Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Columbia: Borough in western Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States


Columbia is a city located in the county of Lancaster in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Its population at the 2010 census was 10,400 and a population density of 4,298 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 10,295 inhabitants.

The city was created 235 years ago in 1787.

Quick Facts about Columbia

Population : 10,295 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Pennsylvania (United States)
County : Lancaster County
Postal code : 17512
Area : 2.42 km2
Altitude : 1,184 feet / 361 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1788 (235 years ago)
Time Zone : America/New_York
Local time : 01:32:54 (1st February 2023)
Density : 4,254 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : -1.02% (2010-2020)
Columbia locator map
Location of Columbia on Pennsylvania map.
Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge image
Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge
Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge image


Columbia is located at 40°2'1"N 76°30'16"W (40.0337100, -76.5044100).

Columbia map


According to census records, the population of Columbia decreased by 1.02% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 10,400 - census
2011 10,395 -0.05% estimation process
2012 10,396 0.01% estimation process
2013 10,405 0.09% estimation process
2014 10,412 0.07% estimation process
2015 10,405 -0.07% estimation process
2016 10,396 -0.09% estimation process
2017 10,397 0.01% estimation process
2018 10,380 -0.16% estimation process
2019 10,355 -0.24% estimation process
2020 10,295 -0.58% estimation process

Columbia zip code is 17512. County name: Lancaster, County fips: 42071

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People born in Columbia (15)

People born in Columbia, including novelist Amelia Reynolds Long, poet Dean Young, professional golfer Jack Kiefer, .


  • John Knox MacArthur (American flying ace) he was born in 14/01/1891
  • Stephen Atkins Swails (Union Army officer) he was born in 23/02/1832
  • Suzanne Westenhoefer (American comedian) she was born in 31/03/1961
  • Thomas Welsh (Union United States Army general) he was born in 05/05/1824
  • Mary Reeser (Suspected victim of spontaneous human combustion) she was born in 08/03/1884
  • Augustus High (American politician) he was born in 07/09/1844
  • Florence Hinkle (American operatic soprano) she was born in 22/06/1885
  • Blanton C Welsh (Welsh, Blanton C; class of 1882) he was born in 02/06/1860
  • Lilian Welsh (American physician, educator, and suffragist) she was born in 06/03/1858
  • William Houston Greene (American physician, chemist, and educator) he was born in 30/12/1853
  • Samuel Bigler (American weightlifter) he was born in 20/01/1947
  • James D. Layng (American railroad official) he was born in 30/08/1833

Schools in Columbia

College & universities near Columbia, PA

Code Name City ZIP
212276 Empire Beauty School-Lancaster Lancaster (PA) 17603

Stations (23)

Amtrak & bus stations near Columbia, PA

Code Name Address Type
MJY Mount Joy East Henry St. and North Market St. RAIL
ELT Elizabethtown station South Wilson Avenue at West High Street RAIL
LNC Lancaster station 53 McGovern Avenue RAIL
MID Middletown Union Street and Mill Street RAIL
HAR Harrisburg Transportation Center 4th and Chestnut Streets RAIL

Post offices near Columbia

Post Office Name City ZIP
Columbia Post Office Columbia (PA) 17512

Other places with the same name (16)

Other cities in Lancaster County

Cities, Towns, Neighborhoods & Other Populated Places in Lancaster County , PA. (more)

City Name Population Title
Hempfield 40,558 Unincorporated community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Lancaster 17,106 City in central Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
West Lampeter 15,983 Township of Pennsylvania
Ephrata 13,801 City of the state Washington, United States
Elizabethtown 11,494 Borough in northwestern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Lititz 10,022 Borough in northern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Conewago 8,536 Unincorporated community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Millersville 8,289 City in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
Mount Joy 8,071 Borough in northwestern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Willow Street 7,578 Census designated place
Clay 6,939 Census-designated place in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
East Earl 6,899 Township in northeastern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Leacock 5,783 Township in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Union 5,661 Township in southeastern Union County, Pennsylvania
New Holland 5,547 Borough in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
Pequea 5,448 Unincorporated community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Distance to Other Cities

Columbia distances to largest Pennsylvania cities