Helena 63 Below average
Helena Livability #188 ranked city in Montana#19,653 ranked city in the USARanks better than 32% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Helena Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Helena Cost of Living Cost of living is equal to Montana
982% less expensive than the US average
982% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Helena cost of living
F Helena Crime Total crime is 66% higher than Montana
Total crime
4,29183% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2483% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-11%Year over year crime is down
Helena crime
C Helena Employment Household income is 8% higher than Montana
Median household income
$52,2885% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$30,3692% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
2%52% lower than the US average
Helena employment
D- Helena Housing Home value is 5% higher than Montana
Median home value
$209,50013% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$78417% lower than the US average
Home ownership
55%14% lower than the US average
Helena real estate or Helena rentals
C Helena Schools HS graduation rate is 3% higher than Montana
High school grad. rates
91%9% higher than the US average
School test scores
50%4% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:1equal to the US average
Helena K-12 schools
F Helena User Ratings There are a total of 22 ratings in Helena
Overall user rating
33% 22 total ratings
User reviews rating
21% 9 total reviews
User surveys rating
52% 13 total surveys
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      Living in Helena, MT

      Helena is a medium-sized city located in the state of Montana. The city has a population of 30,102 inhabitants. According to the most recent Census, 93% of Helena residents are White, 3% American Indian and Alaskan and 1% Black. Helena is known to be family friendly as more than 73% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 68% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

      If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a good experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Helena, Montana. Finding the best places to live in Helena and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, crime, cost of living, employment, housing and other important metrics.

      With a livability score of 65 out of 100, Helena is ranked #18,012 in the United States and #128 in Montana. If we consider each of the categories individually, we see that Helena ranks well for amenities (A+). On a more negative note, Helena does not have favorable scores for the following: crime (F), weather (F), education (D) and housing (D-). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Helena has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: St. Helena Cathedral, Montana State Capitol, and Montana Fishing Outfitters.

      Jobs are always a hot topic for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Your chances of finding new employment in Helena is actually far better than most areas. With a low unemployment rate of 0.43%, finding work should be much easier than the average city.

      Assuming that Helena meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Helena. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Helena are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Helena come in at $209,500, which is 4.9% higher than the Montana average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Helena, the home price to income ratio is 4, which is 2.4% lower than the Montana average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Helena were 4.5%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4.2%.

      Helena transportation information

      Average one way commute12min18min26min
      Workers who drive to work72.6%75.1%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.3%10.2%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.8%0.8%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle2.3%1.4%0.6%
      Workers who walk9.1%5.1%2.8%
      Working from home4.5%6.3%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Helena, MT data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).