Columbia is a bedroom community of approximately 21 square miles.  On the outskirts of Tolland County, the Town is about a 25 minute drive from Hartford.  According to the 2010 census, Columbia has a population of 5,492 and a total of 2,157 households. In 2008, the median age was 43 and the median household income was $ 85,255. More than 96% of the homes in Columbia are single family dwellings.  As stated in its 2006 Plan of Conservation and Development, the Town’s goal is to guide and manage growth in a way that will preserve its natural resources and retain its rural character.

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Columbia Lake is one of the town’s most popular attractions. The summer season fills the lake and beach area with residents of all ages. Whether swimming, kayaking, sailing or boating, Columbia Lake is guaranteed to bring sunshine and smiles to everyone that visits. The Szegda Farm and Rec Park are other popular areas in town that offer multiple things to do. Both Szegda Farm and Rec Park have many beautiful trails that may be used for hiking, walking, biking and horseback riding. For those of you who like gardening you may enjoy getting involved in the Community Garden at Szegda Farm. Here, you may choose to have your own garden plot, or share a plot with others. Looking for a place to hold a picnic or BBQ, family reunion or birthday party? The Pavilion at Rec Park is a popular place to hold these types of events during the spring and summer seasons. Rec Park offers a playscape for children and fields for sports activities. Columbia has numerous horse stables which offer boarding, riding and lessons. With all the beautiful land and trails in town, horseback riding is most enjoyable

Zip: 06237
Incorporated: 1804
Area: 21 square miles
Population: 5,492
Form of Government: Board of Selectmen

Animal Control (860)337-1222
Assessor (860)228-9555
Fire Department (860)228-9602
Fire Marshal (860)228-0440
Library (860)228-0350
Parks & Recreation (860)228-8513
Police (860)228-9846
Resident Trooper (860)228-9846
Tax Collector (860)228-0230
Town Clerk (860)228-3284
Town Hall (860)228-0110
Selectmen (860)228-0110
Public Works (860)228-4270
Transfer Station (860)228-4270
 Harris Porter School (K-8)  (860)228-9493
RHAM High  School (860)228-9474
E.O. Smith High School  (860)487-0877