Columbia, South Dakota

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Population in 2017: 141 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: +0.7%
 
Males: 70  (50.0%)
Females: 71  (50.0%)
Median resident age:

43.6 years
South Dakota median age:

36.9 years

Zip code: 57433

Estimated median household income in 2017: $37,046 (it was $23,125 in 2000)
Columbia:

$37,046
SD:

$56,521

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $30,294 (it was $17,967 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $71,957 (it was $31,900 in 2000)
Columbia:

$71,957
SD:

$167,600

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $72,890; detached houses: $80,253; mobile homes: $56,966

Median gross rent in 2017: $541.

March 2019 cost of living index in Columbia: 76.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 5.5%
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  • Races in Columbia, SD (2010)
    • 13397.8%White alone
    • 32.2%Hispanic



According to our research of South Dakota and other state lists, there was 1 registered sex offender living in Columbia, South Dakota as of May 24, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Columbia is 151 to 1.


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Ancestries: German (57.9%), Norwegian (7.9%), Swedish (6.6%), English (5.3%), Czech (3.9%), Canadian (2.6%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 3/12/1885

Elevation: 1304 feet

Land area: 1.58 square miles.

Population density: 89 people per square mile   (very low).

Columbia, South Dakota map

2 residents are foreign born

This city:

1.3%
South Dakota:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,230 (1.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $931 (1.4%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Fargo, ND (113.0 miles , pop. 90,599).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (249.4 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (591.4 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Westport, SD (3.1 miles),
Bath, SD (3.1 miles),
Bath Corner, SD (3.2 miles),
Aberdeen, SD (3.6 miles ),
Claremont, SD (3.9 miles),
Groton, SD (3.9 miles ),
Frederick, SD (4.2 miles ),
Hecla, SD (4.5 miles )

Latitude: 45.61 N, Longitude: 98.31 W

Area code: 605

Distribution of median household income in Columbia, SD in 2017
Distribution of house value in Columbia, SD in 2017

Columbia satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

2.9%
South Dakota:

3.1%
Population change in the 1990s: +7 (+5.3%).
Most common industries in Columbia, SD (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (15.9%)
  • Public administration (14.5%)
  • Health care (14.5%)
  • Construction (11.6%)
  • Machinery (7.2%)
  • Finance & insurance (7.2%)
  • Educational services (7.2%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (29.7%)
  • Construction (21.6%)
  • Machinery (13.5%)
  • Public administration (10.8%)
  • Educational services (8.1%)
  • Transportation equipment (5.4%)
  • Machinery, equipment, supplies merchant wholesalers (5.4%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (31.3%)
  • Public administration (18.8%)
  • Finance & insurance (15.6%)
  • Food & beverage stores (9.4%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (9.4%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (6.3%)
  • Educational services (6.3%)
Most common occupations in Columbia, SD (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Farmers and farm managers (13.0%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (10.1%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5.8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5.8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.3%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4.3%)
  • Other financial specialists (4.3%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Farmers and farm managers (24.3%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (10.8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (10.8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (8.1%)
  • Child care workers (8.1%)
  • Carpenters (8.1%)
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (5.4%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (21.9%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (9.4%)
  • Other financial specialists (9.4%)
  • Food and beverage serving workers, except waiters and waitresses (9.4%)
  • Customer service representatives (9.4%)
  • Registered nurses (6.3%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (6.3%)

Average climate in Columbia, South Dakota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Columbia-area historical tornado activity is slightly below South Dakota state average. It is 11% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/23/2002, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 7.4 miles away from the Columbia city center .

On 6/23/2002, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 9.1 miles away from the city center .

Earthquake activity:

Columbia-area historical earthquake activity is below South Dakota state average. It is 74% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 606.5 miles away from the city center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 109.9 miles away from the city center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 110.6 miles away from the city center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 97.7 miles away from the city center
On 10/20/1995 at 15:57:18, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 71.0 miles away from the city center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 198.8 miles away from Columbia center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Brown County (15) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Columbia topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Columbia:

  • AVERA MOTHER JOSEPH MANOR RETIREMENT COMMUNITY (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; ABERDEEN, SD)
  • MOTHER JOSEPH MANOR (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; ABERDEEN, SD)
  • AVERA ST LUKES HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 14 miles away; ABERDEEN, SD)
  • NORTH PLAINS HOSPICE OF AVERA ST LUKES (Hospital, about 14 miles away; ABERDEEN, SD)
  • BETHESDA HOME OF ABERDEEN (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; ABERDEEN, SD)
  • DAKOTA PLAINS SURGICAL CENTER LLP Acute Care Hospitals (about 14 miles away; ABERDEEN, SD)
  • MANORCARE HEALTH SERVICES (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; ABERDEEN, SD)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Columbia:

  • Northern State University (about 14 miles; Aberdeen, SD; Full-time enrollment: 2,203)
  • North Dakota State College of Science (about 94 miles; Wahpeton, ND; FT enrollment: 2,318)
  • Concordia College at Moorhead (about 114 miles; Moorhead, MN; FT enrollment: 2,767)
  • Minnesota State University-Moorhead (about 115 miles; Moorhead, MN; FT enrollment: 6,096)
  • North Dakota State University-Main Campus (about 115 miles; Fargo, ND; FT enrollment: 12,680)
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College (about 117 miles; Fergus Falls, MN; FT enrollment: 4,863)
  • South Dakota State University (about 117 miles; Brookings, SD; FT enrollment: 10,392)

Points of interest:

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Notable location: Columbia Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Hotel: K L Cabin Restaurant & Motel (11 South Bdwy Street).

Birthplace of: Kermit Wahl - Baseball player, Paul Dennert - Politician.

Brown County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Average household size:
This city:

1.9 people
South Dakota:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

55.7%
Whole state:

64.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

5.7%
Whole state:

6.5%


No gay or lesbian households reported

Banks with branches in Columbia (2011 data):

  • First State Bank of Claremont: Columbia Branch at Main Street, branch established on 1953/09/01. Info updated 2008/07/23: Bank assets: $51.0 mil, Deposits: $43.8 mil, headquarters in Groton, SD, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 4 total offices

For population 15 years and over in Columbia:

Marital status in Columbia, SD
  • Never married: 23.0%
  • Now married: 41.8%
  • Separated: 0.9%
  • Widowed: 10.6%
  • Divorced: 23.7%

For population 25 years and over in Columbia:

  • High school or higher: 91.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 21.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 8.1%
  • Unemployed: 5.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.6 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.8
South Dakota average:

10.1

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Columbia, SD (based on Brown County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant11,78224
Catholic8,5436
Evangelical Protestant7,40041
Other4263
None8,380-
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: 6
Brown County:

1.71 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
Brown County:

0.85 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 16
Brown County:

4.55 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 24
Brown County:

6.83 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

9.21 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Brown County:

7.0%
South Dakota:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

27.6%
South Dakota:

27.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Brown County:

16.7%
State:

14.9%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Columbia:

46.8%
South Dakota:

49.4%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Columbia:

42.5%
South Dakota:

46.2%

Average BMI:
This city:

29.0
South Dakota:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

28.4%
State:

21.7%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

10.4%
State:

10.5%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.9
South Dakota:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

35.6%
South Dakota:

34.2%

General health condition:
Columbia:

52.3%
State:

56.0%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

74.0%
South Dakota:

77.8%

More about Health and Nutrition of Columbia, SD 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
Airports 0$0 0$0
Welfare 0$0 0$0
Water Transport and Terminals 0$0 0$0
Streets and Highways 0$0 0$0
Correction 0$0 0$0
Fire - Other 0$0 0$0
Firefighters 0$0 0$0
Police - Other 0$0 0$0
Police Protection - Officers 0$0 0$0
Judicial and Legal 0$0 0$0
Other Government Administration 0$0 6$990
Financial Administration 0$0 0$0
Gas Supply 0$0 0$0
Transit 0$0 0$0
Local Libraries 0$0 0$0
Other and Unallocable 0$0 1$1,117
Sewerage 0$0 0$0
Parks and Recreation 0$0 0$0
Housing and Community Development (Local) 0$0 0$0
Natural Resources 0$0 0$0
Water Supply 0$0 0$0
Electric Power 0$0 0$0
Solid Waste Management 0$0 0$0
Hospitals 0$0 0$0
Health 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 0$0 7$2,107

Columbia government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $30,000 ($212.77)
    Financial Administration: $22,000 ($156.03)
    Parks and Recreation: $9,000 ($63.83)
    Water Utilities: $3,000 ($21.28)
    Local Fire Protection: $2,000 ($14.18)
    Sewerage: $2,000 ($14.18)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $22,000 ($156.03)

Columbia government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $9,000 ($63.83)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $1,000 ($7.09)
    General Revenue - Other: $1,000 ($7.09)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $12,000 ($85.11)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $26,000 ($184.40)
    General Local Government Support: $1,000 ($7.09)
  • Tax - Property: $35,000 ($248.23)
    Other License: $1,000 ($7.09)

Columbia government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $243,000 ($1723.40)

6.01% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($46,819 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.01%
South Dakota average:

7.74%

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 Edmunds County, SD  0.37% ($40,914 average AGI)
from Beadle County, SD  0.31% ($28,816)
from Minnehaha County, SD  0.30% ($30,125)


6.07% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($48,477 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.07%
South Dakota average:

7.66%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Minnehaha County, SD  0.38% ($47,683 average AGI)
to Edmunds County, SD  0.23% ($55,750)
to Spink County, SD  0.21% ($38,242)

Strongest AM radio stations in Columbia:

  • KKAA (1560 AM; 10 kW; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KSDN (930 AM; 5 kW; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KGIM (1420 AM; 1 kW; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: PHEASANT COUNTRY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KXMR (710 AM; 50 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)
  • WWNL (1080 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: STEEL CITY RADIO, INC.)
  • KSJB (600 AM; 5 kW; JAMESTOWN, ND; Owner: CHESTERMAN COMM. JAMESTOWN, INC.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • KPRM (870 AM; 25 kW; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: DE LA HUNT BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KFNW (1200 AM; 10 kW; WEST FARGO, ND; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KDDR (1220 AM; 1 kW; OAKES, ND)

Strongest FM radio stations in Columbia:

  • KBFO (106.7 FM; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KSDN-FM (94.1 FM; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KDSD-FM (90.9 FM; PIERPONT, SD; Owner: SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR ED. TELECOMMUNICATIONS)
  • K253AB (98.5 FM; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: CHRISTIAN HERITAGE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KNBZ (97.7 FM; REDFIELD, SD; Owner: PHEASANT COUNTRY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K219CM (91.7 FM; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: S.D. BR OF DIR FOR EDUCTNL TELECOMMS)
  • K211CU (90.1 FM; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)

TV broadcast stations around Columbia:

  • KABY-TV (Channel 9; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: ELCOM OF SOUTH DAKOTA, INC.)
  • KDSD-TV (Channel 16; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR ED. TELECOMMUNICATIONS)
  • KDLO-TV (Channel 3; FLORENCE, SD; Owner: YOUNG BROADCASTING OF SIOUX FALLS, INC.)
  • K24DT (Channel 24; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: YOUNG BROADCASTING OF SIOUX FALLS, INC.)
  • K35FJ (Channel 35; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • K39CZ (Channel 39; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: INDEPENDENT COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 5Number of bridges
  • 69ft / 20.6mTotal length
  • $3,513,000Total costs
  • 653Total average daily traffic
  • 16Total average daily truck traffic
  • 1,701Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • 9.6 Mi N (Lat: 45.758028 Lon: -98.308722), Structure height: 43 m, Call Sign: WPBP603,
    Assigned Frequencies: 861.937 MHz, 862.937 MHz, Grant Date: 12/27/2007, Expiration Date: 02/04/2018, Cancellation Date: 08/21/2009, Certifier: Karen A Garth, Registrant: Sprint Nextel Corporation, 2001 Edmund Halley Drive, Reston, VA 20191, Phone: (703) 433-4000, Fax: (703) 433-4035

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • 39652 124th St (Lat: 45.589111 Lon: -98.289889), Call Sign: WQLH759,
    Assigned Frequencies: 151.670 MHz, Grant Date: 01/25/2010, Expiration Date: 01/25/2020, Certifier: Cody Roettele, Registrant: Dakota Electronics, 423 Brown County 19 South, Aberdeen, SD 57401, Phone: (605) 225-1672, Fax: (605) 225-1673, Email:

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Columbia, SD
  • 76.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 10.9%Electricity
  • 7.8%Utility gas
  • 3.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.6%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Columbia, SD
  • 56.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 31.3%Electricity
  • 12.5%Other fuel


Columbia compared to South Dakota state average:

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