Helena, MT

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
83,760
1.65% 1-year growth
US Senator
Jon Tester
Democratic Party
US Senator
Steve Daines
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
42.3
0.475% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
8.74%
8.43% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$72,168
7.94% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$334,300
17.9% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
41,738
0.573% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Helena, MT had a population of 83.8k people with a median age of 42.3 and a median household income of $72,168. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Helena, MT grew from 82,397 to 83,760, a 1.65% increase and its median household income grew from $66,862 to $72,168, a 7.94% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Helena, MT are White (Non-Hispanic) (89.9%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.84%), White (Hispanic) (2.34%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (1.22%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (0.843%).

None of the households in Helena, MT reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.2% of the residents in Helena, MT are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Helena, MT are Carroll College (255 degrees awarded in 2022) and Helena College University of Montana (209 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Helena, MT was $334,300, and the homeownership rate was 72.2%.

Most people in Helena, MT drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 18 minutes. The average car ownership in Helena, MT was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Helena, MT is home to a population of 83.8k people, from which 99.2% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.9% of Helena, MT residents were born outside of the country (1.6k people).

In 2022, there were 23.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (75.3k people) in Helena, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.22k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 1.96k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.2%
2022 Citizenship
99.5%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.2% of Helena, MT residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Helena, MT was 99.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Helena, MT
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    75.3k ± 289
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    3.22k ± 310
  3. White (Hispanic)
    1.96k ± 208
3.59%
Hispanic Population
3k people

In 2022, there were 23.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (75.3k people) in Helena, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.22k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 1.96k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.59% of the people in Helena, MT are hispanic (3k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Canada
    3,689 ± 1,489 people
  2. Mexico
    2,900 ± 1,320 people
  3. Germany
    2,151 ± 1,138 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Montana was Canada, the natal country of 3,689 Montana residents, followed by Mexico with 2,900 and Germany with 2,151.

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Foreign-Born Population

1.9%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
1.6k people
1.5%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.24k people

As of 2022, 1.9% of Helena, MT residents (1.6k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Helena, MT was 1.5%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,527 ± 322
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,765 ± 316
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,110 ± 252

Helena, MT has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.43 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Helena, MT employs 41.7k people. The largest industries in Helena, MT are Public Administration (6,827 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,398 people), and Retail Trade (4,524 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($74,803), Finance & Insurance ($72,734), and Wholesale Trade ($69,808).

Males in Montana have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,691. The income inequality in Montana (measured using the Gini index) is 0.463, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

41.7k
2022 Value
± 1,550
0.573%
1 Year growth
± 5.09%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Helena, MT grew at a rate of 0.573%, from 41.5k employees to 41.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Helena, MT, are Management Occupations (5,207 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,096 people), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (3,505 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Helena, MT.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

41.7k
2022 Value
± 1,550
0.573%
1 Year growth
± 5.09%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Helena, MT grew at a rate of 0.573%, from 41.5k employees to 41.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Helena, MT, are Public Administration (6,827 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,398 people), and Retail Trade (4,524 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Helena, MT, though some of these residents may live in Helena, MT and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$51,753
Median earning men ± $3,160
$39,616
Median earning women ± $2,353

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($91,898), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($74,306), and Wholesale Trade ($72,105).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($58,661), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($57,184), and Construction ($50,982).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.24%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 508k people employed in Montana. This represents a 2.24% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 11.8%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Montana.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,039
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 563
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 529
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Montana went to Donald J. Trump with 56.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (40.5%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.53%).

Jon Tester and Steve Daines are the senators currently representing the state of Montana. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Montana is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Montana

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Jon Tester
Senator from Montana1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007
Steve Daines
Senator from Montana2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Jon Tester and Steve Daines are the senators currently representing Montana.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Montana over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Montana

Montana is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Montana have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Helena, MT awarded 464 degrees. The student population of Helena, MT in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,053 male students and 1,538 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Helena, MT are White (390 and 84.6%), followed by Unknown (28 and 6.07%), Two or More Races (20 and 4.34%), and Hispanic or Latino (17 and 3.69%).

The largest universities in Helena, MT by number of degrees awarded are Carroll College (255 and 55%) and Helena College University of Montana (209 and 45%).

The most popular majors in Helena, MT are Registered Nursing (67 and 14.4%), General Studies (57 and 12.3%), and Welding Technology (25 and 5.39%).

The median tuition cost in Helena, MT for private four year colleges is $37,828.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Helena, MT, the percentage of applicants admitted was 78.1%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 25%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 2,591 (40.6% men and 59.4% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 2,591 students enrolled in Helena, MT, 40.6% men and 59.4% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 2,061 records, of which 60.9% were women and 39.1% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 21 degrees awarded
  2. 39 degrees awarded
  3. 22 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Helena, MT was General Health Services with 21 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Helena, MT according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 255 degrees awarded
  2. 209 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Carroll College with 255 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 200 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Helena, MT, which is 0.758 times less than the 264 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 390 degrees mean that there were 13.9 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 28 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($37,828) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,200) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,420) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.324% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.29% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (252k), Some college (211k), and Bachelors Degree (180k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Helena, MT was $334,300 in 2022, which is 1.19 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $283,600 to $334,300, a 17.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Helena, MT is 72.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Helena, MT have an average commute time of 18 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Helena, MT is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Helena, MT is $72,168. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Helena, MT was Gallatin County, MT with a value of $83,434, followed by Fallon County, MT and McCone County, MT, with respective values of $79,750 and $79,022.

Property

$334,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$7,837
$25,244
Median Property Taxes
±$1,009

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Helena, MT the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

72.2%
Homeownership
2022
68.1%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 72.2% of the housing units in Helena, MT were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 73.1%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Helena, MT was Gallatin County, MT with a value of $83,434, followed by Fallon County, MT and McCone County, MT, with respective values of $79,750 and $79,022.

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Household Income

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$72,168
Median Household Income
± $3,129
35k
Number of Households
± 1,288

In 2022, the median household income of the 35k households in Helena, MT grew to $72,168 from the previous year's value of $66,862.

The following chart displays the households in Helena, MT distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Helena, MT is from Montana.
0.463
2022 Wage GINI in Montana
0.463
2021 Wage GINI in Montana

In 2022, the income inequality in Montana was 0.463 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0827% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Montana was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Montana in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (70.3%)
  2. Worked At Home (11.6%)
  3. Carpooled (11.4%)

In 2022, 70.3% of workers in Helena, MT drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (11.6%) and those who carpooled to work (11.4%).

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Commute Time

18 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Helena, MT have a shorter commute time (18 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.62% of the workforce in Helena, MT have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Helena, MT distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Helena, MT have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

8.74% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Helena, MT (7.18k out of 82.1k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Helena, MT is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

94.5% of the population of Helena, MT has health coverage, with 47.6% on employee plans, 15% on Medicaid, 13.5% on Medicare, 15.4% on non-group plans, and 3.03% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Montana see 1215 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.02% decrease from the previous year (1240 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1346 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 298 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,215 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Montana

Primary care physicians in Montana see an average of 1,215 patients per year. This represents a 2.02% decrease from the previous year (1,240 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 22.7% under 18 years, 17.7% between 18 and 34 years, 39.9% between 35 and 64 years, and 19.8% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.9% were men and 50.1% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.51%
Uninsured
47.6%
Employer Coverage
15%
Medicaid
13.5%
Medicare
15.4%
Non-Group
3.03%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Helena, MT grew by 6.64% from 5.16% to 5.51%.

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