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The City of Columbia City had a population of 2,253 as of July 1, 2021. Columbia City ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Oregon. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Columbia City is located at latitude 45.8901 and longitude -122.807 in Columbia County. The formal boundaries for the City of Columbia City encompass a land area of 0.77 sq. miles and a water area of 0.37 sq. miles. Columbia County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 49 feet.

The City of Columbia City 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.

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

Alternate Unofficial Names for Columbia City: McBride.

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Columbia City, OR Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 2,253 (100%)
Population in Households 2,247 (99.7%)
Population in Families 1,901 (84.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 6 ( 0.3%)
Population Density 2,874
Diversity Index2 25


Median Household Income $68,868
Average Household Income $92,185
% of Income for Mortgage4 21%
Per Capita Income $35,317
Wealth Index5 113


Total HU (Housing Units) 957 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 761 (79.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 150 (15.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 46 ( 4.8%)
Median Home Value $349,695
Average Home Value $386,188
Housing Affordability Index3 123


Total Households 911
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 696
Average Family Size 3
  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 races 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 % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. 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.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 1.3% 0.96%
Households 1.3% 0.97%
Families 1.3% 0.85%
Median Household Income   2.59%
Per Capita Income   2.93%
Owner Occupied HU   1.06%

Columbia City, OR - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Columbia City to the other 378 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Oregon by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 149 61st
Population Density # 81 79th
Median Household Income # 96 75th
Housing Affordability Index # 259 69th
Per Capita Income # 91 76th
Diversity Index # 272 28th

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