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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
St. Helens is a town in Oregon with a population of 13,446. St. Helens is in Columbia County. Living in St. Helens offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In St. Helens there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in St. Helens and residents tend to lean conservative.
About St. Helens...
Population
13,446

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$206,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$878
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    38%
  • Own
    62%
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St. Helens Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    79.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    65.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    7.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    94.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,268.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    115.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    40%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in St. Helens

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$48,311
National
$55,322
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I was technically born in Portland, but that is simply because that was the closest delivery hospital to my house in Saint Helens. I was entirely raised in the town of Saint Helens. I have a lot of fond memories of the town, however it has its downfalls.

Saint Helens has a large number of people who are on drugs. However they tend to keep to themselves. Many people have to commute 45 minutes to Portland to keep a job that sustains their home because of limited job opportunities in the area. The population is minimal, leaving the only entertainment options being bars, a bowling alley, a movie theater that only shows one film per week, and a public pool.

However, I have never felt truly unsafe in the town. The worst thing that probably happened to me was that I had a random stranger ask me if I had cigarettes.

It is not the worst possible place to be, but I do not recommend that any
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A very cute, quaint little town. Home to movies like Halloweentown and Twilight, nestled on the river. Views of the Columbia river, mountains, and nature of all kinds. But a town that haults small business from succeeding, and doesn't do enough to encourage tourism or reasons for people to visit.
While living in St. Helens, OR., I have made lots of friends and I thoroughly enjoy everything here. It's not a very big city but it has some fun things. It's easy to drive around, because it doesn't take long to commute. We are also a very safe city, we don't have a lot of crime. Our public schools aren't given very much money, so our education systems aren't as great as it could be. One con about the city is that we don't have any night activities, like clubs. It's pretty affordable, one major plus is that we don't have any sales tax here in Oregon, so that's pretty cool.