Columbia Falls is a small town in Montana with a population of approximately 5,000. Middle-aged professionals will fit right in, as they make up an above-average portion of the community, while young adults figure less prominently in the demographics. Home ownership is more common than renting in Columbia Falls, and 33% of residents rent. With a relatively low average rent of $697 per month in the town, renting remains an affordable option, particularly compared to other cities in Montana. Over the course of a year, renters in Columbia Falls will save around $1,400 compared to the state average.
Columbia Falls has an average commute time of about 20 minutes. Driving a vehicle is the prevailing mode of getting to work, chosen by 48% of commuters, while public transit isn't used. Cycling is the second-most favored method of commuting to work, selected by 1% of workers. Walking isn't a common way to get to work.
Compared to the national average (5%), Columbia Falls has a large concentration of residents over the age of 25 who have earned an Associate's degree (9%). Further, 12% possess a Bachelor's degree and 3% have a Master's or Doctoral degree. There are plenty of industries from which to choose in Columbia Falls, the most common four of which are retail, healthcare, education, and manufacturing. Combined, these industries account for 26% of the workforce in the town. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, 9% of residents work in sales, which ranks as the top profession in the town. Columbia Falls workers earn an average annual income of around $51,000, about $12,000 less than the Montana average. Columbia Falls's average income also trails the national average of $73,345.
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