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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population17,630
Male Share of the Population48.9%
Female Share of the Population51.1%
Senior Citizens9.7%
Employed Population 16+8,921
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married61.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher50.6%
Median Earnings25+$52,416
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$40,500

Wealth

Median Family Income$93,331
% Above Poverty Level96.9%
% Below Poverty Level3.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.5%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone19.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,197
Median House Value$185,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)26.5%
Irish14%
German12.2%
English11.1%
Scottish3.4%
Italian3.1%
French Except Basque3%
Dutch1.3%
West Indian1.1%
Polish1%
Swedish0.8%
Russian0.7%
Welsh0.6%
Haitian0.6%
Norwegian0.4%
Jamaican0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Greek0.3%
Bulgarian0.3%
Czech0.3%
Canadian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
British0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Arab0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Helena Almanac

CategoryValue
County Shelby County, Jefferson County
Standard Zip Codes35080, 35022
Phone Area Codes205
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude33.28
Approximate Longitude-86.85

Helena Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBESSEMER 3 WSW
Distance11.5 miles
Jan Temp31 to 55 F
Apr Temp48 to 76 F
Jul Temp68 to 94 F
Oct Temp49 to 77 F
Annual Precip59.3 inches
StationTHORSBY EXP STATION
Distance28.2 miles
Jan Temp33 to 54 F
Apr Temp49 to 74 F
Jul Temp69 to 90 F
Oct Temp51 to 76 F
Annual Precip56.6 inches
StationCHILDERSBURG WATER PLANT
Distance28.6 miles
Jan Temp33 to 57 F
Apr Temp48 to 78 F
Jul Temp68 to 93 F
Oct Temp49 to 78 F
Annual Precip56.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Alabaster32,269$81,063
Bessemer26,856$39,149
Hoover84,100$101,608
Indian Springs Village2,529$115,000
Pelham22,596$82,431
Vestavia Hills34,243$124,620

Helena Public Libraries

Helena - Jane B. Holmes Public Library
230 TUCKER ROAD
Helena, Alabama
(205) 664-8308

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Helena Public Schools

Helena Elem Sch
187 Third St
ZIP: 35080
Primary
Total Enrollment 856
Helena High School
1310 Hillsboro Parkway
ZIP: 35080
High
Total Enrollment 1035
Helena Intermediate Sch
3500 Hwy 52
ZIP: 35080
Primary
Total Enrollment 915
Helena Middle
1299 Hillsboro Parkway
ZIP: 35080
Middle
Total Enrollment 951

Helena Private Schools

Primrose School Of Riverwoods
501 Riverwoods Ct
ZIP: 35080
Elementary
Total Enrollment 23
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