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.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Helena spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 13.77 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

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.