Helena, AL
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Helena is a medium-sized city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 19,072 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 88.65% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Helena is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Helena who work in sales jobs (16.09%), management occupations (15.03%), and office and administrative support (11.54%).

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 ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

In Helena, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.42 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

As is often the case in a small city, Helena doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Helena. 50.88% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Helena in 2010 was $33,783, which is wealthy relative to Alabama, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $135,132 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 Irish, German, English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish.

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