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Columbia County, Oregon (OR)

County population in 2017: 51,674 (56% urban, 44% rural); it was 43,560 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 10,422
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 3,860
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 12,456
Renter-occupied apartments: 4,901 (it was 3,919 in 2000)
% of renters here:

24%
State:

38%

Land area: 657 sq. mi.

Water area: 31.6 sq. mi.

Population density: 79 people per square mile   (average).

March 2019 cost of living index in Columbia County: 99.9 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (18.1%), Educational, health and social services (13.8%), Retail trade (11.7%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (11.6%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 61%
  • Government: 9%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 30%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Columbia County, OR (2017)
    • 45,491104.4%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 2,5845.9%Hispanic or Latino
    • 1,6473.8%Two or more races
    • 6371.5%Asian alone
    • 6121.4%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 2470.6%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 1310.3%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 100.02%Some other race alone
Median resident age:

43.4 years
Oregon median age:

39.3 years
Males: 25,938  (50.2%)
Females: 25,736  (49.8%)
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Average household size:
Columbia County:

2.0 people
Oregon:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2017: $61,639 ($45,797 in 1999)
This county:

$61,639
Oregon:

$60,212

Median contract rent in 2017 for apartments: $814 (lower quartile is $608, upper quartile is $1,114)
This county:

$814
State:

$935


Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $268,263 (it was $146,600 in 2000)
Columbia:

$268,263
Oregon:

$319,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $191,757 - $358,694

Mean price in 2017:

Detached houses: $330,877
Here:

$330,877
State:

$390,551

Townhouses or other attached units: $259,744
Here:

$259,744
State:

$331,364

In 2-unit structures: $194,948
Here:

$194,948
State:

$288,314

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $234,915
Here:

$234,915
State:

$273,421

Mobile homes: $181,469
Here:

$181,469
State:

$137,934

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $25,681
Here:

$25,681
State:

$23,620

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,491
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $464

Institutionalized population: 338

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 1
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 28
  • Burglaries: 25
  • Thefts: 16
  • Auto thefts: 8
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 299 buildings, average cost: $131,300
  • 1998: 252 buildings, average cost: $137,900
  • 1999: 302 buildings, average cost: $141,100
  • 2000: 255 buildings, average cost: $138,100
  • 2001: 282 buildings, average cost: $127,300
  • 2002: 287 buildings, average cost: $148,700
  • 2003: 265 buildings, average cost: $163,300
  • 2004: 313 buildings, average cost: $175,500
  • 2005: 355 buildings, average cost: $191,400
  • 2006: 255 buildings, average cost: $218,200
  • 2007: 186 buildings, average cost: $214,200
  • 2008: 83 buildings, average cost: $219,500
  • 2009: 60 buildings, average cost: $196,600
  • 2010: 55 buildings, average cost: $209,300
  • 2011: 27 buildings, average cost: $221,900
  • 2012: 28 buildings, average cost: $255,300
  • 2013: 79 buildings, average cost: $244,100
  • 2014: 98 buildings, average cost: $237,200
  • 2015: 98 buildings, average cost: $231,300
  • 2016: 84 buildings, average cost: $253,100
  • 2017: 164 buildings, average cost: $256,900
Number of permits per 10,000 Columbia, OR residents
Average permit cost in Columbia, OR
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $2,514 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $2,311 (1.0%)

Distribution of median household income in Columbia, OR in 2017
Distribution of house value in Columbia, OR in 2017
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Columbia, OR in 2017
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 10.9%
Columbia County:

10.9%
Oregon:

13.2%
(10.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 13.5% for Black residents, 23.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 11.9% for American Indian residents, 5.4% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 6.2% for other race residents, 12.8% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2017: 43.4 years old
(Males: 43.1 years old, Females: 44.1 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44.8 years old, Black residents: 52.9 years old, American Indian residents: 50.1 years old, Asian residents: 44.1 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26.3 years old, Other race residents: 41.4 years old)

Area name: Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Columbia County is $625 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $723 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1053 a month.

Cities in this county include: St. Helens, Scappoose, Goble, Vernonia, Warren, Rainier, Columbia City, Clatskanie, Marshland, Deer Island.

Columbia County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

2018 air pollution in Columbia County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.025 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 6.3 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Clatsop County , Piscataquis County, Maine , Campbell County, South Dakota , Union County .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.1%
Oregon:

4.6%

Unemployment by year in Columbia, OR
County total employment by year in Columbia, OR
County average yearly wages by year in Columbia, OR

Current college students: 1,210
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 90.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 19.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 1,527 (53.6% naturalized citizens)

Columbia County:

3.0%
Whole state:

9.9%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 2552010 or later
  • 4332000 to 2009
  • 1851990 to 1999
  • 1761980 to 1989
  • 921970 to 1979
  • 372Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 29.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 49.7%

Columbia County marital status for males Columbia County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 15,621
  • One, attached: 399
  • Two: 621
  • 3 or 4: 513
  • 5 to 9: 337
  • 10 to 19: 316
  • 20 to 49: 311
  • 50 or more: 244
  • Mobile homes: 2,902
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 40

Housing units in Columbia County with a mortgage: 9,497 (211 second mortgage, 800 home equity loan, 28 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 5,066

Here:

64.3% with mortgage
State:

66.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Columbia County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant4,26947
Other2,83511
Catholic1,3774
Mainline Protestant1,3429
None39,528-
Columbia County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 9
Columbia County:

1.84 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.20 / 10,000 pop.
Oregon:

0.33 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 5
This county:

1.02 / 10,000 pop.
Oregon:

2.01 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 15
Columbia County:

3.07 / 10,000 pop.
Oregon:

1.69 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 32
This county:

6.54 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.93 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Columbia County:

8.1%
Oregon:

7.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Columbia County:

30.4%
State:

25.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

19.7%
State:

14.2%

Agriculture in Columbia County:

Average size of farms: 71 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $32,757
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $1381.16
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 17.45%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $31,354
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 27.55%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 13.14%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $34,404
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 93.17%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 15.97
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 6.49%
All wheat for grain: 173 harvested acres
Vegetables: 27 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 116 acres

Earthquake activity:

Columbia County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Oregon state average. It is 179% 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 94.5 miles away from Columbia County 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 82.8 miles away from the county 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 101.2 miles away from the county center, causing $28,000,000 total damage
On 1/31/1922 at 13:17:28, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 383.7 miles away from the county center
On 8/17/1991 at 22:17:14, a magnitude 7.1 (6.2 MB, 7.1 MS, 7.1 MW, 6.8 ML, Depth: 8.4 mi) earthquake occurred 316.5 miles away from Columbia County center
On 11/8/1980 at 10:27:34, a magnitude 7.2 (6.2 MB, 7.2 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.0 ML) earthquake occurred 339.6 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Oregon Severe Winter Storms, Straight-line Winds, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: December 06, 2015 to December 23, 2015, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4258: February 17, 2016, FEMA Id: 4258, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood, Wind
  • Oregon Severe Winter Storm, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: January 17, 2012 to January 21, 2012, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4055: March 02, 2012, FEMA Id: 4055, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • Oregon Severe Winter Storm, Record and Near Record Snow, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: December 13, 2008 to December 26, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1824: March 02, 2009, FEMA Id: 1824, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Snow
  • Oregon Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: December 01, 2007 to December 17, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1733: December 08, 2007, FEMA Id: 1733, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • Oregon Severe Winter Storm and Flooding, Incident Period: December 14, 2006 to December 15, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1683: February 22, 2007, FEMA Id: 1683, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
  • Oregon Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: December 18, 2005 to January 21, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1632: March 20, 2006, FEMA Id: 1632, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • Oregon Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3228: September 07, 2005, FEMA Id: 3228, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Oregon Severe Winter Storms, Incident Period: December 26, 2003 to January 14, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1510: February 19, 2004, FEMA Id: 1510, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Oregon Severe Storms/High Winds, Incident Period: December 10, 1996 to December 12, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1107: March 19, 1996, FEMA Id: 1107, Natural disaster type: Storm, Wind
  • Oregon Severe Storms/Flooding, Incident Period: February 04, 1996 to February 21, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1099: February 09, 1996, FEMA Id: 1099, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • 2 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Columbia County (12) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Landslides: 5, Mudslides: 5, Storms: 5, Winter Storms: 5, Snows: 2, Winds: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Columbia

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 8,777 (75.2%)
  • Carpooled: 1,126 (9.6%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 12 (0.1%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 53 (0.5%)
  • Bicycle: 80 (0.7%)
  • Walked: 485 (4.2%)
  • Worked at home: 1,203 (10.3%)
Class of Workers in 2017
Most common industries in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)

Most common industries for females in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (26%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)

Most common occupations in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2017


  • Production occupations (15%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (14%)
  • Transportation occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Sales and related occupations (7%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (7%)
  • Material moving occupations (6%)

Most common occupations for females in 2017


  • Office and administrative support occupations (20%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (28%)
  • Canada (11%)
  • Philippines (10%)
  • Germany (7%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (6%)
  • Guatemala (3%)
  • Jamaica (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Columbia County


  • German (13%)
  • American (11%)
  • European (8%)
  • English (7%)
  • Irish (7%)
  • Norwegian (3%)
  • Scottish (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in Columbia County, Oregon in 2000:

  • 92 people in nursing homes
  • 57 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 51 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 25 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 15 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 5 people in other group homes
  • 3 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse

People in group quarters in Columbia County, Oregon in 2010:

  • 190 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 142 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 70 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 50 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 33 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 6 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 4 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 4 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $64,592.

8.49% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($51,130 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.49%
Oregon average:

8.52%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.62% relocated from other counties in Oregon ($34,875 average AGI)
2.87% relocated from other states ($16,255 average AGI)
Columbia County:

2.87%
Oregon average:

4.41%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Washington County, OR  2.30% ($56,125 average AGI)
from Multnomah County, OR  1.89% ($52,876)
from Clackamas County, OR  0.48% ($48,560)
from Cowlitz County, WA  0.40% ($34,355)
from Clark County, WA  0.30% ($51,825)
from Clatsop County, OR  0.15% ($46,655)
from Lane County, OR  0.12% ($51,273)


5.65% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($47,403 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.65%
Oregon average:

7.23%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.26% relocated to other counties in Oregon ($27,559 average AGI)
2.40% relocated to other states ($19,845 average AGI)
Columbia County:

2.40%
Oregon average:

3.05%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Washington County, OR  1.05% ($51,396 average AGI)
to Multnomah County, OR  0.76% ($42,239)
to Cowlitz County, WA  0.58% ($44,849)
to Clark County, WA  0.29% ($50,654)
to Clackamas County, OR  0.28% ($94,804)
to Clatsop County, OR  0.21% ($61,154)
to Lane County, OR  0.18% ($52,697)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.6
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.2

Births per 1000 population in Columbia County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 8.4

Deaths per 1000 population in Columbia County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.3

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Columbia County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 14.2%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 6.0%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Columbia County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Columbia County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Columbia County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Columbia County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Columbia County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Columbia County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 7,503 (6,212 aged, 1,291 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 929 (8%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Columbia County, Oregon in 1999 - 2014:

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (532)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (440)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (287)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (268)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (213)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (211)
  • Unspecified dementia (184)
  • Congestive heart failure (150)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (123)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (110)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,013
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 847
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 10

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 34
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 69

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 12

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 184.4. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 109.4
  • Other - 75.0

Household type by relationship:

Households: 51,674
  • In family households: 42,745 (7,158 male householders, 5,996 female householders)
    10,270 spouses, 13,873 children (12,436 natural, 464 adopted, 935 stepchildren), 1,400 grandchildren, 337 brothers or sisters, 863 parents, 846 other relatives, 2,037 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 8,521 (3,243 male householders (2,557 living alone)), 3,190 female householders (2,570 living alone)), 2,084 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 408

Size of family households: 6,342 2-persons, 2,757 3-persons, 2,211 4-persons, 1,063 5-persons, 515 6-persons, 278 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 5,124 1-person, 1,073 2-persons, 92 3-persons, 100 4-persons, 29 5-persons.

6,832 married couples with children.
2,795 single-parent households (1,199 men, 1,596 women).

95.9% of residents of Columbia speak English at home.
2.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (63% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 13% don't speak English at all).
0.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (92% speak English very well, 6% speak English well, 2% speak English not well).
1.0% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (66% speak English very well, 25% speak English well, 9% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (22% speak English very well, 78% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $186,584,000 ($3,972 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $6,636,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $104,384,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $42,076,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $140,000
Federal grants: $31,396,000
Federal procurement contracts: $3,187,000 ($1,301,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $5,401,000 ($263,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $4,946,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $41,054,000
Federal Government insurance: $102,989,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 2,745
Here:

57 per 1000 residents
State:

65 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 2,051
Here:

43 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +75
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+20 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +3,813
Here:

+79 per 1000 residents
State:

+21 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Columbia County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 6.13 millions of gallons per day (44% from ground, 56% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.4
State:

6.2

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.1

Year house built in Columbia County, Oregon
  • Year house built in Columbia County, Oregon
  • 6332014 or later
  • 3292010 to 2013
  • 3,1272000 to 2009
  • 3,8521990 to 1999
  • 2,0651980 to 1989
  • 3,6481970 to 1979
  • 1,4501960 to 1969
  • 9971950 to 1959
  • 1,2581940 to 1949
  • 4,0491939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Columbia County, Oregon
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Columbia County, Oregon
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Columbia County, Oregon
  • 431 room
  • 622 rooms
  • 3403 rooms
  • 1,5434 rooms
  • 2,2545 rooms
  • 3,4756 rooms
  • 2,5507 rooms
  • 1,7378 rooms
  • 2,5629+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Columbia County, Oregon
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Columbia County, Oregon
  • 3311 room
  • 972 rooms
  • 5973 rooms
  • 1,6914 rooms
  • 1,0345 rooms
  • 6106 rooms
  • 4217 rooms
  • 1718 rooms
  • 1459+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Columbia County, Oregon
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Columbia County, Oregon
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Columbia County, Oregon
  • 74no bedroom
  • 2871 bedroom
  • 2,5992 bedrooms
  • 7,7773 bedrooms
  • 3,1164 bedrooms
  • 7045+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Columbia County, Oregon
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Columbia County, Oregon
  • 342no bedroom
  • 5841 bedroom
  • 2,3802 bedrooms
  • 1,3413 bedrooms
  • 4144 bedrooms
  • 555+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Columbia County, Oregon in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Columbia County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Columbia County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 311no vehicle
  • 2,7951 vehicle
  • 5,6252 vehicles
  • 3,8093 vehicles
  • 1,2534 vehicles
  • 8585+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Columbia County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Columbia County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 934no vehicle
  • 1,8981 vehicle
  • 1,3822 vehicles
  • 5483 vehicles
  • 2604 vehicles
  • 1625+ vehicles

85.5% of Columbia County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 31% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 54% lived in Oregon.

Columbia County:

85.5%
State average:

83.0%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 26,101
  • Other state: 23,554
  • Northeast: 1,088
  • Midwest: 4,142
  • South: 2,624
  • West: 15,699
Year householders moved into unit in Columbia County, OR
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Columbia County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 45.7%Electricity
  • 36.2%Utility gas
  • 12.7%Wood
  • 2.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.3%Other fuel
  • 0.1%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 68.8%Electricity
  • 20.7%Utility gas
  • 7.8%Wood
  • 2.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.2%No fuel used

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 429
Here:

8.2%
Oregon:

10.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 235
Here:

8.0%
Oregon:

8.0%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 247
Here:

15.9%
Oregon:

16.6%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Columbia County government finances - Expenditure in 2016:

  • Charges - Other: $3,447,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,714,000
    Parks and Recreation: $482,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $4,961,000
    Regular Highways: $3,556,000
    Financial Administration: $2,273,000
    Transit Utilities: $2,060,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,992,000
    Police Protection: $1,830,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,651,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,619,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,417,000
    General - Other: $962,000
    Parks and Recreation: $833,000
    Health - Other: $564,000
    Corrections - Other: $557,000
    General Public Buildings: $480,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $336,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $1,851,000
    Transit Utilities: $28,000
    Highways: $24,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $843,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Health - Other: $3,653,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $20,039,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $18,407,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,632,000
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $3,282,000
    Interest Earnings: $1,107,000
    General Revenue - Other: $566,000
    Royalties: $204,000
    Sale of Property: $28,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Transit Utilities: $1,053,000
    Health - Other: $694,000
    Financial Administration: $138,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $56,000
    Police Protection: $45,000
    Regular Highways: $39,000
    General - Other: $26,000
    Central Staff Services: $11,000
    Parks and Recreation: $6,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $17,337,000
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $439,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $87,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $4,313,000
    Highways: $3,865,000
    General Local Government Support: $3,674,000
    Transit Utilities: $3,056,000
    Other: $39,000
  • Tax - Property: $11,988,000
    Other License: $243,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $105,000

Columbia County government finances - Revenue in 2016:

  • Charges - Other: $3,447,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,714,000
    Parks and Recreation: $482,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $4,961,000
    Regular Highways: $3,556,000
    Financial Administration: $2,273,000
    Transit Utilities: $2,060,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,992,000
    Police Protection: $1,830,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,651,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,619,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,417,000
    General - Other: $962,000
    Parks and Recreation: $833,000
    Health - Other: $564,000
    Corrections - Other: $557,000
    General Public Buildings: $480,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $336,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $1,851,000
    Transit Utilities: $28,000
    Highways: $24,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $843,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Health - Other: $3,653,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $20,039,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $18,407,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,632,000
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $3,282,000
    Interest Earnings: $1,107,000
    General Revenue - Other: $566,000
    Royalties: $204,000
    Sale of Property: $28,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Transit Utilities: $1,053,000
    Health - Other: $694,000
    Financial Administration: $138,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $56,000
    Police Protection: $45,000
    Regular Highways: $39,000
    General - Other: $26,000
    Central Staff Services: $11,000
    Parks and Recreation: $6,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $17,337,000
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $439,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $87,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $4,313,000
    Highways: $3,865,000
    General Local Government Support: $3,674,000
    Transit Utilities: $3,056,000
    Other: $39,000
  • Tax - Property: $11,988,000
    Other License: $243,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $105,000

Columbia County government finances - Debt in 2016:

  • Charges - Other: $3,447,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,714,000
    Parks and Recreation: $482,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $4,961,000
    Regular Highways: $3,556,000
    Financial Administration: $2,273,000
    Transit Utilities: $2,060,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,992,000
    Police Protection: $1,830,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,651,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,619,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,417,000
    General - Other: $962,000
    Parks and Recreation: $833,000
    Health - Other: $564,000
    Corrections - Other: $557,000
    General Public Buildings: $480,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $336,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $1,851,000
    Transit Utilities: $28,000
    Highways: $24,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $843,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Health - Other: $3,653,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $20,039,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $18,407,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,632,000
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $3,282,000
    Interest Earnings: $1,107,000
    General Revenue - Other: $566,000
    Royalties: $204,000
    Sale of Property: $28,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Transit Utilities: $1,053,000
    Health - Other: $694,000
    Financial Administration: $138,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $56,000
    Police Protection: $45,000
    Regular Highways: $39,000
    General - Other: $26,000
    Central Staff Services: $11,000
    Parks and Recreation: $6,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $17,337,000
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $439,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $87,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $4,313,000
    Highways: $3,865,000
    General Local Government Support: $3,674,000
    Transit Utilities: $3,056,000
    Other: $39,000
  • Tax - Property: $11,988,000
    Other License: $243,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $105,000

Columbia County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016:

  • Charges - Other: $3,447,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,714,000
    Parks and Recreation: $482,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $4,961,000
    Regular Highways: $3,556,000
    Financial Administration: $2,273,000
    Transit Utilities: $2,060,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,992,000
    Police Protection: $1,830,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,651,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,619,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,417,000
    General - Other: $962,000
    Parks and Recreation: $833,000
    Health - Other: $564,000
    Corrections - Other: $557,000
    General Public Buildings: $480,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $336,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $1,851,000
    Transit Utilities: $28,000
    Highways: $24,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $843,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Health - Other: $3,653,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $20,039,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $18,407,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,632,000
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $3,282,000
    Interest Earnings: $1,107,000
    General Revenue - Other: $566,000
    Royalties: $204,000
    Sale of Property: $28,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Transit Utilities: $1,053,000
    Health - Other: $694,000
    Financial Administration: $138,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $56,000
    Police Protection: $45,000
    Regular Highways: $39,000
    General - Other: $26,000
    Central Staff Services: $11,000
    Parks and Recreation: $6,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $17,337,000
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $439,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $87,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $4,313,000
    Highways: $3,865,000
    General Local Government Support: $3,674,000
    Transit Utilities: $3,056,000
    Other: $39,000
  • Tax - Property: $11,988,000
    Other License: $243,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $105,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 624
  • Number of aged recipients: 45
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 579
  • Number of recipients under 18: 103
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 445
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 76
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 205
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 286
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 10 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 ORIGINATED183$184,732154$190,5521,377$195,34165$101,1541$69,00088$175,205117$167,214
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED22$188,45521$141,619191$211,69615$38,5330$09$91,11118$130,222
APPLICATIONS DENIED53$171,77441$153,488625$211,56562$123,2900$026$167,73180$143,475
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN39$181,07761$180,459400$201,79814$117,2140$031$143,61333$168,485
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS19$179,94727$180,519126$209,0249$116,1110$06$218,6676$110,833
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 10 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
D) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED13$210,23132$205,3440$00$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED14$240,07112$264,4172$177,5000$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED4$318,2507$253,2860$02$228,500
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$01$202,0000$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS2$159,5000$00$01$126,000
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Columbia, OR
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Columbia, OR - Value
Most common first names in Columbia County, OR among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John24575.4 years
William24076.2 years
Robert19770.6 years
James18674.5 years
Mary16879.8 years
Charles15375.3 years
George15276.6 years
Harold8675.0 years
Donald8468.6 years
Richard8368.0 years
Most common last names in Columbia County, OR among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson15375.7 years
Smith9675.2 years
Anderson6277.2 years
Jones5575.2 years
Brown5476.1 years
Wilson5372.2 years
Miller4978.7 years
Thompson4976.3 years
Nelson4776.7 years
Davis4673.2 years
Businesses in Columbia County, OR
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware3Lane Furniture2
Best Western1McDonald's2
Blockbuster1RadioShack1
Burger King1Rite Aid1
Chevrolet1Safeway1
Cricket Wireless2Sears1
Curves2Starbucks2
Dairy Queen1Subway5
Domino's Pizza1T-Mobile1
FedEx2Taco Bell1
Ford1True Value2
GNC1U-Haul3
H&R Block2UPS2
Jones New York2Vons2
KFC1Walgreens1
Kroger2Walmart1

Columbia County on our top lists:

  • #63 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for 3rd party candidates in the 2012 Presidential Election"