Helena, Alabama Population 2021

20,633
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Helena is a city located in Shelby County Alabama. With a 2020 population of 20,633, it is the 32nd largest city in Alabama and the 1806th largest city in the United States . Helena is currently growing at a rate of 1.75% annually and its population has increased by 22.87% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 16,793 in 2010. Helena reached it's highest population of 20,633 in 2021. Spanning over 21 miles, Helena has a population density of 1,013 people per square mile.

The average household income in Helena is $96,236 with a poverty rate of 3.88%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,341 per month, and the median house value is $195,100. The median age in Helena is 39.2 years, 39.4 years for males, and 39 years for females.

Helena Demographics

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

  • White: 75.69%
  • Black or African American: 17.08%
  • Two or more races: 3.22%
  • Other race: 2.41%
  • Asian: 1.39%
  • Native American: 0.15%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%
The current population of Helena, Alabama is 20,633 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 19,571.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 16,793.

Helena, Alabama Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White13,97575.69%
Black or African American3,15317.08%
Two or More Races5943.22%
Some Other Race4452.41%
Asian2571.39%
American Indian and Alaska Native280.15%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander110.06%
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Helena Population by Race

Helena Population Pyramid $2021

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Helena Median Age

39.2


Total

39.4


Male

39


Female

Helena Adults

There are 13,718 adults, (2,414 of whom are seniors) in Helena.

Helena Age Dependency

63.3

Age Dependency Ratio

21.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

42

Child Dependency Ratio

Helena Sex Ratio

Female

9,337

50.57%

Male

9,126

49.43%

Helena Population by Age

Helena Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Helena Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married96.1%3.9%
All93.3%6.7%
Non Family89.4%10.6%
Female87.8%12.2%
Male84.9%15.1%

93.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Helena Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All6,7182.7593.3
Married4,2723.2996.1
Non Family1,5991.1789.4
Female5882.8687.8
Male2593.2684.9

3.21

Average Family Size

2.75

Average Household Size

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Helena Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2261.79%
9th to 12th Grade2151.70%
High School Graduate2,24617.77%
Some College2,75921.83%
Associates Degree1,28110.14%
Bachelors Degree4,05632.09%
Graduate Degree1,85514.68%
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Helena Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Helena Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White9,7859,5404,688
Black2,2412,1321,028
Hispanic24916221
Asian203203140
Other Race1628036
2+ Races9898
Native American2828
Islander111111

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

Helena Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$50,218$57,125$40,918
Less Than 9th Grade$$$29,722
High School Graduate$38,008$41,850$24,410
Some College$45,612$57,554$31,446
Bachelors Degree$57,286$70,307$46,599
Graduate Degree$65,901$73,875$65,581

$50,218

Average Earnings

$57,125

Average Male

$40,918

Average Female

Helena Earnings by Educational Attainment

Helena Language by Age

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Helena Language

94.58% of Helena residents speak only English, while 5.42% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 3.55% of the population.

Helena Language

Helena Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White13,8244082.95%
Black3,1532367.48%
Hispanic4955811.72%
Other445408.99%
Asian257103.89%

3.88%

Overall Poverty Rate

2.24%

Male Poverty Rate

5.48%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Helena

The race most likely to be in poverty in Helena is Hispanic, with 11.72% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Helena is White, with 2.95% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0.87%. Among those working part-time, it was 1.63%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 11.27%.

Helena Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade27.44%
High School5.16%
Some College4.93%
Bachelors or Greater0.81%

Helena Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed27.78%
Male Employed1.10%
Female Employed1.02%
Male Unemployed0.00%

Helena Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Helena Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$87,781$96,236
Families$97,728$107,404
Married Families$105,406-
Non Families$54,053$59,209
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Income by Household Type

Helena Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

60.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

62.2%

Male Marriage Rate

58.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Helena Married by Age and Sex

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Helena Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Helena Marital Status by Race

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Helena Marital Status

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1,245

Number of Veterans

1,140

Male Veterans

105

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam384
First Gulf War347
Second Gulf War318
Korea73
World War II32

Helena Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54425
65 to 74350
75+211
18 to 34134
55 to 64125

Helena Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White9979.38%
Black23810.21%
Asian104.93%

Helena Veterans by Race

Helena Veterans by Education

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4.98%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.94%

Veteran Disability Rate

Helena Veterans by Education

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70.1%

Labor Force Participation

69.2%

Employment Rate

1.2%

Unemployment Rate

Helena Employment by Age

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Helena Employment by Race

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Helena Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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67.01%

Born in Helena

96.52%

Native Born

3.48%

Foreign Born

1.80%

Non Citizen

1.68%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.52% of Helena residents were born in the United States, with 67.01% having been born in Alabama. 1.80% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Helena Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202120,6333541.75%
202020,2793541.78%
201919,9253541.81%
201819,5714672.44%
201719,1044212.25%
201618,6834522.48%
201518,2314072.28%
201417,8243421.96%
201317,4822121.23%
201217,2701520.89%
201117,1181070.63%
201017,0116,7155.15%
200010,2966,37810.14%
19903,9180.00%

Helena Population by Year