# What family is helium in?

##### 1 Answer
Sep 15, 2016

Helium is in the family VIII A. This family is also called the Noble Gases. or inert gases.

#### Explanation:

Elements in this family have filled outer electron shells. Because their valance electrons are all paired there is little bonding of these electrons. though some of the larger noble gases do form some bonds.

Helium has the electron configuration of $1 {s}^{2}$

The first shell only has one orbital the 1s. The 1s is filled in Helium.

This makes Helium part of the Noble gases as it inert and has a filled outer electron shell.