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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    A
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    C
Helena is a suburb of Birmingham with a population of 17,928. Helena is in Shelby County and is one of the best places to live in Alabama. Living in Helena offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families and young professionals live in Helena and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Helena are above average.
About Helena...
Population
17,928

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$186,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,230
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    6%
  • Own
    94%
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Helena Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    73.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    10.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    31.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    416.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    42.2
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    19%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    36%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Helena

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$84,110
National
$55,322
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Helena Reviews

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I have absolutely loved living in Helena. It's such a great place. Friendly neighbors, quiet and safe. Everything is relatively close by!
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I like(love) Helena so much! I've lived there my whole life with family and friends. I've seen Helena grow so much, from buildings to people, and family and friend events. It's not a big town, but a nice small country town to live in. It's rated as one of the best places to live in Alabama, and I'm most proud to live and continue living in Helena!
Love the small town heart of this place! From the locally owned old town stores, beautiful Belle’s, pumpkin path and Goodfellows- its the perfect place for all!