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Helena, Alabama

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Welcome to Helena ...

The city of Helena is located in Shelby County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2015, Helena has a population of 18,264 people<1> (see below for details).

Helena was established in 1845.

The community of Helena is 430 feet [131 m] above sea level.<2>.

Time Zone: Helena lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Helena is within the boundaries of the (205) area code.

The ZIP code for Helena: 35080<3>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Helena had a population of 16,793 people (which is 8.61% of the total population of Shelby County). This makes Helena the county's 3rd most populous community.

The population of Helena represents 0.35% of the total population of Alabama (which has 4,779,736 people), making it the state's 34th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 16,793 people, the population of Helena increased 63.1% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 10,296 people).

Taken from the 2015 Census Estimates, Helena had an population of 18,264 people. This is an increase of 8.76% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 77.39% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Helena.

Communities near Helena ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Helena and not the distance if you drove.<4>.

Community   2015
Bessemer   [Map]   26,730   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
Birmingham   [Map]   212,461   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
Calera   [Map]   13,213   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
Chelsea   [Map]   12,059   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
Homewood   [Map]   25,708   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
Hoover   [Map]   84,848   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Helena.

Communities Also Named Helena ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 35 communities that are also named Helena - they are located in Arizona, Arkansas, California (2), Florida, Georgia, Idaho (2), Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan (3), Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri (2), Montana, Nebraska, Nevada (2), New York, North Carolina (2), North Dakota, Ohio (2), Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Helena.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Helena. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Helena. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Helena.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Helena:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Helena ...

Looking for more information about Helena? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Helena, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Helena.

Search for Local Businesses ...

Google's 'Search-by-Location' has proven to be a useful tool by people who planned visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Helena. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

LodgingGas StationsBanks
Bed & BreakfastTruck StopsATMs
RestaurantsAuto RepairReal Estate
 RV RepairRentals
PharmacyAuto PartsChurches
 RV PartsCemeteries
AttractionsMotorcycle Parts 
 DentistsPost Offices
Auto RentalChiropractors 
Auto LeasingVeterinarians 

Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Helena. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Helena.

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<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Helena - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<3>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Helena). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Helena or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Helena. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Helena) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Helena. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Helena

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Helena. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2849, Longitude: -86.8688     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Helena have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<5>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Helena.


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