East Helena, Montana

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East Helena is a town in Lewis and Clark County, Montana, about five miles east of downtown Helena. The population was 1,642 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Helena Micropolitan Statistical Area.


East Helena is located at 46°35′23″N 111°55′0″W / 46.58972°N 111.916667°W / 46.58972; -111.916667 (46.589856, -111.916798)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,642 people, 694 households, and 462 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,963.8 people per square mile (754.7/km²). There were 728 housing units at an average density of 870.7/sq mi (334.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.70% White, 0.18% African American, 3.11% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.55% from other races, and 1.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.83% of the population. 22.3% were of German, 13.8% Irish, 12.8% Norwegian, 8.2% English, 6.1% American and 6.1% French ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 694 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.4% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $31,071, and the median income for a family was $35,455. Males had a median income of $28,472 versus $19,828 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,893. About 7.5% of families and 8.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.7% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.

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