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Columbiaville, Michigan
Location of Columbiaville, Michigan
Location of Columbiaville, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Lapeer
 • Total 1.18 sq mi (3.05 km2)
 • Land 0.88 sq mi (2.28 km2)
 • Water 0.30 sq mi (0.77 km2)
771 ft (235 m)
 • Total 787
 • Estimate 
 • Density 865.08/sq mi (333.94/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 810
FIPS code 26-17460
GNIS feature ID 0623646

Columbiaville is a village in Lapeer County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 787 at the 2010 census. The village is within Marathon Township on the Flint River.


The first settler on the site of the village was Levi D. Cutting, a carpenter and cabinet maker by trade, who arrived with his family in 1847. His home in Columbiaville is still standing at the south corner of Water and Lapeer Streets. In 1848, George and Henry Niver built a saw mill on the banks of the Flint River and the place became known as "Niverville". William Peter, a neighbor of the Nivers from their previous residence in Columbia County, New York came to work in the Niver's sawmill. By 1852, he opened his own business, starting with a store. He eventually came into possession of the entire property of Columbiaville.

A post office was established in April 1857 with the name "Columbiaville". The Nivers originally suggested the name "Columbia" after their home county in New York, but at the time there was already another post office in Michigan with that name.

The village continued to grow with the inclusion of a large Steam Grist and Flouring Mill, built by William Peters. The Detroit and Bay City Railroad chose to route through Columbiaville and was opened to the public in 1872. The first depot was a wooden structure located on the east side of the track at Pine Street. In 1893 the brick depot was erected by William Peter, with the provision in the deed that all passenger trains were to stop in Columbiaville. The railroad provided great means of transportation and opportunity for the village. In 1892 the Peters along with Toledo workmen, built the William Peters Mansion. They moved into the sixteen room Mansion in 1896. Mrs. Peters stated that the location of the home was chosen for convenience of being right downtown in the center of activity. Peters soon after became ill and died on October 23, 1899, at age 75. He is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery. The first automobile traveled into the village in 1903, and was not initially well accepted by all residents who were in fear of witch craft. The first gas station in the village was established in the early 1900s by Standard Oil Company. Early automobile dealers were Roy Osborne, who built a large garage and dealership display on Water Street in 1920. Thomas Ward established Willey's Overland Garage in the 1920s.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.15 square miles (2.98 km2), of which 0.85 square miles (2.20 km2) is land and 0.30 square miles (0.78 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 326
1890 578 77.3%
1900 457 −20.9%
1910 369 −19.3%
1920 656 77.8%
1930 477 −27.3%
1940 664 39.2%
1950 789 18.8%
1960 878 11.3%
1970 935 6.5%
1980 953 1.9%
1990 934 −2.0%
2000 815 −12.7%
2010 787 −3.4%
2019 (est.) 763 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 787 people, 299 households, and 207 families residing in the village. The population density was 925.9 inhabitants per square mile (357.5/km2). There were 335 housing units at an average density of 394.1 per square mile (152.2/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.2% White, 0.4% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 2.5% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.6% of the population.

There were 299 households, of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.8% were non-families. 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.18.

The median age in the village was 36.4 years. 27.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.7% were from 25 to 44; 26.1% were from 45 to 64; and 11.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.8% male and 52.2% female.

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