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Columbia County, Wisconsin (WI)

County population in 2017: 57,107 (39% urban, 61% rural); it was 52,468 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 12,178
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 4,777
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 15,300
Renter-occupied apartments: 5,780 (it was 5,139 in 2000)
% of renters here:

25%
State:

32%

Land area: 774 sq. mi.

Water area: 21.9 sq. mi.

Population density: 74 people per square mile   (average).

March 2019 cost of living index in Columbia County: 87.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (22.3%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (20.0%), Educational, health and social services (14.7%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (10.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 61%
  • Government: 4%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 32%
  • Unpaid family work: 3%
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  • Races in Columbia County, WI (2017)
    • 52,764100.6%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 1,8513.5%Hispanic or Latino
    • 8601.6%Two or more races
    • 7651.5%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 3770.7%Asian alone
    • 1960.4%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 370.07%Some other race alone
    • 350.07%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
Median resident age:

42.7 years
Wisconsin median age:

39.5 years
Males: 29,171  (51.1%)
Females: 27,936  (48.9%)
Average household size:
Columbia County:

2.0 people
Wisconsin:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2017: $66,132 ($45,064 in 1999)
This county:

$66,132
Wisconsin:

$59,305

Median contract rent in 2017 for apartments: $664 (lower quartile is $519, upper quartile is $846)
This county:

$664
State:

$699


Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $190,312 (it was $118,700 in 2000)
Columbia:

$190,312
Wisconsin:

$178,900
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $133,136 - $283,141

Mean price in 2017:

Detached houses: $238,392
Here:

$238,392
State:

$226,213

Townhouses or other attached units: $174,900
Here:

$174,900
State:

$193,354

In 2-unit structures: $174,289
Here:

$174,289
State:

$145,793

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $133,627
Here:

$133,627
State:

$159,745

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $201,316
Here:

$201,316
State:

$181,107

Mobile homes: $35,713
Here:

$35,713
State:

$52,168

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,383
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $538

Institutionalized population: 1,427

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 5
  • Robberies: 2
  • Assaults: 13
  • Burglaries: 90
  • Thefts: 274
  • Auto thefts: 22

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 4
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 13
  • Burglaries: 92
  • Thefts: 243
  • Auto thefts: 31
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 305 buildings, average cost: $107,900
  • 1998: 302 buildings, average cost: $114,700
  • 1999: 307 buildings, average cost: $122,700
  • 2000: 308 buildings, average cost: $128,900
  • 2001: 291 buildings, average cost: $131,100
  • 2002: 309 buildings, average cost: $143,800
  • 2003: 348 buildings, average cost: $154,600
  • 2004: 314 buildings, average cost: $174,000
  • 2005: 266 buildings, average cost: $188,100
  • 2006: 215 buildings, average cost: $202,600
  • 2007: 206 buildings, average cost: $192,500
  • 2008: 104 buildings, average cost: $202,400
  • 2009: 82 buildings, average cost: $191,300
  • 2010: 94 buildings, average cost: $189,800
  • 2011: 36 buildings, average cost: $264,100
  • 2012: 52 buildings, average cost: $205,000
  • 2013: 60 buildings, average cost: $242,800
  • 2014: 66 buildings, average cost: $270,400
  • 2015: 97 buildings, average cost: $253,100
  • 2016: 209 buildings, average cost: $256,400
  • 2017: 132 buildings, average cost: $270,200
Number of permits per 10,000 Columbia, WI residents
Average permit cost in Columbia, WI
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $3,282 (1.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $3,155 (1.7%)

Distribution of median household income in Columbia, WI in 2017
Distribution of house value in Columbia, WI in 2017
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Columbia, WI in 2017
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 7.6%
Columbia County:

7.6%
Wisconsin:

11.3%
(7.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 18.5% for Black residents, 15.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 32.6% for American Indian residents, 16.5% for other race residents, 8.6% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2017: 42.7 years old
(Males: 41.9 years old, Females: 43.1 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43.9 years old, Black residents: 28.9 years old, American Indian residents: 47.2 years old, Asian residents: 32.5 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 24.4 years old, Other race residents: 29.5 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 $621 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $838 a month.

Cities in this county include: Portage, Columbus, Lake Wisconsin, Lodi, Pacific, Wisconsin Dells, Dekorra, Poynette, Pardeeville, Randolph.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Columbia County: Garrelts Farm (A), Wards Corners (B), Pecks Landing (C), Northern Lights Campground (D), Lighthouse Rock Campground (E), Devils Head Ski Resort (F), Devils Head Golf Course (G), Pecks Corners (H), Camp Gray (I), Reedsburg Country Club (J), American Ukranian Camp (K), Ski-Hi Fruit Farm (L), Greens Corners (M), Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department (N), Devils Head Lodge (O), North Shore Shelter (P). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Columbia County include: Our Lady of Loretta Church (A), Zion Church (B), Bethlehem Church (C), Westfield Church (D), Our Lady of the Fields Chapel (E), Salem Church (F), Saint Pauls Church (G), Saint Paul Church (H), Saint Anns Shrine (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: All Saints Cemetery (1), Resting Green Cemetery (2), Sauk Prairie Cemetery (3), Union Grove Cemetery (4), Universal Cemetery (5), Babb Cemetery (6), Hill Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Johnson Ponds (A), Bakkens Pond (B), Seeley Lake (C), Blue Hole (D), Chapman Lake (E), Deacon Thomas Lake (F), Devils Lake (G), Hemlock Slough (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Plum Creek (A), Beaver Creek (B), Big Creek (C), Muskrat Run (D), Otter Creek (E), Honey Creek (F), Hill Point Creek (G), Parfreys Glen Creek (H), Harrison Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Columbia County include: White Mound County Park (1), Ableman's Gorge State Natural Area (2), Bakken's Pond State Natural Area (3), Baxter's Hollow State Natural Area (4), Cady's Marsh State Natural Area (5), Devil's Lake Oak Forest State Natural Area (6), Durst Rockshelter State Natural Area (7), East Bluff State Natural Area (8), Fern Dell Gorge State Natural Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Adams County , Cumberland County, Maine , Cumberland County, Maine , Blue Earth County, Minnesota , Grant County , Kent County, Michigan , Saginaw County, Michigan .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.2%
Wisconsin:

3.3%

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

Current college students: 1,668
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 93.1%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 23.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 1,307 (57.1% naturalized citizens)

Columbia County:

2.3%
Whole state:

5.0%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 2162010 or later
  • 3112000 to 2009
  • 3581990 to 1999
  • 1021980 to 1989
  • 871970 to 1979
  • 231Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 52.5%

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

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 19,820
  • One, attached: 1,087
  • Two: 894
  • 3 or 4: 1,064
  • 5 to 9: 955
  • 10 to 19: 871
  • 20 to 49: 734
  • 50 or more: 285
  • Mobile homes: 962
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 8

Housing units in Columbia County with a mortgage: 11,648 (429 second mortgage, 1,782 home equity loan, 57 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 5,646

Here:

68.8% with mortgage
State:

64.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Columbia County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic11,4739
Evangelical Protestant9,99044
Mainline Protestant9,91134
Other93
None25,450-
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: 10
Columbia County:

1.81 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.86 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Here:

0.36 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

0.11 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (with gas): 35
Columbia County:

6.35 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

4.12 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 68
This county:

12.33 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.64 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Columbia County:

7.3%
Wisconsin:

7.6%

Adult obesity rate:
Columbia County:

26.8%
State:

27.5%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.0%
State:

13.0%

Agriculture in Columbia County:

Average size of farms: 228 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $68,881
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $196.89
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.99%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 55.70%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $63,173
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 67.88%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $80,777
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 88.34%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 16.18
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 26.15%
Corn for grain: 120858 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 6307 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 51712 harvested acres
Vegetables: 4,478 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 42 acres

Tornado activity:

Columbia County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Wisconsin state average. It is 3752581.2 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 13 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 5/25/1965, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 8 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Columbia County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Wisconsin state average. It is 88% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 354.6 miles away from Columbia County center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 140.1 miles away from the county center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 329.7 miles away from the county center
On 9/2/1999 at 16:17:29, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 120.3 miles away from the county center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 353.4 miles away from Columbia County center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 387.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Wisconsin Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: June 05, 2008 to July 25, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1768: June 14, 2008, FEMA Id: 1768, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Wisconsin Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: August 18, 2007 to August 31, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1719: August 26, 2007, FEMA Id: 1719, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Wisconsin Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3249: September 13, 2005, FEMA Id: 3249, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Wisconsin Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: May 07, 2004 to July 03, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1526: June 18, 2004, FEMA Id: 1526, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Wisconsin Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: December 11, 2000 to December 31, 2000, Emergency Declared EM-3163: January 24, 2001, FEMA Id: 3163, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Wisconsin Severe Storms, Tornadoes And Flooding, Incident Period: May 26, 2000 to July 19, 2000, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1332: June 24, 2000, FEMA Id: 1332, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Wisconsin Flooding, Severe Storm, Tornadoes, Incident Period: June 07, 1993 to August 25, 1993, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-994: July 02, 1993, FEMA Id: 994, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Wisconsin Drought, Incident Period: June 17, 1976, Emergency Declared EM-3014: June 17, 1976, FEMA Id: 3014, Natural disaster type: Drought
  • Wisconsin Severe Storms, Icing, Wind, Flooding, Incident Period: March 23, 1976, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-496: March 23, 1976, FEMA Id: 496, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood, Wind

The number of natural disasters in Columbia County (9) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 3
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Columbia

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 17,446 (79.7%)
  • Carpooled: 1,891 (8.6%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 41 (0.2%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 281 (1.3%)
  • Bicycle: 113 (0.5%)
  • Walked: 641 (2.9%)
  • Worked at home: 1,529 (7.0%)
Class of Workers in 2017
Most common industries in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (20%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)

Most common industries for females in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Manufacturing (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)

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


  • Production occupations (13%)
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (6%)

Most common occupations for females in 2017


  • Office and administrative support occupations (23%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (27%)
  • Poland (12%)
  • India (8%)
  • Philippines (8%)
  • Ethiopia (4%)
  • Germany (4%)
  • Malaysia (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Columbia County


  • German (42%)
  • American (8%)
  • Norwegian (7%)
  • Irish (5%)
  • Polish (4%)
  • English (4%)
  • Dutch (3%)

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

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

  • 775 people in state prisons
  • 434 people in nursing homes
  • 106 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 103 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 103 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 91 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 17 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 15 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 13 people in homes for the mentally retarded

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

  • 818 people in state prisons
  • 398 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 211 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 60 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 23 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 16 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $66,990.

7.39% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($46,295 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.39%
Wisconsin average:

5.63%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
6.16% relocated from other counties in Wisconsin ($39,164 average AGI)
1.23% relocated from other states ($7,131 average AGI)
Columbia County:

1.23%
Wisconsin average:

1.91%

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

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Dane County, WI  2.80% ($53,710 average AGI)
from Sauk County, WI  0.70% ($41,722)
from Dodge County, WI  0.51% ($39,008)
from Marquette County, WI  0.33% ($34,867)
from Adams County, WI  0.18% ($41,422)
from Jefferson County, WI  0.17% ($47,442)
from Rock County, WI  0.14% ($42,500)


7.19% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($46,180 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.19%
Wisconsin average:

5.85%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.87% relocated to other counties in Wisconsin ($37,756 average AGI)
1.32% relocated to other states ($8,424 average AGI)
Columbia County:

1.32%
Wisconsin average:

2.13%

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

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Dane County, WI  2.06% ($52,043 average AGI)
to Sauk County, WI  0.95% ($41,316)
to Dodge County, WI  0.62% ($38,981)
to Marquette County, WI  0.34% ($44,721)
to Adams County, WI  0.28% ($33,200)
to Milwaukee County, WI  0.14% ($37,629)
to Juneau County, WI  0.14% ($31,853)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.7
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.9

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: 9.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 9.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Columbia County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.8

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Columbia County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 8.7%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 4.7%
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: 9,125 (7,993 aged, 1,132 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 635 (5%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

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

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (512)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (490)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (451)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (387)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (381)
  • Unspecified dementia (324)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (323)
  • Congestive heart failure (285)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (177)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (143)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 5%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 3.65
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 7,383
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 367
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 35,128

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,055
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 919
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 9

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 39
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 69

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 5

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 130.3. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 55.9
  • Other - 74.5

Household type by relationship:

Households: 57,107
  • In family households: 46,303 (8,713 male householders, 7,028 female householders)
    12,600 spouses, 15,253 children (14,175 natural, 367 adopted, 707 stepchildren), 635 grandchildren, 210 brothers or sisters, 255 parents, 314 other relatives, 1,258 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 9,298 (4,108 male householders (3,335 living alone)), 3,647 female householders (3,084 living alone)), 1,522 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 1,433

Size of family households: 8,288 2-persons, 2,953 3-persons, 2,800 4-persons, 1,141 5-persons, 412 6-persons, 176 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 6,411 1-person, 1,197 2-persons, 97 3-persons, 28 4-persons, 7 5-persons, 3 6-persons.

8,529 married couples with children.
2,999 single-parent households (986 men, 2,013 women).

95.4% of residents of Columbia speak English at home.
2.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (64% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 17% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
2.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (65% speak English very well, 25% speak English well, 8% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.3% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (83% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 4% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (98% speak English very well, 2% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $288,317,000 ($5,261 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $5,316,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $140,076,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $55,870,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $9,451,000
Federal grants: $44,106,000
Federal procurement contracts: $25,026,000 ($119,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $13,788,000 ($703,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $847,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $20,503,000
Federal Government insurance: $49,105,000

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

Births: 3,279
Here:

59 per 1000 residents
State:

65 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 2,659
Here:

48 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +126
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +2,212
Here:

+40 per 1000 residents
State:

+3 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Columbia County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 3.85 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.7
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.5
State:

4.2

Year house built in Columbia County, Wisconsin
  • Year house built in Columbia County, Wisconsin
  • 4432014 or later
  • 3422010 to 2013
  • 3,8772000 to 2009
  • 4,3251990 to 1999
  • 2,4541980 to 1989
  • 3,9071970 to 1979
  • 1,9841960 to 1969
  • 1,6501950 to 1959
  • 1,0331940 to 1949
  • 6,6831939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Columbia County, Wisconsin
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Columbia County, Wisconsin
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Columbia County, Wisconsin
  • 341 room
  • 462 rooms
  • 2343 rooms
  • 1,3494 rooms
  • 2,7135 rooms
  • 3,6786 rooms
  • 2,9507 rooms
  • 2,5238 rooms
  • 3,8399+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Columbia County, Wisconsin
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Columbia County, Wisconsin
  • 3721 room
  • 2932 rooms
  • 9813 rooms
  • 1,5274 rooms
  • 1,1805 rooms
  • 8096 rooms
  • 4117 rooms
  • 3088 rooms
  • 3349+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Columbia County, Wisconsin
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Columbia County, Wisconsin
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Columbia County, Wisconsin
  • 32no bedroom
  • 3441 bedroom
  • 3,3152 bedrooms
  • 9,0353 bedrooms
  • 3,6074 bedrooms
  • 9755+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Columbia County, Wisconsin
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Columbia County, Wisconsin
  • 372no bedroom
  • 1,4201 bedroom
  • 2,4722 bedrooms
  • 1,2923 bedrooms
  • 4354 bedrooms
  • 2115+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Columbia County, Wisconsin 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
  • 333no vehicle
  • 3,4431 vehicle
  • 7,5822 vehicles
  • 3,9303 vehicles
  • 1,4054 vehicles
  • 6895+ 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
  • 709no vehicle
  • 3,1491 vehicle
  • 1,5782 vehicles
  • 5043 vehicles
  • 1264 vehicles
  • 1445+ vehicles

87.2% of Columbia County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 34% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 74% lived in Wisconsin.

Columbia County:

87.2%
State average:

85.6%

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

  • This state: 44,923
  • Other state: 10,529
  • Northeast: 847
  • Midwest: 6,695
  • South: 1,592
  • West: 1,400
Year householders moved into unit in Columbia County, WI
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Columbia County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 58.3%Utility gas
  • 23.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 8.1%Wood
  • 6.8%Electricity
  • 2.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.7%Other fuel
  • 0.2%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 43.0%Electricity
  • 39.4%Utility gas
  • 11.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.4%Wood
  • 1.6%No fuel used
  • 1.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.2%Other fuel

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 551
Here:

9.9%
Wisconsin:

14.6%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 134
Here:

4.0%
Wisconsin:

8.4%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 287
Here:

15.0%
Wisconsin:

18.3%

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 2013:

  • Charges - Other: $10,095,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,579,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $384,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $7,136,000
    Health - Other: $2,579,000
    General Public Buildings: $359,000
    Correctional Institutions: $98,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $38,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $1,000
  • Current Operations - Public Welfare Institutions: $8,429,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $6,926,000
    Correctional Institutions: $6,429,000
    Police Protection: $4,962,000
    Health - Other: $3,409,000
    Solid Waste Management: $3,091,000
    General - Other: $1,880,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,757,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,708,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,674,000
    Financial Administration: $1,604,000
    General Public Buildings: $782,000
    Libraries: $684,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $235,000
    Parks and Recreation: $71,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $105,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,041,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Regular Highways: $3,408,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Regular Highways: $4,351,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $3,786,000
    Other: $830,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $27,660,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $25,270,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,390,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $2,843,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $520,000
    Sale of Property: $467,000
    Interest Earnings: $141,000
    Rents: $124,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $33,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $1,588,000
    Regular Highways: $1,221,000
    Central Staff Services: $769,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $45,208,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $6,593,000
    Public Welfare: $6,524,000
    General Local Government Support: $3,238,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,394,000
    Other: $1,340,000
    Housing and Community Development: $614,000
    Education: $18,000
  • Tax - Property: $24,511,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $3,755,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $107,000
    Other License: $35,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $23,887,000

Columbia County government finances - Revenue in 2013:

  • Charges - Other: $10,095,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,579,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $384,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $7,136,000
    Health - Other: $2,579,000
    General Public Buildings: $359,000
    Correctional Institutions: $98,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $38,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $1,000
  • Current Operations - Public Welfare Institutions: $8,429,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $6,926,000
    Correctional Institutions: $6,429,000
    Police Protection: $4,962,000
    Health - Other: $3,409,000
    Solid Waste Management: $3,091,000
    General - Other: $1,880,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,757,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,708,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,674,000
    Financial Administration: $1,604,000
    General Public Buildings: $782,000
    Libraries: $684,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $235,000
    Parks and Recreation: $71,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $105,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,041,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Regular Highways: $3,408,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Regular Highways: $4,351,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $3,786,000
    Other: $830,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $27,660,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $25,270,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,390,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $2,843,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $520,000
    Sale of Property: $467,000
    Interest Earnings: $141,000
    Rents: $124,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $33,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $1,588,000
    Regular Highways: $1,221,000
    Central Staff Services: $769,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $45,208,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $6,593,000
    Public Welfare: $6,524,000
    General Local Government Support: $3,238,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,394,000
    Other: $1,340,000
    Housing and Community Development: $614,000
    Education: $18,000
  • Tax - Property: $24,511,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $3,755,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $107,000
    Other License: $35,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $23,887,000

Columbia County government finances - Debt in 2013:

  • Charges - Other: $10,095,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,579,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $384,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $7,136,000
    Health - Other: $2,579,000
    General Public Buildings: $359,000
    Correctional Institutions: $98,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $38,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $1,000
  • Current Operations - Public Welfare Institutions: $8,429,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $6,926,000
    Correctional Institutions: $6,429,000
    Police Protection: $4,962,000
    Health - Other: $3,409,000
    Solid Waste Management: $3,091,000
    General - Other: $1,880,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,757,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,708,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,674,000
    Financial Administration: $1,604,000
    General Public Buildings: $782,000
    Libraries: $684,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $235,000
    Parks and Recreation: $71,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $105,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,041,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Regular Highways: $3,408,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Regular Highways: $4,351,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $3,786,000
    Other: $830,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $27,660,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $25,270,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,390,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $2,843,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $520,000
    Sale of Property: $467,000
    Interest Earnings: $141,000
    Rents: $124,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $33,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $1,588,000
    Regular Highways: $1,221,000
    Central Staff Services: $769,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $45,208,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $6,593,000
    Public Welfare: $6,524,000
    General Local Government Support: $3,238,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,394,000
    Other: $1,340,000
    Housing and Community Development: $614,000
    Education: $18,000
  • Tax - Property: $24,511,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $3,755,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $107,000
    Other License: $35,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $23,887,000

Columbia County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2013:

  • Charges - Other: $10,095,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,579,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $384,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $7,136,000
    Health - Other: $2,579,000
    General Public Buildings: $359,000
    Correctional Institutions: $98,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $38,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $1,000
  • Current Operations - Public Welfare Institutions: $8,429,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $6,926,000
    Correctional Institutions: $6,429,000
    Police Protection: $4,962,000
    Health - Other: $3,409,000
    Solid Waste Management: $3,091,000
    General - Other: $1,880,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,757,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,708,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,674,000
    Financial Administration: $1,604,000
    General Public Buildings: $782,000
    Libraries: $684,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $235,000
    Parks and Recreation: $71,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $105,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,041,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Regular Highways: $3,408,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Regular Highways: $4,351,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $3,786,000
    Other: $830,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $27,660,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $25,270,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,390,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $2,843,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $520,000
    Sale of Property: $467,000
    Interest Earnings: $141,000
    Rents: $124,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $33,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $1,588,000
    Regular Highways: $1,221,000
    Central Staff Services: $769,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $45,208,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $6,593,000
    Public Welfare: $6,524,000
    General Local Government Support: $3,238,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,394,000
    Other: $1,340,000
    Housing and Community Development: $614,000
    Education: $18,000
  • Tax - Property: $24,511,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $3,755,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $107,000
    Other License: $35,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $23,887,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 489
  • Number of aged recipients: 60
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 429
  • Number of recipients under 18: 79
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 320
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 90
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 206
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 209
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 12 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 ORIGINATED233$137,386351$142,9862,842$157,986179$80,0284$240,500253$159,77521$73,619
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED7$135,14325$156,240204$151,2258$65,1250$012$187,2504$57,500
APPLICATIONS DENIED40$132,87563$116,905585$167,45648$49,2712$362,50043$169,14018$42,611
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN26$120,38530$139,400389$159,35215$93,7331$217,00021$155,2862$119,500
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS6$121,3333$166,00073$178,6165$112,0000$04$203,0000$0
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 12 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 ORIGINATED46$152,00097$185,8662$258,5000$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED19$193,89530$184,8675$143,4000$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED7$145,28614$175,7141$77,0001$176,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN3$221,6672$160,5000$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$140,0000$00$00$0
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Columbia, WI
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Columbia, WI - Value
Most common first names in Columbia County, WI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John44776.7 years
William39578.0 years
Robert35772.0 years
Mary30180.9 years
Edward23877.2 years
George23677.3 years
Helen21179.3 years
Margaret21181.7 years
Charles21077.4 years
James20970.8 years
Most common last names in Columbia County, WI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson17180.3 years
Smith15278.8 years
Miller10378.1 years
Thompson10180.6 years
Schultz9578.4 years
Anderson9279.2 years
Jones9080.3 years
Nelson7879.3 years
Peterson6680.8 years
Williams6679.2 years
Businesses in Columbia County, WI
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Lane Furniture2
AutoZone1MasterBrand Cabinets1
Best Western2McDonald's2
Chevrolet2Nike2
Comfort Suites1Penske1
Curves1Pizza Hut1
Dairy Queen2RadioShack1
Days Inn1Sears1
Fashion Bug1Staples1
FedEx5Subway5
Ford3Super 81
GNC1Taco Bell1
Goodwill4True Value1
H&R Block1U-Haul3
Haagen-Dazs1UPS7
Jimmy John's1Walgreens1
KFC1Walmart1
Kmart1Wendy's1
La-Z-Boy2

Columbia County on our top lists:

  • #81 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #85 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #90 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"