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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 rural 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
Rural
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
    299.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    15.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    82.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    500.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    92.8
    284

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
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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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Helena is a small suburban town outside of Birmingham, AL. It hosts a diversified group of families. One of the great things about Helena is the little town of Helena. It is a great gathering place for families and friends alike to come and enjoy food, festivities and local Mom and Pop shops. People just love the small town feel and the family atmosphere. It is a little off the beaten path but well worth the drive. It could use some better alternatives for night life though. The town shuts down after dark.
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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!
when I think of Helena, I think of the word community. We're just a southern, middle class, small town, and everybody knows everybody. We are expanding rapidly, but we all come together and love each other and our community so much. Helena was voted top 5 safest cities to live in the country, and I'm so blessed to have grown up in such a wholesome environment. The only thing I would change would be the traffic, its absolutely ridiculous. Since we are expanding our neighborhoods, we need to expand our roads to accommodate . Our school is the same way, we need to expand our facilities to fit the entire student body. Besides the size, our schools are one of the best in the state. with high quality staff that genuinely cares about you and will do whatever it takes to help you succeed. I've made lasting relationships in this town that I know I will never loose no matter how far I go.