Nicknamed Queen City of the Rockies, Helena is the state capital for Montana and is America’s 5th-least populated state capital city. Four miners originally founded Helena as a gold camp which eventually turned the city into a boomtown.
The biggest employers in Helena are the St. Peter’s Community Hospital, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Veterans Administration Hospital, Dick Anderson Construction and Carroll College.
Montana shipped U$1.36 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value exports from Montana are tobacco cigarettes, civilian aircraft, lentils, copper oxides, semi-conductor making machinery, chemicals, peas, silicon, Portland cement and light refined petroleum oils according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Helena was 3.3% as of December 2016.
Capital Facts for Helena, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Kindrick Legion Field, Grandstreet Theatre, Last Chance Ranch, Lewis & Clark Brewing Company, Montana Blue Jewel Mine, Montana State Capitol, Original Governor’s Mansion and Reeder’s Alley
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Helena, United States:
- Gary Cooper, iconic actor (born May 7, 1901)
- Myrna Loy, iconic actress (born Aug. 2, 1905)
- Nicolette Larson, pop singer (born Jul. 17, 1952)
- Isaac Brock, rock singer-songwriter (born Jul. 9, 1975)
- Rebecca Ferratti, actress (born Nov. 27, 1964)
- Colin Meloy, folk singer-songwriter (born Oct. 5, 1974)
- Casey Anderson, TV show host (born Aug. 20, 1975)
- Kerry Cahill, actress (born Jun. 23, 1982)
- Maile Meloy, novelist (born Jan. 1, 1972)
- Patricia Belcher, actress (born Jan. 1, 1954)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Helena resident: Helenian
Population: 31,169 (Helena city limits)
Density: 1,906 people per square mile (736 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,042,520 (Montana state)
Density: 7 people per square mile (3 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$9.764 billion as of March 2015 (Billings, Montana metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $58,021
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Helena: U.S. dollars
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Official Government Website, City of Helena official website. Accessed on June 27, 2017
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries. Accessed on June 27, 2017
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on June 27, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on June 27, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on June 27, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Helena city flag. Accessed on June 27, 2017
Wikipedia, List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Accessed on June 27, 2017
Wikipedia, Helena, Montana. Accessed on June 27, 2017
Wikipedia, Lewis and Clark County, Montana. Accessed on June 27, 2017
Wikipedia, Montana. Accessed on June 27, 2017
Within city limits, Helena occupies 16.35 square miles (42.35 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 31,169 Helenians in 2016.
The state of Montana has a land area of 145,570 square miles (376,992 square kilometers) with an overall population of 1.043 million inhabitants.
At the city level, Helena’s population density is 1,906 residents per square mile (736 per square kilometer).
Statewide, population density diminishes within Montana to an average 7 inhabitants per square mile (3 per square kilometer).
Helenians celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.