Columbia, Kentucky

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Population in 2019: 4,604 (94% urban, 6% rural).
Population change since 2000: +14.7%
 
Males: 2,100  (45.6%)
Females: 2,504  (54.4%)
Median resident age:

35.2 years
Kentucky median age:

39.2 years

Zip codes: 42728.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $36,139 (it was $22,861 in 2000)
Columbia:

$36,139
KY:

$52,295

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $21,956 (it was $17,836 in 2000)

Columbia city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $107,481 (it was $61,500 in 2000)
Columbia:

$107,481
KY:

$151,700

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $138,495; detached houses: $147,746; mobile homes: $25,622

Median gross rent in 2019: $490.

March 2019 cost of living index in Columbia: 77.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 17.1%
(19.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.7% for Black residents, 8.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents)
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  • Races in Columbia, KY (2019)
    • 3,99885.6%White alone
    • 3908.3%Black alone
    • 1833.9%Hispanic
    • 631.3%Two or more races
    • 210.4%Asian alone
    • 100.2%Other race alone

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



According to our research of Kentucky and other state lists, there were 39 registered sex offenders living in Columbia, Kentucky as of May 10, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Columbia is 125 to 1.


Crime rates in Columbia 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)
1
(23.8)
3
(71.5)
2
(47.1)
0
(0.0)
1
(21.5)
2
(44.6)
1
(22.4)
0
(0.0)
1
(22.1)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(43.1)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
2
(47.7)
0
(0.0)
1
(23.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
3
(67.1)
1
(22.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(21.5)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
3
(71.3)
2
(47.7)
5
(117.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(22.3)
0
(0.0)
4
(89.1)
2
(44.2)
2
(40.6)
3
(64.0)
4
(81.0)
2
(40.6)
1
(21.5)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
9
(213.9)
18
(429.1)
10
(235.5)
3
(69.8)
12
(258.4)
13
(290.0)
20
(447.6)
22
(490.0)
19
(419.8)
18
(365.3)
7
(149.4)
3
(60.7)
2
(40.6)
12
(258.3)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
38
(903.3)
38
(905.8)
21
(494.5)
6
(139.7)
15
(323.0)
24
(535.4)
24
(537.2)
40
(890.9)
29
(640.7)
25
(507.3)
5
(106.7)
7
(141.7)
8
(162.4)
11
(236.8)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
4
(95.1)
5
(119.2)
0
(0.0)
1
(23.3)
2
(43.1)
3
(66.9)
3
(67.1)
2
(44.5)
2
(44.2)
1
(20.3)
1
(21.3)
7
(141.7)
3
(60.9)
3
(64.6)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
N/A0
(0.0)
1
(21.5)
1
(22.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index92.0156.997.519.351.787.296.298.085.155.629.237.422.377.9

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, KY

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

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2019, including police officers: 42 (37 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

7.97
Kentucky average:

1.63
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Ancestries: American (25.9%), English (20.3%), German (11.8%), Irish (5.1%), European (4.0%), Liberian (2.8%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 05/06/1893

Elevation: 752 feet

Land area: 3.44 square miles.

Population density: 1,340 people per square mile   (low).

Columbia, Kentucky map

176 residents are foreign born (1.7% Latin America, 0.6% Africa, 0.5% North America).

This city:

3.8%
Kentucky:

3.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,116 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $661 (0.6%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Fayette, KY (78.2 miles , pop. 260,512).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (351.5 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Cane Valley, KY (2.3 miles ),
White Oak, KY (2.8 miles ),
Gradyville, KY (2.8 miles ),
Glens Fork, KY (3.0 miles ),
Gresham, KY (3.1 miles ),
Casey Creek, KY (3.6 miles ),
Russell Springs, KY (3.6 miles ),
Bryan, KY (3.7 miles )

Latitude: 37.10 N, Longitude: 85.31 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +2,035 (+43.6%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 980 (60.8%)

Area code: 270

Distribution of median household income in Columbia, KY in 2019
Distribution of house value in Columbia, KY in 2019
Columbia satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2010: 4 buildings, average cost: $63,800
  • 2011: 2 buildings, average cost: $265,000
  • 2016: 7 buildings, average cost: $49,600
  • 2017: 2 buildings, average cost: $140,000
Number of permits per 10,000 Columbia, KY residents
Average permit cost in Columbia, KY
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

5.3%
Kentucky:

5.1%
Historical population in Columbia, KY
Historical housing units in Columbia, KY

Population change in the 1990s: +113 (+2.9%).
Most common industries in Columbia, KY (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (20.0%)
  • Health care (14.1%)
  • Construction (8.3%)
  • Finance & insurance (4.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.4%)
  • Truck transportation (3.6%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (3.5%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (16.7%)
  • Educational services (11.6%)
  • Health care (7.3%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (6.3%)
  • Wood products (5.0%)
  • Finance & insurance (4.9%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (4.6%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (28.4%)
  • Health care (20.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.0%)
  • Social assistance (5.2%)
  • Finance & insurance (4.7%)
  • Truck transportation (4.1%)
  • Printing & related support activities (2.7%)
Most common occupations in Columbia, KY (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (6.7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (6.3%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (5.3%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.6%)
  • Child care workers (4.0%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (3.8%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (8.0%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (7.3%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.5%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (5.4%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.6%)
  • Carpenters (4.6%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (11.2%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (10.3%)
  • Child care workers (8.0%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.5%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (5.9%)
  • Registered nurses (4.1%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers, except child care workers (3.9%)

Average climate in Columbia, Kentucky

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Tornado activity:

Columbia-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Kentucky state average. It is 42% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/27/1971, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 6.2 miles away from the Columbia city center killed 6 people and injured 58 people.

On 4/3/1974, a category F4 tornado 12.2 miles away from the city center injured 56 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Columbia-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Kentucky state average. It is 118% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 106.8 miles away from Columbia center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW) earthquake occurred 169.2 miles away from Columbia center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 169.2 miles away from Columbia center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG) earthquake occurred 148.9 miles away from the city 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 184.2 miles away from Columbia center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 117.0 miles away from Columbia center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Adair County (17) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 9, Tornadoes: 7, Winds: 4, Mudslides: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Landslides: 2, Blizzard: 1, Freeze: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Snowfall: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Columbia topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Columbia:

  • FAMILY HOME HEALTH CARE INC (201 OFFICE PARK DRIVE)
  • WESTLAKE REGIONAL HOSPITAL (Government - Hospital District or Authority, 901 WESTLAKE DRIVE)
  • AMEDISYS HOME HEALTH (937 CAMPBELLSVILLE ROAD, SUITE 903)
  • PERSONAL TOUCH HOME CARE OF KY (705 WRIGHT DRIVE)
  • SUMMIT MANOR HEALTH AND REHABILITATION CENTER (400 BOMAR HEIGHTS)
  • SUMMIT MANOR INC ICF (400 BOMAR HEIGHTS)

Airports and heliports located in Columbia:

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College/University in Columbia:

  • Lindsey Wilson College (Full-time enrollment: 2,552; Location: 210 Lindsey Wilson St; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.lindsey.edu; Offers Master's degree)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Columbia:

  • Campbellsville University (about 17 miles; Campbellsville, KY; Full-time enrollment: 2,948)
  • Somerset Community College (about 39 miles; Somerset, KY; FT enrollment: 4,698)
  • Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (about 52 miles; Elizabethtown, KY; FT enrollment: 3,762)
  • Western Kentucky University (about 64 miles; Bowling Green, KY; FT enrollment: 16,942)
  • Tennessee Technological University (about 65 miles; Cookeville, TN; FT enrollment: 9,761)
  • Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (about 66 miles; Bowling Green, KY; FT enrollment: 2,794)
  • University of the Cumberlands (about 69 miles; Williamsburg, KY; FT enrollment: 3,585)

Public high schools in Columbia:

  • ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 779, Location: 526 INDIAN DR, Grades: 9-12)
  • ADAIR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CENTER (Location: 401 APPLEBY DR, Grades: 8-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Columbia:

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Library in Columbia:

  • ADAIR COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $317,503; Location: 307 GREENSBURG STREET; 35,399 books; 872 audio materials; 170 video materials; 48 state licensed databases; 60 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Columbia: Adair County Ambulance Service (A), Columbia - Adair County Fire Department (B), City of Columbia Fire Department (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creek: Bull Run Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Hotels: Dreamland Motel (510 Burkesville Street), Best Western Columbia (710 Bomar Heights).

Birthplace of: Dakota Meyer - Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient, James Alexander Williamson - Army general, Lance Burton - Magician, Steve Hamilton - Baseball player and coach.

Adair 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 and their reported violations in the past:

COLUMBIA/ADAIR UTILITIES DISTRICT (Population served: 22,088, Purch surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JAN-2010, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAR-12-2010), St Formal NOV issued (MAR-12-2010), St Public Notif received (MAY-01-2010), St Compliance achieved (MAY-18-2010)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Filter) - In MAY-2008. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-27-2008), St Formal NOV issued (JUL-27-2008), St Public Notif received (JUN-04-2009), St Compliance achieved (JUL-20-2009)
  • One minor monitoring violation
Average household size:
This city:

2.1 people
Kentucky:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

54.9%
Whole state:

66.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

6.0%
Whole state:

6.4%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Columbia in 2010:

  • 761 people in college/university student housing
  • 112 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 101 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 2 people in group homes intended for adults

People in group quarters in Columbia in 2000:

  • 529 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 99 people in nursing homes
  • 59 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 27 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 5 people in other group homes

Banks with branches in Columbia (2011 data):

  • First & Farmers National Bank, Inc.: 224 South Public Square Columbia, Drive-In Branch, Wright Drive Branch. Info updated 2010/06/01: Bank assets: $471.0 mil, Deposits: $396.6 mil, headquarters in Somerset, KY, positive income, 12 total offices, Holding Company: Albany Bancorp, Inc.
  • Bank of Columbia: Bank Of Columbia, Jamestown Street Branch, Merchant Street Drive-In Branch. Info updated 2010/06/04: Bank assets: $130.6 mil, Deposits: $114.4 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3 total offices, Holding Company: Columbia Bancshares, Inc.
  • United Citizens Bank of Southern Kentucky: Columbia Branch at 1582 Campbellsville Road, branch established on 2007/01/08; United Citizens Bank Of Southern Ken at 700 Jamestown Street, branch established on 2004/12/06. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $137.0 mil, Deposits: $114.5 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 4 total offices, Holding Company: United Citizens Bancorp, Inc.
  • Community Trust Bank, Inc.: Campbellsville Columbia Branch at 710 Russell Road, branch established on 1932/01/01. Info updated 2011/03/25: Bank assets: $3,573.0 mil, Deposits: $2,890.4 mil, headquarters in Pikeville, KY, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 80 total offices, Holding Company: Community Trust Bancorp, Inc.
  • Woodforest National Bank: Columbia Branch at 2988 Burkesville Road, branch established on 2008/10/29. Info updated 2011/05/10: Bank assets: $3,488.9 mil, Deposits: $3,097.6 mil, headquarters in Houston, TX, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 766 total offices, Holding Company: Woodforest Financial Group Employee Stock Ownership Plan (With 401(K) Provisions)

For population 15 years and over in Columbia:

Marital status in Columbia, KY
  • Never married: 43.7%
  • Now married: 35.9%
  • Separated: 1.4%
  • Widowed: 9.0%
  • Divorced: 10.0%

For population 25 years and over in Columbia:

  • High school or higher: 77.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 15.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 8.5%
  • Unemployed: 22.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.3 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

13.3
Kentucky average:

11.9

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

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant4,47835
Mainline Protestant2,01116
Catholic1401
Other2-
None12,025-
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: 6
This county:

3.37 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

2.19 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 10
Adair County:

5.61 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

4.36 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 8
Adair County:

4.49 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

5.74 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Adair County:

12.5%
Kentucky:

11.0%
Adult obesity rate:
Adair County:

32.2%
State:

30.0%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Adair County:

15.3%
State:

15.9%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

46.7%
State:

49.3%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Columbia:

40.9%
State:

46.1%

Average BMI:
Columbia:

28.2
Kentucky:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Columbia:

20.5%
State:

21.4%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

11.4%
State:

10.3%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.8
Kentucky:

6.8

Overweight people:
Columbia:

32.2%
Kentucky:

34.0%

General health condition:
Here:

51.9%
State:

56.1%

Average condition of hearing:
Columbia:

76.2%
Kentucky:

78.6%

More about Health and Nutrition of Columbia, KY 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
Other Government Administration 22$30,942$16,8770$0
Police Protection - Officers 12$45,864$45,8641$2,152
Solid Waste Management 5$15,867$38,0810$0
Gas Supply 5$17,842$42,8210$0
Streets and Highways 3$9,837$39,3480$0
Totals for Government 47$120,352$30,7281$2,152

Columbia government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $8,000 ($1.74)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $822,000 ($178.54)
    Gas Utilities: $754,000 ($163.77)
    Solid Waste Management: $415,000 ($90.14)
    Central Staff Services: $407,000 ($88.40)
    Regular Highways: $397,000 ($86.23)
    Local Fire Protection: $95,000 ($20.63)
    Parks and Recreation: $40,000 ($8.69)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $14,000 ($3.04)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $1,158,000 ($251.52)

Columbia government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $544,000 ($118.16)
    Other: $6,000 ($1.30)
  • Miscellaneous - Rents: $30,000 ($6.52)
    Interest Earnings: $6,000 ($1.30)
  • Revenue - Gas Utilities: $908,000 ($197.22)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $100,000 ($21.72)
    Highways: $87,000 ($18.90)
  • Tax - Individual Income: $1,002,000 ($217.64)
    Insurance Premiums Sales: $659,000 ($143.14)
    Property: $539,000 ($117.07)
    Public Utilities Sales: $201,000 ($43.66)
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $94,000 ($20.42)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $45,000 ($9.77)
    Other License: $4,000 ($0.87)

Columbia government finances - Debt in 2017 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $6,420,000 ($1394.44)
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $5,610,000 ($1218.51)
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $810,000 ($175.93)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $398,000 ($86.45)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $371,000 ($80.58)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $27,000 ($5.86)

Columbia government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $3,288,000 ($714.16)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $5,610,000 ($1218.51)

5.79% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($32,027 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.79%
Kentucky average:

6.57%

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 Russell County, KY  1.25% ($28,917 average AGI)
to Taylor County, KY  0.78% ($24,667)
Businesses in Columbia, KY
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1McDonald's1
Ace Hardware1Nissan1
Advance Auto Parts1Pizza Hut1
Best Western1RadioShack1
Chevrolet1SONIC Drive-In1
FedEx1Subway2
Ford1Taco Bell1
Goodwill2U-Haul1
H&R Block1UPS1
Lane Furniture1Walmart1
Long John Silver's1Wendy's1

Strongest AM radio stations in Columbia:

  • WAIN (1270 AM; 1 kW; COLUMBIA, KY)
  • WHAS (840 AM; 50 kW; LOUISVILLE, KY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WSM (650 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: GAYLORD ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY)
  • WIDS (570 AM; 1 kW; RUSSELL SPRINGS, KY; Owner: HAMMOND BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WKVL (850 AM; daytime; 50 kW; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: HORNE RADIO, LLC)
  • WJKY (1060 AM; daytime; 1 kW; JAMESTOWN, KY; Owner: LAKE CUMBERLAND BROADCASTERS)
  • WAMB (1160 AM; 50 kW; DONELSON, TN; Owner: GREAT SOUTHERN BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WKDA (1200 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: RADIO NASHVILLE, INC.)
  • WLAC (1510 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WNQM (1300 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: WNQM. INC.)
  • WWAM (820 AM; daytime; 50 kW; JASPER, TN; Owner: SHELTON BROADCASTING SYSTEM)
  • WAKY (1540 AM; 1 kW; GREENSBURG, KY; Owner: GREEN COUNTY CBC, INC.)
  • WTCO (1450 AM; 1 kW; CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY; Owner: CBC OF MARION & TAYLOR COUNTIES INC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Columbia:

  • WAIN-FM (93.5 FM; COLUMBIA, KY; Owner: TRI-COUNTY RADIO BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WDCL-FM (89.7 FM; SOMERSET, KY; Owner: WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY)
  • WHVE (92.7 FM; RUSSELL SPRINGS, KY; Owner: SHORELINE COMMUNICATIONS, INC)
  • WJRS (104.9 FM; JAMESTOWN, KY; Owner: LAKE CUMBERLAND BROADCASTERS)
  • WCKQ (104.1 FM; CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY; Owner: CBC OF MARION & TAYLOR COUNTIES INC)
  • WGRK-FM (103.1 FM; GREENSBURG, KY; Owner: GREEN COUNTY CBC, INC.)
  • WKNK (99.1 FM; EDMONTON, KY; Owner: HART COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WVLC (99.9 FM; MANNSVILLE, KY; Owner: PATRICIA RODGERS)
  • WMKZ (93.1 FM; MONTICELLO, KY; Owner: MONTICELLO-WAYNE COUNTY MEDIA, INC.)
  • WKYM (101.7 FM; MONTICELLO, KY; Owner: STEPHEN W. STAPLES JR.)
  • WXKY-FM (96.3 FM; STANFORD, KY; Owner: LINCOLN-GARRARD BROADCASTING CO.,INC)
  • WKYR-FM (107.9 FM; BURKESVILLE, KY; Owner: RAY MULLINIX)
  • WAPD (91.7 FM; CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • WTKY-FM (92.1 FM; TOMPKINSVILLE, KY; Owner: WHITTIMORE ENTERPRISES, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Columbia:

  • WKSO-TV (Channel 29; SOMERSET, KY; Owner: KENTUCKY AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TV)
  • WBKI-TV (Channel 34; CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY; Owner: LOUISVILLE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W04BP (Channel 4; CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY; Owner: CAMPSVILLE UNIVERSITY)

Medal of Honor Recipients

Medal of Honor Recipient born in Columbia: James A. Williamson.

Columbia fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2019
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2019
See more detailed statistics of Columbia fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2019 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 56Number of bridges
  • 633ft / 193mTotal length
  • $2,297,000Total costs
  • 151,262Total average daily traffic
  • 22,158Total average daily truck traffic
  • 126,249Total future (year 2029) average daily traffic
New bridges in Columbia, KY - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 41920-1929
  • 51930-1939
  • 11940-1949
  • 51950-1959
  • 191970-1979
  • 61980-1989
  • 21990-1999
  • 132000-2009
  • 12010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Columbia, KY

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

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 33. The highest number of reported fires - 81 took place in 2016, and the least - 4 in 2005. The data has an increasing trend.
    Fire incident types in Columbia, KY When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Outside Fires (35.9%), and Structure Fires (34.0%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Columbia, KY
    • 20235.9%Outside Fires
    • 19134.0%Structure Fires
    • 10719.0%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 6211.0%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Columbia, KY

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Columbia, Kentucky:

  • Best Western Columbia Inn, 710 Bomar Hts, Columbia, Kentucky 42728 , Phone: (270) 384-9744, Fax: (270) 384-9642
  • Sleep Inn & Suites, 350 Dohoney Trce, Columbia, Kentucky 42728 , Phone: (270) 380-1200, Fax: (270) 380-1226
All 2 fire-safe hotels and motels in Columbia, Kentucky
Most common first names in Columbia, KY among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James12773.5 years
Mary12679.4 years
William11576.0 years
Robert7170.9 years
John6978.5 years
George6174.4 years
Charles4669.6 years
Willie3676.5 years
Joe3273.9 years
Ruby3275.3 years
Most common last names in Columbia, KY among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Burton15573.4 years
Smith7076.5 years
Bryant6276.1 years
Coomer5777.8 years
Janes4575.2 years
Corbin4571.0 years
Grant4272.2 years
Sneed4272.7 years
Willis4079.2 years
Taylor4073.6 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Columbia, KY
  • 51.0%Electricity
  • 41.7%Utility gas
  • 3.4%No fuel used
  • 3.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.7%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Columbia, KY
  • 71.6%Electricity
  • 28.4%Utility gas


Columbia compared to Kentucky state average:

  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly above state average.

Columbia on our top lists:

  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards (population 1,000+)"
  • #22 (42728) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of English first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
There are 15 pilots and 5 other airmen in this city.
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Top Patent Applicants
Top Patent Applicants
  • Ben A. Arnold (4)
  • Jerry Robertson (1)

Total of 5 patent applications in 2008-2021.