Helena is the State Capitol of Montana. Within its city limits, it has a population of approximately 30,000 and the heartbeat of the town is made up of a unique mix of political goings on and a young college culture. The economy does not have the ups and downs of some cities where there's only one major industry or employer. In addition to being home to some 7,000 state employees, Helena is the seat of Lewis & Clark County, a number of Montana offices of federal agencies are located here, and many corporate offices of larger businesses are based in Helena. Helena's economic stability is largely due to state government and small business. The majority of its workforce is professionals, white-collar workers, and employees of small businesses. The unemployment rate in Helena is traditionally below average in Montana and one of the lowest in the United States.
The town is a unique blend of the past and the present, and offers abounding community spirit, street festivals, theater, museums, symphonies, fairs and rodeos.