Helena, Montana Population 2018

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 first 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. 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’s population is primarily white, with this race making up 93.3% of the total population. Blacks, Asians, Pacific Islanders and other races each make up less than 1% of the population. Over 2% of the population is of two or more races, while 2.8% are of Hispanic or Latino origin. Residents between the ages of 45 to 64 make up the city’s largest 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. 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.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
201731,4296202.01%
201630,8094631.53%
201530,3465871.97%
201429,7593321.13%
201329,4273601.24%
201229,0673401.18%
201128,7273951.39%
201028,3322,5529.90%
200025,7801,2114.93%
199024,5696312.64%
198023,9381,2085.31%
197022,7302,50312.37%
196020,2272,64615.05%
195017,5812,52516.77%
194015,0563,25327.56%
193011,803-234-1.94%
192012,037-478-3.82%
191012,5151,74516.20%
190010,770-3,064-22.15%
189013,83410,210281.73%
18803,62451816.68%
18703,1060.00%

Helena Population in 2018Source: By Montanabw [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White28,136
American Indian and Alaska Native778
Two or More Races681
Black or African American212
Asian173
Some Other Race77
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander45

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Helena Population Pyramid 2018

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Helena Median Age

41.6


Total

39.2


Male

44.1


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 25,803 adults in Helena.

Helena Age Dependency

57.4

Age Dependency Ratio

29.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Helena Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
5.3
Houses Without Mortgage
3,129
Houses With Mortgage
4,038
Vacancy Rate
7.5
Median Rent
784
Median Home Value
209,500
Renter-Occupied Units
5,936
Owner-Occupied Units
7,167
Total Housing Units
14,169

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Helena for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 2.3% and the labor force participation rate is 63.5%.

Helena Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size
2.17
Average Family Size
2.79
Total Households
13103
Married Couple Households
5125
Male Householder (no wife) Families
605
Female Householder (no husband) Families
1295
Non Family Households
6078
Total Families
7025
Households With Own Children
2736
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
7.3
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
0.3

Helena Income Distribution

Indicator Value
Under $10,000
936
$10,000 to $14,999
814
$15,000 to $24,999
1,376
$25,000 to $34,999
1,430
$35,000 to $49,999
1,645
$50,000 to $74,999
2,607
$75,000 to $99,999
1,880
$100,000 to $149,999
1,576
$150,000 to $199,999
480
Over $200,000
359

Helena Household Income

Income

Median

Mean

Helena

Montana

$52,288

$48,380

$66,307

$65,401

Under 10k10k - 15k15k - 25k25k - 35k35k - 50k50k - 75k75k - 100k100k - 150k150k - 200kOver 200k00.050.10.150.2

Helena Education Data

Helena Educational Attainment (over 25)

Indicator Value Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade
3801.78%
9th to 12th Grade
6993.28%
High School Graduate
4,50621.16%
Some College
4,58221.52%
Associates Degree
1,7038.00%
Bachelors Degree
5,73426.93%
Graduate Degree
3,68717.32%