The Town (like so many other people and places) are taking things one day at a time.    Since our office is set up as it is (a bulletproof wall between us and our customers) we will be continuing “business as usual” until told by the State or Federal government that we must close. We feel that this wall provides the appropriate “social distancing” that is being asked of everyone. We are continuing to be diligent in handwashing after every customer transaction. Until further notice, our office will be open our normal hours of 10:00 am. to 4:00 pm on Monday through Friday.  We hope that you and your families continue to be well and that this situation that we all find ourselves in is resolved as quickly as possible.

Marcia L. Parkhurst
Town Clerk

The Town of Columbia is a small town in Coos County located in scenic northern New Hampshire. We are bordered on the south by the Town of North Stratford, to the north by the Town of Colebrook, to the east by the unincorporated towns of Dixville and Odell and to the west by the beautiful Connecticut River.

According to the 2010 census, we have a full-time population of 798 people. Columbia consists of approximately 36,000 acres. Around 30,000 acres are enrolled in the State of New Hampshire's Current Use program, which means that they are undeveloped. The remaining 6,000 acres has mainly single family homes, camps and second homes.

At the present time, we have around 30 small businesses in Town, many of which are “home” based. This number does include three family farms and four Christmas Tree plantations. Other businesses include a convenience store/gas station, a hardware store and a daycare center.

We do not have our own school. Instead we send our approximately 87 (2011-2012) school-age children to be educated either at the Colebrook Elementary School or Colebrook Academy under an AREA agreement. Bus transportation is provided by the Town to and from school. We are extremely proud of our students many of whom have furthered their education at colleges such as the University of New Hampshire, Virginia Tech, University of Virginia and St. Anselm College.

With an annual Town Budget of around $425,000.00 (fiscal year 2012), the Selectmen of Columbia work diligently to ensure that our tax rate is one of the lowest in the area.

With our low taxes, good schools, beautiful views and many recreation opportunities, we believe that Columbia is a wonderful place to live, work, raise a family and visit.


Phone: (603) 237-5255

Fax: (603) 237-8270

Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 157, Colebrook, NH 03576

Physical Address: 1679 US Route 3, Columbia, NH 03576