Columbia City, Oregon

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Columbia City is a city in Columbia County, Oregon, United States. It was named for its location on the Columbia River.[3] The population was 1,571 at the 2000 census. The 2007 estimate is 1,955 residents.[4]



Columbia City was founded in 1867 by Jacob and Joseph Caples. In 1870, the town had aspirations of becoming the terminus for Ben Holladay's Willamette Valley railroad.[3] The same year, Portland, Oregon became the terminus of the west-side line, but the railroad never reached Columbia City.[3] Columbia City post office was established in 1871.[3]

Currently, Columbia City serves as a suburb of St. Helens.[citation needed]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²), of which 0.8 square miles (1.9 km²) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) (31.82%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,571 people, 595 households, and 448 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,106.6 people per square mile (808.8/km²). There were 640 housing units at an average density of 858.2/sq mi (329.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.61% White, 0.38% African American, 1.34% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 1.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.04% of the population. 19.9% were of German, 11.9% English, 11.0% Irish, 7.9% American, 6.5% Norwegian and 5.3% Scottish ancestry according to Census 2000.

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