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 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.


Total Population 9,070
Male Share of the Population 47.4%
Female Share of the Population 52.6%
Senior Citizens 16.1%
Employed Population 16+ 3,987
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 43%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $51,005
% Above Poverty Level 85.8%
% Below Poverty Level 14.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 34.6%
Median Gross Rent $620
Median House Value $97,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.4%
US/American 0%
English 8.4%
Irish 10.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

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 Population Median Family Income
Churubusco 1,953 $52,465
Larwill 333 $42,500
North Webster 1,196 $49,018
Pierceton 1,074 $57,083
Roanoke 1,784 $77,708
South Whitley 1,903 $53,125

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Columbia City Public Libraries

Peabody Pl
Columbia City, Indiana
(260) 244-5541
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Columbia City Hospitals

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

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Columbia City High Schools

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Serves 1,143 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

A Non-traditional School
Serves 20 students.

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