Columbia Falls, Montana

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Population in 2019: 5,876 (100% urban, 0% rural).
Population change since 2000: +61.2%
Males: 2,623  (44.7%)
Females: 3,253  (55.3%)
Median resident age:

44.3 years
Montana median age:

40.5 years

Zip codes: 59912.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $52,160 (it was $31,128 in 2000)
Columbia Falls:

$52,160
MT:

$57,153

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $27,885 (it was $14,355 in 2000)

Columbia Falls city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $219,233 (it was $99,700 in 2000)
Columbia Falls:

$219,233
MT:

$253,600

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $366,218; detached houses: $407,326; townhouses or other attached units: $276,280; in 2-unit structures: $294,247; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $295,133; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $216,298; mobile homes: $149,944; occupied boats, rvs, vans, etc.: $153,319

Median gross rent in 2019: $752.

March 2019 cost of living index in Columbia Falls: 86.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 10.0%
(9.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 21.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 61.4% for American Indian residents)
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  • Races in Columbia Falls, MT (2019)
    • 5,17794.3%White alone
    • 1112.0%Hispanic
    • 671.2%American Indian alone
    • 611.1%Two or more races
    • 110.2%Asian alone

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



According to our research of Montana and other state lists, there were 34 registered sex offenders living in Columbia Falls, Montana as of January 25, 2022.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Columbia Falls is 149 to 1.


Crime rates in Columbia Falls by year

Type

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(20.7)
2
(37.8)
1
(18.4)
2
(35.9)
1
(21.1)
0
(0.0)
3
(63.5)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(19.3)
1
(18.7)
0
(0.0)
1
(17.6)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
1
(22.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
3
(55.1)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(20.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(36.7)
2
(35.1)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
15
(334.6)
15
(310.8)
15
(283.2)
18
(330.8)
4
(71.8)
4
(84.6)
4
(84.4)
2
(42.4)
3
(62.2)
9
(180.6)
5
(96.6)
7
(131.2)
6
(110.0)
8
(140.5)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
6
(133.8)
4
(82.9)
11
(207.7)
8
(147.0)
8
(143.7)
8
(169.1)
4
(84.4)
5
(105.9)
5
(103.6)
11
(220.8)
16
(309.2)
13
(243.6)
7
(128.3)
7
(122.9)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
178
(3,971)
116
(2,404)
189
(3,569)
216
(3,970)
207
(3,717)
82
(1,734)
124
(2,616)
120
(2,542)
117
(2,425)
119
(2,388)
90
(1,739)
117
(2,192)
68
(1,246)
61
(1,071)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
7
(156.1)
5
(103.6)
8
(151.1)
14
(257.3)
4
(71.8)
7
(148.0)
3
(63.3)
9
(190.6)
6
(124.4)
4
(80.3)
12
(231.9)
8
(149.9)
9
(165.0)
1
(17.6)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
2
(41.4)
1
(18.9)
2
(36.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(21.1)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(20.1)
1
(19.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index254.3189.0256.2287.1207.6126.8132.5183.6132.9153.5144.5158.0105.0105.5

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 270.6. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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City-data.com crime index in Columbia Falls, MT

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

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2019, including police officers: 11 (10 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.76
Montana average:

1.83
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Ancestries: German (27.8%), Norwegian (17.0%), American (8.1%), Irish (7.6%), European (7.6%), French (6.8%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 3092 feet

Land area: 1.52 square miles.

Population density: 3,874 people per square mile   (average).

Columbia Falls, Montana map

96 residents are foreign born

This city:

1.7%
Montana:

2.2%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,799 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,251 (0.6%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Missoula, MT (104.6 miles , pop. 57,053).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: East Seattle, WA (372.7 miles , pop. 480,100).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (1011.3 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities:

Bad Rock-Columbia Heights, MT (2.2 miles ),
Hungry Horse, MT (2.4 miles ),
Helena Flats, MT (2.6 miles ),
Martin City, MT (2.7 miles ),
Coram, MT (2.7 miles ),
Whitefish, MT (2.7 miles ),
Evergreen, MT (3.2 miles ),
West Glacier, MT (3.6 miles )

Latitude: 48.37 N, Longitude: 114.19 W

Area code: 406

Distribution of median household income in Columbia Falls, MT in 2019
Distribution of house value in Columbia Falls, MT in 2019
Columbia Falls satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

5.4%
Montana:

4.3%
Historical population in Columbia Falls, MT
Historical housing units in Columbia Falls, MT

Population change in the 1990s: +735 (+25.3%).
Most common industries in Columbia Falls, MT (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Wood products (14.3%)
  • Health care (11.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (10.8%)
  • Educational services (7.7%)
  • Metal & metal products (4.9%)
  • Construction (4.8%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (3.2%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Wood products (22.8%)
  • Metal & metal products (9.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.6%)
  • Construction (6.5%)
  • Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (4.0%)
  • Educational services (4.0%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (3.7%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (20.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (15.5%)
  • Educational services (11.9%)
  • Finance & insurance (5.9%)
  • Wood products (4.7%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (4.6%)
  • Gasoline stations (4.4%)
Most common occupations in Columbia Falls, MT (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (7.4%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.0%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.5%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.2%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (4.0%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (3.9%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (13.9%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6.0%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5.4%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5.4%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (5.3%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.3%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (8.4%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (8.2%)
  • Cashiers (6.6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.6%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (5.8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5.3%)
  • Other healthcare support occupations (4.6%)

Average climate in Columbia Falls, Montana

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Columbia Falls, Montana environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI CO Ozone PM10 PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 81.4. This is about average.

City:

81.4
U.S.:

74.2
Carbon Monoxide Level

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2005 was 0.323. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 11.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.323
U.S.:

0.267
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 25.4. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 13.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

25.4
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 17.2. This is about average. Closest monitor was 0.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

17.2
U.S.:

19.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 10.2. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 0.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

10.2
U.S.:

8.5

Earthquake activity:

Columbia Falls-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Montana state average. It is 697% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 312.3 miles away from the city center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW) earthquake occurred 297.5 miles away from Columbia Falls center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 3/31/2020 at 23:52:30, a magnitude 6.5 (6.5 MW, Depth: 7.5 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 273.8 miles away from the city center
On 7/6/2017 at 06:30:17, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 7.6 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 127.5 miles away from Columbia Falls center
On 4/13/1949 at 19:55:42, a magnitude 7.0 (7.0 UK) earthquake occurred 393.6 miles away from Columbia Falls 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) earthquake occurred 400.1 miles away from the city center, causing $2,000,000,000 total damage and $305,000,000 insured losses
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Flathead County (12) is smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 5, Floods: 5, Storms: 4, Snows: 2, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Columbia Falls topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Columbia Falls:

  • MONTANA VETERANS HOME N H (400 VETERANS DR)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Columbia Falls:

  • WHITEFISH CARE AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; WHITEFISH, MT)
  • HOME OPTIONS HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 13 miles away; KALISPELL, MT)
  • DCI KALISPELL (Dialysis Facility, about 13 miles away; KALISPELL, MT)
  • HOME OPTIONS HOSPICE (Hospital, about 13 miles away; KALISPELL, MT)
  • HEALTH CENTER NORTHWEST Acute Care Hospitals (about 13 miles away; KALISPELL, MT)
  • KALISPELL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER Acute Care Hospitals (about 13 miles away; KALISPELL, MT)
  • GLACIER VIEW HOSPITAL (Hospital, about 13 miles away; KALISPELL, MT)

Airports located in Columbia Falls:

Amtrak stations near Columbia Falls:

  • 8 miles: WHITEFISH (500 DEPOT ST.) . Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, car rental agency, call for taxi service.
  • 14 miles: WEST GLACIER (HWY. 2, E. OF GOING-TO-THE-SUN RD.)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Columbia Falls:

  • The University of Montana (about 105 miles; Missoula, MT; Full-time enrollment: 13,602)
  • North Idaho College (about 130 miles; Coeur d'Alene, ID; FT enrollment: 4,684)
  • Spokane Community College (about 155 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,482)
  • Whitworth University (about 156 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 2,689)
  • Gonzaga University (about 157 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,780)
  • Spokane Falls Community College (about 159 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,052)
  • Eastern Washington University (about 169 miles; Cheney, WA; FT enrollment: 11,643)

Public high school in Columbia Falls:

Public elementary/middle schools in Columbia Falls:

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Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Columbia Falls: Falls Station (A), Columbia Falls (B), Glacier View Ranger District Ranger Office (C), Three Rivers Emergency Medical Services (D), Albertonis Montana Wildlife Museum (E), Columbia Falls Branch Library (F), Columbia Falls Police Department (G), Columbia Falls Fire Department (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: B and B Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Columbia Falls include: Assembly of God Church (A), Fellowship Alliance Church (B), First Baptist Church (C), First Christian Church (D), Our Redeemer Lutheran Church (E), Our Saviors Lutheran Church (F), Saint Richards Catholic Church (G), Church of the Nazarene (H), Columbia Bible Baptist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Columbia Falls include: Pinewood Park (1), Columbus Park (2), Moran Tette Park (3), Corner Park (4), Clare Park (5), Horine Park (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attraction: House of Mystery (Tours & Charters; 7800 US Highway 2 East).

Hotels: Glacier Inn Motel (Highway 2 East), North Forty Resort (3765 Mount Highway 40 West), Glacier Mountain Shadows-Western Inn (7285 US Highway 2 East), Meadow Lake Resort - Restaurant & Lounge (100 Saint Andrews Drive), Glacier Park Super 8 Motel (7336 Hwy. 2 East N Of Jct 40 & 206 On Hwy 2 East), Meadow Lake View (180 Meadow Lake Drive), High Country Development Corporation (100 Saint Andrews Drive), Birch Haven (975 Lake Drive), Ol' River Bridge Inn (7355 US Highway 2 East).

Birthplace of: Jennifer Servo - Television news anchor.

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

Drinking water stations with addresses in Columbia Falls and their reported violations in the past:

COLUMBIA FALLS CITY OF (Population served: 4,450, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In NOV-2009, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-03-2009), St Violation/Reminder Notice (2 times from NOV-03-2009 to NOV-03-2009), St Public Notif received (NOV-19-2009), St Compliance achieved (OCT-08-2010)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUN-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (2 times from JUN-09-2005 to JUN-09-2005), St Public Notif requested (JUN-09-2005), St Public Notif received (JUN-14-2005), St Compliance achieved (2 times from JAN-05-2006 to DEC-31-2008)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - In JAN-2006, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-16-2006), St Violation/Reminder Notice (FEB-16-2006), St Compliance achieved (2 times from MAR-05-2008 to DEC-31-2008)
MEADOW LAKE CO WATER AND SEWER DISTRICT (Population served: 500, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In NOV-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (2 times from NOV-18-2005 to NOV-18-2005), St Public Notif requested (NOV-18-2005), St Public Notif received (NOV-29-2005), St Compliance achieved (2 times from APR-10-2006 to JAN-07-2009)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Lead Consumer Notice - In JAN-01-2014, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-23-2014)
  • Lead Consumer Notice - In JAN-01-2011, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (FEB-15-2011)
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS WATER CO (Population served: 210, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JAN-2013, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (2 times from FEB-04-2013 to FEB-04-2013), St Public Notif requested (FEB-04-2013), St Compliance achieved (FEB-26-2013)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Lead Consumer Notice - In JAN-01-2013, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St AO (w/penalty) issued (JUL-17-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-14-2013), St Admin Penalty assessed (APR-23-2013)
  • Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) - In JAN-01-2013, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-19-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (FEB-19-2013), St Public Notif requested (FEB-19-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (FEB-19-2013)
  • Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) - In JAN-01-2013, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-19-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (FEB-19-2013), St Public Notif requested (FEB-19-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (FEB-19-2013)
  • Failure To Address Deficiency - In JUL-21-2011, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-19-2011), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-19-2011), St Other (DEC-20-2011), St AO (w/penalty) issued (JUL-17-2012), St Admin Penalty assessed (APR-23-2013)
  • Lead Consumer Notice - In JAN-01-2010, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-13-2011), St Other (DEC-20-2011), St AO (w/penalty) issued (JUL-17-2012), St Admin Penalty assessed (APR-23-2013)
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • 9 regular monitoring violations
  • One other older monitoring violation
COUNTRY ESTATES MBLE HOME PARK (Population served: 110, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One regular monitoring violation
BLUEBIRD MB HM PARK HAMILTON (Population served: 70, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2007, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-19-2008), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-19-2008), St Compliance achieved (AUG-12-2008)
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • One regular monitoring violation
PRAIRIE FALCON ACRES (Population served: 41, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUL-2011, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-15-2011), St Violation/Reminder Notice (2 times from JUL-15-2011 to JUL-15-2011), St Public Notif received (JUL-25-2011), St Compliance achieved (AUG-15-2011)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUN-2011, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUN-09-2011), St Violation/Reminder Notice (2 times from JUN-09-2011 to JUN-09-2011), St Public Notif received (JUN-15-2011), St Compliance achieved (AUG-15-2011)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Lead Consumer Notice - In JAN-01-2014, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-23-2014)
EAST WOOD VILLAGE TRAILER PARK (Population served: 36, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUN-2011, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUN-28-2011), St Violation/Reminder Notice (2 times from JUN-28-2011 to JUN-28-2011), St Public Notif received (JUL-22-2011), St Compliance achieved (JUL-28-2011)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In DEC-2007, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (2 times from DEC-13-2007 to DEC-13-2007), St Public Notif requested (DEC-13-2007), St Compliance achieved (JAN-05-2009)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2007, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (2 times from AUG-28-2007 to AUG-28-2007), St Public Notif requested (AUG-28-2007), St Compliance achieved (JAN-05-2009)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Lead Consumer Notice - In JAN-01-2012, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (FEB-15-2012), St Compliance achieved (MAR-07-2012)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2007, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-19-2008), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-19-2008), St Public Notif received (MAY-08-2008), St Compliance achieved (JUL-08-2008)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2004, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-04-2005), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-04-2005), St Compliance achieved (JUL-08-2008)
  • One routine major monitoring violation
ELK PARK VILLAGE (Population served: 35, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Lead Consumer Notice - In JAN-01-2012, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (FEB-15-2012)
  • 5 routine major monitoring violations
  • 23 regular monitoring violations

Drinking water stations with addresses in Columbia Falls that have no violations reported:

  • KOKANEE BEND HOA (Population served: 230, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • LAZY DAY COURT COLUMBIA FALLS (Population served: 70, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • HALFMOON MOBILE HOME PARK INC (Address: 1970 TAMARACK LANE , Population served: 60, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This city:

2.5 people
Montana:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

65.2%
Whole state:

62.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

8.1%
Whole state:

6.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households
92 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
105 people in nursing homes in 2000
13 people in other noninstitutional group quarters in 2000

Banks with branches in Columbia Falls (2011 data):

  • Glacier Bank: First Citizens Bankmobile Branch at To Serve Flathead County, branch established on 1999/06/07; - Columbia Falls Office at 822 Nucleus Avenue, branch established on 1976/05/10. Info updated 2011/08/08: Bank assets: $1,375.7 mil, Deposits: $807.5 mil, headquarters in Kalispell, MT, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 21 total offices, Holding Company: Glacier Bancorp, Inc.
  • Freedom Bank: at 530 9th Street West, branch established on 2005/04/12. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $45.7 mil, Deposits: $41.8 mil, local headquarters, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1 total offices, Holding Company: Freedom Bancorporation

For population 15 years and over in Columbia Falls:

Marital status in Columbia Falls, MT
  • Never married: 19.0%
  • Now married: 63.4%
  • Separated: 0.8%
  • Widowed: 6.7%
  • Divorced: 10.1%

For population 25 years and over in Columbia Falls:

  • High school or higher: 95.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 26.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.4%
  • Unemployed: 8.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.9 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.3
Montana average:

9.6

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2019
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Columbia Falls
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Religion statistics for Columbia Falls, MT (based on Flathead County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant15,54483
Catholic4,9336
Mainline Protestant4,59417
Other4,37020
Black Protestant151
None61,472-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 15
This county:

1.73 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

2.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Flathead County:

0.12 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.20 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Flathead County:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

0.48 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 45
Flathead County:

5.19 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

4.69 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 97
Here:

11.18 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

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

5.8%
Montana:

7.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Flathead County:

20.0%
Montana:

23.1%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

8.4%
State:

10.7%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Columbia Falls:

53.1%
State:

51.9%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Columbia Falls:

51.1%
Montana:

50.3%

Average BMI:
Columbia Falls:

28.4
Montana:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Columbia Falls:

20.6%
State:

20.5%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

4.6%
Montana:

9.1%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.8
Montana:

6.9

Overweight people:
Columbia Falls:

32.1%
Montana:

34.8%

General health condition:
Here:

60.3%
Montana:

58.6%

Average condition of hearing:
Columbia Falls:

77.2%
Montana:

79.0%

More about Health and Nutrition of Columbia Falls, MT Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2019)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 9$43,799$58,3990$0
Financial Administration 5$21,100$50,6401$214
Streets and Highways 3$12,081$48,3240$0
Sewerage 3$12,770$51,0800$0
Water Supply 2$7,960$47,7600$0
Judicial and Legal 2$8,307$49,8422$2,358
Firefighters 1$5,998$71,9760$0
Police - Other 1$3,117$37,4040$0
Other Government Administration 1$8,731$104,7720$0
Other and Unallocable 0$0 1$1,234
Totals for Government 27$123,863$55,0504$3,806

Columbia Falls government finances - Expenditure in 2018 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $1,097,000 ($186.69)
    Sewerage: $921,000 ($156.74)
    Water Utilities: $729,000 ($124.06)
    Regular Highways: $486,000 ($82.71)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $296,000 ($50.37)
    Parks and Recreation: $192,000 ($32.68)
    Local Fire Protection: $173,000 ($29.44)
    Financial Administration: $148,000 ($25.19)
    General - Other: $143,000 ($24.34)
    Central Staff Services: $125,000 ($21.27)
    General Public Buildings: $88,000 ($14.98)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $28,000 ($4.77)
    Housing and Community Development: $26,000 ($4.42)
    Natural Resources - Other: $21,000 ($3.57)
    Health - Other: $5,000 ($0.85)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $46,000 ($7.83)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Police Protection: $119,000 ($20.25)
    Other - Protective Inspection and Regulations: $102,000 ($17.36)
    Other - Parks and Recreation: $7,000 ($1.19)
    Other - Transit Utilities: $6,000 ($1.02)
    Other - General - Other: $4,000 ($0.68)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $49,000 ($8.34)
    Police Protection: $41,000 ($6.98)
    Parks and Recreation: $23,000 ($3.91)
    General Public Building: $16,000 ($2.72)
    Housing and Community Development: $9,000 ($1.53)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $1,687,000 ($287.10)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $5,000 ($0.85)

Columbia Falls government finances - Revenue in 2018 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $1,162,000 ($197.75)
    Other: $120,000 ($20.42)
    Parks and Recreation: $25,000 ($4.25)
    Regular Highways: $1,000 ($0.17)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Natural Resources: $3,000 ($0.51)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $34,000 ($5.79)
    Housing and Community Development: $7,000 ($1.19)
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $377,000 ($64.16)
    Fines and Forfeits: $174,000 ($29.61)
    Interest Earnings: $108,000 ($18.38)
    General Revenue - Other: $89,000 ($15.15)
    Sale of Property: $3,000 ($0.51)
    Rents: $1,000 ($0.17)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $938,000 ($159.63)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $723,000 ($123.04)
    Other: $156,000 ($26.55)
    Highways: $131,000 ($22.29)
  • Tax - Property: $1,667,000 ($283.70)
    Other License: $158,000 ($26.89)
    Public Utility License: $48,000 ($8.17)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $16,000 ($2.72)
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $6,000 ($1.02)

Columbia Falls government finances - Debt in 2018 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,944,000 ($330.84)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,891,000 ($321.82)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $392,000 ($66.71)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $340,000 ($57.86)

Columbia Falls government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $7,780,000 ($1324.03)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $55,000 ($9.36)

6.82% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($70,646 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.82%
Montana average:

7.25%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Missoula County, MT  0.37% ($39,858 average AGI)
from Lake County, MT  0.31% ($43,285)
from Gallatin County, MT  0.22% ($41,674)


5.14% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($45,828 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.14%
Montana average:

6.77%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Missoula County, MT  0.47% ($27,745 average AGI)
to Lake County, MT  0.29% ($49,777)
to Gallatin County, MT  0.20% ($35,385)
Businesses in Columbia Falls, MT
NameCountNameCount
Burger King1MasterBrand Cabinets2
Curves1Super 81
Dairy Queen1True Value1
FedEx1U-Haul1
H&R Block1UPS2
Kroger1

Strongest AM radio stations in Columbia Falls:

  • KJJR (880 AM; 10 kW; WHITEFISH, MT; Owner: BEE BROADCASTING, INCORPORATED)
  • KOFI (1180 AM; 50 kW; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: KOFI, INC.)
  • KGEZ (600 AM; 5 kW; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: SKYLINE BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • KERR (750 AM; 50 kW; POLSON, MT; Owner: ANDERSON RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KGA (1510 AM; 50 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KTBI (810 AM; daytime; 50 kW; EPHRATA, WA; Owner: TACOMA BROADCASTERS, INCORPORATED)
  • KXLY (920 AM; 20 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: SPOKANE RADIO, INC.)
  • KSEN (1150 AM; 10 kW; SHELBY, MT; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KQQQ (1150 AM; 25 kW; PULLMAN, WA; Owner: RADIO PALOUSE, INC.)
  • KVNI (1080 AM; 10 kW; COEUR D' ALENE, ID; Owner: QUEENB RADIO, INC.)
  • KMJY (700 AM; 10 kW; NEWPORT, WA; Owner: JAMES E. AND HELEN G. STARGEL)
  • KBOI (670 AM; 50 kW; BOISE, ID; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KLCY (930 AM; 5 kW; EAST MISSOULA, MT; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

Strongest FM radio stations in Columbia Falls:

  • KKMT (95.9 FM; COLUMBIA FALLS, MT; Owner: BEE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KBBZ (98.5 FM; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: BEE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KDBR (106.3 FM; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: BEE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KALS (97.1 FM; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: KALISPELL CHRISTIAN RADIO FELLOWSHIP, INC.)
  • KSIL (100.7 FM; WALLACE, ID; Owner: ANDERSON RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KQRK (92.3 FM; RONAN, MT; Owner: ANDERSON RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KPLG (91.5 FM; PLAINS, MT; Owner: YOUR NETWORK OF PRAISE, INC.)
  • KUKL (89.9 FM; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: THE UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA)
  • KZMN (103.9 FM; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: KOFI, INC.)
  • K204CJ (88.7 FM; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: YOUR CHRISTIAN COMPANION NETWORK, INC.)
  • K208DI (89.5 FM; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • K259AD (99.7 FM; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: BEE B/C INC.)
  • K276DU (103.1 FM; WHITEFISH, MT; Owner: ESTATE OF MARIE BATTANI)

TV broadcast stations around Columbia Falls:

  • K05EE (Channel 5; BIG ARM, ETC., MT; Owner: BLACKTAIL TV TAX DISTRICT)
  • K59BW (Channel 59; BONNERS FERRY, ID; Owner: STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION (IEPBS))
  • K26DD (Channel 26; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • KEXI-LP (Channel 35; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: MONTANA BROADCASTING GROUP, INC.)
  • KMMF-LP (Channel 34; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: MONTANA LICENSE SUB, INC.)
Columbia Falls fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2019
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2019

Columbia Falls fatal accident list:

Feb 1, 2003 02:40 PM, Us-2, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 4, Fatalities: 1
Aug 6, 1984 09:46 PM, R014, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 2
May 24, 1982 06:41 PM, P038, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
Jan 29, 1980 12:30 AM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 4Number of bridges
  • 98ft / 30.3mTotal length
  • 19,515Total average daily traffic
  • 481Total average daily truck traffic
  • 18,984Total future (year 2036) average daily traffic

2003 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2003 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 43. The highest number of fires - 80 took place in 2015, and the least - 22 in 2009. The data has an increasing trend.
    Fire incident types in Columbia Falls, MT When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Outside Fires (38.1%), and Structure Fires (31.3%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Columbia Falls, MT
    • 26038.1%Outside Fires
    • 21431.3%Structure Fires
    • 13119.2%Other
    • 7811.4%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Columbia Falls, MT

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Columbia Falls, Montana:

  • Glacier Mountain Shadows Resort, 7285 Hwy2 E, Columbia Falls, Montana 59912 , Phone: (406) 892-7686
  • Glacier Park Super 8, 7336 Hwy 2 E, Columbia Falls, Montana 59912 , Phone: (406) 892-0888, Fax: (406) 892-8808
All 2 fire-safe hotels and motels in Columbia Falls, Montana
Most common first names in Columbia Falls, MT among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John6775.3 years
Robert6572.8 years
James5368.7 years
William4575.7 years
Charles4374.9 years
George4280.3 years
Mary3878.5 years
Edward2974.6 years
Richard2970.4 years
Donald2571.3 years
Most common last names in Columbia Falls, MT among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson3176.6 years
Smith2569.9 years
Anderson2176.9 years
Hoerner1367.3 years
Martin1178.1 years
Johnston1076.8 years
Olson1080.2 years
Thompson1074.0 years
Hanson973.9 years
Nelson969.4 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Columbia Falls, MT
  • 66.7%Utility gas
  • 25.7%Electricity
  • 4.7%Wood
  • 2.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Columbia Falls, MT
  • 50.5%Electricity
  • 42.7%Utility gas
  • 6.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Columbia Falls compared to Montana state average:

  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
There are 45 pilots and 27 other airmen in this city.
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