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The City of Saint Helens had a population of 14,178 as of July 1, 2021. Saint Helens ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Oregon. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Saint Helens is located at latitude 45.864 and longitude -122.8065 in Columbia County. The formal boundaries for the City of Saint Helens encompass a land area of 4.75 sq. miles and a water area of 1.15 sq. miles. Columbia County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 92 feet.

The City of Saint Helens has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Oregon is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Saint Helens is located within Saint Helens Division of Columbia County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Saint Helens: Casenau, Houlton, Kasenau, Milton, Plymouth.

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Saint Helens, OR Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)

POPULATION

Total Population 14,178 (100%)
Population in Households 13,873 (97.8%)
Population in Families 10,947 (77.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 305 ( 2.2%)
Population Density 2,952
Diversity Index2 35
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $59,106
Average Household Income $76,080
% of Income for Mortgage4 23%
Per Capita Income $29,032
Wealth Index5 68
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 5,650 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,218 (57.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,113 (37.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 319 ( 5.6%)
Median Home Value $326,253
Average Home Value $358,020
Housing Affordability Index3 104
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 5,331
Average Household Size 2.6
Family Households 3,485
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.75% 0.68%
Households 0.73% 0.68%
Families 0.53% 0.56%
Median Household Income   4.72%
Per Capita Income   2.91%
Owner Occupied HU   1.23%

Saint Helens, OR - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Saint Helens to the other 378 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Oregon by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 47 88th
Population Density # 78 80th
Median Household Income # 168 56th
Housing Affordability Index # 172 46th
Per Capita Income # 208 45th
Diversity Index # 158 59th

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