Columbia County boasts a rich array of natural resources and leisure activities. Situated along the Wisconsin River, the county offers many parks, lakes, resorts, galleries, and tourist attractions that have made it one of the leading Midwest travel destinations. With a strong manufacturing base, Columbia County employs a skilled workforce that enjoys a wealth of opportunity with a small town feel.

2010 Population: 56,833
2015 Population Estimate: 56,743

Demographics of Columbia County

Labor Force
Labor Force Profile of Columbia County

Major Employers
Top private-sector employers in Columbia County include Associated Milk Producers, Robbins Manufacturing, Inc., Del Monte, and Penda Corporation.

Columbia County Major Employers

Colleges & Universities
Madison College – Portage Campus
Madison College – Reedsburg Campus

Large Communities

  • Portage (county seat): 10,281
  • Columbus: 5,042
  • Town of Lodi: 3,307
  • City of Lodi: 3,071
  • Pacific: 2,714
  • Wisconsin Dells: 2,670
  • Poynette: 2,531
  • Dekorra: 2,327
  • Pardeeville: 2,110
  • West Point: 1,983

Economic Development Contact
Columbia County Economic Development Corporation

Cheryl Fahrner, Executive Director
608.742.6161 | Email Cheryl

Sources: U.S. Census; Wisconsin’s WORKnet; Municipality Population Estimates, Wisconsin Department of Administration, Demographic Services Center; Applied Geographic Solutions via LocateInWisconsin.

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