Helena city, Montana

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Helena city, Montana

Helena city, Montana
Nickname(s):Queen City of the Rockies, The Capital City
Founded:October 30, 1864
- Total:28.190 (2010)
- Density:1.658,2/sq mi (655,6/sq km)
Area code(s):406
Time zone:MST (UTC-7)
Summer Time zone:MDT (UTC-6)
- Total:17 sq mi (44 sq km)
- Land:17 sq mi (43 sq km)
- Water:1 sq mi (1 sq km)
- % water:2,27 %

Quick information summary of the Helena city area.

Helena city is located in the state of Montana. It occupies the area of 17 square miles. 1 square miles are water areas and 17 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Helena city lies at +46.5954652, -112.0187458 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 28.190 living in the Helena city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (93.34%), Two or More races (2.59%) and American Indian and Alaska Native (2.3%). Median age is 38 for the males and 43 for the females.

Helena is the capital of the US state of Montana and the seat of the Lewis and Clark County. With a population of 28,180 (according to 2010 US Census) it is the sixth-largest city in the state.

The city was founded in 1864. It occupies an area of 14 square feet and lies in the Mountain Time Zone (UTC-7). It is the main city in the Helena Micropolitan Statistical Area that has a population of 74,801 and encompasses all parts of the Lewis and Clark and Jefferson counties.

Helena is often called the “Queen City of the Rockies” and “The Capital City.”

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Statistical data for the Helena city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

White alone
26,31393.34 %
Black or African American alone
1180.42 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
6482.30 %
Asian alone
2050.73 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
200.07 %
Some Other Race alone
1570.56 %
Two or More races
7292.59 %

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Population break-up based on Counties and Subdivisions in the area

Counties Subdivisions
County (whole county) Helena city part within the County Subdivision (whole subdivision) Helena city part within the Subdivision
Lewis and Clark County 63.395- Helena city part28.190
Helena CCD 54.095- Helena city part28.190

Profile of the Helena city

History of Helena

Helena was founded in 1864, following the discovery of gold in the Prickly Pear Valley. The original gulch where the gold was found was located at the site of the present-day main street in Helena called Last Chance Gulch. The town was originally called Last Chance, but it was clear that such name was not appropriate. Someone suggested “Helena,” after a township in Minnesota, but the former Confederates in town insisted that, while the name was fine, it should be pronounced differently, like Helena in Arkansas - Hel-i-na, instead of Ha-lee-na.  People in town used both pronunciations but the one used for the city in Arkansas gradually became dominant and is still used.

The city was first surveyed in 1865. The structure of the city was, and still is, quite irregular, based on paths following the winding gulch. As the result, the blocks in Helena have various shapes and sizes. In 1870, the Surveyor General of Montana Henry D. Washburn organized an expedition with the purpose to explore the areas that later became Yellowstone National Park. The expedition had several members from Helena and one of them became the first superintendent of the park upon its establishment.

Helena became the capital of Montana Territory in 1875. By the late 1880s, Helena had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the world, thanks, of course, to the gold in the city area. The city was rich and it showed as the locals invested in beautification, in architecture, institutions and improvements. Many of the original structures from the era, especially the Victorian neighborhoods, are still standing in the city. That particular period marked the beginning of the red district era in the city, which lasted well into the 20th century. The madams in the city, such as the legendary Chicago Joe Airey, were very wealthy and influential. The last of them, Big Dorothy Baker, died in 1973.

One of the best-known buildings in Helena, and also the official symbol of the city, is a wooden watch tower built in 1886, called “The Guardian of the Gulch.” This single tower replaced a series of fire watch towers after several devastating fires that struck the city in 1869, 1871, 1872 and 1874.

The famous Hotel Broadwater and Natatorium was built in 1889 and had the world’s first indoor swimming pool. Helena became the state capital after Montana was admitted to the Union in 1889 together with North Dakota, South Dakota and Washington. The Montana State Capitol was built in 1902.

Geography and Climate of Helena

Helena lies at an altitude of 4,058 feet and is one of the highest state capitals in the USA. Some of the prominent geographic features in the city area include Mount Helena City Park, the Continental Divide, Helena National Forest, Lake Helena, the Sleeping Giant Mountain with a wilderness study area, the Big Belt Mountains, Holter Lake, Hauser Lake, Elkhorn Mountains, Canyon Ferry Lake, Gates of the Mountains Wilderness, Bob Marshall Wilderness, Scapegoat Wilderness and the Missouri River.

The climate in the city is semi-arid. The winters are long and cold, with moderate snowfall. The summers are hot and mostly dry. Springs and autumns are short. Most of the precipitation occurs in the springtime.

Population of Helena

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010 Helena had a population of 25,780. The majority of the population is white (94.8%), and other groups include Native Americans (2.1%), Hispanics or Latinos (1.7%), Asians (0.8%) and Pacific Islanders (0.1%).

In 2010, the median household income in Helena was $34,416 and the per capita income for the city was $20,020.


Helena is an economically stable city. It is a major center of government institutions, both for the county and for the state. It is also a distribution center for agricultural enterprises in the area, where livestock, farming and mining are the main activities. Helena was once rich in gold and today it depends on silver and lead. The city and the surrounding towns have a number of smelters, zinc reduction works and quartz crushers. Helena is also a telephone communications center, not only for the county but for the entire state.

City Symbols and Culture

Culturally, the most important part of Helena is the 17-block Historic Downtown District, with historic buildings, galleries, restaurants, shops, cafes and clubs. Another important city feature, and one of its most recognizable symbols, is the State Capitol Building with its beautiful classic dome made of radiant copper. Other attractions in the city include the Governor’s Mansion, Helena Civic Center, Fort Harrison, St. Helena Cathedral and the Guardian of the Gulch.

Major cultural facilities in Helena include the Myrna Loy Center, the Carroll College Theatre, Grand-Street Theatre, Performance Park Square, Holster Museum of Art and the Ghost Art Gallery.

Many festivals and events take place in downtown Helena every year, most notably the Western Rendezvous of Art, Last Chance Bluegrass Festival, Oktoberfest and the Mt. Helena Music Festival. The local daily newspaper is the Independent Record.

Education and Sports

Helena has two institutions of higher education: Carroll College and the University of Montana-Helena College of Technology.

The city is the home of the Helena Brewers, a minor league baseball team of the Pioneer League. The city also has a NAHL hockey club called Helena Bighorns.


Most of the passenger air traffic goes through Helena Regional Airport, the largest airport in the area. Major highways to and around the city include I-15, U.S. Highway 12 and U.S. Highway 287. Intercity bus service is provided by Rimrock Trailways.

Statistical data for the Helena city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

White alone
26,31393.34 %
Black or African American alone
1180.42 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
6482.30 %
Asian alone
2050.73 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
200.07 %
Some Other Race alone
1570.56 %
Two or More races
7292.59 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Not Hispanic or Latino
27,41197.24 %
Hispanic or Latino
7792.76 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Not Hispanic or Latino
27,41197.24 %
White alone
25,83194.24 %
Black or African American alone
1100.40 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
6072.21 %
Asian alone
2030.74 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
190.07 %
Some Other Race alone
250.09 %
Two or More races
6162.25 %
Hispanic or Latino
7792.76 %
White alone
48261.87 %
Black or African American alone
81.03 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
415.26 %
Asian alone
20.26 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
10.13 %
Some Other Race alone
13216.94 %
Two or More races
11314.51 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes

Household Type

Family households
6,69152.36 %
Husband-wife family
4,88372.98 %
Other family
1,80827.02 %
Male householder, no wife present
45425.11 %
Female householder, no husband present
1,35474.89 %
Nonfamily households
6,08947.64 %
Householder living alone
5,08683.53 %
Householder not living alone
1,00316.47 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Helena city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Helena city center coordinates

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Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Helena city center


  • Saint Peters Community Hospital Heliport [1.28 mi] [2.06 km]


  • Morelli Bridge [1.49 mi] [2.4 km]


  • Shodair Childrens Hospital Professional Library [1.65 mi] [2.66 km]
  • Saint Peters Community Hospital Medical Library [1.34 mi] [2.16 km]
  • Ambulance Service of Saint Peters [1.34 mi] [2.16 km]
  • United States Marshal's Service Helena Office [1.38 mi] [2.22 km]
  • Governors Mansion [0.82 mi] [1.32 km]
  • Cogswell Building [0.76 mi] [1.23 km]
  • Labor and Industry Building [0.75 mi] [1.21 km]
  • Old Board of Health Building [0.75 mi] [1.21 km]
  • Lewis and Clark Public Library [1.31 mi] [2.11 km]
  • Old Livestock Building [0.71 mi] [1.15 km]
  • SRS Building [0.72 mi] [1.16 km]
  • Mitchell Building [0.71 mi] [1.14 km]
  • Capitol Annex [0.69 mi] [1.12 km]
  • Montana State Capitol [0.67 mi] [1.08 km]
  • Boiler Plant [0.68 mi] [1.09 km]
  • Lewis and Clark County Courthouse [1.06 mi] [1.71 km]
  • Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office [1.06 mi] [1.71 km]
  • Lewis and Clark County Detention Center [1.06 mi] [1.71 km]
  • Original Governors Mansion [1.03 mi] [1.66 km]
  • Montana Historical Society Museum [0.65 mi] [1.04 km]
  • Montana Historical Society Library and Archives [0.65 mi] [1.04 km]
  • Montana State Library [0.67 mi] [1.08 km]
  • Helena Police Department [1.07 mi] [1.71 km]
  • Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Law Enforcement Division [0.6 mi] [0.97 km]
  • Teachers Retirement Building [0.61 mi] [0.98 km]
  • Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks Building [0.6 mi] [0.96 km]
  • Scott Hart Building [0.58 mi] [0.93 km]
  • Montana Department of Livestock Enforcement [0.58 mi] [0.93 km]
  • Lee Metcalf Building [0.61 mi] [0.98 km]
  • State Motor Pool [0.49 mi] [0.8 km]
  • Montana Water Resources Division Building [0.47 mi] [0.75 km]
  • Office of Public Instruction [0.42 mi] [0.68 km]
  • Institutions Building [0.49 mi] [0.79 km]


  • Plymouth Congregational Church [1.1 mi] [1.77 km]
  • Mountain View Bible Church [1.51 mi] [2.42 km]
  • First Church of Christ Scientist [0.95 mi] [1.54 km]
  • Covenant United Methodist Church [1.19 mi] [1.92 km]
  • First Lutheran Church [1.15 mi] [1.85 km]
  • Faith Tabernacle [1.05 mi] [1.68 km]
  • First Baptist Church [1.05 mi] [1.7 km]
  • Holy Cross Traditional Church [0.75 mi] [1.21 km]
  • Saint Andrews Anglican Catholic Church [0.73 mi] [1.18 km]
  • Christs Church [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • First Presbyterian Church [0.95 mi] [1.53 km]
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints [0.65 mi] [1.04 km]
  • Church of Gladtidings [0.6 mi] [0.97 km]
  • Evangelical Covenant Church [0.57 mi] [0.92 km]
  • Capital City Church of Christ [0.78 mi] [1.25 km]


  • Womens Health Care Center [1.47 mi] [2.36 km]
  • Big Sky Care Center [1.37 mi] [2.2 km]
  • Shodair Childrens Hospital [1.65 mi] [2.66 km]
  • Shodair Residential Treatment Center [1.65 mi] [2.66 km]
  • Cooney Convalescent Home [1.36 mi] [2.19 km]
  • Saint Peters Community Hospital [1.34 mi] [2.16 km]
  • Helena Nursing Home [1.03 mi] [1.67 km]
  • Helena Family Physicians Center [0.65 mi] [1.04 km]
  • Helena Physicians Clinic [0.65 mi] [1.04 km]
  • Mental Health Services Incorporated [1.05 mi] [1.69 km]
  • Low Vision Clinic [0.84 mi] [1.36 km]
  • Bitterroot Chiropractic Clinic [1.01 mi] [1.62 km]


  • Helena Ranger Station [1.39 mi] [2.23 km]
  • Reeders Alley [1.4 mi] [2.25 km]
  • State Capitol Grounds [0.69 mi] [1.11 km]


  • Clinton Park [1.06 mi] [1.71 km]
  • Pocha Park [1.26 mi] [2.02 km]
  • Heritage / Pioneer Park [1.29 mi] [2.07 km]
  • Lockey Park [0.84 mi] [1.36 km]
  • Fire Tower Park [1.15 mi] [1.84 km]
  • Reeders Alley Park [1.36 mi] [2.19 km]
  • Thomas Francis Meagher Statue [0.63 mi] [1.02 km]
  • The Prospectors Sculpture and Fountain [1.2 mi] [1.94 km]
  • Last Chance Mall Park [1.16 mi] [1.87 km]
  • The Bullwhacker Statue [1.12 mi] [1.81 km]
  • Boy With a Leaking Boot Statue [1.06 mi] [1.71 km]
  • Kessler Park [0.66 mi] [1.06 km]
  • Constitution Park [1.02 mi] [1.64 km]
  • Mount Helena City Park [1.94 mi] [3.11 km]


  • Jefferson Elementary School [0.82 mi] [1.33 km]
  • May Buttler School [1.14 mi] [1.84 km]
  • Smith Elementary School [1.14 mi] [1.83 km]
  • Ray Bjork Elementary School [0.59 mi] [0.95 km]
  • Central Elementary School [0.9 mi] [1.45 km]


  • Mount Helena [2.27 mi] [3.66 km]


  • Prairie Trail [1.94 mi] [3.11 km]
  • Backside Trail [1.94 mi] [3.11 km]
  • Hogback Trail [1.94 mi] [3.11 km]
  • Prospect Shafts Trail [1.94 mi] [3.11 km]
  • 1906 Trail [1.94 mi] [3.11 km]
  • North Access Trail [1.94 mi] [3.11 km]


  • Dry Gulch [1.31 mi] [2.11 km]
  • Last Chance Gulch [1.41 mi] [2.27 km]


  • 10N03W32ADDA01 Well [1.31 mi] [2.11 km]
  • 10N03W31BDBD01 Well [1.18 mi] [1.9 km]
  • 10N03W32BCBD01 Well [0.92 mi] [1.48 km]
  • 10N03W28CCCC01 Well [1.05 mi] [1.7 km]
  • 10N02W26CCC_01 Well [3.1 mi] [4.99 km]
  • 10N03W27DDC_01 Well [2.8 mi] [4.51 km]
  • 10N03W26CCCA01 Well [3.06 mi] [4.92 km]

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City Alias ZIP Codes
East HelenaEast Helena59635
HelenaCarroll College59625
HelenaCity County Building59623
HelenaHelena59626, 59625, 59624, 59623, 59620, 59604, 59602, 59601
HelenaState Of Montana59620

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