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Helena, Montana - Basic Facts

The City of Helena is the 6th largest city in Montana with a population of 30,157 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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

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Helena, MT Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 30,157
Population in Households 28,513
Population in Familes 19,608
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,644
Population Density2 1,827
Diversity Index3 21


Median Household Income $54,611
Average Household Income $76,591
Per Capita Income $35,278


Total Housing Units 14,423 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,917 (48.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,738 (46.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 768 ( 5.3%)
Median Home Value $222,563
Average Home Value $248,464


Total Households 13,655
Average Household Size 2.09
Family Households 7,071
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.82% 0.8%
Households 0.8% 0.83%
Families 0.67% 0.65%
Median Household Income   2.39%
Per Capita Income   2.66%

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, 2018 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 # 29 92nd
Diversity Index # 99 73rd
Median Household Income # 90 76th
Per Capita Income # 47 87th

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