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Helena
Helena
Alabama
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Helena (pronunciation hel-LE-nah) is a city in Jefferson and Shelby Counties in the state of Alabama. Helena is considered a suburb of Birmingham and part of the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,793. Helena is highly regarded as a place to live and raise children; Business Week named Helena the 13th "Best Place to Raise Your Kids" in 2007. It has the eighth-lowest crime rate per population in the U.S., and the city was ranked in Money magazine's 2007 list of "Best Places to Live: Top 100" in the U.S., placing at number 91. The Alabama League of Municipalities awarded Helena the 2008 Municipal Achievement Award (population 10,001 to 20,000). Helena initially incorporated in 1877, but reincorporated in 1917 after errors were discovered in the initial incorporation papers. It did not first appear on the U.S. Census until 1920, giving credence to the later date of incorporation.

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How did Alabama earn the grade of B? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Alabama has a state sales tax of 4.00%. Of particular interest is that Alabama does not have taxes on social security. There are no estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Alabama has an effective property tax rate of 0.43%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Alabama earned its state tax grade of B.

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