Columbia Heights is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 18,520. Columbia Heights was formed as a village on March 14, 1898 when it separated from Fridley Township. On July 21, 1921 the Charter of the City of Columbia Heights was adopted and the city was formed.
Columbia Heights is a first-ring northern suburb of Minneapolis, which it borders on the south. Its downtown district is centered on the corner 40th Avenue NE and Central Avenue, and includes the Heights Theater, county offices, the public library, and a variety of businesses. Central Avenue forms a commercial district along its length. More businesses line University Avenue.
A Polish flag and white eagle are on the sign marking the border between Columbia Heights and Minneapolis, visible when entering Columbia Heights on Central Avenue, in celebration of the suburb's early roots as a Polish-American community.
The city of Hilltop is entirely enclosed within the city.
Columbia Heights has a hilly terrain and features the highest point in Hennepin, Ramsey, and Anoka Counties at 47th Avenue NE & Stinson Blvd. There are five lakes in the city: Sullivan Lake, Highland Lake, Silver Lake, Hart Lake, and LaBelle Pond.
The city park system resides in mostly low lying and former swampland areas that was unsuitable for building. Huset Park is the main park in the city. Prestemon, Gauvitte and McKenna Parks were all named for members of the first city council in 1921. Ava Ostrander, first woman elected to the council in 1924 also has a park named for her. Kordiak Park is an Anoka County park in the city named after former County Commissioner Albert A. Kordiak. Other parks include Edgemoor, La Belle, Lomianki, Keyes, Sullivan, Ramsdell, and Hilltop.
There were 8,033 households out of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.1% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.93.
In the city the population was spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $40,562, and the median income for a family was $50,610. Males had a median income of $35,092 versus $28,993 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,368. About 3.9% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.