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Columbia, PA Real Estate and Homes for Sale

Columbia Overview

Small town charm and craftsmanship makes buying a home for sale in Columbia an excellent choice. The scenic town, located in Lancaster County, was formerly called Wright’s Ferry. Columbia is nestled on the left bank of the Susquehanna River, just south of the Lincoln Highway, U.S. Route 30. Today, Columbia remains a small town on the banks of the Susquehanna River. Picturesque Columbia homes for sale are perfect for families looking for an intimate school system and a sense of community. With its close proximity to Harrisburg, only 28 miles away, Columbia remains a hub of commerce.

Prudential Homesale Services Group is proud to represent Columbia homes for sale and real estate in Pennsylvania.

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Columbia PA Real Estate Information

Columbia PA Demographics

According to the 2000 U.S. Census approximately 10,311 people call Columbia home. Almost 3,000 families reside in Columbia. The median income for a household in Columbia was $32,385. The median income for a family was $26,309. The per capita income for Columbia was $14,626.

Columbia PA Schools

Students residing in Columbia attend the public Columbia Borough School District, a small district with school buildings. The intimate school environment, with approximately 1,452 students, employs 123 teachers and 13 administrators. Columbia is the home of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. Columbia features a School of Horology which trains professional clock and watch repairers. The campus also encompasses a clock tower, clock museum, and library and research center for all things time worthy.

Columbia PA History

Columbia, a town along the Susquehanna River, was incorporated in 1814. It was home to the world’s largest covered bridge. The bridge, spanning more than 5,690 feet, crossed the Susquehanna River and connected commuters to the town of Wrightsville. The bridge had 54 stone piers, which can be seen today paralleling the newer Veterans Memorial Bridge along Route 462. The stone piers are the site of Columbia’s homegrown commemoration of “Flames Across the Susquehanna” sponsored by Rivertownes PA USA. This is a reenactment of bridge burning which occurred during the American Civil War.

Columbia boomed during the early industrial age of the 1800s with a canal system linking the Pennsylvania Canal which started in Columbia and traveled 40 miles to the Juniata River. The system moved goods from Columbia westward to markets in Pittsburgh and Lake Erie, or southward into West Virginia, eastward to Philadelphia and north into New York. The Pennsylvania Railroad traversed Columbia, transporting the area’s goods, making it a central commercial center.

By the mid-1800s Columbia was a busy hub, catering to travelers and merchants with a ferry, bridge, canal system, the railroad, a trolley and town wharves. Goods such as grain, lumber, coal, and pig iron passed through Columbia.

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Lancaster County Demographic Information

2010 to 2012 Changeup 1.4%
2010 Count519,445
2012 Estimate526,823
2010 Estimate519,448
Age Distribution (Years Old)
0 to 46.7%
5 to 1724.3%
18 to 6453.3%
65 and Older15.7%
White (not Hispanic)84.1%
Native American0.4%
Native Hawaiian0.1%
Place of Birth
High School Graduate, Age 25+83.3%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher, Age 25+23.2%
English is Second Language, Age 5+15.5%
English is First Language, Age 5+84.5%
Per Capita Income$26,141
Median Household Income$55,816
People in Poverty9.9%
Average Work Commute Time23 minutes
Total Housing Units204,747
Average Household Size2.60
Owner-Occupied Median Value$187,300
Building Permits
New Private Housing Issued 20121,160
Years at Residence
1 Year or More88.1%
Less Than 1 Year11.9%
Business and Employment
Private non-farm Establishments12,041
Private non-farm Employment210,772
Private non-farm Employment Growthup 1.7%
Nonemployer Establishments38,849
Number of Firms46,957
Business Ownership by Ethnicity and Gender
Native American0.0%
Native Hawaiian0.0%
Business Production
Value of Shipments$13,269,853,000
Wholesale Trade$6,333,643,000
Retail Trade$6,542,276,000
Accommodation and Food Services$13,101
Sales Per Capita$763,937,000
Land Area943.81 sq. miles
Population Per Square Mile551

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