Columbia, Maine

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Population in 2010: 486. Population change since 2000: +5.9%
 
Males: 245  (50.4%)
Females: 241  (49.6%)
Median resident age:  40.0 years
Maine median age:  43.0 years

Zip codes: 04623.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $38,426 (it was $28,125 in 2000)
Columbia:

$38,426
ME:

$46,709
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $20,262 (it was $14,537 in 2000)

Columbia town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $93,975 (it was $61,200 in 2000)
Columbia:

$93,975
ME:

$172,300
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $159,786; Detached houses: $196,686; Mobile homes: $54,912
Columbia races chart
  • White alone - 471 (96.9%)
  • Hispanic - 12 (2.5%)
  • Asian alone - 3 (0.6%)

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

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Columbia: 160.5 (very high, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: English (36.8%), Irish (26.1%), United States (10.5%), French (7.0%), Swedish (5.7%), Italian (4.6%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 02/08/1796

Elevation: 100 feet

Land area: 36.0 square miles.

Population density: 14 people per square mile   (very low).

Columbia,ME real estate house value index trend

Columbia, Maine map

For population 25 years and over in Columbia:

  • High school or higher: 82.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.3%
  • Unemployed: 8.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Columbia town:

  • Never married: 22.4%
  • Now married: 48.2%
  • Separated: 0.5%
  • Widowed: 9.2%
  • Divorced: 19.7%



According to our research of Maine and other state lists there were 2 registered sex offenders living in Columbia, Maine as of January 30, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Columbia to the number of sex offenders is 208 to 1.


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

Columbia town:  1.3% ($808)
Maine:  1.5% ($1,417)
Columbia satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Portland, ME (139.3 miles , pop. 64,249).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Boston, MA (229.9 miles , pop. 589,141).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Bronx, NY (404.5 miles , pop. 1,332,650).

Nearest cities: Harrington, ME (2.0 miles ), Columbia Falls, ME (2.3 miles ), Cherryfield, ME (2.5 miles ), Addison, ME (3.0 miles ), Centerville, ME (3.0 miles) , Milbridge, ME (3.0 miles ), Deblois, ME (3.1 miles) , Jonesboro, ME (3.3 miles ).

Latitude: 44.65 N, Longitude: 67.82 W

Area code: 207

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

3.9%
Maine:

5.1%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (34%)
  • Construction (17%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Food (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Truck transportation (3%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (3%)
  • Educational services (18%)
  • Health care (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (13%)
  • Public administration (10%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (9%)
  • Social assistance (9%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Fishing and hunting, and forest and logging workers (12%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (10%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (7%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (5%)
  • Child care workers (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4%)

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

Average climate in Columbia, Maine

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Columbia-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 26.6 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 290.6 miles away from Columbia center
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 203.9 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 326.2 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 84.5 miles away from Columbia 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 48.3 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 topographic map

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Columbia:

  • University of Maine (about 46 miles; Orono, ME; Full-time enrollment: 8,931)
  • Husson University (about 50 miles; Bangor, ME; FT enrollment: 2,421)
  • University of Maine at Augusta (about 100 miles; Augusta, ME; FT enrollment: 3,204)
  • University of Maine at Farmington (about 115 miles; Farmington, ME; FT enrollment: 2,036)
  • Southern Maine Community College (about 139 miles; South Portland, ME; FT enrollment: 4,666)
  • University of Southern Maine (about 140 miles; Portland, ME; FT enrollment: 6,647)
  • Saint Joseph's College of Maine (about 144 miles; Standish, ME; FT enrollment: 2,010)

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Notable locations in Columbia: Columbia Volunteer Fire Department (A), Pleasant River Ambulance (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Columbia: Little River Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Mailey Hill Cemetery (1), Columbia Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Coffin Brook Pond (A), Myers Ponds (B), Schoodic Lake (C), Silica Ponds (D), Pigeon Hill Heath (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Western Little River (A), Trout Brook (B), Bells Brook (C), Dorr Brook (D), Flanders Little Brook (E), Great Marsh Stream (F), Hay Branch (G), Heath Brook (H), Mud Hole Brook (I). 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 14.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

31.6
U.S.:

32.0
Average household size:
This town:  2.5 people
Maine:  2.3 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  62.1%
Whole state:  62.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  13.1%
Whole state:  9.4%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.5% of all households

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

21.8%
Whole state:

10.9%

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

5.1%
Whole state:

4.1%

Columbia compared to Maine state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly 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.

Banks with branches in Columbia (2011 data):

  • Machias Savings Bank: Columbia Branch at 357 Us Highway 1, branch established on 1986/01/27. Info updated 2008/08/20: Bank assets: $933.5 mil, Deposits: $794.5 mil, headquarters in Machias, ME, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 13 total offices, Holding Company: Machias Bancorp, Mhc

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (83%)
  • Wood (13%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Columbia 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%

4.89% 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:

  • 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)
  • WSKW (1160 AM; 10 kW; SKOWHEGAN, ME; Owner: MOUNTAIN WIRELESS, INCORPORATED)
  • WEEI (850 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WBZ (1030 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • 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:

  • WNSX (97.7 FM; WINTER HARBOR, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WBQI (107.7 FM; BAR HARBOR, ME; Owner: MARINER BROADCASTING, L.P.)
  • WHCF (88.5 FM; BANGOR, ME; Owner: BANGOR BAPTIST CHURCH)
  • WWMJ (95.7 FM; ELLSWORTH, ME; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WVOM (103.9 FM; HOWLAND, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WMEH (90.9 FM; BANGOR, ME; Owner: MAINE PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WLKE (99.1 FM; BAR HARBOR, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WERU-FM (89.9 FM; BLUE HILL, ME; Owner: SALT POND COMMUNITY B/C COMPANY)
  • WEZQ (92.9 FM; BANGOR, ME; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WALZ-FM (95.3 FM; MACHIAS, ME; Owner: WILLIAM MCVICAR & ROGER HOLST, GEN. PARTNERSHIP)
National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 4
Total length: 6 meters (20ft)
Total average daily traffic: 1,061
Total average daily truck traffic: 51
Total future (year 2031) average daily traffic: 1,592

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

2
  • Columbia Fire Station (Lat: 44.691194 Lon: -67.775833), Call Sign: KNAI241
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.995 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/04/2011, Expiration Date: 03/14/2021
    Registrant: Pct Communications, 483 North St, Calais, ME 04619, Phone: (207) 454-2174, Fax: (207) 454-7050, Email:
  • Fire Station (Lat: 44.691194 Lon: -67.775833), Call Sign: WGI712
    Assigned Frequencies: 453.325 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/04/2011, Expiration Date: 03/14/2021
    Registrant: Pct Communications, 483 North St, Calais, ME 04619, Phone: (207) 454-2174, Fax: (207) 454-7050, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

3
  • Call Sign: N1JBI, Licensee ID: L00334872
    Grant Date: 03/12/2001, Expiration Date: 05/21/2011
    Registrant: James L Corliss, Rfd 1 Box 43b, Columbia, ME 04623
  • Call Sign: N1XRW, Licensee ID: L00428158
    Grant Date: 06/28/2006, Expiration Date: 07/30/2016, Certifier: Richard W Miller
    Registrant: Richard W Miller, 55 Saco Rd, Columbia, ME 04623
  • Call Sign: N1ZDK
    Grant Date: 05/02/1997, Expiration Date: 05/02/2007, Cancellation Date: 05/05/2009
    Registrant: Paul J Favolise Jr, Rr 1 Box 40 A Farnsworth Rd, Columbia, ME 04623

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