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.
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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.
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, 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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|2010 to 2012 Changeup 1.4%|
|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%|
|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|
|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%|
|Number of Firms46,957|
|Business Ownership by Ethnicity and Gender|
|Value of Shipments$13,269,853,000|
|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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