Columbia Falls

Columbia Falls is located in Northwestern Montana located along the Flathead River.  Columbia Falls is a charming town with local retail, lodging and restaurants. 

Population:  5,876 as of July 1st, 2019 (source US Census Bureau) 

Elevation: 3087 ft

Weather

  • Average January High: 34 degrees
  • Average January Low: 18 degrees
  • Average July High: 85 degrees
  • Average July Low: 49 degrees
  • Average Rainfall: 18 inches
  • Average Snowfall: 57 inches

City of Columbia Falls 

  • City Hall
    • 130 6th Street West, Columbia Falls, MT 59912
    • 406-892-4391
    • Hours: M-F 7am-6pm
  • Mayor: Donald Barnhart
  • City Manager/Planning Director: Susan Nicosia
  • City Council Members
    • Darin Fisher
    • Doug Karper
    • Jenny Lovering
    • John Piper
    • Paula Robinson
    • Mike Shepard
  • Columbia Falls Police Department
    • Chief of Police, Clint Peters
    • Non-Emergency Phone: 406-892-3234
    • 130 6th Street West, Columbia Falls, MT 59912
  • Columbia Falls Fire Department:

Local News

Discover life and the culture of the Flathead Valley with our local online newspapers. They make it easy to check out what’s going on before you have a chance to visit or relocate. Here are 3 local papers that you’ll find helpful:

Major Employers 

  • Weyerhauser
  • Xanterra
  • F. H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Company
  • Kalispell Regional Health
  • North Valley Hospital
  • Meadow Lake Resort
  • School District 6

Nearby Cities and Distance from Columbia Falls 

 

Cost of Living Indexes 2021 (% based off national average)

  Columbia Falls Coram Essex Hungry Horse West Glacier 
Overall 100.10% 90.00% 105.30% 73.60% 119.50%
Groceries 103.10% 102.10% 104.70% 95.60% 108.30%
Housing (homeowner) 121.90% 89.30% 98.00% 98.00% 98.00%
Utilities 79.70% 78.40% 139.70% 36.70% 182.70%
Transportation 73.50% 74.40% 75.90% 80.00% 78.40%
Health 98.00% 98.00% 74.20% 74.40% 74.40%
Miscellaneos 100.90% 100.70% 99.80% 101.90% 102.00%
Median Home Cost  $281,000 $206,500 $322,900 $84,800 $422,400

Columbia Falls is the #2 Safest City in Montana according to SafeWise! See the full report here:  https://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-montana/

Columbia Falls is rated as one of the top 500 cities to start a small business! See the full report here: https://lendedu.com/blog/best-cities-small-business/

Updated January 2021