Introduction to Helena, Alabama

Helena, Alabama, in Shelby county, is 7 miles S of Hoover, Alabama (center to center) and 145 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is included in the Birmingham metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 10,296 people lived in Helena.

Helena History

Helena was founded in 1845 as the town of Cove. It was renamed Hillsboro in 1856. In the same year, a rolling mill was established in the area to produce arms for the Confederacy. The city was originally served by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. Later on, the city was renamed after Helen Lee Boyle, wife of the railroad engineer Peter Boyle. The city's first mayor was M.H. Williams. The City of Helena was reincorporated in 1917 because the papers of its first incorporation had errors.

Helena and nearby Attractions

  • Alabama Wildlife Center
  • Oak Mountain State Park
  • Fort Morgan Beach
  • Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
  • Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park
  • Tannehill Historical State Park

Things To Do In Helena

Helena offers easy access to Oak Mountain State Park. One can also visit the Iron and Steel Museum of Alabama, Southern Museum of Flight, Birmingham Museum of Art, Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington, and Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark. You can also enjoy canoeing, fishing, and wading on Lake Davidson and Buck Creek. The city organizes several annaul recreational events such as the Buck Creek Festival.

Helena Transportation

Birmingham International Airport can be reached within several minutes.

Helena Higher Education

University of Montevallo and Samford University are the nearest universities.


Total Population 17,589
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 8.8%
Employed Population 16+ 8,836
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 62.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 49.3%
Median Earnings25+ $49,582
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,167
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,455


Median Family Income $90,928
% Above Poverty Level 97.9%
% Below Poverty Level 2.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.3%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 20%
Median Gross Rent $1,421
Median House Value $181,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28.3%
US/American 0%
English 11.5%
Irish 12.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Helena Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles S of Hoover, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 145 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia
County Shelby
Metro Area Birmingham
Standard Zip Codes 35080
Phone Area Codes 205
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.296
Longitude -86.843

Helena Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 11.5 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 55 F
Apr Temp 48 to 76 F
Jul Temp 68 to 94 F
Oct Temp 49 to 77 F
Annual Precip 59.3 inches
Distance 28.2 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 54 F
Apr Temp 49 to 74 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 51 to 76 F
Annual Precip 56.6 inches
Distance 28.6 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 57 F
Apr Temp 48 to 78 F
Jul Temp 68 to 93 F
Oct Temp 49 to 78 F
Annual Precip 56.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alabaster 31,905 $79,761
Bessemer 27,043 $37,595
Hoover 83,547 $100,548
Indian Springs Village 2,505 $115,625
Pelham 22,346 $81,676
Vestavia Hills 34,116 $117,225

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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