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Welcome to Columbia Falls ...

The city of Columbia Falls is located in Flathead County<1> (at the time of its founding, Columbia Falls was located in Missoula County).

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Columbia Falls has a population of 5,875 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Columbia Falls.

Columbia Falls is 3,070 feet [936 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the altitude of Columbia Falls is about ½ mile above sea level.

Time Zone: Columbia Falls lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Columbia Falls: (406)

The ZIP code for Columbia Falls: 59912<4>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Columbia Falls had an population of 5,875 people. This is an increase of 25.32% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 61.18% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Columbia Falls had a population of 4,688 people (which is 5.16% of the total population of Flathead County). This makes Columbia Falls the county's 3rd most populous community.

The population of Columbia Falls represents 0.47% of the population of Montana (which has 989,415 people), making it the state's 18th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 4,688 people, the population of Columbia Falls increased 28.61% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 3,645 people).

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

Communities Also Named Columbia Falls ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found another community named Columbia Falls - it's located in Maine.

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

Communities near Columbia Falls ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Columbia Falls.

  • Kalispell [Flathead County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kalispell
    • Kalispell [Flathead County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the southwest of Columbia Falls
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 25,329 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kalispell
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kalispell<6>
  • Whitefish [Flathead County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Whitefish
    • Whitefish [Flathead County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the west of Columbia Falls
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,713 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Whitefish
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Whitefish<6>
  • Hungry Horse [Flathead County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hungry Horse
    • Hungry Horse [Flathead County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the east of Columbia Falls
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hungry Horse have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hungry Horse
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hungry Horse<6>
  • Martin City [Flathead County]
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Coram [Flathead County]
    • Evergreen [Flathead County]
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      • Evergreen [Flathead County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the south of Columbia Falls
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Evergreen have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Evergreen
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Evergreen<6>
    • Creston [Flathead County]
    • West Glacier [Flathead County]
    • Rhodes [Flathead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rhodes
      • Rhodes [Flathead County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the southwest of Columbia Falls
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rhodes
    • Forest Hill Village [Flathead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forest Hill Village
      • Forest Hill Village [Flathead County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the south of Columbia Falls
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Forest Hill Village have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forest Hill Village

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Columbia Falls. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Columbia Falls.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Columbia Falls. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Columbia Falls.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Columbia Falls. Our list includes 6 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Columbia Falls.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Columbia Falls ...

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

In addition to the Tourism page for Columbia Falls, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Columbia Falls.

Adding Columbia Falls to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Columbia Falls in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Columbia Falls was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Columbia Falls on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Montana

About Flathead County

About Montana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Flathead County: www.co.flathead.mt.us/

The official website for State of Montana: https://mt.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Montana's counties, including Flathead, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Columbia Falls.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Columbia Falls - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>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 city (such as Columbia Falls). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Columbia Falls or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Columbia Falls) 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 Falls. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Columbia FallsOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Columbia Falls. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 48.3750, Longitude: -114.1840    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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