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Helena, Montana - Basic Facts

The City of Helena is the 6th largest city in Montana with a population of 29,788 as of July 1, 2017. Helena ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Montana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Helena is located at latitude 46.5955 and longitude -112.0187 in Lewis and Clark County. The formal boundaries for the City of Helena (see map below) encompass a land area of 16.51 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. Lewis and Clark County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 4,045 feet.

The City of Helena (GNIS ID: 2410734) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Montana is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Helena is located within Helena Division of Lewis and Clark County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Helena population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Helena: Crabtown, Epł Yuts’mn, Hopkinsville, Last Chance Gulch.

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Helena, MT Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 29,788
Daytime Population: Workers 31,797
Daytime Population: Residents 14,627
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 46,424
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.56
Population in Households 28,144
Population in Familes 19,452
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,644
Population Density2 1,805
Diversity Index3 22


Median Household Income $50,843
Average Household Income $71,113
Per Capita Income $32,869


Total Housing Units 14,233 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,018 (49.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,491 (45.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 724 ( 5.1%)
Median Home Value $212,667
Average Home Value $234,922


Total Households 13,509
Average Household Size 2.08
Family Households 6,956
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.76% 0.71%
Households 0.77% 0.75%
Families 0.54% 0.49%
Median Household Income   3.49%
Per Capita Income   3.43%

Helena, MT - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Helena to the other 364 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Montana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 6 99th
Population Density # 30 92nd
Diversity Index # 98 73rd
Median Household Income # 129 65th
Per Capita Income # 61 84th

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