Helena, Montana Population 2020

33,525

Helena is a city located in Lewis and Clark County, Montana. With a 2020 population of 33,525, it is the 6th largest city in Montana and the 1171st largest city in the United States. Helena is currently growing at a rate of 1.84% annually and its population has increased by 18.93% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 28,190 in 2010. Spanning over 17 miles, Helena has a population density of 1,993 people per square mile.

The average household income in Helena is $72,488 with a poverty rate of 15.67%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $818 per month, and the median house value is $232,000. The median age in Helena is 40.3 years, 38.7 years for males, and 43.2 years for females. For every 100 females there are 93.2 males.

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 Helena was:

  • White: 93.06%
  • Two or more races: 3.06%
  • Native American: 1.71%
  • Other race: 0.77%
  • Asian: 0.75%
  • Black or African American: 0.51%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.14%
The current population of Helena, Montana is 33,525, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 32,315. The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 28,190.

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White29,04593.06%
Two or More Races9563.06%
American Indian and Alaska Native5351.71%
Some Other Race2390.77%
Asian2340.75%
Black or African American1590.51%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander440.14%

Helena Population Pyramid 2020

Helena Median Age

40.3


Total

38.7


Male

43.2


Female

Helena Adults

There are 25,271 adults, (5,944 of whom are seniors) in Helena.

Helena Age Dependency

61.5

Age Dependency Ratio

30.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Helena Sex Ratio

Female

16,156

51.76%

Male

15,056

48.24%

Helena Households and Families

Helena Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Helena Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married76.8%23.2%
All54%46%
Female53.5%46.5%
Non Family37.8%62.2%
Male28.3%71.7%

54.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All13,8002.1454
Non Family6,5961.2937.8
Married5,2562.8376.8
Female1,4613.0853.5
Male4873.3628.3

2.82

Average Family Size

2.14

Average Household Size

8.7%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Helena Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4031.85%
9th to 12th Grade6733.09%
High School Graduate4,66121.37%
Some College4,27619.60%
Associates Degree1,9959.15%
Bachelors Degree5,80426.61%
Graduate Degree4,00218.35%

Helena Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White20,19519,3249,385
Hispanic648582139
Multiple Races390374132
Native American32322634
Asian167167105
Other Race1267113
Black876111
Islander77

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 62.87%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$37,629$41,677$35,072
Less Than High School$13,417$13,917$
High School Grad$26,170$29,272$24,663
Some College$32,550$36,846$30,392
Bachelors Degree$49,413$54,564$41,335
Graduate Degree$57,197$72,149$48,201

$37,629

Average Earnings

$41,677

Average Male

$35,072

Average Female

Helena Language

Helena Language by Age

Helena Language

97.42% of Helena residents speak only English, while 2.58% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.73% of the population.

Helena Poverty

Helena Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White27,0513,65913.53%
Hispanic1,15259851.91%
Multiple88721724.46%
Native45921647.06%
Black1368663.24%
Other2347532.05%
Asian21594.19%

15.67%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.61%

Male Poverty Rate

16.66%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Helena

The race most likely to be in poverty in Helena is Black, with 63.24% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Helena is Asian, with 4.19% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.64%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.72%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.40%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School32.47%
High School26.75%
Some College7.78%
Bachelors or Greater3.72%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed59.26%
Male Unemployed27.61%
Female Employed9.79%
Male Employed7.21%

Helena Income

Helena Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$56,221$72,488
Families$76,364$92,676
Married Families$88,548-
Non Families$39,196$47,898

Helena Marital Status

Helena Marital Status

Marriage Rates

42.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.2%

Male Marriage Rate

40.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Helena Married by Age and Sex

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 55-64.

Helena Marital Status by Race

Helena Veterans

2,438

Number of Veterans

2,142

Male Veterans

296

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,017
Second Gulf War597
First Gulf War472
Korea213
World War II166
Name Veterans % of Total
White2,3399.85%
Hispanic9110.22%
2 or More5610.57%
Asian2512.20%
Indian102.28%
Black87.02%

$Helena Veterans by Education

13.73%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.54%

Veteran Disability Rate

Helena Employment Status

64.5%

Labor Force Participation

62.3%

Employment Rate

3.3%

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

52.77%

Born in Montana

98.61%

Native Born

1.39%

Foreign Born

0.47%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

98.61% of Helena residents were born in the United States, with 52.77% having been born in Montana. 0.47% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Europe.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202033,5256051.84%
201932,9206051.87%
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%