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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Columbia Heights is a suburb of Minneapolis with a population of 19,823. Columbia Heights is in Anoka County. Living in Columbia Heights offers residents an urban feel and most residents own their homes. In Columbia Heights there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Columbia Heights and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Columbia Heights are above average.
About Columbia Heights...
Population
19,823

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$161,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$902
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%
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Columbia Heights Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    91.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    5.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    65.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    96.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    389.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,938.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    222.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Columbia Heights

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$51,071
National
$55,322
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I'm 24 years old and have lived here for 2 years now. It's not Minneapolis but it's right outside of it. Very suburban/city feel. Very diverse. Aren't a lot of job opportunities unless you are looking for part time fast food type jobs. There is crime but no where near as bad as Minneapolis. It is old so a lot of things and buildings are rotting, which makes it feel ghetto. There is a lot of bus lines however and walking distance from pretty much anything, depending on what part you're in and how fit you are. Another downside is THE HILLS. I swear this city was built in a prairie. Anywhere you walk, especially in neighborhood's, UP DOWN UP UP UP DOWN DOWN. I mean some of these streets are really steep, it can be scary in the winter time! Overall not bad but not the best. I'll probably stay here another 5 year's.
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In my experience, Columbia Heights is a great neighborhood. The community is very diverse and it offers many opportunities or getting involved. The high school has several ties to the community through volunteer based programs such as National Honor Society and KEY Club. The residents of Columbia Heights are very supportive of each other and will stand strong together whether they be faced with intolerant people on the school board, or protests against a school referendum that will do the students a lot of good. The properties are all great and the school district is superb.
I've lived in Columbia Heights all my life, and wouldn't change it for anything. The school district is very diverse, and some of the best teachers and staff available to Minneapolis school districts. The 2 mile by 2 mile city, engulfs another city, even smaller, Hilltop. Everyone in the town is very friendly, and past alumni stick around and send their own kids to multi-award winning school district. There are also scholarships available for every extracurricular activity in Heights, making them available to everyone. The town hall, hosts many teen organized trips and summer programs, along with sports teams.