Helena has the 1658th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 7.7% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Helena is part of the Birmingham metro area. Unemployment in the Birmingham area is 5%, which is higher than the national average, and is getting better. Birmingham has the 50th largest local economy in the US, and a average cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Helena is below average at $45,590, and the median cost of a home in Helena is $177,000, which is the same as the national average. 46% of workers in Helena hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 97% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Helena. 85% of Helena workers drive to work alone, 0% take public transit, 8% carpool, and 6% walk. People in Helena spend an average of 31 minutes commuting to work, which is longer than the national average of 26 minutes.