Helena, Montana Population 2022

34,822
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Helena is a city located in Lewis and Clark County Montana. Helena has a 2020 population of 34,822. It is also the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. Helena is currently growing at a rate of 1.65% annually and its population has increased by 20.46% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 28,907 in 2010.

The average household income in Helena is $79,532 with a poverty rate of 13.75%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $820 per month, and the median house value is $244,300. The median age in Helena is 40.1 years, 38.8 years for males, and 42 years for females.

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.

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 Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Helenawas:

  • White: 93.71%
  • Two or more races: 2.76%
  • Native American: 1.21%
  • Asian: 0.89%
  • Other race: 0.82%
  • Black or African American: 0.47%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.15%
The current population of Helena, Montana is 34,822 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 34,822.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 28,907.

Helena, Montana Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202183,5279371.12%
202082,5909371.13%
201981,6539371.15%
201880,7169451.17%
201779,7711,0981.38%
201678,6738761.11%
201577,7975920.76%
201477,2055160.67%
201376,6896350.83%
201276,0544070.54%
201175,6476630.88%
201074,9840.00%

Helena Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White30,01093.71%
Two or More Races8842.76%
American Indian and Alaska Native3881.21%
Asian2840.89%
Some Other Race2610.82%
Black or African American1500.47%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander470.15%
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Helena Population by Race

Helena Population Pyramid $2022

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Helena Median Age

40.1


Total

38.8


Male

42


Female

Helena Adults

There are 25,884 adults, (6,182 of whom are seniors) in Helena.

Helena Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

31.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Helena Sex Ratio

Female

16,606

51.85%

Male

15,418

48.15%

Helena Population by Age

Helena Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Helena Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Male32.8%67.2%
Non Family36.7%63.3%
Female52.7%47.3%
All55.2%44.8%
Married80.1%19.9%

55.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Helena Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All14,0522.1655.2
Non Family6,6721.336.7
Married5,6062.8480.1
Female1,2193.252.7
Male5553.3932.8

2.83

Average Family Size

2.16

Average Household Size

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Helena Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2991.32%
9th to 12th Grade5832.58%
High School Graduate4,50819.95%
Some College4,08918.10%
Associates Degree2,29410.15%
Bachelors Degree6,42928.46%
Graduate Degree4,38919.43%
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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
White20,98220,29310,325
Hispanic697623170
2+ Races393370160
Native American25220028
Asian200180132
Other Race1317014
Black775321
Islander88

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 66.00%.

Helena Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$39,629$42,646$37,670
Less Than 9th Grade$11,280$11,339$
High School Graduate$26,982$31,573$25,165
Some College$34,244$36,935$32,538
Bachelors Degree$47,639$54,581$40,709
Graduate Degree$63,673$71,507$53,525

$39,629

Average Earnings

$42,646

Average Male

$37,670

Average Female

Helena Earnings by Educational Attainment

Helena Language by Age

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Helena Language

96.96% of Helena residents speak only English, while 3.04% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.67% of the population.

Helena Language

Helena Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White27,8223,17411.41%
Hispanic1,29365550.66%
Multiple81427834.15%
Native30813242.86%
Other82NaN%
Black1386547.10%

13.75%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.17%

Male Poverty Rate

14.29%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Helena

The race most likely to be in poverty in Helena is Hispanic, with 50.66% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.76%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.23%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.98%.

Helena Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade30.00%
High School24.61%
Some College8.18%
Bachelors or Greater4.18%

Helena Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed61.74%
Male Unemployed16.54%
Female Employed8.57%
Male Employed6.58%

Helena Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Helena Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$61,324$79,532
Families$84,135$103,798
Married Families$96,026-
Non Families$41,071$49,790
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Income by Household Type

Helena Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

43.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.9%

Male Marriage Rate

41.9%

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

Helena Marital Status by Race

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Helena Marital Status

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2,503

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam979
Second Gulf War615
First Gulf War607
Korea167
World War II116

Helena Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74872
35 to 54655
75+443
55 to 64270
18 to 34263

Helena Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,4119.87%
Hispanic9510.03%
2+ Races498.97%
Asian2510.55%
Native American92.85%
Black98.49%

Helena Veterans by Race

Helena Veterans by Education

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13.85%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.95%

Veteran Disability Rate

Helena Veterans by Education

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64.9%

Labor Force Participation

62.7%

Employment Rate

3.1%

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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53.03%

Born in Helena

98.67%

Native Born

1.33%

Foreign Born

0.57%

Non Citizen

0.77%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

98.67% of Helena residents were born in the United States, with 53.03% having been born in Montana. 0.57% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Helena Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202234,8225661.65%
202134,2565661.68%
202033,6905661.71%
201933,1245661.74%
201832,5585001.56%
201732,0586141.95%
201631,4444731.53%
201530,9715851.93%
201430,3863421.14%
201330,0443971.34%
201229,6473351.14%
201129,3124051.40%
201028,9073,1271.15%
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%

Helena Population by Year