Columbia Heights is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 19,496 at the 2010 census.
Minnesota State Highways 47 (University Avenue) and 65 (Central Avenue) are two of the main routes in the city.
Columbia Heights is a first-ring northern suburb of Minneapolis, which it borders on the south. Its downtown district is centered at the intersection of 40th Avenue NE and Central Avenue, and includes the Heights Theater, county offices, the Public Library, and a variety of businesses. Central Avenue forms a commercial district along its length. More businesses also line University Avenue.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.52 square miles (9.12 km2), of which, 3.41 square miles (8.83 km2) is land and 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2) is water.
Columbia Heights is bordered by the city of Fridley to the north and west; New Brighton and Saint Anthony to the east; and Minneapolis to the south.
The city of Hilltop is entirely enclosed within the city.
Columbia Heights has a hilly terrain and features one of the highest points in Hennepin, Ramsey, and Anoka Counties along Stinson Boulevard between Fairway Drive and 45th Avenue NE/County Road E. There are five lakes in the city, which include Sullivan Lake, Highland Lake, Silver Lake, Hart Lake, and LaBelle Pond.
The city park system resides in mostly low lying and former swampland areas that was unsuitable for building.