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The 2000 Census showed that Columbia County had a population of 25,603 people. This represented 0.96% of the total population of Arkansas, making it the state's 27th most populous county (out of 75 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Columbia had a population of 23,854 people. This is a decrease of 6.83% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201024,552-4.1%+2.93% since 2009
200923,854-6.83%-1.04% since 2008
200824,104-5.85%-0.84% since 2007
200724,308-5.06%-1.28% since 2006
200624,622-3.83%+0.2% since 2005
200524,572-4.03%-0.88% since 2004
200424,791-3.17%-0.1% since 2003
200324,815-3.08%-1.41% since 2002
200225,171-1.69%-0.55% since 2001
200125,311-1.14%-1.14% since 2000
200025,603The Last Census

Columbia County had 11,566 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Columbia County has a total area<3> of 766 square miles [1,986 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (0.75 square miles [1.94 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Columbia County had a population density of 33.42 people per square mile [12.9 people/km²], making it the state's 31st most densely populated county (out of 75 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Columbia County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Columbia and the state of Arkansas.

Click here for the Columbia County QuickFact (QF-05027).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Columbia County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Columbia County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
LafayetteQF-05073   W7,5048,559-12.33%
NevadaQF-05099   N9,1649,955-7.95%
OuachitaQF-05103   NE25,43228,790-11.66%
UnionQF-05139   E42,78245,629-6.24%
Claiborne (LA)QF-22027   S16,11816,851-4.35%
Webster (LA)QF-22119   S40,54441,831-3.08%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Columbia. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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