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Helena is a city in Lewis and Clark County.

It is the state capital and the county seat.

The community was named after Helena, MN

The latitude of Helena is 46.592N. The longitude is -112.035W.

It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 4,058 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 26,718.


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Median household income
Local
$34,416
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Helena demographic reports
Helena is near the Continental Divide
Former and merged names include:
· Last Chance Gulch
Gold was discovered here in 1864
Filming location for:
· 1987 movie, "Amazing Grace and Chuck"
Well-known residents have included:
· Nicolette Larson, singer
· Gary Cooper, actor
· Stephen E. Ambrose, historian
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Wild West Fest - Aug. 11-12, 2007
  • Last Chance Stampede and Fair - July 25-29, 2007
  • Railroad Fair - April 29, 2007
  • Last Chance Community Pow Wow - Sept. 28-30, 2007
  • Western Rendezvous of Art - Aug. 16-19, 2007
  • Last Chance Bluegrass Festival - Sept. 22-23, 2007
  • Mount Helena Music Festival - July 13-14, 2007
Dates often change. Check Helena web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Helena Symphony and Chorale
Nearby parks & recreation: Helena National Forest, Hauser Lake State Park, Spring Meadow Lake State Park
Sports teams: Brewers (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Holter Museum of Art, Montana Historical Society Museum, Original Governor's Mansion
Colleges and universities: Carroll College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Pronunciations: HEL-en-uh
Quotes:
In Helena late one night I was drawn from the house by an unfamiliar sound, the call of swans overhead...As they passed over, the lights of the city reflected off their breasts and undersides of their wings.
-- More Than Skin Deep
Glenn Law

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Helena demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Lewis and Clark County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 59601 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

22% of Helena residents report German ancestry, and 17% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Helena ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Helena was $20,020, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

40% of Helena residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Helena, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $398.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $937.


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Libraries in Helena include Lewis & Clark Public Library, Montana State Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Helena include Helena Independent Record, Queen City News

TV stations in Helena include KMTF, KTVH.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KUHM.

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Lewis and Clark County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Helena political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Helena workers is 13 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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Hotels in Helena include Best Western, Days Inn, Fairfield Inn-Helena, Helena Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn Helena Downtown, Jorgensons Inn & Suites, Motel 6, Mountain Valley Inn & Suites, Red Lion Colonial Hotel - Helena ... More hotels.

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“ In Helena late one night I was drawn from the house by an unfamiliar sound, the call of swans overhead...As they passed over, the lights of the city reflected off their breasts and undersides of their wings. ”
~ More Than Skin Deep
Glenn Law

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