Helena, AL
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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.

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.

In Helena, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.81 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

For most residents of Helena, getting to work requires a car. In fact, 94.38% of people in Helena drive alone to work on most days, making Helena a very car-oriented city. In general, car-oriented communities tend to emphasize streets, highways, and ease of parking, often to the detriment of walkability. Strip centers are a feature of Helena’s landscape.

Helena is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Helena, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Helena is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 50.57% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

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.