Columbia Falls, Maine

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Population in 2010: 560.
Population change since 2000: -6.5%
 
Males: 277  (49.5%)
Females: 283  (50.5%)
Median resident age:

46.0 years
Maine median age:

43.0 years

Zip codes: 04623.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $46,935 (it was $28,864 in 2000)
Columbia Falls:

$46,935
ME:

$58,924

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $27,391 (it was $14,723 in 2000)

Columbia Falls town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $114,965 (it was $64,300 in 2000)
Columbia Falls:

$114,965
ME:

$200,500

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $157,500; detached houses: $173,518; townhouses or other attached units: $137,629; in 2-unit structures: $103,876; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $325,775; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $304,544; mobile homes: $70,441; occupied boats, rvs, vans, etc.: $26,691
March 2019 cost of living index in Columbia Falls: 88.8 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
  • Races in Columbia Falls, ME (2010)
    • 54096.4%White alone
    • 81.4%Hispanic
    • 71.3%Two or more races
    • 30.5%Asian alone
    • 20.4%American Indian alone

Races in Columbia Falls detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Maine and other state lists, there were 2 registered sex offenders living in Columbia Falls, Maine as of May 23, 2022.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Columbia Falls is 280 to 1.


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Columbia Falls, ME City Guides:

Ancestries: English (34.7%), Irish (20.2%), United States (9.8%), French (8.2%), Scottish (6.2%), German (5.0%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 03/25/1863

Elevation: 75 feet

Land area: 24.5 square miles.

Population density: 23 people per square mile   (very low).

Columbia Falls, Maine map

18 residents are foreign born (1.2% Asia, 1.0% North America, 0.8% Europe).

This town:

3.0%
Maine:

2.9%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Columbia Falls town:

1.2% ($760)
Maine:

1.5% ($1,417)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Portland, ME (144.1 miles , pop. 64,249).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Boston, MA (234.2 miles , pop. 589,141).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Bronx, NY (408.9 miles , pop. 1,332,650).

Nearest cities:

Centerville, ME (2.1 miles),
Columbia, ME (2.3 miles ),
Jonesboro, ME (2.5 miles ),
Harrington, ME (2.6 miles ),
Addison, ME (2.7 miles ),
Whitneyville, ME (3.2 miles ),
Jonesport, ME (3.2 miles ),
Cherryfield, ME (3.3 miles )

Latitude: 44.66 N, Longitude: 67.72 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 207

Distribution of median household income in Columbia Falls, ME in 2019
Columbia Falls satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 2 buildings, average cost: $48,000
  • 1998: 3 buildings, average cost: $48,000
  • 1999: 3 buildings, average cost: $54,700
  • 2000: 2 buildings, average cost: $80,000
  • 2001: 2 buildings, average cost: $80,000
  • 2004: 4 buildings, average cost: $37,800
  • 2006: 5 buildings, average cost: $93,200
  • 2008: 1 building, cost: $100,000
  • 2009: 1 building, cost: $100,000
  • 2012: 4 buildings, average cost: $191,800
  • 2014: 1 building, cost: $40,000
Number of permits per 10,000 Columbia Falls, ME residents
Average permit cost in Columbia Falls, ME
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

6.2%
Maine:

4.7%
Unemployment by year
Most common industries in Columbia Falls, ME (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (15.6%)
  • Construction (14.4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (11.1%)
  • Health care (7.0%)
  • Public administration (6.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.8%)
  • Food (4.5%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (26.0%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (19.7%)
  • Educational services (10.2%)
  • Public administration (5.5%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (5.5%)
  • Food (4.7%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (3.9%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (21.6%)
  • Health care (11.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (10.3%)
  • Food & beverage stores (8.6%)
  • Public administration (7.8%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (6.9%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (5.2%)
Most common occupations in Columbia Falls, ME (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (9.1%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.2%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (6.2%)
  • Fishing, hunting, and forestry occupations (5.8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.1%)
  • Construction laborers (4.1%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (3.3%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Fishing, hunting, and forestry occupations (11.0%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (10.2%)
  • Construction laborers (7.9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.3%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6.3%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (5.5%)
  • Supervisors, construction and extraction workers (4.7%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (11.2%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (9.5%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (7.8%)
  • Cashiers (6.0%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (6.0%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5.2%)
  • Financial clerks, except bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks (4.3%)

Average climate in Columbia Falls, Maine

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Columbia Falls, Maine average temperatures Columbia Falls, Maine average precipitation Columbia Falls, Maine humidity Columbia Falls, Maine wind speed Columbia Falls, Maine snowfall Columbia Falls, Maine sunshine Columbia Falls, Maine clear and cloudy days
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI Ozone
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 54.6. This is better than average.

City:

54.6
U.S.:

74.2
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 31.6. This is about average. Closest monitor was 10.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

31.6
U.S.:

33.3

Earthquake activity:

Columbia Falls-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Maine state average. It is 82% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/16/2012 at 23:12:25, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 ML, Depth: 10.0 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 163.4 miles away from Columbia Falls center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.3 (5.3 ML, Depth: 3.0 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 294.6 miles away from Columbia Falls center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW) earthquake occurred 295.7 miles away from the city center
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 208.9 miles away from Columbia Falls center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML) earthquake occurred 331.3 miles away from Columbia Falls center
On 10/3/2006 at 00:07:38, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 MD, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 29.5 miles away from Columbia Falls center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Washington County (20) is greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 6

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Storms: 10, Snows: 5, Winds: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Landslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Other: 2 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Columbia Falls topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Columbia Falls:

  • MARSHALL HEALTH CARE AND REHAB (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; MACHIAS, ME)
  • SUNRISE COUNTY HOMECARE SVCS. (Home Health Center, about 14 miles away; MACHIAS, ME)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Columbia Falls:

  • University of Maine (about 50 miles; Orono, ME; Full-time enrollment: 8,931)
  • Husson University (about 54 miles; Bangor, ME; FT enrollment: 2,421)
  • University of Maine at Augusta (about 105 miles; Augusta, ME; FT enrollment: 3,204)
  • University of Maine at Farmington (about 120 miles; Farmington, ME; FT enrollment: 2,036)
  • Southern Maine Community College (about 143 miles; South Portland, ME; FT enrollment: 4,666)
  • University of Southern Maine (about 145 miles; Portland, ME; FT enrollment: 6,647)
  • Saint Joseph's College of Maine (about 149 miles; Standish, ME; FT enrollment: 2,010)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Columbia Falls: Central District (A), Ruggles House Museum (B), Columbia Falls Volunteer Fire Department (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Swamps: Marst Heath (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Tenney Brook (A), Sherb Brook (B), Little River (C), Marst Brook (D), Johnny B Brook (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Birthplace of: Irv Young - Major League Baseball pitcher.

Washington County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Columbia Falls and their reported violations in the past:

ELMERS COUNTRY STORE (Population served: 100, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 3 routine major monitoring violations
ALLEN WATER COMPANY (Address: 34 POINT STREET , Population served: 68, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • 16 regular monitoring violations
Average household size:
This town:

2.2 people
Maine:

2.3 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

61.1%
Whole state:

62.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

10.1%
Whole state:

9.4%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.4% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

19.0%
Whole state:

10.9%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

5.1%
Whole state:

4.1%

For population 15 years and over in Columbia Falls:

Marital status in Columbia Falls, ME
  • Never married: 17.7%
  • Now married: 64.7%
  • Separated: 1.3%
  • Widowed: 7.0%
  • Divorced: 9.4%

For population 25 years and over in Columbia Falls:

  • High school or higher: 83.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.5%
  • Unemployed: 14.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.7 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2000
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.1
Maine average:

11.2

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Columbia Falls, ME (based on Washington County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant2,73137
Evangelical Protestant1,44231
Catholic1,23810
Other64813
None26,797-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 16
Washington County:

4.89 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

2.80 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
This county:

1.22 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

2.20 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 32
Washington County:

9.78 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 37
This county:

11.31 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

11.02 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.4%
Maine:

8.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Washington County:

28.3%
State:

25.0%

4.12% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($46,671 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.12%
Maine average:

5.91%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Penobscot County, ME  0.70% ($33,296 average AGI)
from Hancock County, ME  0.43% ($27,340)
from Cumberland County, ME  0.30% ($55,371)


4.44% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($40,473 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.44%
Maine average:

5.73%

0.17% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,107 average AGI)
Washington County:

0.17%
Maine average:

0.06%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Penobscot County, ME  0.73% ($30,976 average AGI)
to Hancock County, ME  0.43% ($38,980)
to Cumberland County, ME  0.28% ($43,303)

Businesses in Columbia Falls, ME

  • Curves: 1

Strongest AM radio stations in Columbia Falls:

  • WZON (620 AM; 5 kW; BANGOR, ME; Owner: THE ZONE CORPORATION)
  • WDEA (1370 AM; 5 kW; ELLSWORTH, ME; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WABI (910 AM; 5 kW; BANGOR, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WRKO (680 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WEEI (850 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WBZ (1030 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WSKW (1160 AM; 10 kW; SKOWHEGAN, ME; Owner: MOUNTAIN WIRELESS, INCORPORATED)
  • WCRN (830 AM; 50 kW; WORCESTER, MA; Owner: CARTER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WNNZ (640 AM; 50 kW; WESTFIELD, MA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WALE (990 AM; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, RI; Owner: NORTH AMERICAN BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WKOX (1200 AM; 50 kW; FRAMINGHAM, MA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WTME (780 AM; 10 kW; RUMFORD, ME; Owner: MOUNTAIN VALLEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WWZN (1510 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ROSE CITY RADIO CORPORATION)

Strongest FM radio stations in Columbia Falls:

  • WNSX (97.7 FM; WINTER HARBOR, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WHCF (88.5 FM; BANGOR, ME; Owner: BANGOR BAPTIST CHURCH)
  • WBQI (107.7 FM; BAR HARBOR, ME; Owner: MARINER BROADCASTING, L.P.)
  • WALZ-FM (95.3 FM; MACHIAS, ME; Owner: WILLIAM MCVICAR & ROGER HOLST, GEN. PARTNERSHIP)
  • WWMJ (95.7 FM; ELLSWORTH, ME; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WLKE (99.1 FM; BAR HARBOR, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WMED (89.7 FM; CALAIS, ME; Owner: MAINE PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION)

Columbia Falls fatal accident list:

Apr 16, 2006 02:09 PM, Us-1, Lat: 44.646060, Lon: -67.664430, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
Sep 15, 1992 03:45 PM, 1, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
Dec 14, 1979 05:15 AM, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 4Number of bridges
  • 20ft / 5.7mTotal length
  • 5,334Total average daily traffic
  • 265Total average daily truck traffic
  • 7,652Total future (year 2036) average daily traffic
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Columbia Falls, ME
  • 81.6%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 13.5%Wood
  • 2.4%Electricity
  • 1.4%Solar energy
  • 1.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Columbia Falls, ME
  • 86.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 8.0%Electricity
  • 4.0%Wood
  • 2.0%Utility gas


Columbia Falls compared to Maine state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
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