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Columbia Falls, Montana - Basic Facts

The City of Columbia Falls had a population of 5,223 as of July 1, 2016. Columbia Falls ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Montana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Columbia Falls is located at latitude 48.3697 and longitude -114.1916 in Flathead County. The formal boundaries for the City of Columbia Falls (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.05 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Flathead County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 3,081 feet.

The City of Columbia Falls (GNIS ID: 2410202) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Montana is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Columbia Falls is located within Columbia Falls Division of Flathead County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Columbia Falls population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Columbia Falls: Columbia, Columbus.

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Columbia Falls, MT Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 5,223
Population in Households 5,145
Population in Familes 4,078
Population in Group Qrtrs 78
Population Density1 2,551
Diversity Index2 18


Total Households 2,090
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 1,350
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,241 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,342 (59.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 748 (33.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 151 ( 6.7%)
Median Home Value $187,886
Average Home Value $218,466


Median Household Income $43,323
Average Household Income $52,956
Per Capita Income $21,524
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.74% 1.71%
Households 1.86% 1.76%
Families 1.7% 1.57%
Median Household Income   1.49%
Per Capita Income   1.42%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Columbia Falls, MT - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Columbia Falls to the other 364 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Montana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 23 94th
Population Density1 # 11 97th
Diversity Index2 # 130 65th
Median Household Income # 198 46th
Per Capita Income # 284 22nd

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