Helena, AL
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Helena is a medium-sized city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 18,264 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 88.83% 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 (15.57%), management occupations (13.85%), and office and administrative support (11.61%).

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.

Helena is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Helena’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

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 32.96 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

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

Helena is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 49.35% of adults in Helena have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Helena in 2010 was $30,909, which is wealthy relative to Alabama, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $123,636 for a family of four.

Helena is a somewhat 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 Italian.

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