Helena, Montana Population 2019

Helena is a city located in the state of Montana. In addition to being the county seat of Lewis and Clark County, it is also the state capital. The city was established in the 19th century during the Montana gold rush, and billions of dollars in gold was found in the city, as a result making Helena one of the wealthiest cities in the US during its early history.

Population Size and Density

The city’s last official population in 2010 was 28,190. This number has climbed to 31,169 people according to recent estimates. Helena has a total area of 16.39 square miles, and its population density is 1,700 people per square mile.

Helena Population Statistics

Residents between the ages of 45 to 64 make up the city’s most substantial age group—29.5%. Over 20% of residents are under 18, while 15.6% are at least 65 years old. More women than men reside in Helena, with 52% of the population consisting of women compared to just 48% men.

About 14.5% of the population lives below the federal poverty line.

Growth of Population in Helena

The city of Helena has seen its population rise since the census taken in 1930. While growth did slow a bit during the late 20th and early 21st centuries, recent estimates show that the population has risen by over 10% since the last population in 2010.

Helena, Montana's estimated population is 32,315 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Helena, Montana is the 6th largest city in Montana based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 1952.64 people/mi² (753.92 people/km²).

The overall median age is 40.8 years, 38.3 years for males, and 43.8 years for females. For every 100 females there are 97.6 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 14,621 households in the city, with an average size of 2.11 people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1%, with a median rent of $797/month. The median house has 5.3 rooms, and has a value of $220,100.

The median income for households in Helena, Montana is $53,892, while the mean household income is $68,688.

Helena Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Helena was:

  • White: 93.20%
  • Two or more races: 2.80%
  • Native American: 2.05%
  • Asian: 0.70%
  • Black or African American: 0.56%
  • Other race: 0.55%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.13%

How Many People Live in Helena, Montana?

32,315
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201832,3155351.68%
201731,7806051.94%
201631,1754751.55%
201530,7005851.94%
201430,1153391.14%
201329,7763981.35%
201229,3783361.16%
201129,0424011.40%
201028,6412,8611.06%
200025,7801,2110.48%
199024,5696310.26%
198023,9381,2080.52%
197022,7302,5031.17%
196020,2272,6461.41%
195017,5812,5251.56%
194015,0563,2532.46%
193011,803-234-0.20%
192012,037-478-0.39%
191012,5151,7451.51%
190010,770-3,064-2.47%
189013,83410,21014.33%
18803,6245181.55%
18703,1060.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White28,282
Two or More Races850
American Indian and Alaska Native623
Asian212
Black or African American170
Some Other Race168
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander40

Helena Population Pyramid 2019

Helena Median Age

40.8


Total

38.3


Male

43.8


Female

Helena Adults

There are 24,805 adults, (5,551 of whom are seniors) in Helena.

Helena Age Dependency

57.6

Age Dependency Ratio

28.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Helena Sex Ratio

Female

15,356

50.60%

Male

14,989

49.40%

Helena Households and Families

Helena Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Helena Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married76.1%23.9%
All54.4%45.6%
Female49.4%50.6%
Male44.3%55.7%
Non Family39%61%

54.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All13,5702.1154.4
Non Family6,3351.2739
Married5,1562.8276.1
Female1,4602.9549.4
Male6192.944.3

2.75

Average Family Size

2.11

Average Household Size

7.1%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Helena Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3721.74%
9th to 12th Grade6703.13%
High School Graduate4,43020.69%
Some College4,61121.54%
Associates Degree1,8228.51%
Bachelors Degree5,82027.18%
Graduate Degree3,68517.21%

Helena Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White19,84018,9509,092
Hispanic57152595
Multiple Races432418170
Native American33024647
Black13312524
Asian11911977
Other Race865712
Islander88

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 64.71%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,306$38,937$34,342
Less Than High School$13,949$14,344$11,731
High School Grad$26,432$29,322$25,442
Some College$30,997$31,917$30,112
Bachelors Degree$47,353$54,779$39,069
Graduate Degree$62,592$70,588$51,731

$36,306

Average Earnings

$38,937

Average Male

$34,342

Average Female

Helena Language

Helena Language by Age

Helena Language

97.45% of Helena residents speak only English, while 2.55% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.53% of the population.

Helena Poverty

Helena Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White26,3433,61313.72%
Hispanic1,05355852.99%
Native56824042.25%
Multiple81515018.40%
Other1666438.55%
Black1464832.88%
Asian19794.57%

15.57%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.78%

Male Poverty Rate

15.36%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Helena

The race most likely to be in poverty in Helena is Hispanic, with 52.99% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Helena is Asian, with 4.57% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.33%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.86%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.30%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School31.35%
High School22.42%
Some College8.80%
Bachelors or Greater3.29%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed55.56%
Male Unemployed30.65%
Male Employed9.83%
Female Employed8.88%

Helena Income

Helena Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$53,892$68,688
Families$72,714$87,987
Married Families$85,246-
Non Families$35,115$44,150

Helena Marital Status

Helena Marital Status

Marriage Rates

42.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.9%

Male Marriage Rate

40.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Helena Married by Age and Sex

Helena Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Helena Marital Status by Race

Helena Veterans

2,372

Number of Veterans

2,100

Male Veterans

272

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam841
Second Gulf War517
First Gulf War420
Korea223
World War II203

Helena Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White2,2979.85%
Hispanic8710.48%
2 or More448.29%
Indian194.51%
Asian126.25%

Helena Veterans by Education

8.06%

Veteran Poverty Rate

23.33%

Veteran Disability Rate

Helena Employment Status

64.5%

Labor Force Participation

62.4%

Employment Rate

3.2%

Unemployment Rate

Helena Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

53.23%

Born in Montana

98.69%

Native Born

1.31%

Foreign Born

0.48%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

98.69% of Helena residents were born in the United States, with 53.23% having been born in Montana. 0.48% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Europe.