Columbia, New York

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Population in 2010: 1,580. Population change since 2000: -3.1%
 
Males: 817  (51.7%)
Females: 763  (48.3%)
Median resident age:  43.7 years
New York median age:  40.7 years

Zip codes: 13491.

Estimated median household income in 2015: $52,989 (it was $36,758 in 2000)
Columbia:

$52,989
NY:

$60,850

Estimated per capita income in 2015: $23,676 (it was $15,591 in 2000)

Columbia town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $104,570 (it was $68,400 in 2000)
Columbia:

$104,570
NY:

$293,500

Mean prices in 2015: All housing units: $141,475; Detached houses: $144,896; Townhouses or other attached units: $124,910; In 2-unit structures: $106,976; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $116,403; In 5-or-more-unit structures: over $1,000,000; Mobile homes: $66,140; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $259,829
  • Races in Columbia, NY (2010)

    Columbia races chart
    • 1,52496.5%White alone
    • 211.3%Hispanic
    • 150.9%Two or more races
    • 90.6%Black alone
    • 50.3%American Indian alone
    • 50.3%Asian alone
    • 10.06%Other race alone

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

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Columbia: 98.5 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (24.4%), Irish (17.4%), English (13.6%), Polish (10.2%), French (8.5%), Italian (7.2%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Land area: 35.0 square miles.

Population density: 45 people per square mile   (very low).

Columbia,NY real estate house value index trend

For population 25 years and over in Columbia:

  • High school or higher: 83.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 12.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.5%
  • Unemployed: 6.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 28.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Columbia town:

  • Never married: 23.7%
  • Now married: 62.4%
  • Separated: 1.8%
  • Widowed: 5.5%
  • Divorced: 6.6%

15 residents are foreign born

This town:

0.9%
New York:

20.4%

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

Columbia town:  2.0% ($1,396)
New York:  1.9% ($2,847)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Utica, NY (14.9 miles , pop. 60,651).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Rochester, NY (130.6 miles , pop. 219,773).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Bronx, NY (156.1 miles , pop. 1,332,650).

Nearest cities: Richfield, NY (2.3 miles ), German Flatts, NY (2.4 miles ), Ilion, NY (2.4 miles ), Richfield Springs, NY (2.4 miles ), Litchfield, NY (2.5 miles ), Mohawk, NY (2.5 miles ), Warren, NY (2.5 miles ), Winfield, NY (2.5 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 6 buildings, average cost: $51,800
  • 1998: 7 buildings, average cost: $51,800
  • 1999: 7 buildings, average cost: $51,800
  • 2000: 7 buildings, average cost: $51,800
  • 2001: 7 buildings, average cost: $51,800
  • 2002: 8 buildings, average cost: $51,800
  • 2003: 9 buildings, average cost: $51,800
  • 2004: 10 buildings, average cost: $51,800
  • 2005: 10 buildings, average cost: $51,800
  • 2006: 9 buildings, average cost: $51,800
  • 2007: 6 buildings, average cost: $83,300
  • 2009: 6 buildings, average cost: $178,900
  • 2011: 5 buildings, average cost: $172,800
  • 2013: 6 buildings, average cost: $193,300
  • 2014: 2 buildings, average cost: $211,200

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 42.93 N, Longitude: 75.05 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 315

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.2%
New York:

4.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Metal and metal products (22%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (15%)
  • Construction (8%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • U. S. Postal service (3%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (3%)
  • Truck transportation (3%)
  • Health care (28%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)
  • Metal and metal products (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (12%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (11%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (10%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Registered nurses (6%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (5%)
  • Financial clerks except bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)

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

Tornado activity:

Columbia-area historical tornado activity is slightly below New York state average. It is 71% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/10/1989, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 27.1 miles away from the Columbia town center injured 20 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 5/31/1998, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 24.8 miles away from the town center injured 3 people and caused $800,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Columbia-area historical earthquake activity is near New York state average. It is 88% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 79.3 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) earthquake occurred 126.7 miles away from Columbia center
On 6/17/1991 at 08:53:16, a magnitude 4.1 (4.0 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 27.9 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 178.2 miles away from the city center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 291.4 miles away from Columbia center
On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 186.8 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 Herkimer County (20) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 7

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 11, Floods: 9, Hurricanes: 3, Tropical Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Power Outage: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tornado: 1, Wind: 1, Other: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Columbia:

  • MOHAWK VALLEY GENERAL HOSPITAL (Hospital, about 7 miles away; ILION, NY)
  • VALLEY HEALTH SERVICES INC (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; HERKIMER, NY)
  • FOLTS HOME (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; HERKIMER, NY)
  • SUE CAMPAGNA HOSPICE OF HERKIMER CO (Hospital, about 8 miles away; HERKIMER, NY)
  • FAXTON ST. LUKE'S HEALTHCARE - HERKIMER (Dialysis Facility, about 8 miles away; HERKIMER, NY)
  • HERKIMER CO PUBLIC HLTH CHHA (Home Health Center, about 8 miles away; HERKIMER, NY)
  • CHARLES T SITRIN HEALTH CARE S N F (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; NEW HARTFORD, NY)

Amtrak station near Columbia:

  • 16 miles: UTICA (321 MAIN ST.) . Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, snack bar, free short-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand, intercity bus service, public transit connection.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Columbia:

  • Herkimer County Community College (about 8 miles; Herkimer, NY; Full-time enrollment: 2,774)
  • Mohawk Valley Community College (about 14 miles; Utica, NY; FT enrollment: 5,693)
  • Utica College (about 17 miles; Utica, NY; FT enrollment: 2,952)
  • Colgate University (about 26 miles; Hamilton, NY; FT enrollment: 3,094)
  • Morrisville State College (about 29 miles; Morrisville, NY; FT enrollment: 2,823)
  • SUNY Oneonta (about 32 miles; Oneonta, NY; FT enrollment: 6,081)
  • SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill (about 34 miles; Cobleskill, NY; FT enrollment: 2,455)

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Notable locations in Columbia: Schuyler Corners (A), Orendorf Corners (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Columbia include: Columbia Church (A), Millers Mills Community Baptist Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Millers Mills Cemetery (1), Reformed Church Cemetery (2), North Columbia Church Cemetery (3), Brown Cemetery (4), Warren Cemetery (5), Edick Cemetery (6), Fulmer Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lake: Unadilla Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Herkimer County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2002 was 67.7. This is about average.

City:

67.7
U.S.:

74.7

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2002 was 12.3. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 14.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

12.3
U.S.:

9.4
Average household size:
This town:  2.6 people
New York:  2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  73.4%
Whole state:  63.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  9.3%
Whole state:  6.8%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

14.5%
Whole state:

14.6%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

4.7%
Whole state:

7.4%

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.7
New York average:

14.2

Columbia travel time to work - commute Columbia mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

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Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Columbia town (based on Herkimer County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic15,42512
Mainline Protestant7,13542
Evangelical Protestant1,46122
Other4505
Orthodox3344
None39,714-
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: 17
Herkimer County:

2.72 / 10,000 pop.
New York:

4.13 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.16 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.06 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 5
Herkimer County:

0.80 / 10,000 pop.
New York:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 21
Herkimer County:

3.37 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.68 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 55
Here:

8.82 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.82 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.2%
New York:

8.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Herkimer County:

24.5%
New York:

23.8%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

13.7%
State:

15.6%

4.18% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($33,723 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.18%
New York average:

5.06%

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

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Oneida County, NY  1.56% ($35,737 average AGI)
from Otsego County, NY  0.26% ($31,734)
from Fulton County, NY  0.19% ($29,532)


4.48% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($30,818 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.48%
New York average:

5.46%

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 Oneida County, NY  1.60% ($32,228 average AGI)
to Fulton County, NY  0.15% ($24,946)
to Montgomery County, NY  0.14% ($28,714)

Strongest AM radio stations in Columbia:

  • WGY (810 AM; 50 kW; SCHENECTADY, NY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WTLB (1310 AM; 5 kW; UTICA, NY; Owner: GALAXY COMMUNICATIONS, L.P.)
  • WIBX (950 AM; 5 kW; UTICA, NY; Owner: REGENT LICENSEE OF UTICA/ROME, INC.)
  • WPTR (1540 AM; 50 kW; ALBANY, NY; Owner: KIMTRON, INC.)
  • WNRS (1420 AM; 1 kW; HERKIMER, NY; Owner: ARJUNA BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WRUN (1150 AM; 5 kW; UTICA, NY)
  • WLFH (1230 AM; 1 kW; LITTLE FALLS, NY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WNNZ (640 AM; 50 kW; WESTFIELD, MA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WADR (1480 AM; 5 kW; REMSEN, NY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WMCA (570 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF NEW YORK, LLC)
  • WFAN (660 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WOR (710 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: BUCKLEY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WABC (770 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: WABC-AM RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Columbia:

  • WOUR (96.9 FM; UTICA, NY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WUNY (89.5 FM; UTICA, NY; Owner: PUBLIC BC COUNCIL OF CENTRAL NY, INC)
  • WJIV (101.9 FM; CHERRY VALLEY, NY; Owner: CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING SYSTEM, LTD.)
  • WBGK (99.7 FM; NEWPORT VILLAGE, NY; Owner: ROSER COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK, INC.)
  • WSKU (105.5 FM; LITTLE FALLS, NY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WKVU (100.7 FM; UTICA, NY; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • WLZW (98.7 FM; UTICA, NY; Owner: REGENT LICENSEE OF UTICA/ROME, INC.)
  • WXUR (92.7 FM; HERKIMER, NY; Owner: ARJUNA BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WKLL (94.9 FM; FRANKFORT, NY; Owner: GALAXY COMMUNICATIONS, L.P.)
  • WRCK (107.3 FM; UTICA, NY; Owner: GALAXY COMMUNICATIONS, L.P.)
  • WBUG-FM (101.1 FM; FORT PLAIN, NY; Owner: ROSER COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK, INC.)
  • WSKS (97.9 FM; WHITESBORO, NY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WRBY (102.5 FM; ROME, NY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WGKR (105.3 FM; GRAND GORGE, NY; Owner: SOUND OF LIFE, INC.)
  • WFRG-FM (104.3 FM; UTICA, NY; Owner: REGENT LICENSEE OF UTICA/ROME, INC.)
  • WUCL (93.5 FM; REMSEN, NY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WODZ-FM (96.1 FM; ROME, NY; Owner: REGENT LICENSEE OF UTICA/ROME, INC.)
  • WMCR-FM (106.3 FM; ONEIDA, NY; Owner: WARREN BROADCASTING CO. INC.)
  • WQBJ (103.5 FM; COBLESKILL, NY; Owner: REGENT LICENSEE OF MANSFIELD, INC.)
  • W262AC (100.3 FM; LITTLE FALLS, ETC., NY; Owner: FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH)

TV broadcast stations around Columbia:

  • WKTV (Channel 2; UTICA, NY; Owner: SMITH TELEVISION OF NEW YORK LICENSE HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WFXV (Channel 33; UTICA, NY; Owner: QUORUM OF UTICA LICENSE, LLC)
  • W59AU (Channel 59; UTICA, NY; Owner: PUBLIC B/CING.COUNCIL,CENTRAL N. Y.)
  • WUTR (Channel 20; UTICA, NY; Owner: CENTRAL NY NEWS, INC.)
  • WPNY-LP (Channel 11; UTICA, ETC., NY; Owner: QUORUM OF UTICA LICENSE, LLC)
  • W31BP (Channel 31; BURLINGTON, ETC., NY; Owner: QUORUM OF UTICA LICENSE, LLC)
  • W53AM (Channel 53; UTICA, NY; Owner: QUORUM OF UTICA LICENSE, LLC)
  • W27BJ (Channel 27; UTICA, NY; Owner: SOUL'S HARBOR PENTECOSTAL CHURCH)
  • W29BJ (Channel 29; BURLINGTON, NY; Owner: KEVIN O'KANE)
  • W51CV (Channel 51; UTICA, NY; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 2Number of bridges
  • 2m7ftTotal length
  • $1,329,000Total costs
  • 257Total average daily traffic
  • 15Total average daily truck traffic
  • 242Total future (year 2034) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1
  • Columbia Center Cell Site 4000 Nw Of Junction Of Sr-28 And Mckoons Rd (Lat: 42.892417 Lon: -75.017361), Type: Tower, Structure height: 30.5 m, Overall height: 32.9 m, Call Sign: KNKA438
    Assigned Frequencies: 880.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 846.510 MHzGrant Date: 02/05/2008, Expiration Date: 01/22/2018Registrant: Verizon Wireless, 1120 Sanctuary Pkwy, #150 Gasa5reg, Alpharetta, GA 30009-7630, Phone: (770) 797-1070, Fax: (770) 797-1036, Email:

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • Lat: 42.944750 Lon: -75.044472, Call Sign: WPQJ504
    Assigned Frequencies: 153.770 MHzGrant Date: 08/08/2015, Expiration Date: 08/08/2025, Certifier: John W YoungRegistrant: Jpj Electronic Communications, Inc, 1 W Whitesboro Street, Yorkville, NY 13495, Phone: (315) 733-8495, Fax: (315) 733-4925, Email:

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (69%)
  • Wood (11%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (10%)
  • Electricity (7%)
  • Other fuel (2%)
  • Utility gas (1%)

Columbia compared to New York state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting 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.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
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