Columbia, Connecticut

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Columbia, Connecticut
The History Place
The History Place
Official seal of Columbia, Connecticut
Seal
Location in Tolland County and the state of Connecticut
Location in Tolland County and the state of Connecticut
Coordinates: 41°41′28″N 72°18′26″W / 41.69111°N 72.30722°W / 41.69111; -72.30722Coordinates: 41°41′28″N 72°18′26″W / 41.69111°N 72.30722°W / 41.69111; -72.30722
Country United States
U.S. state Connecticut
CountyTolland
Metropolitan areaHartford
Incorporated1804
Government
 • TypeSelectman-town meeting
 • First selectmanCarmen L. Vance (R)
 • SelectmenSteven Everett (R)
Robert Bogue (R)
Robert Hellstrom (D)
William O'Brien (D)
Area
 • Total22.0 sq mi (57.0 km2)
 • Land21.4 sq mi (55.3 km2)
 • Water0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2)
Elevation
551 ft (168 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total5,485
 • Density232.8/sq mi (89.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
06237
Area code(s)860
FIPS code09-16400
GNIS feature ID0213411
Websitewww.columbiact.org

Columbia is a town in Tolland County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 5,485 at the 2010 census. Originally a part of Lebanon, known as the North Society or Lebanon's Crank,[1] Columbia was incorporated in May 1804. The town was named for patriotic reasons after the national symbol "Columbia".[2] Columbia offers pre-kindergarten through 8th grade education in town at Horace W. Porter School, while high school students have a choice of attending three nearby high schools (Bolton High School, E. O. Smith High School, and Windham Technical High School, part of the Connecticut Technical High School System).

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 22.0 square miles (57 km2), of which, 21.4 square miles (55 km2) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) of it (2.78%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850876
1860832−5.0%
18708917.1%
1880757−15.0%
1890740−2.2%
1900655−11.5%
1910646−1.4%
19207069.3%
1930648−8.2%
194085331.6%
19501,32755.6%
19602,16363.0%
19703,12944.7%
19803,3868.2%
19904,51033.2%
20004,97110.2%
20105,48510.3%
2014 (est.)5,454[3]−0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 4,971 people, 1,864 households, and 1,463 families living in the town. The population density was 232.8 people per square mile (89.9/km2). There were 1,988 housing units at an average density of 93.1 per square mile (35.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.43% White, 0.38% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.56% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.69% of the population.

There were 1,864 households, out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.1% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.5% were non-families. Of all households 17.3% were made up of individuals, and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 26.2% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 28.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $70,208, and the median income for a family was $77,665. Males had a median income of $51,250 versus $37,685 for females. The per capita income for the town was $29,446. About 1.8% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.0% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.

Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of October 29, 2019[6]
Party Active Voters Inactive Voters Total Voters Percentage
Democratic 1,259 46 1,305 31.86%
Republican 986 36 1,022 24.95%
Unaffiliated 1,527 95 1,622 39.60%
Minor Parties 138 9 147 3.59%
Total 3,910 186 4,096 100%
Presidential Election Results[7][8]
Year Democratic Republican Third Parties
2020 52.9% 1,888 44.8% 1,600 2.3% 80
2016 47.6% 1,558 45.8% 1,500 6.6% 215
2012 55.7% 1,715 42.9% 1,319 1.4% 43
2008 57.5% 1,843 40.8% 1,306 1.7% 55
2004 57.0% 1,771 40.9% 1,272 2.1% 64
2000 55.8% 1,567 37.1% 1,041 7.1% 196
1996 50.0% 1,271 31.9% 813 18.1% 452
1992 40.6% 1,158 29.5% 839 29.9% 855
1988 45.6% 1,082 53.6% 1,270 0.8% 19
1984 33.2% 673 66.2% 1,341 0.6% 11
1980 30.3% 593 51.2% 1,001 18.5% 361
1976 41.2% 720 58.5% 1,023 0.3% 6
1972 34.5% 583 64.7% 1,092 0.8% 13
1968 44.2% 647 52.5% 770 3.3% 48
1964 62.4% 791 37.6% 476 0.00% 0
1960 41.1% 450 58.9% 644 0.00% 0
1956 20.1% 246 70.9% 599 0.00% 0

On the National Register of Historic Places[edit]

Notable residents past and present[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Lebanon, CT". Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  2. ^ The Connecticut Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly. Connecticut Magazine Company. 1903. p. 331.
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Archived from the original on May 23, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 29, 2019" (PDF). Connecticut Secretary of State. Retrieved 2020-03-22.
  7. ^ "General Election Statements of Vote, 1922 – Current". CT Secretary of State. Retrieved December 21, 2020.
  8. ^ "Election Night Reporting". CT Secretary of State. Retrieved December 21, 2020.

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