Columbia County is located in the northwest corner of Oregon. The County Seat is St. Helens and the largest city is St. Helens. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.co.columbia.or.us/. The 2014 population estimate is 49,459 and the 2010 census population was 49,353. The land area is 657.36 square miles and there are 75.1 persons per square mile.
93.3% of the population is White, 0.6% is Black or African American, 4.6% is Hispanic or Latino, 1% is Asian, 1.5% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 3.5% is two or more races. 89.6% have a high school degree or higher, and 18.1% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $213,200, there are 19,069 households, an average of 2.57 persons per household. The per capita income is $26,271, the median household income is $54,968, and 13.6% of the persons in Columbia County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 4,017. Retail sales (in $1000) were $357,383, and sales per capita were $7,306. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 27.5%.
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