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Time Zone: Columbia County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Hudson is the Seat for Columbia County.

Columbia County was founded in 1786 and was created by taking area from AlbanyCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Columbia had a population of 61,618 people. This is a decrease of 2.34% since the last Census (which gave a population of 63,094 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Columbia represented 0.33% of the total population of New York, making it the state's 41st most populous county (out of 62 counties).

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
200961,618-2.34%-0.55% since 2008
200861,961-1.8%-0.52% since 2007
200063,094The Last Census

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


Below are some of the communities located in Columbia County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Columbia County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Kinderhook   8,5338,2962.86% increase  
Hudson   6,8317,5249.21% decrease  
Claverack   6,1466,4013.98% decrease  
Ghent   5,1555,2762.29% decrease  
Greenport   4,1064,1801.77% decrease  

Websites for Columbia County

Official Website:   www.columbiacountyny.com/

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<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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