Columbia, Virginia

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Population in 2014: 80 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: +63.3%
Males: 23  (29.0%)
Females: 57  (71.0%)
Median resident age:

47.0 years
Virginia median age:

38.2 years

Zip code: 23038

Estimated median household income in 2017: $70,881 (it was $46,250 in 2000)
Columbia:

$70,881
VA:

$71,535

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $21,289 (it was $13,632 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $103,561 (it was $45,000 in 2000)
Columbia:

$103,561
VA:

$273,400

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $172,604; detached houses: $172,266

Median gross rent in 2017: $459.

March 2019 cost of living index in Columbia: 84.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 32.4%
(32.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Columbia, VA (2010)
    • 4453.0%White alone
    • 3947.0%Black alone



According to our research of Virginia and other state lists, there were 10 registered sex offenders living in Columbia, Virginia as of June 02, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Columbia is 11 to 1.


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Ancestries: English (10.0%), Irish (3.3%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 220 feet

Land area: 0.20 square miles.

Population density: 402 people per square mile   (low).

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

1.2% ($533)
Virginia:

1.0% ($1,143)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Richmond, VA (41.1 miles , pop. 197,790).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Washington, DC (101.7 miles , pop. 572,059).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (224.8 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Lake Monticello, VA (3.8 miles ),
Goochland, VA (4.0 miles ),
Cumberland, VA (4.3 miles ),
Scottsville, VA (4.3 miles ),
Louisa, VA (4.6 miles ),
Dillwyn, VA (4.7 miles ),
Mineral, VA (4.7 miles ),
Pantops, VA (5.0 miles )

Latitude: 37.75 N, Longitude: 78.16 W

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

Columbia satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

2.6%
Virginia:

3.0%

Average climate in Columbia, Virginia

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Columbia-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Virginia state average. It is 26% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/30/1959, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 10.3 miles away from the Columbia town center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 4/1/1998, a category F3 tornado 30.9 miles away from the town center killed 2 people and caused $800,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Columbia-area historical earthquake activity is near Virginia state average. It is 84% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:14, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, 4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 18.2 miles away from Columbia center
On 5/5/2003 at 16:32:32, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 4.9 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 284.6 miles away from the city center
On 3/15/1991 at 06:54:08, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, Depth: 10.9 mi) earthquake occurred 13.5 miles away from the city center
On 10/21/1998 at 05:56:47, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, 3.3 LG, Depth: 8.3 mi) earthquake occurred 28.0 miles away from Columbia center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK) earthquake occurred 316.7 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Fluvanna County (17) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 6, Floods: 4, Hurricanes: 4, Winter Storms: 4, Ice Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Earthquake: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Columbia topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Columbia:

  • ENVOY AT THE MEADOWS (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; GOOCHLAND, VA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Columbia:

  • Piedmont Virginia Community College (about 25 miles; Charlottesville, VA; Full-time enrollment: 3,029)
  • University of Virginia-Main Campus (about 28 miles; Charlottesville, VA; FT enrollment: 22,274)
  • Longwood University (about 34 miles; Farmville, VA; FT enrollment: 4,565)
  • University of Richmond (about 37 miles; University of Richmond, VA; FT enrollment: 3,745)
  • J Sargeant Reynolds Community College (about 39 miles; Richmond, VA; FT enrollment: 8,271)
  • Virginia Union University (about 42 miles; Richmond, VA; FT enrollment: 2,028)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (about 42 miles; Richmond, VA; FT enrollment: 26,647)

Points of interest:

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River: Rivanna River (A). Display/hide its location on the map

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

3.1 people
Virginia:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

70.4%
Whole state:

67.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

25.9%
Whole state:

5.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 3.7% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Columbia:

Marital status in Columbia, VA
  • Never married: 31.3%
  • Now married: 66.6%
  • Separated: 2.2%
  • Widowed: 0.0%
  • Divorced: 0.0%

For population 25 years and over in Columbia:

  • High school or higher: 87.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 12.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 41.0 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

5.8
Virginia average:

12.2

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Columbia, VA (based on Fluvanna County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant3,15311
Mainline Protestant1,41212
Catholic1,0701
Other71
Orthodox31
None20,046-
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: 5
Here:

1.98 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
Fluvanna County:

2.77 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

4.03 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 11
Fluvanna County:

4.36 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.65 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Fluvanna County:

10.3%
Virginia:

9.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Fluvanna County:

28.5%
Virginia:

26.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Fluvanna County:

14.8%
State:

18.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Columbia:

47.1%
Virginia:

50.2%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Columbia:

42.6%
State:

47.8%

Average BMI:
This city:

30.6
State:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Columbia:

23.3%
State:

20.3%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

16.9%
Virginia:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.6
Virginia:

6.8

Overweight people:
Columbia:

43.6%
State:

33.7%

General health condition:
This city:

49.4%
Virginia:

56.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Columbia:

79.6%
State:

80.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Columbia, VA 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
Other Government Administration 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 0$0 0$0

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

  • Construction - Water Utilities: $1,000 ($12.50)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $16,000 ($200.00)
    General - Other: $12,000 ($150.00)
    Central Staff Services: $9,000 ($112.50)
    Water Utilities: $4,000 ($50.00)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,000 ($12.50)
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $3,000 ($37.50)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $10,000 ($125.00)

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

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $2,000 ($25.00)
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $11,000 ($137.50)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $8,000 ($100.00)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $1,000 ($12.50)
  • Tax - Property: $10,000 ($125.00)
    Other Selective Sales: $4,000 ($50.00)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $4,000 ($50.00)
    Public Utilities Sales: $2,000 ($25.00)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $1,000 ($12.50)

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

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,000 ($100.00)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,000 ($100.00)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $22,000 ($275.00)

8.73% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($59,303 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.73%
Virginia average:

9.50%

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 Albemarle County, VA  2.31% ($49,068 average AGI)
from Charlottesville city, VA  0.76% ($45,519)
from Louisa County, VA  0.40% ($54,805)


7.40% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($51,110 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.40%
Virginia average:

9.76%

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 Albemarle County, VA  1.95% ($44,544 average AGI)
to Louisa County, VA  0.76% ($39,829)
to Charlottesville city, VA  0.66% ($36,030)

Strongest AM radio stations in Columbia:

  • WRVA (1140 AM; 50 kW; RICHMOND, VA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WKCW (1420 AM; 50 kW; WARRENTON, VA; Owner: WAY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WDZY (1290 AM; 25 kW; COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WKTR (840 AM; daytime; 8 kW; EARLYSVILLE, VA; Owner: WKTR, INC.)
  • WTAR (850 AM; 50 kW; NORFOLK, VA; Owner: SINCLAIR COMMUNICATIONS)
  • WWGB (1030 AM; daytime; 50 kW; INDIAN HEAD, MD; Owner: GOOD BODY MEDIA, LLC)
  • WLEE (1320 AM; 5 kW; RICHMOND, VA; Owner: 4M OF RICHMOND, INC)
  • WINA (1070 AM; 5 kW; CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA; Owner: EURE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WGGM (820 AM; 10 kW; CHESTER, VA; Owner: HOFFMAN COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WCHV (1260 AM; 5 kW; CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WTEM (980 AM; 50 kW; WASHINGTON, DC; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WRJR (670 AM; 20 kW; CLAREMONT, VA; Owner: CHESAPEAKE-PORTSMOUTH BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WSVA (550 AM; 10 kW; HARRISONBURG, VA; Owner: M. BELMONT VERSTANDIG, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Columbia:

  • WWWV (97.5 FM; CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA; Owner: EURE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WUMX (107.5 FM; CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA; Owner: AIR VIRGINIA, INC.)
  • WVTW (88.5 FM; CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA; Owner: VIRGINIA TECH FOUNDATION, INC)
  • WNRN (91.9 FM; CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA; Owner: STU-COMM, INC.)
  • WTJU (91.1 FM; CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA)
  • W240AF (95.9 FM; CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WMRY (103.5 FM; CROZET, VA; Owner: JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY BOARD OF VISITORS)
  • WUVA (92.7 FM; CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA; Owner: WUVA, INC.)
  • WKJS (104.7 FM; CREWE, VA; Owner: RADIO ONE LICENSES, LLC)
  • WBTJ (106.5 FM; RICHMOND, VA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WVTU (89.3 FM; CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA; Owner: VIRGINIA TECH FOUNDATION INC)
  • WCYK-FM (99.7 FM; STAUNTON, VA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WNRS-FM (89.9 FM; SWEET BRIAR, VA; Owner: SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE)
  • WZZU (97.9 FM; LYNCHBURG, VA; Owner: TRAVIS MEDIA L.L.C.)
  • WMXH-FM (105.7 FM; LURAY, VA; Owner: EASY RADIO, INC.)
  • WACL (98.5 FM; ELKTON, VA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WCUL (103.1 FM; CULPEPER, VA; Owner: JOYNER LICENSE, INC.)
  • WBBT-FM (107.3 FM; POWHATAN, VA; Owner: MAINQUAD, INC.)
  • WMXB (103.7 FM; RICHMOND, VA; Owner: COX RADIO, INC.)
  • WRXL (102.1 FM; RICHMOND, VA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Columbia:

  • WWAY (Channel 3; WILMINGTON, NC; Owner: LIBCO, INC.)
  • WCVE-TV (Channel 23; RICHMOND, VA; Owner: COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WRLH-TV (Channel 35; RICHMOND, VA; Owner: WRLH LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WTVR-TV (Channel 6; RICHMOND, VA; Owner: ELCOM OF VIRGINIA, INC.)
  • WCVW (Channel 57; RICHMOND, VA; Owner: COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WRIC-TV (Channel 8; PETERSBURG, VA; Owner: YOUNG BROADCASTING OF RICHMOND, INC.)
  • WKYV-LP (Channel 61; KEYSVILLE, VA; Owner: TIGER EYE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WFMA-LP (Channel 52; FARMVILLE, VA; Owner: TIGER EYE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WXOB-LP (Channel 17; RICHMOND, VA; Owner: KM BROADCASTING, INC.)

Columbia fatal accident list:

Sep 2, 1999 07:45 PM, Sr-6, Lat: 37.755031, Lon: -78.169185, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 6Number of bridges
  • 105ft / 32.3mTotal length
  • $508,000Total costs
  • 2,542Total average daily traffic
  • 111Total average daily truck traffic
  • 4,592Total future (year 2035) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

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

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

2
  • 2300 Elk Island Rd (Lat: 37.736861 Lon: -78.115611), Type: Building, Structure height: 2.4 m, Overall height: 3.7 m, Call Sign: WNAD977,
    Assigned Frequencies: 160.230 MHz, Grant Date: 10/28/2014, Expiration Date: 08/10/2024, Certifier: L W Allen, Registrant: Csx Transportation, 6735 Southpoint Dr. S, 4th Flr J958, Jacksonville, FL 32216, Phone: (904) 332-5925, Fax: (904) 332-6013, Email:
  • Lat: 37.727333 Lon: -78.179167, Call Sign: WRAM206,
    Assigned Frequencies: 153.177 MHz, 153.267 MHz, 158.287 MHz, 159.982 MHz, 151.565 MHz, 151.790 MHz, 152.877 MHz, Grant Date: 01/03/2018, Expiration Date: 01/03/2028, Certifier: Amber M Lum, Registrant: Business Radio Licensing, 30251 Golden Lantern, Suite E #501, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677, Phone: (949) 348-8510, Fax: (949) 348-8514, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • Cumberland County, 1617 Columbia Road Va State Route 690 (Lat: 37.728806 Lon: -78.181083), Type: Mtower, Structure height: 59.4 m, Overall height: 60.7 m, Call Sign: WQXF259,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6315.84 MHz, Grant Date: 02/17/2016, Expiration Date: 02/17/2026, Certifier: Mr. Arthur D Petrini, Registrant: Henrico County, Henrico, VA 23273-0775, Phone: (804) 501-7153, Fax: (804) 501-7188, Email:

FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers:

1
  • 425 Duncan Store Rd (Lat: 37.662917 Lon: -78.238056), Type: Building, Overall height: 6 m, Call Sign: WCG49,
    Assigned Frequencies: 122.925 MHz, Grant Date: 06/22/2005, Expiration Date: 08/01/2015, Cancellation Date: 10/03/2015, Registrant: Colonial Pipeline Company, 1185 Sanctuary Parkway, Suite 100, Alpharetta, GA 30004-4738, Phone: (678) 762-2221, Fax: (678) 762-2626, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

13 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Columbia)
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Columbia, VA
  • 55.6%Wood
  • 27.8%Electricity
  • 16.7%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Columbia, VA
  • 100.0%Electricity


Columbia compared to Virginia state average:

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