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Columbia Falls, Montana - Basic Facts

The City of Columbia Falls had a population of 5,133 as of July 1, 2019. 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 48.3725 and longitude -114.1815 in Flathead County. The formal boundaries for the City of Columbia Falls 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Columbia Falls: Columbia, Columbus.

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Columbia Falls, MT Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Columbia Falls, MT Housing Affordability Index is 136
State of Montana Housing Affordability Index is 110
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Columbia Falls, MT Wealth Index is 48
State of Montana Wealth Index is 79
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 5,133 (100%)
Population in Households 5,054 (98.5%)
Population in Families 4,015 (78.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 79 ( 1.5%)
Population Density 2,335
Diversity Index2 18
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $52,826
Average Household Income $58,716
Per Capita Income $23,337
Wealth Index4 48

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 2,183 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,543 (70.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 484 (22.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 156 ( 7.1%)
Median Home Value $201,813
Housing Affordability Index3 136
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 2,027
Average Household Size 2.49
Family Households 1,308
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.98% 1.13%
Households 0.91% 1.09%
Families 0.8% 0.97%
Median Household Income   0.82%
Per Capita Income   1.82%

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, 2019 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 # 24 94th
Population Density # 15 96th
Diversity Index # 141 62nd
Median Household Income # 168 54th
Per Capita Income # 279 24th

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