Helena is a medium-sized city located in the state of Montana. With a population of 32,091 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Helena is the sixth largest community in Montana.
Helena is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.60% 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 (11.64%), sales jobs (9.85%), and office and administrative support (8.13%).
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 interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.77% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Helena, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.
One of the benefits of Helena is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 14.20 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 citizens of Helena are among the most well-educated in the nation: 49.03% 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 2018 was $37,759, which is wealthy relative to Montana, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $151,036 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 German, Irish, English, Norwegian, and Swedish.
The most common language spoken in Helena is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Spanish.