Columbia Falls (Salish: nq̓éyɫkʷm) is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Also named the “Gateway to Glacier” due to its close proximity to Glacier National Park. The city is improving itself year by year with better infrastructure and places to eat in the downtown area, and places to stay overnight. The population was 4,710 at the 2010 census (though a 2018 estimate puts it at 5,575)
Columbia Falls is located at 48°22′13″N 114°11′20″W (48.370379, -114.188943).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.05 square miles (5.31 km2), all of it land.
The town is known as nq̓eyɫkʷm in Salish.
Despite the name "Columbia Falls", there are no falls on any nearby river. A first settler desired the name "Columbia", and the element "Falls" was tacked onto the name in order to avoid postal repetition with the already-named Columbus, Montana.
The Montana Veterans Home in Columbia Falls has served veterans since 1896. Its current housing facility was opened by Montana Governor Forrest H. Anderson at an official dedication ceremony in 1970. An E. M. Viquesney statue of a World War I doughboy was moved to the front of the Veterans' Home in 1972. The statue "originally stood in Kalispell in the Main Street median in front of the Flathead County Courthouse."
The aluminum plant northeast of the city was built in the mid-1950s, utilizing the electrical power generated at the new Hungry Horse Dam.
At the 2010 census there were 4,688 people, 1,863 households, and 1,215 families living in the city. The population density was 2,286.8 inhabitants per square mile (882.9/km2). There were 1,994 housing units at an average density of 972.7 per square mile (375.6/km2).