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Columbia, Alabama
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Welcome to Columbia ...

The town of Columbia is located in Houston County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2015, Columbia has a population of 737 people<1> (see below for details).

Columbia is 210 feet [64 m] above sea level.<2>.

Time Zone: Columbia lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: While Columbia is in the Central Time Zone, the area just to the east is in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT).

Columbia lies within the (334) area code.

The ZIP code for Columbia: 36319<3>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Columbia had a population of 740 people. This makes Columbia the county's 9th most populous community.

The population of Columbia represents 0.02% of the total population of Alabama (which has 4,779,736 people), making it the state's 291st most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 740 people, the population of Columbia decreased 7.96% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 804 people).

Taken from the 2015 Census Estimates, Columbia had an population of 737 people. This is a decrease of 0.41% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 8.33% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Columbia.

Communities near Columbia ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if you drove it.<4>.

Community   2015
Ashford   [Map]   2,158   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
Avon   [Map]   530   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
Cowarts   [Map]   1,988   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
Dothan   [Map]   68,567   W   18 miles [29 km]
Gordon   [Map]   327   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
Headland   [Map]   4,736   W   14 miles [22.5 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Columbia.

Communities Also Named Columbia ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two Alabama communities named Columbia: This one is located in Houston County and the other is located in Henry County.

Beyond Alabama, there are 50 communities that are also named Columbia - they are located in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (3), Kentucky, Louisiana (2), Maine, Maryland, Michigan (2), Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri (2), Nevada (3), New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio (6), Oklahoma, Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington (2), West Virginia and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Columbia.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Columbia. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Columbia. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Columbia.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Columbia:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Columbia ...

Looking for more information about Columbia? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Columbia, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Columbia.

Search for Local Businesses ...

Google's 'Search-by-Location' has proven to be a useful tool by people who planned visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Columbia. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

LodgingGas StationsBanks
Bed & BreakfastTruck StopsATMs
RestaurantsAuto RepairReal Estate
 RV RepairRentals
PharmacyAuto PartsChurches
 RV PartsCemeteries
AttractionsMotorcycle Parts 
 DentistsPost Offices
Auto RentalChiropractors 
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Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Columbia. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Columbia.

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<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Columbia - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<3>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a town (such as Columbia). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Columbia or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Columbia. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Columbia) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Columbia. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Columbia

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Columbia. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.2968, Longitude: -85.1103     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Columbia have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<5>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Columbia.


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