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St. Helena’s population declines by 6.6% in 2020 Census

St. Helena’s population declined by 6.6% in the last decade, according to 2020 Census data released last week.

The city’s population dropped from 5,814 in the 2010 Census to 5,430 in 2020.

The census counts people at their “usual residence,” defined as the place where they live and sleep most of the time. The rise in second-home ownership is probably a significant factor in St. Helena’s population decline.

St. Helena’s “owner-occupied housing unit rate” is estimated at 58.8%, roughly the same as Napa. The median value of owner-occupied housing units is $1.1 million, by far the highest in Napa County. The next closest municipality is Napa at $616,700.

St. Helena’s median gross rent of $1,664 is lower than Napa’s ($1,700) but higher than Calistoga’s ($1,392).

St. Helena’s median household income is $90,031, the second highest in the county next to American Canyon.

According to estimates released last year, 26.8% of St. Helenans are 65 and over — the highest percentage in the county — and 17.2% are under the age of 18.

According to those same estimates, 65.1% of St. Helenans are identified as white (not Hispanic or Latino), 30.9% are Hispanic or Latino, 1.6% are Black, and 1.3% are Asian.

St. Helena’s population is 54.1% female, the highest percentage in the county.

Fifty percent of St. Helenans age 25 and over have a bachelor’s degree or higher, the highest rate in the county by far.

US Population Growth Falls to Lowest Level Since 1930s, According to New Census. The significant fall in population growth occurred in the ten years between the Census. and was the result of a declining birth rate and lower levels of immigration. Census data revealed that there are now more American adults who are over the age of 80 than American children under the age of two. This is a big deal. If it stays lower like this, it means the end of American exceptionalism in this regard, Ronald Lee, Demographer At UC Berkeley, via 'The New York Times'. The U.S. Census is used to apportion Congressional seats in the House of Representatives based on population. The 2020 Census is widely regarded as the most controversial in recent memory. after a Trump administration initiative to add a question about citizenship was denied by the U.S. Supreme Court. . Added to the legal ramblings were the tremendous strains of conducting the Census during a global pandemic. I assured the president that the census is complete and accurate, Gina Raimondo, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, via 'The New York Times'

You can reach Jesse Duarte at 967-6803 or jduarte@sthelenastar.com.

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