Columbia, Pennsylvania

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Population in 2017: 10,432 (100% urban, 0% rural).
Population change since 2000: +1.2%
 
Males: 5,083  (48.7%)
Females: 5,349  (51.3%)
Median resident age:

37.4 years
Pennsylvania median age:

40.8 years

Zip codes: 17512.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $45,124 (it was $32,385 in 2000)
Columbia:

$45,124
PA:

$59,195

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $24,278 (it was $16,626 in 2000)

Columbia borough income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $128,596 (it was $74,500 in 2000)
Columbia:

$128,596
PA:

$181,200

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $245,896; detached houses: $273,439; townhouses or other attached units: $180,348; in 2-unit structures: $660,000; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $182,376; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $193,046; mobile homes: $64,997

Median gross rent in 2017: $765.

March 2019 cost of living index in Columbia: 94.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 20.4%
(15.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 37.9% for Black residents, 46.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 68.8% for other race residents, 37.5% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Columbia, PA (2010)
    • 8,66283.3%White alone
    • 9389.0%Hispanic
    • 4714.5%Black alone
    • 2452.4%Two or more races
    • 600.6%Asian alone
    • 190.2%American Indian alone
    • 50.05%Other race alone

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



According to our research of Pennsylvania and other state lists, there were 41 registered sex offenders living in Columbia, Pennsylvania as of December 10, 2019.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Columbia is 256 to 1.


Crime rates in Columbia by year

Type

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(9.9)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(9.9)
0
(0.0)
1
(9.5)
1
(9.6)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(9.6)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
4
(39.1)
0
(0.0)
2
(19.8)
4
(39.9)
8
(79.8)
1
(10.0)
3
(29.7)
2
(19.2)
4
(38.1)
2
(19.3)
2
(19.3)
7
(67.4)
7
(67.4)
5
(48.3)
4
(38.3)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
15
(146.6)
15
(147.4)
8
(79.2)
5
(49.8)
4
(39.9)
10
(100.0)
10
(98.9)
13
(124.6)
6
(57.1)
8
(77.1)
8
(77.1)
9
(86.7)
7
(67.4)
9
(86.9)
4
(38.3)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
44
(429.9)
20
(196.5)
22
(217.8)
15
(149.5)
15
(149.7)
11
(110.0)
8
(79.1)
8
(76.7)
10
(95.2)
13
(125.3)
6
(57.8)
8
(77.1)
8
(77.0)
10
(96.6)
11
(105.4)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
65
(635.1)
64
(628.8)
65
(643.5)
45
(448.5)
59
(588.6)
56
(559.9)
54
(533.8)
67
(642.2)
79
(752.3)
60
(578.3)
65
(626.3)
36
(346.9)
32
(308.1)
18
(173.9)
21
(201.2)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
244
(2,384)
218
(2,142)
176
(1,742)
174
(1,734)
176
(1,756)
180
(1,800)
155
(1,532)
233
(2,233)
208
(1,981)
154
(1,484)
154
(1,484)
192
(1,850)
174
(1,675)
138
(1,333)
146
(1,399)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
25
(244.3)
19
(186.7)
23
(227.7)
17
(169.4)
14
(139.7)
11
(110.0)
8
(79.1)
19
(182.1)
9
(85.7)
11
(106.0)
9
(86.7)
13
(125.3)
12
(115.6)
5
(48.3)
9
(86.2)
Arson
(per 100,000)
1
(9.8)
2
(19.7)
1
(9.9)
1
(10.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(9.9)
2
(19.2)
0
(0.0)
3
(28.9)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(19.2)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)285.5228.1235.9191.1228.4180.0194.0216.9224.5191.2160.2203.7206.6153.4140.2

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City-data.com crime index in Columbia, PA

Crime rate in Columbia detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 22 (19 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.82
Pennsylvania average:

1.88
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Columbia, PA City Guides:

Ancestries: German (34.3%), American (13.3%), Irish (6.5%), African (4.0%), Italian (3.3%), English (2.3%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 02/25/1814

Elevation: 300 feet

Land area: 2.44 square miles.

Population density: 4,277 people per square mile   (average).

Columbia, Pennsylvania map

244 residents are foreign born (1.1% Africa, 0.4% Europe, 0.3% Asia).

This borough:

2.3%
Pennsylvania:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $3,235 (3.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $3,229 (2.8%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Lancaster, PA (10.2 miles , pop. 56,348).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Baltimore, MD (50.6 miles , pop. 651,154).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (71.7 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Wrightsville borough, PA (1.4 miles ),
Washington Boro, PA (1.8 miles ),
Mountville borough, PA (1.9 miles ),
Marietta borough, PA (1.9 miles ),
East Prospect borough, PA (2.1 miles ),
Maytown, PA (2.3 miles ),
Mount Joy borough, PA (2.3 miles ),
Salunga, PA (2.5 miles )

Latitude: 40.03 N, Longitude: 76.50 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: -1,746 (-16.5%)
Workers who live and work in this borough: 858 (18.7%)

Area code: 717

Distribution of median household income in Columbia, PA in 2017
Distribution of house value in Columbia, PA in 2017
Columbia satellite photo by USGS

Columbia tourist attractions:

Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.0%
Pennsylvania:

3.9%
Historical population in Columbia, PA
Historical housing units in Columbia, PA
Most common industries in Columbia, PA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Metal & metal products (9.9%)
  • Health care (8.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.1%)
  • Construction (4.4%)
  • Food (4.4%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (4.1%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.8%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Metal & metal products (15.7%)
  • Construction (8.2%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (4.3%)
  • Food (4.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (3.9%)
  • Printing & related support activities (3.2%)
  • Truck transportation (3.1%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (15.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (10.6%)
  • Finance & insurance (7.5%)
  • Food & beverage stores (5.9%)
  • Educational services (5.6%)
  • Food (4.6%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (3.9%)
Most common occupations in Columbia, PA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (9.2%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (9.1%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (6.1%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.8%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (4.5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.2%)
  • Cashiers (4.1%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (12.0%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (10.3%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (9.5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (8.6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5.0%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (3.1%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (8.9%)
  • Cashiers (6.5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5.8%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5.5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5.3%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5.1%)
  • Customer service representatives (4.2%)

Average climate in Columbia, Pennsylvania

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Columbia, Pennsylvania environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI CO NO2 Ozone PM10 PM2.5 Pb
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 84.6. This is about average.

City:

84.6
U.S.:

74.2
Carbon Monoxide Level

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2017 was 0.157. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 11.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.157
U.S.:

0.267
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 5.57. This is about average. Closest monitor was 10.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.57
U.S.:

5.56
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 25.7. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 11.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

25.7
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 14.0. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 9.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

14.0
U.S.:

19.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 8.75. This is about average. Closest monitor was 11.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.75
U.S.:

8.46
Lead Level

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2016 was 0.00190. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 5.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00190
U.S.:

0.00984

Tornado activity:

Columbia-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Pennsylvania state average. It is 20% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/5/1952, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 13.2 miles away from the Columbia borough center injured 4 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 7/14/2004, a category F3 tornado 17.6 miles away from the borough center caused $18 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Columbia-area historical earthquake activity is near Pennsylvania state average. It is 86% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 31.8 miles away from Columbia 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, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 227.8 miles away from the city center
On 1/16/1994 at 00:42:43, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 32.9 miles away from Columbia center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML) earthquake occurred 292.8 miles away from the city center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 267.1 miles away from the city center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:14, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, 4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 185.4 miles away from Columbia center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Lancaster County (18) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 5, Winter Storms: 5, Hurricanes: 3, Snowstorms: 3, Tropical Storms: 3, Blizzard: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Columbia topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Columbia:

  • LANCASTER GENERAL HOSPITAL SUSQUEHANNA (provides emergency services, 631 POPLAR STREET)
  • ST ANNE'S RETIREMENT COMMUNITY (3952 COLUMBIA AVENUE)
  • SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER (745 CHIQUES HILL ROAD)

Amtrak stations near Columbia:

  • 6 miles: MOUNT JOY (DELTA & HENRY STS.) . Services: public payphones, free short-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.
  • 11 miles: ELIZABETHTOWN (WILSON AVE.) . Services: public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.
  • 11 miles: LANCASTER (53 MCGOVERN AVE.) . Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, ATM, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service, intercity bus service, public transit connection.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Columbia:

  • Millersville University of Pennsylvania (about 8 miles; Millersville, PA; Full-time enrollment: 7,743)
  • YTI Career Institute-York (about 10 miles; York, PA; FT enrollment: 2,212)
  • Franklin and Marshall College (about 10 miles; Lancaster, PA; FT enrollment: 2,585)
  • York College Pennsylvania (about 14 miles; York, PA; FT enrollment: 5,140)
  • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg (about 18 miles; Middletown, PA; FT enrollment: 3,797)
  • Messiah College (about 28 miles; Mechanicsburg, PA; FT enrollment: 3,035)
  • Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg (about 28 miles; Harrisburg, PA; FT enrollment: 13,276)

Public high school in Columbia:

  • COLUMBIA HS (Students: 693, Location: 901 IRONVILLE PIKE, Grades: 9-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Columbia:

  • PARK EL SCH (Location: 50 S 6TH ST, Grades: KG-4)
  • COLUMBIA MS (Location: 45 N 9TH ST, Grades: 5-8)

Private elementary/middle school in Columbia:

  • OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS SCHOOL (Students: 176, Location: 215 UNION ST, Grades: PK-8)
See full list of schools located in Columbia

Library in Columbia:

  • COLUMBIA PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $122,089; Location: 24 SOUTH SIXTH ST; 26,802 books; 30 e-books; 932 audio materials; 799 video materials; 18 local licensed databases; 41 state licensed databases; 51 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Columbia: Columbia 1 Fire Department Station 8 - 1 / Columbia Quick Response Service 8 (A), Columbia Consolidated Fire Department Station 8 - 7 (B), Susquehanna Fire and Rescue Company 4 Station 8 - 4 (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Columbia include: Cookman Church (A), First English Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Trinity Cemetery (1), Laurel Hill Cemetery (2), Mount Bethel Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Strickler Run (A), Shawnee Run (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Columbia: Glatfelter Memorial Field (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Hotel: Four Seasons Motel (3920 Columbia Avenue).

Birthplace of: John W. Woolley - Mormon fundamentalist leader, Stephen Atkins Swails - Union Army officer, Thomas Welsh (general) - Union Army general, Jack Kiefer - Professional golfer, Amelia Reynolds Long - Science fiction writer, John Knox MacArthur - World War I flying ace, Suzanne Westenhoefer - Comedian.

Lancaster County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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

COLUMBIA WATER CO (Population served: 25,001, Surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2008, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (SEP-24-2008), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-24-2008), St Public Notif received (SEP-24-2008), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-24-2008), St Compliance achieved (OCT-22-2008)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Single Turbidity Exceed (Enhanced SWTR) - In SEP-2011, Contaminant: IESWTR. Follow-up actions: St Boil Water Order (NOV-01-2011), St Compliance achieved (NOV-01-2011), St Compliance Meeting conducted (NOV-01-2011)
  • Single Turbidity Exceed (Enhanced SWTR) - In AUG-2011, Contaminant: IESWTR. Follow-up actions: St Boil Water Order (OCT-05-2011), St Public Notif received (OCT-05-2011), St Compliance achieved (OCT-05-2011), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-05-2011)
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Filter) - In SEP-2009. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (NOV-02-2009)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between APR-2007 and JUN-2007, Contaminant: CARBON, TOTAL. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (AUG-14-2007)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JUL-2006 and SEP-2006, Contaminant: CARBON, TOTAL. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (OCT-25-2006)
  • 2 other older monitoring violations
Average household size:
This borough:

2.4 people
Pennsylvania:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This borough:

59.1%
Whole state:

65.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This borough:

9.9%
Whole state:

6.6%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Columbia in 2010:

  • 159 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 36 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 9 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 4 people in other noninstitutional facilities

People in group quarters in Columbia in 2000:

  • 197 people in nursing homes
  • 9 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 6 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 4 people in religious group quarters
  • 3 people in homes for the mentally ill

Banks with branches in Columbia (2011 data):

  • Union Community Bank FSB: Columbia Branch at 921 Lancaster Avenue, branch established on 1992/10/19; Columbia Branch at 10 South 18th St, branch established on 2002/12/02. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $533.2 mil, Deposits: $454.9 mil, headquarters in Lancaster, PA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 15 total offices
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Columbia Branch at 345 Locust Street, branch established on 1967/01/30. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • Susquehanna Bank: Central Savings Branch at 325 Locust Street, branch established on 1925/01/01. Info updated 2012/02/28: Bank assets: $14,849.0 mil, Deposits: $10,294.4 mil, headquarters in Lititz, PA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 308 total offices, Holding Company: Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc.
  • Northwest Savings Bank: Columbia Branch at 350 Locust Street, branch established on 1902/01/01. Info updated 2009/11/23: Bank assets: $7,975.9 mil, Deposits: $5,985.6 mil, headquarters in Warren, PA, positive income, Mortgage Lending Specialization, 172 total offices

For population 15 years and over in Columbia:

Marital status in Columbia, PA
  • Never married: 29.4%
  • Now married: 47.9%
  • Separated: 1.9%
  • Widowed: 7.5%
  • Divorced: 13.2%

For population 25 years and over in Columbia:

  • High school or higher: 83.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 12.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.1%
  • Unemployed: 5.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.5 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.4
Pennsylvania average:

11.4

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Columbia
Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Columbia, PA (based on Lancaster County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant122,957568
Mainline Protestant71,573192
Catholic51,29220
Other5,53620
Black Protestant2,1638
Orthodox1,6002
None264,324-
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: 106
Lancaster County:

2.13 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 4
Lancaster County:

0.08 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 31
Lancaster County:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.88 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 131
Lancaster County:

2.63 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 296
Lancaster County:

5.94 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Lancaster County:

8.4%
State:

9.1%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

27.4%
Pennsylvania:

27.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Lancaster County:

13.1%
State:

11.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

48.0%
Pennsylvania:

49.8%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

43.4%
Pennsylvania:

46.3%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.9
State:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Columbia:

21.6%
Pennsylvania:

21.1%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

12.2%
Pennsylvania:

11.0%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.8
Pennsylvania:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

33.8%
Pennsylvania:

34.2%

General health condition:
Columbia:

54.0%
Pennsylvania:

55.7%

Average condition of hearing:
Columbia:

76.8%
Pennsylvania:

78.0%

More about Health and Nutrition of Columbia, PA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 20$167,050$100,2300$0
Sewerage 7$45,791$78,4990$0
Other Government Administration 6$35,183$70,3661$300
Streets and Highways 6$41,984$83,9680$0
Police - Other 3$15,651$62,60412$16,903
Financial Administration 2$10,898$65,3880$0
Other and Unallocable 2$13,119$78,7143$7,782
Solid Waste Management 2$13,261$79,5660$0
Parks and Recreation 0$0 0$0
Welfare 0$0 0$0
Gas Supply 0$0 0$0
Judicial and Legal 0$0 10$2,101
Local Libraries 0$0 0$0
Water Supply 0$0 0$0
Natural Resources 0$0 0$0
Housing and Community Development (Local) 0$0 0$0
Hospitals 0$0 0$0
Correction 0$0 0$0
Health 0$0 0$0
Water Transport and Terminals 0$0 0$0
Transit 0$0 0$0
Fire - Other 0$0 1$300
Firefighters 0$0 0$0
Airports 0$0 0$0
Electric Power 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 48$342,937$85,73427$27,386

Columbia government finances - Expenditure in 2016 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $2,724,000 ($261.12)
    Regular Highways: $2,304,000 ($220.86)
    General - Other: $463,000 ($44.38)
    Financial Administration: $310,000 ($29.72)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $245,000 ($23.49)
    Solid Waste Management: $236,000 ($22.62)
    Local Fire Protection: $207,000 ($19.84)
    Parks and Recreation: $193,000 ($18.50)
    General Public Buildings: $190,000 ($18.21)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $101,000 ($9.68)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $16,000 ($1.53)
    Central Staff Services: $10,000 ($0.96)
    Libraries: $7,000 ($0.67)
    Natural Resources - Other: $5,000 ($0.48)
  • Employee Retirement - Total Cash and Deposits: $222,000 ($21.28)
    Benefit Payments: $111,000 ($10.64)
    Corporate Bonds: $86,000 ($8.24)
    Withdrawals: $0 ($0.00)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $64,000 ($6.13)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $2,701,000 ($258.91)

Columbia government finances - Revenue in 2016 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $210,000 ($20.13)
    Other: $161,000 ($15.43)
    Parking Facilities: $135,000 ($12.94)
    Parks and Recreation: $2,000 ($0.19)
  • Employee Retirement - From Other Governments: $38,000 ($3.64)
    Earnings on Investments (calculated): $-2,000 ($-0.19)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Highways: $1,140,000 ($109.28)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $73,000 ($7.00)
  • Miscellaneous - Donations From Private Sources: $8,617,000 ($826.02)
    Fines and Forfeits: $142,000 ($13.61)
    General Revenue - Other: $55,000 ($5.27)
    Sale of Property: $52,000 ($4.98)
    Interest Earnings: $22,000 ($2.11)
    Rents: $12,000 ($1.15)
  • Revenue - Electric Utilities: $50,000 ($4.79)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $358,000 ($34.32)
    Highways: $220,000 ($21.09)
    General Local Government Support: $9,000 ($0.86)
  • Tax - Property: $2,817,000 ($270.03)
    Individual Income: $853,000 ($81.77)
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $212,000 ($20.32)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $166,000 ($15.91)
    Public Utility License: $120,000 ($11.50)

Columbia government finances - Debt in 2016 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,230,000 ($213.77)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,203,000 ($211.18)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $100,000 ($9.59)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $73,000 ($7.00)

Columbia government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $8,601,000 ($824.48)
  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $32,000 ($3.07)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $3,568,000 ($342.02)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $139,000 ($13.32)

3.64% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($51,878 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.64%
Pennsylvania average:

4.58%

0.02% of residents moved from foreign countries ($661 average AGI)
Lancaster County:

0.02%
Pennsylvania average:

0.03%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Chester County, PA  0.34% ($49,118 average AGI)
from York County, PA  0.31% ($45,275)
from Berks County, PA  0.28% ($48,724)


3.86% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($54,303 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.86%
Pennsylvania average:

4.96%

0.03% of residents moved to foreign countries ($357 average AGI)
Lancaster County:

0.03%
Pennsylvania average:

0.04%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to York County, PA  0.37% ($43,221 average AGI)
to Chester County, PA  0.26% ($55,449)
to Berks County, PA  0.23% ($49,157)
Businesses in Columbia, PA
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Kmart1
AutoZone1Kroger3
Blockbuster1Little Caesars Pizza1
Burger King1McDonald's1
CVS1RadioShack1
Comfort Inn1Rite Aid1
Dairy Queen1Subway2
Domino's Pizza1T-Mobile1
Dunkin Donuts1U-Haul1
FedEx1UPS1
Ford1Wendy's1
H&R Block1

Strongest AM radio stations in Columbia:

  • WVZN (1580 AM; 1 kW; COLUMBIA, PA; Owner: ESFUERZO DE UNION CRISTIANA)
  • WLAN (1390 AM; 5 kW; LANCASTER, PA)
  • WSBA (910 AM; 5 kW; YORK, PA; Owner: WSBA LICO, INC.)
  • WCBM (680 AM; 50 kW; BALTIMORE, MD; Owner: WCBM MARYLAND, INC.)
  • WBAL (1090 AM; 50 kW; BALTIMORE, MD; Owner: HEARST RADIO, INC.)
  • WEEU (830 AM; 20 kW; READING, PA; Owner: WEEU BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WVCH (740 AM; 50 kW; CHESTER, PA; Owner: WVCH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WWLG (1370 AM; 50 kW; BALTIMORE, MD; Owner: M-10 BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WWJZ (640 AM; 50 kW; MOUNT HOLLY, NJ; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WGOP (700 AM; daytime; 25 kW; WALKERSVILLE, MD; Owner: BIRACH BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WPEN (950 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: GREATER PHILADELPHIA RADIO, INC.)
  • WZZD (990 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: PENNSYLVANIA MEDIA ASSOCIATES, INC.)
  • WOYK (1350 AM; 5 kW; YORK, PA; Owner: WOYK, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Columbia:

  • WLAN-FM (96.9 FM; LANCASTER, PA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WARM-FM (103.3 FM; YORK, PA; Owner: WSBA LICO, INC.)
  • WROZ (101.3 FM; LANCASTER, PA; Owner: HALL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • W220BX (91.9 FM; MARIETTA, PA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WSOX (96.1 FM; RED LION, PA; Owner: LANCASTER-YORK BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WCAT-FM (106.7 FM; HERSHEY, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WQXA-FM (105.7 FM; YORK, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WHBO (92.7 FM; STARVIEW, PA; Owner: HALL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WJTL (90.3 FM; LANCASTER, PA; Owner: CREATIVE MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WDAC (94.5 FM; LANCASTER, PA; Owner: WDAC RADIO COMPANY)
  • WIOV-FM (105.1 FM; EPHRATA, PA; Owner: REGENT BROADCASTING OF LANCASTER, INC.)
  • WITF-FM (89.5 FM; HARRISBURG, PA; Owner: WITF, INC.)
  • WTPA (93.5 FM; MECHANICSBURG, PA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WYCR (98.5 FM; YORK-HANOVER, PA; Owner: RADIO HANOVER, INC.)
  • WRTL (90.7 FM; EPHRATA, PA; Owner: TEMPLE UNIV OF COMMONWEALTH SYSTEM)
  • WGTY (107.7 FM; GETTYSBURG, PA; Owner: TIMES AND NEWS PUBLISHING COMPANY)
  • WRVV (97.3 FM; HARRISBURG, PA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • W259AA (99.7 FM; LANCASTER, PA; Owner: WITF, INC.)
  • WHKF (99.3 FM; HARRISBURG, PA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WFNM (89.1 FM; LANCASTER, PA; Owner: FRANKLIN AND MARSHALL COLLEGE)

TV broadcast stations around Columbia:

  • WPMT (Channel 43; YORK, PA; Owner: TRIBUNE TELEVISION COMPANY)
  • WGAL (Channel 8; LANCASTER, PA; Owner: WGAL HEARST-ARGYLE TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WLYH-TV (Channel 15; LANCASTER, PA; Owner: TELEVISION STATION GROUP LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, LLC)
  • WGCB-TV (Channel 49; RED LION, PA; Owner: RED LION BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • W23AY (Channel 23; YORK, PA; Owner: WIRELESS CABLE TV OF PA, INC.)
  • WITF-TV (Channel 33; HARRISBURG, PA; Owner: WITF, INC.)
  • WMPB (Channel 67; BALTIMORE, MD; Owner: MARYLAND PUBLIC BROADCASTING COMMISSION)
  • WBFF (Channel 45; BALTIMORE, MD; Owner: CHESAPEAKE TELEVISION LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WNUV (Channel 54; BALTIMORE, MD; Owner: BALTIMORE (WNUV-TV) LICENSEE, INC.)
  • WHTM-TV (Channel 27; HARRISBURG, PA; Owner: HARRISBURG TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WHP-TV (Channel 21; HARRISBURG, PA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)

Medal of Honor Recipients

Medal of Honor Recipient born in Columbia: Chester S. Furman.

Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of Columbia fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 34Number of bridges
  • 1,414ft / 431mTotal length
  • $36,167,000Total costs
  • 605,332Total average daily traffic
  • 80,111Total average daily truck traffic
New bridges in Columbia, PA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 1Before 1900
  • 11900-1909
  • 31920-1929
  • 11930-1939
  • 11950-1959
  • 11960-1969
  • 201970-1979
  • 21980-1989
  • 12000-2009
  • 32010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Columbia, PA

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

31 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Columbia)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Columbia, PA)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

20 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

10 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

53 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Columbia)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

5
  • Aircraft: DJI PHANTOM 2 VISION + (Category: Land, Engines: 4), Engine: Electric
    N-Number: 703AQ , Serial Number: PH645514164, Certificate Issue Date: 07/19/2016
    Registrant (LLC): Land Grant Surveyors LLC, 3904 Abel Dr, Columbia, PA 17512
  • Aircraft: DJI PHANTOM 3 ADVANCED (Category: Land, Engines: 4), Engine: Electric
    N-Number: 769BF , Serial Number: P76DCH05011476, Certificate Issue Date: 09/06/2016
    Registrant (LLC): Land Grant Surveyors LLC, 3904 Abel Dr, Columbia, PA 17512
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 340A (Category: Land, Engines: 2, Seats: 6, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 90 mph), Engine: Reciprocating
    N-Number: 800BC , Serial Number: 340A0232, Airworthiness Date: 01/18/1977, Certificate Issue Date: 05/27/2015
    Registrant (LLC): N800bc LLC, 2372 Franklin Rd, Columbia, PA 17512
  • Aircraft: TAYLORCRAFT BF (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 78 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR A&C65 SERIES (65 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 95023 , Serial Number: 9423, Year manufactured: 1946
    Registrant (Partnership): Aero Club Inc Columbia, 254 N 9th St, Columbia, PA 17512
    Deregistered: Cancel Date: 02/28/2019
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 183 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-235 SERIES (115 HP) (4 Cycle)
    N-Number: 2508T , Serial Number: 38-78A0819, Year manufactured: 1978, Airworthiness Date: 01/05/1979, Certificate Issue Date: 06/01/2006
    Registrant (Individual): Jeffery C Hess, 1470 Habecker Rd, Columbia, PA 17512

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 3 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED69$100,08736$76,389125$98,32819$53,7372$157,00030$65,4670$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED7$97,2862$90,5007$96,2863$8,0000$00$01$87,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED9$98,3339$71,88954$104,85217$30,5881$10,00012$50,7501$57,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN3$88,0002$74,00044$111,9554$36,2500$03$56,0001$30,000
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS3$117,0000$05$114,2000$00$01$97,0000$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0112.00 , 0113.00, 0114.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 2 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED2$78,0001$105,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1$126,0000$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$00$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$0

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0112.00 , 0113.00, 0114.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Columbia, PA
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Columbia, PA - Value

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 288
  • Hazardous Condition: 143
  • Good Intent Call: 5
Fire incident types in Columbia, PA

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Columbia, PA
Most common first names in Columbia, PA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary23581.3 years
John23275.2 years
William17974.9 years
Anna17283.3 years
Charles16873.0 years
Robert12071.2 years
Margaret11880.6 years
George11074.7 years
James10171.8 years
Elizabeth9981.7 years
Most common last names in Columbia, PA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith10172.4 years
Miller5678.2 years
Kauffman4973.5 years
Myers4876.6 years
Kline3577.6 years
Snyder3080.8 years
Musser3079.9 years
Jones2975.6 years
Gable2879.5 years
Moore2874.3 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Columbia, PA
  • 51.5%Utility gas
  • 29.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 14.0%Electricity
  • 2.3%Wood
  • 1.6%Coal or coke
  • 1.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Columbia, PA
  • 45.2%Electricity
  • 40.1%Utility gas
  • 11.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 2.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.0%Other fuel
  • 0.6%No fuel used


Columbia compared to Pennsylvania state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above 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.

Columbia on our top lists:

  • #30 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Egypt (population 500+)"
  • #52 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: material moving occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #64 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Northern Africa (population 500+)"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in dormitories (population 1,000+)"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in group homes (population 1,000+)"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in hospitals/wards, hospices, and schools for the handicapped (population 1,000+)"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in long-term care (population 1,000+)"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in military quarters (population 1,000+)"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in noninstitutionalized settings (population 1,000+)"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in on base quarters (population 1,000+)"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the physically handicapped (population 1,000+)"
  • #10 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2011"
  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant congregations"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
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  • Ian Joseph Derstler (3)
  • Michael T. Pham (3)
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Total of 65 patent applications in 2008-2019.