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Helix, Oregon
Grain elevator in Helix.
Grain elevator in Helix.
Heart of the Country
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Country United States
State Oregon
County Umatilla
Incorporated 1903
 • Total 0.13 sq mi (0.33 km2)
 • Land 0.13 sq mi (0.33 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,754 ft (535 m)
 • Total 184
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,426.36/sq mi (551.86/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (Pacific)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 458 and 541
FIPS code 41-33250
GNIS feature ID 1121739

Helix is a city in Umatilla County, Oregon, United States. The population was 184 at the 2010 census. It is part of the PendletonHermiston Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Helix, a geometry term and a part of the ear, was originally to be named Oxford, but authorities declined that option when the community's post office was to be named in 1880. The citizens then decided on Helix since a resident had recently had ear surgery. The author of Oregon Geographic Names, Lewis A. McArthur, had his doubts about the story.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.13 square miles (0.34 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 109
1920 200 83.5%
1930 193 −3.5%
1940 121 −37.3%
1950 182 50.4%
1960 148 −18.7%
1970 152 2.7%
1980 155 2.0%
1990 150 −3.2%
2000 183 22.0%
2010 184 0.5%
2019 (est.) 184 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 184 people, 55 households, and 46 families living in the city. The population density was 1,415.4 inhabitants per square mile (546.5/km2). There were 68 housing units at an average density of 523.1 per square mile (202.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 81.0% White, 8.7% Native American, 3.8% from other races, and 6.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.0% of the population.

There were 55 households, of which 43.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.6% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 9.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 16.4% were non-families. 9.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 1.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.35 and the average family size was 3.54.

The median age in the city was 35.7 years. 34.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.1% were from 25 to 44; 21.3% were from 45 to 64; and 11.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.6% male and 48.4% female.

Arts and culture

Annual cultural events

The city is home to the Helix Heart of the Country Rodeo held each Memorial Day weekend.

The city also hosts the annual Wheatstock music festival during August.


Helix School is the predominant employer within the city.

The immediate land surrounding Helix is used almost exclusively for dryland farming. The predominant crop is wheat with canola or peas used as a cover crop and break crop. The Stateline Wind Farm and Vansycle Wind Project are nearby.

Notable people

See also

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