Helena, AL
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Living in Helena


Helena is a medium-sized city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 18,673 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Helena is the 35th largest community in Alabama.

Helena real estate is some of the most expensive in Alabama, although Helena house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Helena is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.88% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Helena is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Helena who work in sales jobs (15.93%), management occupations (15.50%), and office and administrative support (10.00%).

Also of interest is that Helena has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because of many things, Helena is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Helena really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Helena perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One downside of living in Helena is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Helena, the average commute to work is 32.81 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

Residents of Helena by-and-large get to work each day by driving: 94.38% use their own cars for their daily commute, making it a very car-oriented city. While Helena may be a convenient place for driving around town, the negative aspect of this is that places that are suitable for walking or bicycling to and from work or stores may be few and far between. In general, car-oriented communities emphasize roads and convenience of driving, but not have a lot of walking-friendly areas to get from home to work, and tend not to have a lot of public transportation options.

Being a small city, Helena does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

If knowledge is power, Helena is a pretty powerful place. 50.57% of the adults in Helena have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Helena in 2010 was $32,269, which is wealthy relative to Alabama, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $129,076 for a family of four.

Helena is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Helena home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Helena residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Helena include German, English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Helena is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.