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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

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 2011: All housing units: $136,429; Detached houses: $164,389; Mobile homes: $61,035
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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).

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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 was 1 registered sex offender living in Columbia Falls, Maine as of October 25, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Columbia Falls to the number of sex offenders is 560 to 1.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is near the state average.


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+: New York, NY (417.3 miles , pop. 8,008,278).

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
  • 2002: 0 buildings
  • 2003: 0 buildings
  • 2004: 4 buildings, average cost: $37,800
  • 2005: 0 buildings
  • 2006: 5 buildings, average cost: $93,200
  • 2007: 0 buildings
  • 2008: 1 building, cost: $100,000
  • 2009: 1 building, cost: $100,000
  • 2010: 0 buildings
  • 2011: 0 buildings
  • 2012: 4 buildings, average cost: $191,800

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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

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.5%
Maine:

6.6%

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%)

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Earthquake activity:

Columbia Falls-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Maine state average. It is 75% 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 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
On 9/16/1994 at 04:22:42, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 50.7 miles away from the city center
On 9/25/2005 at 03:08:57, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, 3.4 LG, Depth: 4.2 mi) earthquake occurred 35.2 miles away from Columbia Falls center
On 9/22/2006 at 10:39:21, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 LG, Depth: 4.3 mi) earthquake occurred 31.7 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), 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: Storms: 9, Floods: 8, Snows: 3, Winds: 2, Floods: 2, Blizzard: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Landslide: 1, Snow: 1, Snowfall: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 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/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)

Political contributions by individuals in Columbia Falls, ME

Local government website: home.midmaine.com/~colfalls

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

  • University of Maine (about 50 miles; Orono, ME; Full-time enrollment: 9,235)
  • Husson University (about 54 miles; Bangor, ME; FT enrollment: 2,107)
  • University of Maine at Farmington (about 120 miles; Farmington, ME; FT enrollment: 2,074)
  • Southern Maine Community College (about 143 miles; South Portland, ME; FT enrollment: 2,993)
  • University of Southern Maine (about 145 miles; Portland, ME; FT enrollment: 5,629)
  • University of New England (about 157 miles; Biddeford, ME; FT enrollment: 3,850)
  • University of New Hampshire-Main Campus (about 192 miles; Durham, NH; FT enrollment: 13,290)

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
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Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 34.7. This is about average.
City:

34.7
U.S.:

32.0
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 18.3. This is better than average. There were 28 monitors within city limits.
City:

18.3
U.S.:

22.1
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 9.80. This is about average. There were 3 monitors within city limits.
City:

9.80
U.S.:

9.59

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

JUDY ANNS FAMILY RESTAURANT (Population served: 180, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUL-2003, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-11-2003), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-11-2003), St Public Notif received (JUL-22-2003)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In MAY-2003, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-27-2003), St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAY-27-2003), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-23-2004), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (APR-26-2005)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In DEC-2002, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (DEC-09-2002), St Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-09-2002), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-23-2004), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (APR-26-2005)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - In OCT-2003, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-10-2004), St Violation/Reminder Notice (FEB-10-2004), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-23-2004), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (APR-26-2005)
  • PN Violation for NPDWR Violation - Between SEP-21-2003 and DEC-31-2025, Contaminant: Public Notice. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (SEP-23-2004), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (APR-26-2005)
  • PN Violation for NPDWR Violation - Between JUN-27-2003 and DEC-31-2025, Contaminant: Public Notice. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (SEP-23-2004), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (APR-26-2005)
  • PN Violation for NPDWR Violation - Between JAN-09-2003 and DEC-31-2025, Contaminant: Public Notice. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (SEP-23-2004), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (APR-26-2005)
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - In JAN-2003, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (APR-15-2003), St Violation/Reminder Notice (APR-15-2003), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-23-2004), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (APR-26-2005)
  • 23 routine major monitoring violations
  • 6 regular monitoring violations
ELMERS COUNTRY STORE (Population served: 100, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • PN Violation for NPDWR Violation - Between SEP-21-2003 and DEC-31-2025, Contaminant: Public Notice. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (OCT-27-2004)
  • 14 routine major monitoring violations
  • 4 regular monitoring violations
ALLEN WATER COMPANY (Address: 34 POINT STREET , Population served: 68, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up and Routine Tap Sampling - Between JAN-01-1995 and FEB-05-1997, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-01-1996), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-01-1996), St Compliance achieved (FEB-05-1997)
  • 4 routine major monitoring violations
  • 7 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%

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Columbia Falls, ME

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.
  • Foreign-born population percentage below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.


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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

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 25.86%
Here25.9%
USA50.2%

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%

4.89% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($37,753 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.89%
Maine average:

6.39%

0.13% of residents moved from foreign countries ($419 average AGI)
Washington County:

0.13%
Maine average:

0.12%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Penobscot County, ME  0.57% ($29,603 average AGI)
from Hancock County, ME  0.38% ($32,065)
from Cumberland County, ME  0.19% ($32,522)


5.27% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($31,066 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.27%
Maine average:

6.44%

0.15% of residents moved to foreign countries ($232 average AGI)
Washington County:

0.15%
Maine average:

0.07%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Penobscot County, ME  0.91% ($26,873 average AGI)
to Hancock County, ME  0.60% ($32,097)
to Cumberland County, ME  0.32% ($34,333)

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: 44.646056, Lon: -67.664428, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, 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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