$49,852
National
$53,889
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
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Helena is by no means ahead of times. Shopping is horrible. You either drive a minimum of an hour to a mall or shop online. Real estate is expensive, both rent and owning. Summers here are great. Three wonderful lakes within 10-20 minutes. It only lasts about three months so make the most of it. Nice hiking and biking close by and ski hills aren't too far for winter. Schools are sadly not maintained, and the newest elementary was built in the 1960's. if you have young children there is hardly anything for them to do in the cold months (and there are nine of them). Daycare is very hard to find. There are lots of sporting goods stores and 360 degree mountain views. Commuting is fairly simple if you have a vehicle. Traffic is nonexistent, which is good. (Turn signals are a novelty). Public transportation is limited. Alcohol is almost everywhere, which is not what I consider family friendly, but may not bother some.
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Kind of bourgeois, but with a college town what do you expect. Nice shops in town, but expensive. Coming from a city recently it's kind of an anti-culture shock, take that as you will. People living in the Valley can't get food deliveries, which isn't ideal. I hear real estate's a little ridiculous, but I'm no expert.
Even so, having mountains close is amazing. There are multiple beautiful trails to hike and bike practically at your fingertips. The winters are beautiful. The people are nice enough.
Helena is a nice, small western town where everybody says hello and cars actually stop to let pedestrians cross the road. The surrounding mountains and beautiful skies are a reminder that you are still in the big sky state. The occasional air inversion in the winter sometimes locks in some less than perfect air and cold temperatures at times, but two amount of those less than perfect days are out numbered with clear skies.
Our economy and job market is fairly stable due to being a governmental town. However, the median income is fairly low relative to the cost of living, which leads to resistance to raise taxes to fix our dilapidated schools and broken down roads.
In general, Helena is a nice, calm place to live and raise a family, especially if you enjoy the great outdoors as mountain views and lakes are less than 15 miles away.