According to the Portland State University Population Research Center, the Preliminary Population Estimate as of July 1, 2013 is 12,895 and the Certified Population Estimate as of July 1, 2012 is 12,920. The Certified Census Figure as of April 1, 2010 is 12,883. The Certified Census figure from 2000 was 10,019. That reflects a growth of about 2,864 people in approximately 11 years.
St. Helens is located in southeastern Columbia County, on the Columbia River, approximately 30 miles northwest of Portland, Oregon. Near the riverfront, the Olde Towne portion of St. Helens features a Nationally Registered Historic District encompassing 10 blocks, which includes residences and civic buildings dating back nearly a century. Originally settled by New England loggers, St. Helens’ basalt rock quarry was also a major industry in the early 1900s. Major employers today include forest products, mining, and manufacturing operations.
Historic St. Helens