About Columbia Falls and Surrounding Areas

Columbia Falls and the Gateway to Glacier

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/Climate

  • Average January High: 28 degrees
  • Average January Low: 13.5 degrees
  • Average July High: 80.7 degrees
  • Average July Low: 49.9 degrees
  • Average Rainfall: 15.17 inches
  • Average Snowfall: 63.3 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:

Flathead County

  • 800 S Main Street, Kalispell, MT 59901
  • www.flathead.mt.gov
  • 406-758-5571
  • County Commissioners:
    • District 1: Brad W. Abell
    • District 2: Pamela Holmquist
    • District 3: Randy Brodehl

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

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

Source: Montana West Economic Development

Nearby Cities and Communities and Distance from Columbia Falls:

Updated January 2021