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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  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 30,345. Helena is in Lewis and Clark County and is one of the best places to live in Montana. Living in Helena offers residents a 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
$220,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$797
National
$949
Area Feel
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
    432.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    176.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    72.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    527.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,416.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    306.3
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    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
$53,892
National
$55,322
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Helena Reviews

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I've lived in Helena all my life so of course there are going to be things you love and hate about your hometown. As a young adult who recently graduated high school, I would have to rate our school system as pretty poor, buildings are falling apart and the school system doesn't do much to prepare kids for life beyond. That being said I have had the pleasure of having a handful of excellent teachers who truly cared and wanted to do everything possible to help their students. Helena is a fairly small town with a large amount of young families so it's safe and has a fair amount of family activities and community events. Helena has an excellent community theater (in which I recently participated in a play), a skiing hill, lots of galleries, cute local shops, tons of awesome trail systems around the town and surrounding countryside. Montana is definitely a red state but larger communities like Helena are more Democratic than surrounding areas.
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Helena is an exciting place to visit for a few days but, unless you're someone who loves the outdoors, the town inevitably dulls the longer you live there. Our entertainment revolves around nearby lakes and hiking trails. During the summer, the walking mall is a great place to spend time since there is a very convenient ice cream shop called the Big Dipper, a small restaurant that sells homemade candies, and every Wednesday from June to August there is Alive at Five. Alive at Five is a community where local bands come to play along with food trucks for everyone to hang out by the Lewis and Clark Library.
Helena is a very pleasant town with a lot of people who genuinely care about each other. It's generally a great place for a family, but can be exceedingly boring at times, especially for teenagers looking for something fun to do. There are lots of outdoor activities available close by such as skiing, hiking, rafting, etc. It wold be great to see more diversity come to Helena and to see it grow into an even more accepting place of people of all kinds. I am glad to call Helena my home, but I am also grateful to be leaving to experience more that the world has to offer.