Columbia Heights, Minnesota

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Columbia Heights is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 18,520. Columbia Heights was formed as a village on March 14, 1898 when it separated from Fridley Township. On July 21, 1921 the Charter of the City of Columbia Heights was adopted and the city was formed.

Minnesota State Highways 47 (University Avenue) and 65 (Central Avenue) are two of the main arterial routes in the city.

Columbia Heights is a first-ring northern suburb of Minneapolis, which it borders on the south. Its downtown district is centered on the corner 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 line University Avenue.

Columbia Heights, the Heights Jamboree, Hylander, and many other references to the city and Minnesota appear in Pat Proft's 1998 film Wrongfully Accused.

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.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.2 km²), of which, 3.5 square miles (8.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (2.82%) is water.

Columbia Heights is bordered by the city of Fridley to the north and west; New Brighton and Saint Anthony to the east; and Minneapolis to the south.

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 at 47th Avenue NE & Stinson Blvd. There are five lakes in the city: Sullivan Lake, Highland Lake, Silver Lake, Hart Lake, and LaBelle Pond.

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