Columbia Falls is a city along the Flathead River in Flathead County, Montana, United States. The population was 4,710 at the 2010 census. Columbia Falls has been ranked as one of the best and safest places to live in Montana.
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 City of Columbia Falls is located 1 mile from the Flathead National Forest, 15 miles from Kalispell, MT and 17 miles from Glacier National Park.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.05 square miles (5.31 km2), all land.
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). The racial makup of the city was 94.4% White, 0.2% African American, 1.8% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races.