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Welcome to Helena ...

The city of Helena is located in Lewis and Clark County<1>. It is the County Seat and the capital of Montana.

The pronunciation of Helena: HEL-en-uh<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Helena has a population of 33,215 people<3> (see below for details).

Helena was established in 1864.

The community of Helena is 4,000 feet [1,219 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the elevation of Helena is ¾ mile [or ~1¼ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Helena lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

Helena lies within the (406) area code.

Websites for Helena ...

Official Website:   www.ci.helena.mt.us/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.helenachamber.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Helena had an population of 33,215 people. This is an increase of 17.83% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 28.84% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Helena had a population of 28,190 people (or 44.47% of the total population of Lewis and Clark County). This makes Helena the county's most populous community.

The population of Helena represents 2.85% of the population of Montana (which has 989,415 people), making it the state's 6th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 28,190 people, the population of Helena increased 9.35% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 25,780 people).

More information can be found on the Census 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 Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California (2), Florida, Georgia, Idaho (2), Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan (3), Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri (2), 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.

Communities near Helena ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Helena.

  • Fort Harrison [Lewis and Clark County]
  • East Helena [Lewis and Clark County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Helena
    • East Helena [Lewis and Clark County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the east of Helena
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,130 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Helena
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for East Helena<6>
  • Montana City [Jefferson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montana City
    • Montana City [Jefferson County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the southeast of Helena
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Montana City have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montana City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Montana City<6>
  • Park City [Lewis and Clark County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Park City
    • Park City [Lewis and Clark County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the southwest of Helena
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Park City have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Park City
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Birdseye [Lewis and Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Birdseye
      • Birdseye [Lewis and Clark County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the northwest of Helena
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Birdseye
    • Clancy [Jefferson County]
    • Austin [Lewis and Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Austin
      • Austin [Lewis and Clark County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the west of Helena
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Austin
    • Rimini [Lewis and Clark County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rimini
      • Rimini [Lewis and Clark County] was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the southwest of Helena
    • Frontier Town [Lewis and Clark County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frontier Town
      • Frontier Town [Lewis and Clark County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the west of Helena
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Frontier Town have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frontier Town
    • Jefferson City [Jefferson County]

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Helena. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Helena.

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 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Helena.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Helena. Our list includes 102 papers. See our Newspapers 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 can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Helena, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Helena.

Adding Helena to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Helena in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Helena was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Helena on our Genealogy Page.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Helena: www.ci.helena.mt.us/

The official website for Lewis and Clark County: www.co.lewis-clark.mt.us/

The official website for State of Montana: https://mt.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Montana's counties, including Lewis and Clark, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Helena. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Helena.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Helena - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Helena) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Helena. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from HelenaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Helena. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.5911, Longitude: -112.0205    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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