Helena, MT
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Helena is a medium-sized city located in the state of Montana. With a population of 30,581 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Helena is the sixth largest community in Montana.

Helena is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.38% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Helena is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Helena who work in management occupations (13.57%), office and administrative support (13.01%), and sales jobs (7.61%).

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.

One of the benefits of Helena is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 13.77 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The education level of Helena ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Helena, 45.41% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Helena in 2010 was $29,251, which is wealthy relative to Montana, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $117,004 for a family of four. However, Helena contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 Native American. Important ancestries of people in Helena include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Swedish.

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