Columbia, Pennsylvania

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Population in 2014: 10,383 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: +0.7%
 
Males: 4,905  (47.2%)
Females: 5,478  (52.8%)
Median resident age:  36.3 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.6 years

Zip codes: 17512.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $41,561 (it was $32,385 in 2000)
Columbia:

$41,561
PA:

$52,007

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $19,989 (it was $16,626 in 2000)

Columbia borough income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $100,286 (it was $74,500 in 2000)
Columbia:

$100,286
PA:

$164,200

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $210,333; Detached houses: $240,129; Townhouses or other attached units: $138,798; In 2-unit structures: $168,062; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $126,465; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $151,420; Mobile homes: $50,106

Median gross rent in 2013: $757.

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  • Races in Columbia, PA (2013)

    Columbia races chart
    • 8,77383.4%White alone
    • 9919.4%Hispanic
    • 4324.1%Black alone
    • 1891.8%Two or more races
    • 780.7%American Indian alone
    • 750.7%Asian alone

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

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Columbia: 95.4 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
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Columbia, PA City Guides:

Ancestries: German (33.3%), Irish (12.7%), United States (9.4%), English (4.4%), Italian (4.0%), French (2.2%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 02/25/1814

Elevation: 300 feet

Land area: 2.44 square miles.

Population density: 4,257 people per square mile   (average).

Columbia,PA real estate house value index trend

Columbia, Pennsylvania map

For population 25 years and over in Columbia:

  • High school or higher: 83.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 10.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.9%
  • Unemployed: 5.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Columbia borough:

  • Never married: 32.6%
  • Now married: 45.9%
  • Separated: 2.8%
  • Widowed: 7.4%
  • Divorced: 11.3%

345 residents are foreign born (1.8% Africa, 0.7% Latin America).

This borough:

3.3%
Pennsylvania:

6.2%



According to our research of Pennsylvania and other state lists there was 1 registered sex offender living in Columbia, Pennsylvania as of August 30, 2016.
The ratio of number of residents in Columbia to the number of sex offenders is 10,381 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $2,768 (2.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $2,769 (2.5%)

Columbia satellite photo by USGS

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: -2,237 (-21.3%)
Workers who live and work in this borough: 796 (16.6%)

Area code: 717

Columbia household income distribution Columbia home values distribution

Crime rates in Columbia by Year
Type 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Murders 0000100010110
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.09.90.00.00.09.90.09.59.60.0
Rapes 3140248132422
per 100,000 29.09.739.10.019.839.979.810.029.719.238.119.319.3
Robberies 18121515854101013688
per 100,000 173.8117.0146.6147.479.249.839.9100.098.9124.657.177.177.1
Assaults 26434420221515118810136
per 100,000 251.0419.1429.9196.5217.8149.5149.7110.079.176.795.2125.357.8
Burglaries 50736564654559565467796065
per 100,000 482.8711.5635.1628.8643.5448.5588.6559.9533.8642.2752.3578.3626.3
Thefts 161233244218176174176180155233208154154
per 100,000 1,554.52,271.02,384.02,141.91,742.41,734.11,756.01,799.81,532.22,233.31,980.81,484.31,483.9
Auto thefts 29442519231714118199119
per 100,000 280.0428.8244.3186.7227.7169.4139.7110.079.1182.185.7106.086.7
Arson 0212110012030
per 100,000 0.019.59.819.79.910.00.00.09.919.20.028.90.0
City-data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 287.5) 255.4315.9335.7238.9247.0200.1239.1188.5203.1227.1235.0200.2167.8

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City-data.com crime index counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Columbia detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 20 (17 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.64
Pennsylvania average:

2.59

Columbia tourist attractions:

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.7%
Pennsylvania:

4.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: -541 (-5.0%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (26%)
  • Construction (14%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Wholesale trade (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Manufacturing (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Wholesale trade (4%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (21%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (12%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Material moving occupations (9%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (26%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Material moving occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (7%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)

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

Average climate in Columbia, Pennsylvania

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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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 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, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 227.8 miles away from Columbia 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 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 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 Columbia 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 the city 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 (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 5, Winter Storms: 3, Hurricanes: 2, Snowstorms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Columbia topographic map

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.

Medal of Honor Recipients

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

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)

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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).

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

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 110. This is significantly worse than average.

City:

110
U.S.:

75

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2013 was 0.108. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 11.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.108
U.S.:

0.293

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 9.45. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 10.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.45
U.S.:

6.40

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 26.9. This is about average. Closest monitor was 11.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

26.9
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 15.7. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 9.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

15.7
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 10.1. This is about average. Closest monitor was 11.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

10.1
U.S.:

9.4

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2007 was 0.00909. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 5.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00909
U.S.:

0.01376
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 19.4%
(16.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 15.7% for Black residents, 40.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for American Indian residents, 39.5% for other race residents, 33.8% for two or more races residents)
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

Columbia, Pennsylvania environmental map by EPA

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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

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.8
Pennsylvania average:

11.4

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

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Religion statistics for Columbia borough (based on Lancaster County data)

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
This 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.
State:

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

5.94 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.4%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Lancaster County:

27.4%
Pennsylvania:

27.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This 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
Financial Administration 2$10,898$65,3880$0
Other Government Administration 6$35,183$70,3661$300
Judicial and Legal 0$0 10$2,101
Police Protection - Officers 20$167,050$100,2300$0
Police - Other 3$15,651$62,60412$16,903
Fire - Other 0$0 1$300
Streets and Highways 6$41,984$83,9680$0
Solid Waste Management 2$13,261$79,5660$0
Sewerage 7$45,791$78,4990$0
Other and Unallocable 2$13,119$78,7143$7,782
Totals for Government 48$342,937$85,73427$27,386

3.15% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($43,064 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.15%
Pennsylvania average:

4.35%

0.04% of residents moved from foreign countries ($297 average AGI)
Lancaster County:

0.04%
Pennsylvania average:

0.04%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Chester County, PA  0.28% ($40,704 average AGI)
from York County, PA  0.25% ($36,759)
from Dauphin County, PA  0.22% ($42,322)


3.31% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($40,546 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.31%
Pennsylvania average:

4.54%

0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($332 average AGI)
Lancaster County:

0.04%
Pennsylvania average:

0.06%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to York County, PA  0.26% ($37,678 average AGI)
to Chester County, PA  0.23% ($39,626)
to Dauphin County, PA  0.21% ($42,571)

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.)

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

See more detailed statistics of Columbia fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2014 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 23Number of bridges
  • 812m2,664ftTotal length
  • $35,000Total costs
  • 350,995Total average daily traffic
  • 47,896Total average daily truck traffic

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 1Before 1900
  • 31920-1929
  • 11930-1939
  • 11950-1959
  • 151970-1979
  • 21980-1989
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Columbia, PA

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

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

FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers:

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

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

19 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private 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:

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

FAA Registered Aircraft:

4
  • 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
    Registrant (Individual): Jeffery C Hess, 1470 Habecker Rd, Columbia, PA 17512
  • Aircraft: TAYLORCRAFT DCO-65 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 82 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR A&C65 SERIES (65 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 47021 , Serial Number: L-5531, Year manufactured: 1943, Airworthiness Date: 08/17/1955
    Registrant (Individual): Dorothy V Mcginness, 1020 Manor St, 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
    Registrant (Corporation): 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

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

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

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

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 288
  • Hazardous Condition: 143
  • Good Intent Call: 5

Incident types - Columbia

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (47%)
  • Electricity (27%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (22%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3%)
  • Wood (1%)
  • Coal or coke (1%)
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

Columbia compared to Pennsylvania state average:

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