Poverty in Helena, Montana

What is the poverty rate in Helena, Montana?
The poverty rate in Helena is 15.6%. One out of every 6.4 residents of Helena lives in poverty.

How many people in Helena, Montana live in poverty?
4,519 of 29,029 Helena residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the poverty rate in Helena compare to the rest of Montana?
The Poverty Rate across the state of Montana is 14.4%, meaning Helena has a slightly higher than average percentage of residents below the poverty line when compared to the rest of Montana.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Helena, Montana Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

White

26,343

13.7% 10.3% 86.8%

Hispanic

1,053

53.0% 22.2% 3.5%

What's the Poverty Rate in Helena, Montana By Race?

13.7% of White residents of Helena, Montana live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Helena, Montana is the same as than the national average. 3,613 of 26,343 white Montanans live below the poverty line. Approximately 86.8% of the total population of Helena, Montana are white.

53.0% of Hispanic residents of Helena, Montana live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Helena, Montana is dramatically higher than the national average of 22.2%. 558 of 1,053 hispanic Montanans live below the poverty line. Approximately 3.5% of the total population of Helena, Montana are hispanic.

Helena, Montana Poverty Rate By Sex

What is the poverty rate for men vs women living in Helena, Montana?

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Helena, Montana is 15.8%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Helena, Montana is 15.4%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Helena, Montana

Male residents of Helena, Montana are slightly(2%) more likely to live in poverty than females.

2,266 of 14,361 males in Helena live below the poverty line.

2,253 of 14,668 females in Helena live below the poverty line.

Helena, Montana Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

Understanding where poverty hits hardest in Helena can be better understood by segmenting poverty by whether or not the resident is in school or not.

  • Enrolled in School in Helena, Montana have a Poverty Rate of 26.4%.
  • Not Enrolled in School in Helena, Montana have a Poverty Rate of 11.9%.

Poverty for younger ages in Helena is seen as the most undesirable for the future of the community.

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Helena, Montana have a Poverty Rate of 10.8%.
  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Helena, Montana have a Poverty Rate of 19.3%.

Poverty for developing children and young adults in Helena can have drastic impacts on graduation and college attendance rates.

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Helena, Montana have a Poverty Rate of 15.9%.
  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Helena, Montana have a Poverty Rate of 18.2%.

Adult students in college, graduate or professional schools generally bring employers, revenue and higher living wages post-graduation and are seen as a positive to the community.

  • Enrolled in Undergraduate School in Helena, Montana have a Poverty Rate of 54.1%.
  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Helena, Montana have a Poverty Rate of 17.3%.
Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Helena, Montana Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate By Age in Helena, Montana?

Helena, Montana Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Helena, Montana Poverty Rate By Age

Age Poverty Rate

Children Under 6

29.6%

Children 6 to 11 Years Old

15.0%

Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old

16.0%

Adults 18 to 59 Years Old

18.0%

Adults 60 to 74 Years Old

6.2%

75 to 84 Years Old

8.6%

Over 85 Years Old

9.4%

Helena, Montana Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

What is the poverty rate for residents of Helena, Montana born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born?

US Citizen

The Poverty Rate for residents of Helena, Montana who were born citizens of the United States is 15.6%.

Foreign

The Poverty Rate for residents of Helena, Montana who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 14.2%.

Poverty Rate for residents of Helena, Montana born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born

Residents of Helena, Montana who were born as US Citizens have a higher poverty rate than those who were born citizens of a country outside of the United States.

Of the 28,650 residents of Helena, Montana who were born citizens of the United States, 4,465 (15.6%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 54 (14.2%) of 379 residents of Helena, Montana who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Poverty Rate in Helena, Montana

The poverty rate in Helena is 15.6%.
Helena is in Lewis and Clark County.
Montana Poverty Rate by City
Here is a comparison of Poverty Rate by city(minimum 1,000 residents) in Lewis and Clark County.
City Poverty Rate
East Helena 7.7%
Helena 15.6%
Helena Valley Northeast 4.6%
Helena Valley Northwest 3.6%
Helena Valley Southeast 13.4%
Helena Valley West Central 7.1%
Helena West Side 10.3%

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