Columbia, Washington

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Population in July 2007: 1,488.
Males: 722  (48.5%)
Females: 766  (51.5%)
Median resident age:  41.6 years
Washington median age:  35.3 years

Zip code: 99131

Estimated median household income in 2012: $35,077 (it was $29,342 in 2000)
Columbia:

$35,077
WA:

$57,573
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $17,539 (it was $13,054 in 2000)

Columbia CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $157,615 (it was $107,200 in 2000)
Columbia:

$157,615
WA:

$243,000
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $246,705; Detached houses: $278,157; Townhouses or other attached units: $187,448; In 2-unit structures: $458,206; Mobile homes: $101,912; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $37,490
Columbia races chart
  • White alone - 1,312 (92.0%)
  • American Indian alone - 43 (3.0%)
  • Two or more races - 39 (2.7%)
  • Hispanic - 16 (1.1%)
  • Other race alone - 7 (0.5%)
  • Black alone - 6 (0.4%)
  • Asian alone - 2 (0.1%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 1 (0.07%)
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Columbia: 191.0 (very high, U.S. average is 100)

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Land area: 262.2 square miles.

Population density: 5.7 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).
Columbia, Washington map

For population 25 years and over in Columbia:

  • High school or higher: 85.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.9%
  • Unemployed: 9.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 27.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Columbia CCD:

  • Never married: 19.9%
  • Now married: 66.4%
  • Separated: 1.1%
  • Widowed: 4.9%
  • Divorced: 8.8%

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

Columbia CCD:  0.5% ($547)
Washington:  1.2% ($1,915)
Columbia satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Spokane, WA (51.2 miles , pop. 195,629).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: East Seattle, WA (194.1 miles , pop. 480,100).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (980.3 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: Inchelium, WA (2.7 miles ), Twin Lakes, WA (3.5 miles) , Addy, WA (3.7 miles ), Chewelah, WA (4.1 miles ), Valley, WA (4.2 miles) , Colville Reservation, WA (4.5 miles ), Springdale, WA (4.6 miles ), Colville, WA (4.6 miles ).

Latitude: 48.26 N, Longitude: 118.09 W

Area code: 509

Columbia household income distribution Columbia home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

7.4%
Washington:

5.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (25%)
  • Construction (14%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Repair and maintenance (7%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (6%)
  • Wood products (5%)
  • Truck transportation (3%)
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Health care (14%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (10%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (9%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Wood products (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (11%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Fishing and hunting, and forest and logging workers (5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (9%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (8%)
  • Cashiers (7%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)

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

Average climate in Columbia, Washington

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Columbia-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Washington state average. It is 105% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/13/1949 at 19:55:42, a magnitude 7.0 (7.0 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 216.7 miles away from the city center, causing $80,000,000 total damage
On 2/28/2001 at 18:54:32, a magnitude 6.8 (6.5 MB, 6.6 MS, 6.8 MW, Depth: 32.2 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 224.3 miles away from Columbia center, causing $2,000,000,000 total damage and $305,000,000 insured losses
On 4/29/1965 at 15:28:43, a magnitude 6.6 (6.6 UK) earthquake occurred 207.7 miles away from the city center, causing $28,000,000 total damage
On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW) earthquake occurred 354.5 miles away from the city center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK) earthquake occurred 436.5 miles away from Columbia center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 537.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Stevens County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Fires: 3, Mudslides: 2, Snows: 2, Storms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Volcanic Eruption: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Columbia:

  • Whitworth University (about 47 miles; Spokane, WA; Full-time enrollment: 2,689)
  • Spokane Falls Community College (about 50 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,052)
  • Gonzaga University (about 52 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,780)
  • Spokane Community College (about 53 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,482)
  • Eastern Washington University (about 58 miles; Cheney, WA; FT enrollment: 11,643)
  • North Idaho College (about 72 miles; Coeur d'Alene, ID; FT enrollment: 4,684)
  • Washington State University (about 115 miles; Pullman, WA; FT enrollment: 25,055)

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Notable locations in Columbia: Hunters Landing (A), Alyea (B), Gifford Ferry Landing (C), Gerome Landing (D), Hunters Landing (E), Gifford Campground (F), Cloverleaf Beach Campground (G), Greenwood Grange (H), Enterprise Camp (I), Stevens County Fire Protection District 12 Station 121 (J), Stevens County Fire District 2 Station 240 (K), Stevens County Fire District 2 Station 230 (L), Stevens County Fire District 2 Station 220 (M), Stevens County Fire District 2 Station 210 (N), Hunters Public Library (O). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Columbia include: Enterprise Church (A), Cedonia Community Church (B), Columbia Heights Assembly Church (C), Advent Church (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Stranger Creek Cemetery (1), Enterprise Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Clark Lake (A), Mudgett Lake (B), Newbill Lake (C), Mitchell Lake (D), Miller Reservoir (E), Hunters Pond (F), Snook Lake (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Deer Creek (A), Dunn Creek (B), Jennings Creek (C), Magee Creek (D), Smith Creek (E), Stranger Creek (F), Alder Creek (G), Harvey Creek (H), Hunter Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Stevens 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 2012 was 65.3. This is about average.

City:

65.3
U.S.:

74.2

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 21.7. This is about average. Closest monitor was 17.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

21.7
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2001 was 8.69. This is about average. Closest monitor was 17.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.69
U.S.:

9.14
Average household size:
This place:  2.7 people
Washington:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  63.6%
Whole state:  66.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  5.1%
Whole state:  6.1%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.6% of all households

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

22.7%
Whole state:

10.6%

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

11.0%
Whole state:

4.6%
3 people in other nonhousehold living situations in 2000

Columbia compared to Washington state average:

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

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Wood (68%)
  • Electricity (16%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (7%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Columbia CCD (based on Stevens County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 27.29%
Here: 27.3%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchAssemblies of GodSeventh-Day Adventist ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in America
Adherents35.4%17.1%10.3%4.9%4.7%
Congregations16.4%9.1%16.4%7.3%3.6%
NameUnited Methodist ChurchGeneral Association of Regular Baptist ChurchesFree Methodist Church of North AmericaEvangelical Free Church of AmericaOther
Adherents4.1%3.6%3.6%2.7%13.6%
Congregations1.8%3.6%3.6%1.8%36.4%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 9
Stevens County:

2.16 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

2.06 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.24 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 5
Stevens County:

1.20 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

1.18 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 11
Stevens County:

2.64 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.67 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 29
Here:

6.95 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.26 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.3%
Washington:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Stevens County:

27.0%
Washington:

25.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

10.8%
State:

13.9%

9.14% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 200541,177 ($ average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.14%
Washington average:

7.86%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Spokane County, WA  3.00% ($36,067 average AGI)
from King County, WA  0.36% ($45,300)
from Snohomish County, WA  0.32% ($46,159)


8.32% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 200632,758 ($ average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.32%
Washington average:

7.07%

0.08% of residents moved to foreign countries($185 average AGI)
Stevens County:

0.08%
Washington average:

0.16%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Spokane County, WA  4.01% ($34,122 average AGI)
to King County, WA  0.23% ($30,969)
to Ferry County, WA  0.18% ($30,200)

Strongest AM radio stations in Columbia:

  • KGA (1510 AM; 50 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KTBI (810 AM; daytime; 50 kW; EPHRATA, WA; Owner: TACOMA BROADCASTERS, INCORPORATED)
  • KXLY (920 AM; 20 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: SPOKANE RADIO, INC.)
  • KMJY (700 AM; 10 kW; NEWPORT, WA; Owner: JAMES E. AND HELEN G. STARGEL)
  • KQNT (590 AM; 5 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KCVL (1240 AM; 1 kW; COLVILLE, WA; Owner: NORTH COUNTRY BROADCASTING)
  • KJRB (790 AM; 5 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KERR (750 AM; 50 kW; POLSON, MT; Owner: ANDERSON RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KQQQ (1150 AM; 25 kW; PULLMAN, WA; Owner: RADIO PALOUSE, INC.)
  • KTRW (970 AM; 5 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: KTRW, LLC)
  • KOMW (680 AM; daytime; 5 kW; OMAK, WA; Owner: NORTH CASCADES BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KVNI (1080 AM; 10 kW; COEUR D' ALENE, ID; Owner: QUEENB RADIO, INC.)
  • KIRO (710 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Columbia:

  • KMJY-FM (104.5 FM; NEWPORT, WA; Owner: ALC COMMUNICATIONS)
  • KXLY-FM (99.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: SPOKANE RADIO, INC.)
  • K219DQ (90.5 FM; OMAK, WA; Owner: WALLA WALLA COLLEGE)
  • KZZU-FM (92.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: QUEENB)
  • KCDA (103.1 FM; POST FALLS, ID; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KDRK-FM (93.7 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KIXZ-FM (96.1 FM; OPPORTUNITY, WA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KPND (95.3 FM; SANDPOINT, ID; Owner: BLUE SKY BROADCASTING INC.)
  • KMBI-FM (107.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: THE MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO)
  • KPBX-FM (91.1 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: SPOKANE PUBLIC RADIO, INC.)
  • KISC (98.1 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KEYF-FM (101.1 FM; CHENEY, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KEYG-FM (98.5 FM; GRAND COULEE, WA; Owner: WHEELER BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KZBD (105.7 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KAGU (88.7 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: GONZAGA UNIVERSITY TELECOMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION)
  • KCRK-FM (92.1 FM; COLVILLE, WA; Owner: NORTH COUNTRY BROADCASTING)

TV broadcast stations around Columbia:

  • K59BW (Channel 59; BONNERS FERRY, ID; Owner: STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION (IEPBS))
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