Columbus, Montana

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Population in 2017: 2,028 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: +16.0%
 
Males: 937  (46.2%)
Females: 1,091  (53.8%)
Median resident age:

39.8 years
Montana median age:

40.0 years

Zip codes: 59019.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $54,560 (it was $33,750 in 2000)
Columbus:

$54,560
MT:

$53,386

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $30,351 (it was $17,689 in 2000)

Columbus town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $209,087 (it was $86,600 in 2000)
Columbus:

$209,087
MT:

$231,300

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $193,363; detached houses: $205,946; mobile homes: $68,849

Median gross rent in 2017: $645.

March 2019 cost of living index in Columbus: 87.8 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 11.4%
(8.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 48.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 49.2% for other race residents, 41.8% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Columbus, MT (2010)
    • 1,78594.3%White alone
    • 522.7%Hispanic
    • 361.9%Two or more races
    • 110.6%American Indian alone
    • 80.4%Asian alone
    • 10.05%Black alone

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



According to our research of Montana and other state lists, there were 4 registered sex offenders living in Columbus, Montana as of June 02, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Columbus is 562 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is lower than the state average.


Crime rates in Columbus by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
1
(52.6)
2
(104.4)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(104.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(48.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(51.2)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(52.4)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
4
(210.5)
6
(313.3)
4
(204.7)
0
(0.0)
1
(50.5)
5
(240.6)
0
(0.0)
7
(366.7)
1
(51.1)
2
(99.4)
2
(99.0)
7
(337.8)
1
(48.8)
5
(244.4)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
7
(368.4)
11
(574.4)
1
(51.2)
3
(153.3)
3
(151.4)
5
(240.6)
6
(314.1)
4
(209.5)
3
(153.3)
6
(298.1)
3
(148.4)
1
(48.3)
2
(97.6)
1
(48.9)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
73
(3,842)
68
(3,551)
37
(1,894)
39
(1,993)
20
(1,009)
24
(1,155)
23
(1,204)
32
(1,676)
39
(1,993)
22
(1,093)
27
(1,336)
17
(820.5)
18
(878.0)
33
(1,613)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
2
(105.3)
1
(52.2)
1
(51.2)
2
(102.2)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(104.8)
6
(306.6)
2
(99.4)
3
(148.4)
1
(48.3)
2
(97.6)
10
(488.8)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(52.2)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(50.5)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(49.5)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)272.1332.6139.798.661.0111.2153.9179.2125.292.495.5146.259.5155.9

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City-data.com crime index in Columbus, MT

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

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 9 (7 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.42
Montana average:

1.73
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Ancestries: American (26.3%), German (24.7%), Norwegian (11.7%), Irish (5.0%), Scottish (3.8%), English (2.8%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 3600 feet

Land area: 1.21 square miles.

Population density: 1,682 people per square mile   (low).

Columbus, Montana map

52 residents are foreign born (1.4% Latin America, 0.4% Europe, 0.3% Asia, 0.3% North America).

This town:

2.3%
Montana:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,395 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,269 (0.8%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Billings, MT (36.0 miles , pop. 89,847).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: West Adams, CO (453.4 miles , pop. 259,628).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Phoenix, AZ (850.9 miles , pop. 1,321,045).

Nearest cities:

Absarokee, MT (3.5 miles ),
Reed Point, MT (3.9 miles),
Boyd, MT (3.9 miles),
North Stillwater, MT (3.9 miles ),
Park City, MT (4.0 miles ),
Joliet, MT (4.2 miles ),
Roberts, MT (4.2 miles ),
Silesia, MT (4.6 miles)

Latitude: 45.64 N, Longitude: 109.25 W

Area code: 406

Distribution of median household income in Columbus, MT in 2017
Distribution of house value in Columbus, MT in 2017
Columbus satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

4.1%
Montana:

4.2%
Population change in the 1990s: +144 (+9.0%).
Most common industries in Columbus, MT (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (18.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (10.1%)
  • Construction (8.8%)
  • Health care (7.6%)
  • Educational services (6.5%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (6.0%)
  • Public administration (4.9%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (30.6%)
  • Construction (14.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (3.6%)
  • Repair & maintenance (3.4%)
  • Educational services (3.1%)
  • Wood products (3.1%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (15.3%)
  • Health care (13.7%)
  • Educational services (10.4%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (10.1%)
  • Public administration (7.0%)
  • Food & beverage stores (5.2%)
  • Finance & insurance (4.7%)
Most common occupations in Columbus, MT (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Extraction workers (8.3%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (5.2%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4.3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.0%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.4%)
  • Cashiers (3.1%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Extraction workers (15.4%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (7.4%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4.5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.0%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (3.8%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.4%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.1%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (9.8%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.7%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4.9%)
  • Cashiers (4.7%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.4%)
  • Child care workers (4.1%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.1%)

Average climate in Columbus, Montana

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Columbus, Montana environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI SO2
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2015 was 11.6. This is significantly better than average.

City:

11.6
U.S.:

74.2
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2015 was 1.38. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 23.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

1.38
U.S.:

1.79

Earthquake activity:

Columbus-area historical earthquake activity is near Montana state average. It is 26% greater 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 101.0 miles away from the city center, causing $26,000,000 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 247.8 miles away from the city center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 6/30/1975 at 18:54:13, a magnitude 6.1 (5.6 MB, 5.9 MS, 6.1 UK, 6.1 ML, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 98.5 miles away from the city center
On 7/26/2005 at 04:08:37, a magnitude 5.7 (5.7 MB, 5.2 MS, 5.6 MW, Depth: 8.0 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 161.8 miles away from the city center
On 2/3/1994 at 09:05:04, a magnitude 5.8 (5.4 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, 5.8 ML, Depth: 4.9 mi) earthquake occurred 215.4 miles away from the city center
On 3/28/1975 at 02:31:05, a magnitude 6.2 (6.1 MB, 6.0 MS, 6.2 ML) earthquake occurred 297.9 miles away from Columbus center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Stillwater County (9) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 4, Floods: 4, Storms: 3, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Columbus topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Columbus:

  • STILLWATER BILLINGS CLINIC (Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, 710 N 11TH ST)
  • BEARTOOTH MANOR (350 W PIKE AVE)
  • STILLWATER COMM HOSP EXT CARE (PO BOX 959)

Airports located in Columbus:

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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Columbus:

  • Montana State University-Billings (about 37 miles; Billings, MT; Full-time enrollment: 4,319)
  • Montana State University (about 87 miles; Bozeman, MT; FT enrollment: 12,942)
  • Sheridan College (about 128 miles; Sheridan, WY; FT enrollment: 2,070)
  • Brigham Young University-Idaho (about 178 miles; Rexburg, ID; FT enrollment: 30,522)
  • The University of Montana (about 242 miles; Missoula, MT; FT enrollment: 13,602)
  • Casper College (about 243 miles; Casper, WY; FT enrollment: 2,770)
  • Idaho State University (about 249 miles; Pocatello, ID; FT enrollment: 10,350)

Public high school in Columbus:

Public elementary/middle schools in Columbus:

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Library in Columbus:

  • STILLWATER COUNTY LIBRARY (Operating income: $144,272; Location: 27 N 4TH ST; 22,700 books; 2,762 audio materials; 820 video materials; 3 local licensed databases; 36 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Columbus: Harvest State Cooperatives Elevator (A), Stillwater County Fairgrounds (B), Itch-Kep-Pe Park Campground (C), Columbus (D), Stillwater Golf Course (E), Columbus Police Department (F), Stillwater County Courthouse (G), Stillwater County Sheriff's Department (H), Columbus Volunteer Fire Department (I), Museum of the Beartooths (J), Stillwater County Library (K), Columbus Rural Fire Department (L). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Columbus include: Saint James Lutheran Church (A), Columbus Evangelical Church (B), Community Congregational United Church of Christ (C), New Life Victory Center (D), Assembly of God Church (E), Stillwater Bible Church (F), Saint Marys Catholic Church (G), Columbus Baptist Church (H), Jehovah's Witnesses (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Columbus include: Park Avenue Park (1), Itch-Kep-Pe Park (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotels: Super 8 Motel (602 8th Avenue North), Git's Service (740 East Pike Avenue), Riverside Cabins (44 West Pike Avenue).

Courts: Stillwater County - Clerk Of District Court (400 North 3rd Street), Columbus City - Deputy Clerk Water- City Clerk- Court Clerk- Police Administra (408 East 1 Avenue North).

Birthplace of: Donald J. Ruhl - Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient, Laurel Winter - Writer.

Stillwater 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 Columbus and their reported violations in the past:

COLUMBUS TOWN OF (Population served: 1,900, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2009, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (SEP-29-2011), St Public Notif requested (NOV-07-2011), St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-07-2011)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2001, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (SEP-21-2005)
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • 25 regular monitoring violations
EAGLE MOUNTAIN RURAL PWS (Population served: 35, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUL-2012, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (AUG-07-2012), St Public Notif requested (AUG-10-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (2 times from AUG-10-2012 to AUG-10-2012), St Public Notif received (AUG-16-2012)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUN-2012, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUN-22-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (2 times from JUN-22-2012 to JUN-22-2012), St Public Notif received (JUN-28-2012), St Compliance achieved (AUG-07-2012)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In DEC-2011, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (DEC-23-2011), St Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-23-2011), St Compliance achieved (DEC-23-2011), St Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-23-2011), St Public Notif received (DEC-28-2011)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2010, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-27-2010), St Violation/Reminder Notice (2 times from SEP-27-2010 to SEP-27-2010), St Public Notif received (OCT-12-2010), St Compliance achieved (OCT-19-2010)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2007, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-30-2007), St Violation/Reminder Notice (2 times from AUG-30-2007 to AUG-30-2007), St Public Notif received (SEP-05-2007), St Compliance achieved (FEB-27-2008)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In MAY-2007, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-31-2007), St Violation/Reminder Notice (2 times from MAY-31-2007 to MAY-31-2007), St Public Notif received (JUN-05-2007), St Compliance achieved (FEB-27-2008)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between SEP-2006 and OCT-2006, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-05-2006), St Violation/Reminder Notice (2 times from OCT-05-2006 to OCT-05-2006), St Public Notif received (OCT-11-2006), St Compliance achieved (MAY-05-2007)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) - In DEC-01-2011, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-23-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-23-2012), St Compliance achieved (JAN-24-2012)
  • Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) - In JUL-01-2011, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-02-2011), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-02-2011), St Compliance achieved (FEB-07-2012)
  • Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) - In JUL-01-2011, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-02-2011), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-02-2011), St Compliance achieved (FEB-07-2012)
  • Lead Consumer Notice - In JAN-01-2010, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-13-2011), St Compliance achieved (2 times from FEB-17-2011 to FEB-17-2011), St Public Notif requested (JAN-23-2012)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2007, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-19-2008), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-19-2008), St Public Notif received (JAN-25-2008), St Compliance achieved (AUG-12-2008)
  • 4 routine major monitoring violations
  • 2 minor monitoring violations
Average household size:
This town:

2.4 people
Montana:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

67.4%
Whole state:

62.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

4.6%
Whole state:

6.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households
47 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
66 people in nursing homes in 2000
2 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere in 2000

Banks with branches in Columbus (2011 data):

  • United Bank: 36 North 9th Street Branch at 36 North 9th Street, branch established on 1995/05/12. Info updated 2012/01/10: Bank assets: $69.2 mil, Deposits: $57.3 mil, headquarters in Absarokee, MT, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 3 total offices, Holding Company: Absarokee Bancorporation, Inc.
  • The Yellowstone Bank: 544 Pike Avenue Branch at 544 Pike Avenue, branch established on 1907/01/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $437.3 mil, Deposits: $347.2 mil, headquarters in Laurel, MT, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 8 total offices, Holding Company: Yellowstone Holding Company

For population 15 years and over in Columbus:

Marital status in Columbus, MT
  • Never married: 18.9%
  • Now married: 56.2%
  • Separated: 2.9%
  • Widowed: 9.2%
  • Divorced: 12.8%

For population 25 years and over in Columbus:

  • High school or higher: 91.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 16.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.9%
  • Unemployed: 5.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.7 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.3
Montana average:

10.0

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

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Columbus, MT (based on Stillwater County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic6882
Evangelical Protestant68210
Mainline Protestant6657
Other2292
None6,853-
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: 3
Stillwater County:

3.48 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

2.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
This county:

9.27 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

4.69 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 9
Here:

10.43 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

10.38 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Stillwater County:

7.0%
Montana:

7.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Stillwater County:

22.7%
Montana:

23.1%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Columbus:

50.1%
Montana:

50.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

47.6%
State:

48.0%

Average BMI:
Columbus:

29.0
Montana:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
Columbus:

19.6%
Montana:

21.4%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

9.5%
State:

9.9%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Columbus:

6.8
Montana:

6.8

Overweight people:
Columbus:

35.8%
Montana:

35.3%

General health condition:
Here:

57.5%
Montana:

57.2%

Average condition of hearing:
Columbus:

77.9%
State:

78.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Columbus, MT 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 5$30,452$73,0851$862
Streets and Highways 4$23,884$71,6520$0
Firefighters 1$3,780$45,3600$0
Financial Administration 0$0 0$0
Other Government Administration 0$0 7$1,950
Judicial and Legal 0$0 3$9,110
Police - Other 0$0 0$0
Solid Waste Management 0$0 0$0
Sewerage 0$0 0$0
Parks and Recreation 0$0 0$0
Water Supply 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 10$58,116$69,73911$11,922

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

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $641,000 ($316.07)
    Solid Waste Management: $234,000 ($115.38)
    Water Utilities: $227,000 ($111.93)
    Sewerage: $162,000 ($79.88)
    Parks and Recreation: $158,000 ($77.91)
    General - Other: $97,000 ($47.83)
    Health - Other: $77,000 ($37.97)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $48,000 ($23.67)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $29,000 ($14.30)
    Natural Resources - Other: $19,000 ($9.37)
    Central Staff Services: $18,000 ($8.88)
    Air Transportation: $10,000 ($4.93)
    Police Protection: $9,000 ($4.44)
  • Employee Retirement - Total Cash and Deposits: $565,000 ($278.60)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $36,000 ($17.75)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - General - Other: $30,000 ($14.79)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Sewerage: $42,000 ($20.71)
    Police Protection: $27,000 ($13.31)
    Parks and Recreation: $26,000 ($12.82)
    Regular Highways: $21,000 ($10.36)
    Natural Resources - Other: $12,000 ($5.92)
    General - Other: $1,000 ($0.49)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $1,002,000 ($494.08)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $31,000 ($15.29)

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

  • Charges - Sewerage: $293,000 ($144.48)
    Solid Waste Management: $254,000 ($125.25)
    Natural Resources - Other: $69,000 ($34.02)
    Parks and Recreation: $19,000 ($9.37)
    Other: $5,000 ($2.47)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $22,000 ($10.85)
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $43,000 ($21.20)
    General Revenue - Other: $40,000 ($19.72)
    Interest Earnings: $14,000 ($6.90)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $500,000 ($246.55)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $419,000 ($206.61)
    Highways: $49,000 ($24.16)
    Other: $38,000 ($18.74)
  • Tax - Property: $1,500,000 ($739.64)
    Amusements License: $10,000 ($4.93)
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $4,000 ($1.97)

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

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,236,000 ($1102.56)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,941,000 ($957.10)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $295,000 ($145.46)

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

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $634,000 ($312.62)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $4,118,000 ($2030.57)
Businesses in Columbus, MT
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Subway1
FedEx1Super 81
Ford1U-Haul1
McDonald's1

Strongest AM radio stations in Columbus:

  • KGHL (790 AM; 5 kW; BILLINGS, MT; Owner: NEW NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS, LLC)
  • KURL (730 AM; 5 kW; BILLINGS, MT; Owner: ELENBAAS MEDIA, INC.)
  • KBUL (970 AM; 5 kW; BILLINGS, MT; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KGVW (640 AM; 10 kW; BELGRADE, MT; Owner: GALLATIN VALLEY WITNESS, INC.)
  • KBSR (1490 AM; 1 kW; LAUREL, MT; Owner: SUN MOUNTAIN, INC.)
  • KERR (750 AM; 50 kW; POLSON, MT; Owner: ANDERSON RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KZMQ (1140 AM; daytime; 10 kW; GREYBULL, WY; Owner: LEGEND COMMUNICATIONS OF WYOMING LLC)
  • KPOW (1260 AM; 5 kW; POWELL, WY; Owner: CHAPARRAL BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KBLG (910 AM; 1 kW; BILLINGS, MT; Owner: FISHER RADIO REGIONAL GROUP, INC.)
  • KTWO (1030 AM; 50 kW; CASPER, WY; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KMZK (1240 AM; 1 kW; BILLINGS, MT; Owner: ELENBAAS MEDIA, INC.)
  • KBOZ (1090 AM; 5 kW; BOZEMAN, MT; Owner: REIER BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KALL (700 AM; 50 kW; NORTH SALT LAKE CITY, UT; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Columbus:

  • KMXE (99.3 FM; RED LODGE, MT; Owner: SILVER ROCK COMMUNICATIONS INC.)
  • K203AI (88.5 FM; COLUMBUS, MT; Owner: MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY-BILLINGS)
  • KRKX (94.1 FM; BILLINGS, MT; Owner: FISHER RADIO REGIONAL GROUP, INC.)
  • KZRV (107.5 FM; BILLINGS, MT; Owner: NEW NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS, LLC)
  • KEMC (91.7 FM; BILLINGS, MT; Owner: MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY-BILLINGS)

TV broadcast stations around Columbus:

  • K33EA (Channel 33; COLUMBUS, MT; Owner: QUORUM OF MONTANA LICENSE, LLC)

Medal of Honor Recipients

Medal of Honor Recipient born in Columbus: Donald Jack Ruhl.

Columbus fatal accident list:

Aug 6, 1998 05:35 PM, Sr-78, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Pedestrians: 1, Fatalities: 1
Dec 8, 1980 04:32 PM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 17Number of bridges
  • 243ft / 74.0mTotal length
  • $152,000Total costs
  • 62,146Total average daily traffic
  • 5,485Total average daily truck traffic
New bridges in Columbus, MT - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11950-1959
  • 101970-1979
  • 11980-1989
  • 52000-2009
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Columbus, MT
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Columbus)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 68 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Columbus, MT)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 8 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 25 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 22 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Columbus)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 25 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Columbus)

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 17. The highest number of reported fires - 56 took place in 2017, and the least - 2 in 2004. The data has an increasing trend.
    Fire incident types in Columbus, MT When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Outside Fires (74.1%), and Structure Fires (11.4%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Columbus, MT
    • 22074.1%Outside Fires
    • 3411.4%Structure Fires
    • 227.4%Other
    • 217.1%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Columbus, MT
Most common first names in Columbus, MT among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William2378.4 years
John2176.1 years
Mary1881.9 years
Charles1680.4 years
Margaret1581.5 years
Robert1573.0 years
James1276.3 years
Arthur1180.9 years
Dorothy1183.5 years
Frank1075.2 years
Most common last names in Columbus, MT among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Kober1069.1 years
Anderson979.0 years
Brown982.3 years
Nelson972.0 years
Adams778.6 years
Smith777.7 years
Woltermann787.4 years
Peterson781.3 years
Saunders782.6 years
Jensen780.3 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Columbus, MT
  • 81.5%Utility gas
  • 15.5%Electricity
  • 1.9%Wood
  • 1.1%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Columbus, MT
  • 67.2%Utility gas
  • 25.7%Electricity
  • 5.0%Other fuel
  • 2.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Columbus compared to Montana state average:

  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.
There are 24 pilots and 10 other airmen in this city.
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