Columbia Heights, MN
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Columbia Heights is a medium-sized city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 19,715 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Columbia Heights is the 58th largest community in Minnesota.

Columbia Heights is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Columbia Heights is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Columbia Heights who work in office and administrative support (14.49%), sales jobs (10.12%), and food service (8.10%).

Also of interest is that Columbia Heights has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In Columbia Heights, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Columbia Heights is a relatively small city. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

In terms of college education, Columbia Heights is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 20.37% of adults 25 and older in Columbia Heights have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Columbia Heights in 2010 was $25,176, which is middle income relative to Minnesota, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $100,704 for a family of four. However, Columbia Heights contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Columbia Heights is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Columbia Heights home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Columbia Heights residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Columbia Heights also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.47% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Columbia Heights include Norwegian, Swedish, Irish, and Somalian.

Columbia Heights also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 16.33%.

The most common language spoken in Columbia Heights is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.