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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
$209,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$784
National
$949
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
    419
    283
  • Murder
    10
    6
  • Rape
    138
    41
  • Robbery
    58
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    486
    500
  • Theft
    3,098
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    290
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$52,288
National
$55,322
Children
15%
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%
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I lived in Helena for 20+ years. I wouldn't recommend that a young family move here. Schools are average (at best) & school facilities poor. Private school options are minimal. Shopping is abysmal, restaurants are very hit and miss on quality. However, the worst thing about Helena are the grumpy residents that are easily triggered and angered. The wind is also terrible, haha. Helena is brown and dry MOST of the year. Positives? The local ice cream shop is fantastic, carousel is fun for the kids, good hiking close to town, fun kiddo science museum and nice MT history museum.
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Helena is a nice little town. I lived in Helena three years. The only thing I didn't like about it was the cost of living. In my opinion is was fairly high compared to other places I have lived. I also felt the people of Montana were a bit different coming from the mid-west and south. Not as friendly in general, but you still find a lot of nice people in Montana. Land and rent will be your biggest drawbacks. Higher than average gas and grocery prices as well. Montana is a gorgeous State and Helena has a more temperature climate than most of the State because it is in a valley surrounded by Mountains. If you like outdoor activities then Montana is the place for you. You also have to like cold and snow, which I do. We had a white Christmas every year we lived in Helena. There is also a ski hill just outside of town which the kids loved doing for PE. Just don't expect them to cancel school for snow, that doesn't happen here.
Great place to raise kids. Lots of outdoor activities from water sports, hunting, fishing, skiiing, hiking, mountain biking, etc. While their are a lot of government jobs, its tough getting into this market from the outside. Retail seems to struggle compared to larger Montana cities. Plenty of micro breweries and tasting rooms. Lots of history to explore. The people in general are welcoming and kind. Crime is low.