|Formed as a village||March 14, 1898|
|Incorporated as a city||July 21, 1921|
|• Mayor||Amáda Márquez Simula|
|• Total||3.52 sq mi (9.11 km2)|
|• Land||3.41 sq mi (8.83 km2)|
|• Water||0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2) 3.13%|
|Elevation||912 ft (278 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||6,447.48/sq mi (2,489.55/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||2393607|
Columbia Heights is a first-ring northern suburb of Minneapolis, which borders it on the south. Its downtown district is centered at the intersection of 40th Avenue NE and Central Avenue, and includes the Heights Theater, county offices, the Public Library, and a variety of businesses. Central Avenue forms a commercial district along its length. More businesses also line University Avenue.
The city of Hilltop is entirely enclosed within the city.
Columbia Heights has a hilly terrain and features one of the highest points in Hennepin, Ramsey, and Anoka Counties along Stinson Boulevard between Fairway Drive and 45th Avenue NE/County Road E. There are five lakes in the city, which include Sullivan Lake, Highland Lake, Silver Lake, Hart Lake, and LaBelle Pond.
The city park system resides in mostly low lying and former swampland areas that was unsuitable for building. Huset Park is the main park in the city. Prestemon, Gauvitte and McKenna Parks were all named for members of the first city council in 1921. Ava Ostrander, first woman elected to the council in 1924, also has a park named for her. Kordiak Park is an Anoka County park in the city named after former County Commissioner Albert A. Kordiak. Other parks include Edgemoor, La Belle, Lomianki, Keyes, Sullivan, Ramsdell, and Hilltop.
Columbia Heights was formed as a village on March 14, 1898, when it separated from the former Fridley Township. On July 21, 1921, the Charter of the City of Columbia Heights was adopted and the city was formed.
A Polish flag and white eagle are on the sign marking the border between Columbia Heights and Minneapolis, visible when entering Columbia Heights on Central Avenue, in celebration of the suburb's early roots as a Polish–American community. In 1991, Columbia Heights joined Sister Cities International and selected Łomianki, Poland as its Sister City. In 1944, a plane of Allied flyers was shot down during the Warsaw uprising, near Łomianki. The brother of a long time Columbia Heights resident was on that mission. In 1987, the people of Łomianki erected a monument in memory of the American flyers who lost their lives. Because of this personal connection Łomianki was selected as the Sister City.
Abraham Lincoln's funeral car was bought by Thomas Lowry who restored it and featured it at a number of exhibitions throughout the country. When not in use, it was stored in Columbia Heights but was destroyed by a fire on March 18, 1911.
Columbia Heights is served by public schools, private schools, and charter schools.
Independent School District 13
- Columbia Heights High School (CHHS): grades 9–12
- Columbia Academy (CA): grades 6–8
- Highland Elementary: grades K–5
- Valley View Elementary: grades K–5
- North Park Elementary: grades K–5
- Early Childhood Programs: Birth–5 years
NE Metro Intermediate District 916
- ALC West Campus: grades 7–12
- Immaculate Conception Catholic School: grades K–8
- Little Voyageurs Montessori School: grades PreK–K
- Academy of Bioscience: grades 5–8
- Prodeo Academy: grades PreK - 8
- John Alt, former Kansas City Chiefs NFL and University of Iowa football player, was raised and went to school in Columbia Heights.
- Earl Bakken, inventor of the first external, battery-operated, transistorized, wearable artificial pacemaker, founder of Medtronic.
- Don Carlson, professional basketball player.
- James D. La Belle, Medal of Honor recipient, was raised and went to school in Columbia Heights.
- Pat Proft, screenwriter and movie producer, was raised and went to school in Columbia Heights.
- Henry Scholberg, librarian and bibliographer.
- Edward J. Tomczyk, Minnesota state representative.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 19,496 people, 7,926 households, and 4,558 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,717.3 inhabitants per square mile (2,207.5/km2). There were 8,584 housing units at an average density of 2,517.3 per square mile (971.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 69.7% White, 13.5% African American, 1.5% Native American, 4.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 6.2% from other races, and 4.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.9% of the population.
There were 7,926 households, of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.5% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.5% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.15.
The median age in the city was 36.9 years. 22.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.2% were from 25 to 44; 24.5% were from 45 to 64; and 15.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 18,520 people, 8,033 households, and 4,731 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,368.7 inhabitants per square mile (2,072.9/km2). There were 8,151 housing units at an average density of 2,362.9 per square mile (912.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.39% White, 3.62% African American, 1.64% Native American, 3.46% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.30% from other races, and 2.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.15% of the population.
There were 8,033 households, out of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.1% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.93.
In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 20.8% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $40,562, and the median income for a family was $50,610. Males had a median income of $35,092 versus $28,993 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,368. About 3.9% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.
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