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Planned suburb developed in the 1960s by James Rouse

Columbia is in Howard County, in the Baltimore metro area.

The community was named for the Columbia Pike.

The latitude of Columbia is 39.240N. The longitude is -76.839W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 407 feet.

The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 93,637.


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Median household income
Local
$71,524
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Columbia demographic reports
Well-known residents have included:
· Edward Norton, actor
· Linda Tripp, ex-friend of ex-White House intern Monica Lewinsky
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Festival of the Arts - June 8-23, 2007
  • International Fall Festival - Oct. 13, 2007
  • Capital Jazz Fest - May 30-June 3, 2007
  • Oakland Mills International Fall Festival - Oct. 13, 2007
Dates often change. Check Columbia web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Columbia Community Players, Rep Stage
Nearby parks & recreation: Cedar Lane Park, Centennial Park
Historic sites and museums: African Art Museum of Maryland, Howard County Center of African-American Culture
Colleges and universities: Howard Community College, Lincoln Technical Institute
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 100

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Columbia demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Howard County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Baltimore area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 21029 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

14% of Columbia residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Columbia ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Columbia was $32,833, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

59% of Columbia residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Columbia, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $834.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,517.


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Libraries in Columbia include Central Library, East Columbia Major Branch ... View libraries

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Howard County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Columbia political report.

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Columbia restaurants taking online reservations include The Melting Pot - Columbia ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Columbia workers is 30 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 4 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Columbia between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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