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.

Unlike some cities, Columbia Heights isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Columbia Heights are a mix of both white- and blue-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 (14.14%), sales jobs (10.20%), and food service (9.52%).

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.

Despite being a small city, Columbia Heights has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

The percentage of adults in Columbia Heights who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.83% of the adults in Columbia Heights have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Columbia Heights in 2010 was $24,355, which is middle income relative to Minnesota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $97,420 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 10.41% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Columbia Heights include Norwegian, Swedish, Irish, and Polish.

Columbia Heights also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 16.27%.

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