Helena, MT
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Helena is a medium-sized city located in the state of Montana. With a population of 31,169 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Helena is the sixth largest community in Montana.

Helena is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.49% 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 (13.80%), office and administrative support (10.92%), and sales jobs (8.67%).

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.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 13.48 minutes getting to work every day.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Helena is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Helena area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The citizens of Helena are among the most well-educated in the nation: 44.25% of adults in Helena have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Helena in 2010 was $30,369, which is wealthy relative to Montana, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $121,476 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 Scottish.

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