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 2012: $39,435 (it was $28,864 in 2000)
Columbia Falls:

$39,435
ME:

$46,709
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $20,521 (it was $14,723 in 2000)

Columbia Falls town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $98,736 (it was $64,300 in 2000)
Columbia Falls:

$98,736
ME:

$172,300
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $136,429; Detached houses: $164,389; Mobile homes: $61,035
Columbia Falls races chart
  • White alone - 540 (96.4%)
  • Hispanic - 8 (1.4%)
  • Two or more races - 7 (1.3%)
  • Asian alone - 3 (0.5%)
  • American Indian alone - 2 (0.4%)

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

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Columbia Falls: 162.9 (very high, U.S. average is 100)
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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,ME real estate house value index trend

Columbia Falls, Maine map

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

For population 15 years and over in Columbia Falls town:

  • Never married: 17.7%
  • Now married: 64.7%
  • Separated: 1.3%
  • Widowed: 7.0%
  • Divorced: 9.4%

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

This town:  3.0%
Maine:  3.3%



According to our research of Maine and other state lists there were 2 registered sex offenders living in Columbia Falls, Maine as of May 30, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Columbia Falls to the number of sex offenders is 280 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Columbia Falls town:  1.2% ($760)
Maine:  1.5% ($1,417)
Columbia Falls satellite photo by USGS

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 ).

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

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 44.66 N, Longitude: 67.72 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 207

Columbia Falls household income distribution Columbia Falls home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

6.3%
Maine:

5.1%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (26%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (20%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Food (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Educational services (22%)
  • Health care (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Food and beverage stores (9%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (7%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Fishing and hunting, and forest and logging workers (11%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (10%)
  • Construction laborers (8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Supervisors of construction and extraction workers (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (11%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (8%)
  • Cashiers (6%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (6%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Financial clerks except bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4%)

Work and jobs in Columbia Falls: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Columbia Falls, Maine

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Columbia Falls-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Maine state average. It is 94% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/3/2006 at 00:07:38, a magnitude 4.3 (3.8 MB, 3.8 MW, 4.3 LG, Depth: 4.0 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 30.5 miles away from the city 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, Depth: 6.8 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 295.7 miles away from Columbia Falls 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 the city 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 the city center
On 2/26/1999 at 03:38:43, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, Depth: 2.0 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 89.6 miles away from Columbia Falls center
On 9/16/1994 at 07:01:54, a magnitude 3.6 (3.5 LG, 3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 49.8 miles away from the city 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 (18) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 6

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 9, Snows: 4, Winds: 2, Blizzard: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Landslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Columbia Falls topographic map

Birthplace of: Irv Young - Major League Baseball pitcher.

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)

Public elementary/middle school in Columbia Falls:

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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

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

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 54.3. This is better than average.

City:

54.3
U.S.:

74.2

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 31.6. This is about average. Closest monitor was 10.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

31.6
U.S.:

32.0

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%

Columbia Falls compared to Maine state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage above 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.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (82%)
  • Wood (12%)
  • Electricity (4%)
  • Solar energy (1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

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

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 25.86%
Here: 25.9%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchUnited Church of ChristAmerican Baptist Churches in the USACommunity Church of Christ
Adherents47.3%14.8%6.6%5.1%5.0%
Congregations16.0%20.0%12.0%5.3%5.3%
NameEpiscopal ChurchNational Association of Congregational Christian Churches The Wesleyan ChurchChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)Other
Adherents5.0%3.2%2.6%1.7%8.7%
Congregations4.0%9.3%2.7%1.3%24.0%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables 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
Washington 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
Here:

11.31 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

9.4%
Maine:

8.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Washington County:

28.3%
Maine:

25.0%

4.44% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($46,571 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.44%
Maine average:

5.50%

0.14% of residents moved from foreign countries ($798 average AGI)
Washington County:

0.14%
Maine average:

0.04%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Penobscot County, ME  0.56% ($25,985 average AGI)
from Hancock County, ME  0.38% ($33,364)
from Cumberland County, ME  0.29% ($38,176)


4.37% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($30,225 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.37%
Maine average:

5.62%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Penobscot County, ME  0.73% ($31,140 average AGI)
to Hancock County, ME  0.51% ($21,300)
to Cumberland County, ME  0.29% ($-20,029)

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: 44.64606, Lon: -67.66443, 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
Number of bridges: 4
Total length: 6 meters (20ft)
Total average daily traffic: 5,726
Total average daily truck traffic: 496
Total future (year 2031) average daily traffic: 8,168

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