Columbia City, Indiana

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Columbia City, Indiana

Introduction to Columbia City, Indiana

Located in Whitley county, Columbia City, Indiana, is 18 miles W of Fort Wayne, Indiana (center to center) and 102 miles N of Indianapolis, Indiana. The city is considered part of the Fort Wayne metropolitan area. Columbia City has a population of 7,077 residents.

Columbia City History

Nestled in the Whitley county, the region now known as Columbia City was founded in 1839. The city was initially called 'Columbia', while 'City' was added in 1853. Columbia City was formally incorporated into the state in the year 1888.

Columbia City and nearby Attractions

  • Woodland Water Gardens & Nursery
  • Morsche Park
  • Fort Wayne Museum of Art
  • Pigeon River State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Black Pine Animal Park

Things To Do In Columbia City

The Morsche Park and the Devol Field are nearby. Woodland Water Gardens & Nursery is popular with children. Residents of Columbia City celebrate the Mihsihkinaahkwa Powwow festival and the Old Settler's Day every year. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is located in the city.

Columbia City Transportation

The closest airport to the city is the Fort Wayne International Airport.

Columbia City Higher Education

Higher education is available at the Indiana University, the Indiana Wesleyan University, and the University of Notre Dame.

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High Points

Columbia City strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Indiana):

Category Trophy
Low Property Crime
(vs. State)
Top 10% Columbia City Low Property Crime
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 18% Columbia City Short Commute Times
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 19% Columbia City Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of Columbia City, Indiana

Comparing Columbia City to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Indiana (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 7
Senior Citizens 8 9
Female Share of the Population 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 6 9
Well-Paid Single Men 6 8
Age of the Population 5 6
Male Share of the Population 3 3
Racial Diversity 1 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 3 2
Average Household Size 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 7 7
People in Middle Class or Better 7 8
Median Family Income 5 7
College Educated Adults 2 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 8 9
Walking and Biking to Work 6 7
Working at Home 4 6
Public Transportation Use 4 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 9 9
Affordability of Rents 8 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 7
Housing Recently Built 4 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 9 10
Low Violent Crime 4 3

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Columbia City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles W of Fort Wayne, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 102 miles N of Indianapolis, Indiana
County Whitley
Metro Area Fort Wayne
Standard Zip Codes 46725
Phone Area Codes 260
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.157
Longitude -85.488

Columbia City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 62 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches
Distance 18.6 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches
Station WARSAW
Distance 20.4 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.6 inches
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Columbia City Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 7,077 100%
Male 3,336 47.1%
Female 3,741 52.9%
Under 18 1,728 24.4%
18+ 5,349 75.6%
65+ 1,254 17.7%
Median Age 36
Average Family Size 2.89
White 6,943 98.1%
African-American 23 0.3%
Asian 6 0.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 31 0.4%
Other 24 0.3%
Mixed Race 48 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 85 1.2%

Estimated Columbia City Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,024
Growth 947
Growth % 13.4%

Columbia City Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 43.8%
US/American 17.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.6%
English 7.6%
Irish 6.4%
Polish 2.4%
European 1.7%
Dutch 1.7%
Scotch-Irish 1.6%
French (except Basque) 1.6%
Scottish 1.5%
Swedish 1.4%
Italian 0.9%
Swiss 0.9%
Finnish 0.8%
French Canadian 0.5%
Czechoslovakian 0.5%
Pennsylvania German 0.5%
Icelander 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Columbia City, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Big Lake (46725)
Coesse (46725)
Collins (46725)
Etna (46725)
Goose Lake (46725)
Laud (46725)
Loon Lake (46725)
Lorane (46725)
Ormas (46725)
Peabody (46725)
Raber (46725)
Thorncreek (46725)
Tri Lakes (46725)
Wilson Lake (46725)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Columbia City 7,077 $47,357
Churubusco 1,666 $49,279
Larwill 282 $40,556
North Webster 1,067 $46,094
Pierceton 695 $42,361
Roanoke 1,495 $54,306
South Whitley 1,782 $42,438

Columbia City Public Libraries

Peabody Pl
Columbia City, Indiana
(260) 244-5541
Library Web Site

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Columbia City Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
353 N OAK ST
(260) 248-9000
Emergency Service: Yes

Wal-mart in Columbia City

(As of 2006)
402 West Plaza Drive
(260) 244-4060
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Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

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Serves 20 students.

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