Columbia, PA
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Columbia is a somewhat small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 10,388 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Columbia is the 105th largest community in Pennsylvania. Columbia has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs.

Columbia is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Columbia is a borough of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Columbia who work in office and administrative support (16.03%), food service (8.30%), and sales jobs (6.35%).

The percentage of people in Columbia with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 11.26% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Columbia in 2010 was $20,717, which is lower middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $82,868 for a family of four. However, Columbia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Columbia is a somewhat ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Columbia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Columbia residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Columbia also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.44% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Columbia include Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

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