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 2019: $45,734 (it was $28,125 in 2000)
Columbia:

$45,734
ME:

$58,924

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $27,045 (it was $14,537 in 2000)

Columbia town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $109,423 (it was $61,200 in 2000)
Columbia:

$109,423
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: 88.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)



According to our research of Maine and other state lists, there were 4 registered sex offenders living in Columbia, Maine as of June 29, 2022.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Columbia is 122 to 1.


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Columbia, ME City Guides:

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, Maine map
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Columbia town:

1.3% ($808)
Maine:

1.5% ($1,417)

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

Distribution of median household income in Columbia, ME in 2019
Columbia satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

7.8%
Maine:

4.7%
Unemployment by year
Most common industries in Columbia, ME (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (21.4%)
  • Construction (10.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.2%)
  • Educational services (9.2%)
  • Health care (7.9%)
  • Public administration (7.9%)
  • Social assistance (5.2%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (33.9%)
  • Construction (17.4%)
  • Public administration (6.1%)
  • Food (5.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.2%)
  • Truck transportation (3.5%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (3.5%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (18.4%)
  • Health care (14.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (13.2%)
  • Public administration (9.6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (8.8%)
  • Social assistance (8.8%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (3.5%)
Most common occupations in Columbia, ME (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Fishing, hunting, and forestry occupations (7.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.7%)
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (4.8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.4%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (4.4%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (3.9%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (3.5%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Fishing, hunting, and forestry occupations (12.2%)
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (9.6%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (6.1%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (6.1%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6.1%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.2%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.3%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (8.8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7.9%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (7.0%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (5.3%)
  • Child care workers (5.3%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5.3%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.4%)

Average climate in Columbia, Maine

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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 14.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

31.6
U.S.:

33.3

Earthquake activity:

Columbia-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 158.5 miles away from the city 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 289.5 miles away from Columbia 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 290.6 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 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 Columbia 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 25.5 miles away from Columbia 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 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)

Points of interest:

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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
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%

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

For population 15 years and over in Columbia:

Marital status in Columbia, ME
  • Never married: 22.4%
  • Now married: 48.2%
  • Separated: 0.5%
  • Widowed: 9.2%
  • Divorced: 19.7%

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
Educational Attainment in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2000
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.5
Maine average:

11.2

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Columbia, 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
This 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.
State:

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:
This county:

28.3%
Maine:

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)

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
  • 4Number of bridges
  • 20ft / 5.5mTotal length
  • 389Total average daily traffic
  • 18Total average daily truck traffic
  • 622Total future (year 2036) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Broadcast 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, Cancellation Date: 05/15/2021, 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, Cancellation Date: 05/15/2021, Registrant: Pct Communications, 483 North St, Calais, ME 04619, Phone: (207) 454-2174, Fax: (207) 454-7050, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • QEB-RCAG, .35 M Ne Of Pea Ridge And Epping Rd Intersection (Lat: 44.676111 Lon: -67.791306), Type: Gtower, Structure height: 42.7 m, Call Sign: WQZC921,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6615.00 MHz, 6615.00 MHz, 6615.00 MHz, 6615.00 MHz, 6615.00 MHz, 6615.00 MHz, 6615.00 MHz, 6615.00 MHz, Grant Date: 04/08/2017, Expiration Date: 04/08/2027, Certifier: Nilsa Brown, Registrant: L3harris Technologies, Inc., 1025 West Nasa Boulevard, Ms F-11 A, Melbourne, FL 32919, Phone: (321) 309-2452, Fax: (321) 726-3336, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

4
  • Call Sign: N1JBI, Licensee ID: L00334872, Grant Date: 03/12/2001, Expiration Date: 05/21/2011, Cancellation Date: 05/22/2013, Registrant: James L Corliss, Rfd 1 Box 43b, Columbia, ME 04623
  • Call Sign: N1XRW, Licensee ID: L00428158, Grant Date: 05/28/2016, Expiration Date: 07/30/2026, 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
  • Call Sign: KC1BHT, Licensee ID: L01845872, Grant Date: 02/27/2014, Expiration Date: 02/27/2024, Certifier: Patricia A Favolise, Registrant: Patricia A Favolise, 115 Farnsworth Rd, Columbia, ME 04623

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Columbia, ME
  • 84.2%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 12.3%Wood
  • 3.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Columbia, ME
  • 76.3%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 15.8%Wood
  • 7.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Columbia compared to Maine state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below 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.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
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