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Columbia County, Pennsylvania (PA)

County population in 2014: 67,122 (59% urban, 41% rural); it was 64,151 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 10,628
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 7,759
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 17,993
Renter-occupied apartments: 8,092 (it was 6,922 in 2000)
% of renters here:

28%
State:

30%

Land area: 486 sq. mi.

Water area: 4.2 sq. mi.

Population density: 138 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Columbia County: 89.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (21.5%), Educational, health and social services (14.5%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (10.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 57%
  • Government: 6%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 36%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Columbia County, Pennsylvania:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (94.4%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (2.0%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (1.8%)
  • Two or more races (0.9%)
  • Asian alone (0.8%)
Median resident age:  39.0 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.0 years
Males: 32,193  (48.0%)
Females: 34,929  (52.0%)
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Columbia County,PA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Columbia County:

2.0 people
Pennsylvania:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2015: $42,599 ($34,094 in 1999)

This county:

$42,599
Pennsylvania:

$55,702

Median contract rent in 2015 for apartments: $580 (lower quartile is $471, upper quartile is $736)
This county:

$580
State:

$709


Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $151,500 (it was $85,800 in 2000)
Columbia:

$151,500
Pennsylvania:

$170,600
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $99,100 - $220,000

Mean price in 2015:

Detached houses: $180,799
Here:

$180,799
State:

$233,967

Townhouses or other attached units: $134,745
Here:

$134,745
State:

$171,258

In 2-unit structures: $112,969
Here:

$112,969
State:

$159,964

Mobile homes: $44,729
Here:

$44,729
State:

$59,475
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,160
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $443

Institutionalized population: 737
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 170 buildings, average cost: $125,800
  • 2008: 134 buildings, average cost: $170,400
  • 2009: 149 buildings, average cost: $163,400
  • 2010: 123 buildings, average cost: $176,700
  • 2011: 71 buildings, average cost: $160,800
  • 2012: 91 buildings, average cost: $176,000
  • 2013: 105 buildings, average cost: $193,500
  • 2014: 79 buildings, average cost: $199,400

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $1,744 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $1,483 (1.1%)

Columbia County household income distribution in 2009 Columbia County home values distribution Columbia County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 15.5%
(13.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 55.7% for Black residents, 26.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 4.9% for American Indian residents, 16.7% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 26.4% for other race residents, 24.8% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 15.5%
Columbia County:

15.5%
Pennsylvania:

13.2%
(13.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 54.7% for Black residents, 24.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 4.6% for American Indian residents, 16.7% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 22.9% for other race residents, 22.5% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2015: 40 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 21 years old, American Indian residents: 43 years old, Asian residents: 24 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 34 years old, Other race residents: 24 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Columbia County is $472 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $575 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $735 a month.

Cities in this county include: Bloomsburg, Berwick, Catawissa, Espy, Mifflinville, Almedia, Millville, Benton, Lime Ridge, Lightstreet.

Columbia County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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Neighboring counties: Humboldt County, California , Deuel County, Nebraska , Larimer County, Colorado , Lucas County, Ohio , Suffolk County, New York , Lancaster County, Nebraska , Porter County, Indiana .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.8%
Pennsylvania:

4.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 6,640
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 80.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 15.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 913 (57% naturalized citizens)

Columbia County:

1.4%
Whole state:

4.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 165
  • 1990 to 1994: 147
  • 1985 to 1989: 131
  • 1980 to 1984: 50
  • 1975 to 1979: 76
  • 1970 to 1974: 75
  • 1970 to 1974: 53
  • 1965 to 1969: 216
Note: State values scaled to Columbia County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 75.4%

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

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 18,537
  • One, attached: 1,407
  • Two: 1,604
  • 3 or 4: 1,419
  • 5 to 9: 719
  • 10 to 19: 305
  • 20 or more: 425
  • Mobile homes: 3,294
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 23

Housing units in Columbia County with a mortgage: 7,417 (668 second mortgage, 1,215 home equity loan, 37 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 5,449

Here:

57.6% with mortgage
State:

62.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Columbia County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant16,85879
Catholic8,0357
Evangelical Protestant5,57234
Other6934
Orthodox1201
None36,017-
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: 13
Columbia County:

2.01 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
This county:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.88 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 22
Columbia County:

3.39 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 51
This county:

7.87 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Columbia County:

8.4%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Columbia County:

28.4%
State:

27.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

12.6%
State:

11.5%

Agriculture in Columbia County:

Average size of farms: 140 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $39,732
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $286.28
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 18.26%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 45.02%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $43,387
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 54.61%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.83%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $80,984
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 93.78%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 9.47
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 33.98%
Corn for grain: 18623 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 4670 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 11446 harvested acres
Vegetables: 3,112 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 520 acres

Earthquake activity:

Columbia County-area historical earthquake activity is near Pennsylvania state average. It is 86% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 52.7 miles away from Columbia County center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 226.9 miles away from the county 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) earthquake occurred 210.3 miles away from the county center
On 1/16/1994 at 00:42:43, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 53.5 miles away from the county center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 274.3 miles away from Columbia County center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 250.5 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Pennsylvania Hurricane Sandy, Incident Period: October 26, 2012 to November 08, 2012, Emergency Declared EM-3356: October 29, 2012, FEMA Id: 3356, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Pennsylvania Remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, Incident Period: September 03, 2011 to October 15, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared EM-3340: September 08, 2011, FEMA Id: 3340, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • Pennsylvania Tropical Storm Lee, Incident Period: September 03, 2011 to October 15, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4030: September 12, 2011, FEMA Id: 4030, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • Pennsylvania Severe Storms, Flooding, and Mudslides, Incident Period: June 23, 2006 to July 10, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1649: June 30, 2006, FEMA Id: 1649, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Flood
  • Pennsylvania Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3235: September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: 3235, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Pennsylvania Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: April 02, 2005 to April 23, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1587: April 14, 2005, FEMA Id: 1587, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Pennsylvania Tropical Depression Ivan, Incident Period: September 17, 2004 to October 01, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1557: September 19, 2004, FEMA Id: 1557, Natural disaster type: Tropical Depression
  • Pennsylvania Snowstorm, Incident Period: February 14, 2003 to February 19, 2003, Emergency Declared EM-3180: March 14, 2003, FEMA Id: 3180, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm
  • Pennsylvania Flooding, Incident Period: January 19, 1996 to February 01, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1093: January 21, 1996, FEMA Id: 1093, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • Pennsylvania Blizzard, Incident Period: January 06, 1996 to January 12, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1085: January 13, 1996, FEMA Id: 1085, Natural disaster type: Blizzard
  • 6 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Columbia County (16) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 6, Tropical Storms: 3, Hurricanes: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tropical Depression: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (29%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
  • Finance and insurance (3%)
  • Health care and social assistance (31%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (3%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (11%)
  • Material moving occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (9%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (19%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (10%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (8%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (7%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Canada (11%)
  • Germany (9%)
  • United Kingdom (7%)
  • India (6%)
  • Korea (5%)
  • Nigeria (5%)
  • Philippines (5%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Columbia County (%):

  • German (33%)
  • United States or American (10%)
  • Irish (9%)
  • Italian (8%)
  • Polish (7%)
  • English (6%)
  • Dutch (4%)

Columbia County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 23,283 (79%)
  • Carpooled: 3,084 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 32 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 6 (0%)
  • Railroad: 2 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 6 (0%)
  • Taxi: 38 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 23 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 86 (0%)
  • Walked: 1,817 (6%)
  • Other means: 187 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 770 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


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

  • 2,722 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 738 people in nursing homes
  • 137 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 54 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 38 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 24 people in other group homes
  • 17 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 11 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 9 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 8 people in religious group quarters

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

  • 3,606 people in college/university student housing
  • 545 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 192 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 17 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 12 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 11 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 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 $50,480.

4.52% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($35,882 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.52%
Pennsylvania average:

4.35%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.24% relocated from other counties in Pennsylvania ($24,165 average AGI)
1.28% relocated from other states ($11,717 average AGI)
Columbia County:

1.28%
Pennsylvania average:

1.90%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Luzerne County, PA  0.83% ($28,552 average AGI)
from Montour County, PA  0.46% ($28,786)
from Northumberland County, PA  0.39% ($33,674)
from Lycoming County, PA  0.22% ($32,673)
from Schuylkill County, PA  0.12% ($40,379)
from Lancaster County, PA  0.09% ($39,190)
from Dauphin County, PA  0.08% ($28,350)


4.87% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($38,416 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.87%
Pennsylvania average:

4.54%


0.05% of residents moved to foreign countries ($242 average AGI)
Columbia County:

0.05%
Pennsylvania average:

0.06%

3.42% relocated to other counties in Pennsylvania ($26,010 average AGI)
1.39% relocated to other states ($12,164 average AGI)
Columbia County:

1.39%
Pennsylvania average:

2.07%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Luzerne County, PA  0.92% ($35,230 average AGI)
to Northumberland County, PA  0.48% ($34,607)
to Montour County, PA  0.47% ($32,078)
to Lycoming County, PA  0.17% ($38,000)
to Schuylkill County, PA  0.11% ($46,929)
to Philadelphia County, PA  0.11% ($28,462)
to Union County, PA  0.09% ($61,810)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.7

Births per 1000 population in Columbia County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 10.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Columbia County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.5
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.8

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Columbia County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 11.1%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 5.2%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Columbia County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Columbia County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 12,156 (10,180 aged, 1,976 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 1,052 (8%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

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

  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (890)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (695)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (635)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (606)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (426)
  • Congestive heart failure (423)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (415)
  • Unspecified dementia (314)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (261)
  • Septicaemia, unspecified (196)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 3.08
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9,867
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 629
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 41,663

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 936
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 981
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 12

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 44
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 97

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 17

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 106.4. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 75.4
  • Other - 31.0

Household type by relationship:

Households: 62,908
  • In family households: 48,721 (12,154 male householders, 4,324 female householders)
    12,833 spouses, 15,544 children (14,301 natural, 398 adopted, 845 stepchildren), 1,006 grandchildren, 359 brothers or sisters, 494 parents, 373 other relatives, 1,362 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 14,187 (4,587 male householders (3,229 living alone)), 5,414 female householders (4,270 living alone)), 4,186 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 4,387 (737 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 8,003 2-persons, 3,833 3-persons, 2,923 4-persons, 1,145 5-persons, 372 6-persons, 202 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 7,499 1-person, 1,651 2-persons, 355 3-persons, 323 4-persons, 63 5-persons, 84 6-persons, 26 7-or-more-persons.

9,455 married couples with children.
2,885 single-parent households (850 men, 2,035 women).

96.8% of residents of Columbia County speak English at home.
1.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (63% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 22% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
1.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (71% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 13% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (62% speak English very well, 24% speak English well, 13% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (54% speak English very well, 42% speak English well, 4% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $341,362,000 ($5,251 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $14,198,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $168,832,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $92,810,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $3,034,000
Federal grants: $55,460,000
Federal procurement contracts: $3,123,000 ($193,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $18,102,000 ($7,615,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,287,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $17,106,000
Federal Government insurance: $38,875,000

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

Births: 3,209
Here:

49 per 1000 residents
State:

61 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 3,534
Here:

54 per 1000 residents
State:

54 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +101
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +1,088
Here +17 per 1000 residents
State -2 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Columbia County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 6.31 millions of gallons per day (53% from ground, 47% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.1
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 82
  • 2010 to 2013: 714
  • 2000 to 2009: 3,338
  • 1990 to 1999: 2,507
  • 1980 to 1989: 2,900
  • 1970 to 1979: 3,950
  • 1960 to 1969: 2,396
  • 1950 to 1959: 2,852
  • 1940 to 1949: 2,144
  • 1939 or earlier: 8,715
Note: State values scaled to Columbia population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Columbia County, Pennsylvania
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Columbia County population
  • 1 room: 12
  • 2 rooms: 52
  • 3 rooms: 250
  • 4 rooms: 1,706
  • 5 rooms: 4,069
  • 6 rooms: 4,625
  • 7 rooms: 3,132
  • 8 rooms: 2,281
  • 9+ rooms: 1,866
  • 1 room: 73
  • 2 rooms: 231
  • 3 rooms: 1,246
  • 4 rooms: 1,717
  • 5 rooms: 1,373
  • 6 rooms: 1,288
  • 7 rooms: 474
  • 8 rooms: 284
  • 9+ rooms: 236
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Columbia County, Pennsylvania
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Columbia County population
  • no bedroom: 17
  • 1 bedroom: 422
  • 2 bedrooms: 4,060
  • 3 bedrooms: 9,754
  • 4 bedrooms: 3,184
  • 5+ bedrooms: 556
  • no bedroom: 89
  • 1 bedroom: 1,567
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,598
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,029
  • 4 bedrooms: 506
  • 5+ bedrooms: 133
Cars and other vehicles available in Columbia County, Pennsylvania in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Columbia County population
  • no vehicle: 722
  • 1 vehicle: 4,987
  • 2 vehicles: 8,053
  • 3 vehicles: 3,127
  • 4 vehicles: 842
  • 5+ vehicles: 262
  • no vehicle: 1,138
  • 1 vehicle: 3,216
  • 2 vehicles: 1,887
  • 3 vehicles: 475
  • 4 vehicles: 123
  • 5+ vehicles: 83

63% of Columbia County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 57% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 75% lived in Pennsylvania.

Columbia County:

63.1%
State average:

64.4%

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

  • This state: 54,507
  • Northeast: 4,460
  • Midwest: 1,194
  • South: 2,127
  • West: 618

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $74,600


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Columbia County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (49.1%)
  • Electricity (18.4%)
  • Utility gas (18.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5.4%)
  • Coal or coke (5.0%)
  • Wood (3.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (35.5%)
  • Electricity (29.1%)
  • Utility gas (29.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3.8%)
  • Coal or coke (1.5%)
  • Wood (0.8%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 447
Here:

7.0%
Pennsylvania:

16.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 116
Here:

3.5%
Pennsylvania:

13.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 209
Here:

3.4%
Pennsylvania:

37.3%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Columbia County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $3,591,000
    Corrections - Other: $3,136,000
    Welfare - Other: $1,519,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,258,000
    Regular Highways: $1,076,000
    Central Staff Services: $839,000
    Financial Administration: $688,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $520,000
    Police Protection: $172,000
    Libraries: $70,000
    Parks & Recreation: $64,000
    Solid Waste Management: $25,000
  • Employee Retirement - Securities - Corporate Bonds (market): $4,552,000
    Securities - Corporate Bonds (market): $2,066,000
    Total Cash & Deposits: $867,000
    Benefit Payments: $546,000
    Withdrawals: $136,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $462,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Financial Administration: $26,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $5,520,000

Columbia County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $2,580,000
  • Employee Retirement - Local Employee Contribution: $515,000
    From Local Government: $36,000
    From Other Government: $8,000
    Interest Revenue: $-918,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Support: $513,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $1,319,000
    Interest Earnings: $144,000
    Rents: $42,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $5,638,000
  • Tax - Property: $4,559,000
    NEC: $172,000

Columbia County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $9,660,000
  • Long Term Debt Issue, Unspecified - Other NEC: $7,215,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $11,015,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $5,860,000

Columbia County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Bond Fund - Cash & Deposits: $11,015,000
  • Employee Retirement - Total Federal Securities: $2,763,000
    Total Other Securities: $991,000
  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $2,760,000
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $104,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 1,401
  • Number of aged recipients: 79
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 1,322
  • Number of recipients under 18: 292
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 921
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 188
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 470
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 620
Columbia County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Columbia County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2003
(Based on 15 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)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED66$85,212670$89,2791,931$83,869435$29,6461$139,000190$68,763
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED4$73,25058$81,862303$83,70650$26,6400$016$66,250
APPLICATIONS DENIED13$72,077139$68,568835$90,019147$26,0681$85,00045$71,956
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN3$68,66749$98,673465$95,23026$32,4230$015$67,467
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$78,00013$90,53870$105,00013$33,3080$02$100,000
Choose year:  2003 2002 2001 2000 1999
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2003
(Based on 15 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED175$97,577143$106,4699$70,778
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED22$90,90932$123,3752$73,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$01$172,0000$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN8$89,1258$145,3750$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$00$0
Choose year:  2003 2002 2001 2000 1999

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Columbia County, PA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary70280.6 years
John68974.8 years
William51974.3 years
Charles43175.4 years
Robert42872.4 years
Helen38880.1 years
George33576.2 years
Anna32981.1 years
Joseph31774.5 years
James30072.5 years
Most common last names in Columbia County, PA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Miller23877.9 years
Hess22578.9 years
Smith20275.5 years
Snyder11775.2 years
Davis11377.6 years
Thomas10876.3 years
Long10876.3 years
Hartman10077.7 years
Kline9479.3 years
Young9474.6 years
Businesses in Columbia County, PA
NameCountNameCount
ALDI1KFC1
AT&T1Kmart1
Ace Hardware2Kroger1
Advance Auto Parts1La-Z-Boy1
Applebee's1LensCrafters1
Arby's2Lowe's1
AutoZone2MasterBrand Cabinets12
Bath & Body Works1Maurices1
Blockbuster1McDonald's4
Burger King3Motel 61
CVS4New Balance2
Carson Pirie Scott1Nike7
Chevrolet1Panera Bread1
Comfort Suites1Papa John's Pizza1
Cracker Barrel1Payless1
Curves1Penske1
Decora Cabinetry2Pizza Hut1
Dennys1Quiznos1
Domino's Pizza2RadioShack2
Dunkin Donuts2Rite Aid2
Econo Lodge1Ruby Tuesday1
Famous Footwear1Sears2
Fashion Bug1Staples1
FedEx4Starbucks1
Ford2Subway5
GNC2Super 81
GameStop1Taco Bell1
Giant1True Value3
Goodwill3U-Haul3
H&R Block2UPS5
Hilton1Verizon Wireless1
Holiday Inn1Victoria's Secret1
Home Depot1Walmart1
Honda1Wendy's2
JCPenney1YMCA2
Jones New York1