The City of St. Helena is located in the center of the world-famous wine-growing Napa Valley, 65 miles north of San Francisco.
The area was settled in 1834 as part of General Vallejo's land grant. The City of St. Helena was incorporated as a City on March 24, 1876, and reincorporated on May 14, 1889. The estimated population of the City of St. Helena as of 2021 is 6,070 (CA Department of Finance), however the population increases daily because of visitation to the numerous hospitality and lodging establishments, and individuals travelling to St. Helena for their occupation.
St. Helena is a full-service City and encompasses an area of five square miles and is a General Law city operating under the Council/Manager form of government with four council members elected at large and a directly elected mayor. The City Manager is responsible for the efficient execution of Council adopted policies through various departments including Administrative Services, Community Development, Fire, Library, Parks & Recreation, Police, and Public Works.
St. Helena’s FY 2022/23 General Fund budget is $18.7 million with a total budget of $53.2 million which includes Capital Improvement Funds and Water and Wastewater Enterprise Funds.
The City from its inception has served as a rural agricultural center. Over the years, with the growth and development of the wine industry, the City has become an important business and banking center for the wine industry. The City also receives many visitors as a result of the wine industry and the area's scenic qualities. The main goal of the City is to maintain a small-town atmosphere and to provide quality services to its citizens.