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Columbia City, Indiana
Downtown Columbia City
Downtown Columbia City
Location of Columbia City in Whitley County, Indiana.
Location of Columbia City in Whitley County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Whitley
Township Columbia
Area
 • Total 5.47 sq mi (14.17 km2)
 • Land 5.45 sq mi (14.12 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation
860 ft (262 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 9,892
 • Density 1,813.71/sq mi (700.34/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
46725
Area code(s) 260
FIPS code 18-14716
GNIS feature ID 432816
Website http://www.columbiacity.net

Columbia City is a city in Columbia Township, Whitley County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 9,892 (2020 Census), growing by 13% since the 2010 Census. The city is the county seat of Whitley County.

History

Columbia-city-indiana-courthouse
Whitley County Courthouse

The Whitley County Courthouse was designed (1888–1891) by Brentwood S. Tolan, of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The Thomas R. Marshall House was added to the register in 1983 and the Columbia City Historic District was added in 1987.

Geography

Columbia City is located at 41°9′31″N 85°29′16″W / 41.15861°N 85.48778°W / 41.15861; -85.48778 (41.158569, -85.487784).

According to the 2010 census, Columbia City has a total area of 5.601 square miles (14.51 km2), of which 5.58 square miles (14.45 km2) (or 99.63%) is land and 0.021 square miles (0.05 km2) (or 0.37%) is water.

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City Hall building.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 887
1870 1,663 87.5%
1880 2,244 34.9%
1890 3,027 34.9%
1900 2,975 −1.7%
1910 3,448 15.9%
1920 3,499 1.5%
1930 3,805 8.7%
1940 4,219 10.9%
1950 4,745 12.5%
1960 4,803 1.2%
1970 4,911 2.2%
1980 5,091 3.7%
1990 5,706 12.1%
2000 7,077 24.0%
2010 8,750 23.6%
2020 9,892 13.1%
U.S. Decennial Census 2020

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,750 people, 3,658 households, and 2,235 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,568.1 inhabitants per square mile (605.4/km2). There were 3,944 housing units at an average density of 706.8 per square mile (272.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.7% White, 0.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 3,658 households, of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.4% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.9% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.93.

The median age in the city was 36.1 years. 24.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.7% were from 25 to 44; 23.9% were from 45 to 64; and 15.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.

Education

  • Columbia City High School
  • Eagle Tech Academy
  • Indian Springs Middle School
  • Mary Raber Elementary School
  • Little Turtle Elementary School
  • Northern Heights Elementary School
  • Coesse Elementary School
  • Faith Christian Academy

The town has a lending library, the Peabody Public Library.

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