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Humboldt County, California

Humboldt County is a county in the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 132,646.[4] The county seat is Eureka.[5]

County of Humboldt
Aerial view of Humboldt Bay
Aerial view of Humboldt Bay
Location in the state of California
Location in the state of California
California's location in the United States
California's location in the United States
Country United States
State California
RegionCalifornia North Coast
IncorporatedMay 12, 1853[1]
Named forHumboldt Bay, which was named after Alexander von Humboldt
County seatEureka
Largest cityEureka
Area
 • Total4,052 sq mi (10,490 km2)
 • Land3,568 sq mi (9,240 km2)
 • Water484 sq mi (1,250 km2)
Highest elevation6,956 ft (2,120 m)
Population
 • Total132,646
 • Estimate 
(2018)[3]
136,373
 • Density33/sq mi (13/km2)
Time zoneUTC−8 (Pacific Time Zone)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (Pacific Daylight Time)
Area codes707, 530
Websitehumboldtgov.org

Humboldt County comprises the Eureka–ArcataFortuna, California Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is located on the far North Coast, about 270 miles (430 km) north of San Francisco.

Its primary population centers of Eureka, the site of College of the Redwoods main campus, and the smaller college town of Arcata, site of Humboldt State University, are located adjacent to Humboldt Bay, California's second largest natural bay.[6] Area cities and towns are known for hundreds of ornate examples of Victorian architecture.

Humboldt County is a densely forested mountainous and rural county with about 110 miles (180 km) of coastline (more than any other county in the state),[7] situated along the Pacific coast in Northern California's rugged Coast (Mountain) Ranges. With nearly 1,500,000 acres (6,100 km2) of combined public and private forest in production, Humboldt County alone produces twenty percent of total volume and thirty percent of the total value of all forest products produced in California.[8] The county contains over forty percent of all remaining old growth Coast Redwood forests,[9] the vast majority of which is protected or strictly conserved within dozens of national, state, and local forests and parks, totaling approximately 680,000 acres (1,060 sq mi).[10]

HistoryEdit

The original inhabitants of the area now known as Humboldt County include the Wiyot, Yurok, Hupa, Karuk, Chilula, Whilkut, and the Eel River Athapaskan peoples, including the Wailaki, Mattole and Nongatl.[11] Andrés de Urdaneta found the coast near Cape Mendocino then followed the coast south to Acapulco in 1565. Spanish traders made unintended visits to California with the Manila Galleons on their return trips from the Philippines beginning in 1565. Humboldt County was formed in 1853 from parts of Trinity County. The first recorded entry by people of European origin was a landing by the Spanish in 1775 in Trinidad.[11]

The first recorded entry of Humboldt Bay by non-natives was an 1806 visit from a sea otter hunting party from Sitka employed by the Russian American Company.[11] The hunting party included Captain Jonathan Winship, an American, and some Aleut hunters.[11][12] The bay was not visited again by people of European origin until 1849 when Josiah Gregg's party visited.[12] In 1850, Douglas Ottinger and Hans Buhne entered the bay, naming it Humboldt in honor of the great naturalist and world explorer, Alexander von Humboldt, and the name was later applied to the county as a whole.

The area around Humboldt Bay was once solely inhabited by the Wiyot Indian tribe. One of the largest Wiyot villages, Tolowot, was located on Indian Island in Humboldt Bay. Founded around 900 BC, it contains a shell midden 6 acres (2.4 ha) in size and 14 feet (4.3 m) deep. It was the site of the February 26, 1860 massacre of the Wiyot people that was recorded by Bret Harte, then living in Union, now called Arcata. Between 60 and 200 Wiyot men, women, and children were murdered that night. Tolowot is now a restricted site and a National Historic Landmark.[12]

State historic landmarks in Humboldt County include Arcata and Mad River Railroad, California's First Drilled Oil Wells in Petrolia, Camp Curtis, Centerville Beach Cross, the city of Eureka, the town of Ferndale, Fort Humboldt, Humboldt Harbor Historical District, the Jacoby Building, The Old Arrow Tree, Old Indian Village of Tsurai, the Town of Trinidad, and Trinidad Head.[12]

On February 5 and 6, 1885, Eureka's entire Chinese population of 300 men and 20 women were expelled after a gunfight between rival Chinese gangs (tongs) resulted in the wounding of a 12-year-old boy and the death of 56-year-old David Kendall, a Eureka City Councilman. After the shooting, an angry mob of 600 Eureka residents met and informed the Chinese that they were no longer wanted in Eureka and would be hanged if they were to stay in town longer than 3 p.m. the next day. They were put on two steamships and shipped to San Francisco. No one was killed in the expulsion. Another Chinese expulsion occurred during 1906 in a cannery on the Eel River, in which 23 Chinese cannery workers were expelled after objections to their presence. However, some Chinese remained in the Orleans area, where some white landowners sheltered and purchased food for the Chinese mineworkers until after racial tension passed. Chinese did not return to the coastal cities until the 1950s.[13]

ClimateEdit

The coastal zone of the county experiences very wet, cool winters and dry, mild foggy summers. In the winter, temperatures range from highs of 40–59 °F (4–15 °C) to lows of 32–49 °F (0–9 °C). Coastal summers are cool to mild, with average highs of 60–69 °F (16–21 °C) and frequent fogs. Coastal summer temperatures range from highs of 64–70 °F (18–21 °C) to lows of 46–55 °F (8–13 °C). In the populated areas and cities near the coast, the highest temperatures tend to occur at locations just a few miles inland from Eureka and Arcata, in towns like Fortuna, Rio Dell, and smaller unincorporated communities located somewhat further away from Humboldt Bay. In these locations summer highs are 70–75 °F (21–24 °C). The coastal zone experiences a number of frosty nights in winter and early spring, though snowfall and hard freezes are rare. Coastal winters are cool and wet. Winter rainstorms are frequent, with averages from 30 inches (760 mm) to 100 inches (2,500 mm) a year varying with elevation.

Inland areas of the county also experience wet, cool winters. Snowfall is common at elevations over 3,000 ft (910 m) throughout the winter months, and is even deep enough at higher elevations to have inspired the opening (now defunct) of a small ski lift operation on Horse Mountain, near Willow Creek, for several decades in the late 1900s. Summer displays the sharpest difference between the coastal and inland climates. Inland regions of Humboldt County experience highs of 80–99 °F (27–37 °C) depending on the elevation and distance from the ocean. Occasional summer highs of 100 °F (38 °C) are common in eastern and southern parts of the county including Orleans, Hoopa, Willow Creek, Garberville, Honeydew, and inland river valleys.

Average daily maximum and minimum temperatures for warmest and coldest months in selected settlements of Humboldt County[14]
Location Month Temp (°F) Temp (°C) Month Temp (°F) Temp (°C)
Eureka August 64/52 18/11 December 55/40 12/4
Arcata September 62/51 17/11 December 54/38 12/3
Ferndale August 71/52 22/11 December 56/39 13/4
Willow Creek July 94/52 34/11 December 50/35 10/1
Garberville August 87/53 31/12 December 49/37 9/3
Shelter Cove August 69/53 21/11 January 57/45 14/7
Orick August 69/49 21/9 January 52/37 11/2

TectonicsEdit

Historically, Humboldt County and the entire far north coast have had many earthquakes over 6.0 magnitude.

The 1992 Cape Mendocino earthquakes were a series of three major earthquakes that occurred off the coast of Cape Mendocino, California on April 25 and 26, 1992, the largest being a 7.2. Ninety-five people were injured and property in the county sustained considerable damage.[15]

In 2010 a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck offshore, 33 mi (53 km) west of Eureka, resulting in only minor injuries and some structural damage to houses and utilities, and no fatalities reported.[16]

The town of Arcata is built on top of an accretionary wedge. This was formed by the subduction of the Gorda plate underneath the North American plate.[17]

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,052 square miles (10,490 km2), of which 3,568 square miles (9,240 km2) is land and 484 square miles (1,250 km2) (12.0%) is water.[18]

Located inside Humboldt County is Cape Mendocino, the westernmost point in California (longitude 124 degrees, 24 minutes, 30 seconds).

Humboldt County contains a diversity of plant and animal species, with significant forest and coastal habitats. In coastal areas there are extensive amounts of redwood forests.[19] A prominent understory shrub is the toyon, whose northern range limit is in Humboldt County.[20]

Adjacent countiesEdit

BayEdit

Humboldt Bay, the only deep water port between San Francisco and Coos Bay, Oregon, is located on the coast at the midpoint of the county.

RiversEdit

 
Mouth of Humboldt County's Little River on the Pacific Coast.
 
Rockefeller Forest, the largest remaining old growth Redwood forest on earth, is located within Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

Humboldt County's major rivers include (in order of flow-cubic meters per second-from largest to smallest):

The smaller rivers include Redwood Creek, significant due to amount of its flow; the Van Duzen; the Eel River syncline group composed of the South Fork, the North Fork, and the Salt River; the Mattole, Salmon, Elk, Bear, and Little rivers.

National protected areasEdit

National Park
Conservation area
Recreation area
Forests
Wildlife refuge

State protected areasEdit

Beaches
Parks
Tide pools
Recreation areas
Reserves

County parksEdit

DemographicsEdit

2000Edit

As of the 2000 census, the population of Humboldt County was 126,518. As of that census, there were 51,238 households in Humboldt County, and the population density was 35 people per square mile (14/km2). By 2006, the population was projected to have increased to 131,361 by the California Department of Finance.[33] There were 55,912 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km2).[citation needed] The racial makeup of the county was 84.7% White, 0.9% Black or African American, 5.7% Native American, 1.7% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 2.5% from other races, and 4.4% from two or more races. In 2017, 11.7% of the population were Hispanic or Latino according to the United States Census Bureau. 13.3% were of German, 10.7% Irish, 10.3% English, 7.4% American and 5.7% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000. 92.1% spoke English and 4.6% Spanish as their first language.

There were 51,238 households out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.1% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.2% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 12.4% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.6 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,226, and the median income for a family was $39,370. Males had a median income of $32,210 versus $23,942 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,203. About 12.9% of families and 19.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.5% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.

2010Edit

Census Pop.
18602,694
18706,140127.9%
188015,512152.6%
189023,46951.3%
190027,10415.5%
191033,85724.9%
192037,41310.5%
193043,23315.6%
194045,8126.0%
195069,24151.1%
1960104,89251.5%
197099,692−5.0%
1980108,5148.8%
1990119,1189.8%
2000126,5186.2%
2010134,6236.4%
Est. 2018136,373[3]1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[34]
1790–1960[35] 1900–1990[36]
1990–2000[37] 2010–2015[4]

The 2010 United States Census reported that Humboldt County had a population of 134,623. The racial makeup of Humboldt County was 109,920 (81.7%) White, 1,505 (1.1%) African American, 7,726 (5.7%) Native American, 2,944 (2.2%) Asian, 352 (0.3%) Pacific Islander, 5,003 (3.7%) from other races, and 7,173 (5.3%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13,211 persons (9.8%).[38]

2011Edit

Places by population, race, and incomeEdit

 
The Lanphere Dunes, a protected coastal environment

EconomyEdit

Humboldt County is known for its impressive redwood trees, and many acres of private redwood timberland make Humboldt the top timber producer in California. The lush river bottoms adjacent to the ocean are for producing rich, high-quality dairy products. Somewhat more inland the warmer valleys have historically produced abundant apples and other fruit. More recently vineyards have been planted in the Trinity, Klamath, Mattole and upper Eel river

DairyEdit

Humboldt County is known for its quality family operated dairy farms. The Humboldt Creamery, a significant producer of high grade ice cream and other dairy products, still operates from the original headquarters located at Fernbridge adjacent to the Eel River.[47]

CannabisEdit

Humboldt County is known for its cultivation of Cannabis, estimated to be worth billions of dollars.[48][49] Proposition 215 allows patients and caregivers who are given a doctor's recommendation to legally (State level only) grow up to 99 plants in Humboldt County.[50][51] However, in the years before Prop 215 (early 1970s – late 1980s), Humboldt County saw a large migration of the Bay Area counter-culture to its region. Many came looking to purchase cheap land, and ended-up growing marijuana to pay for their land. Especially around Garberville and Redway, the rural culture and hippie scene eventually collaborated to create a rural hippie community in which marijuana became the center of the economy and the culture. Many people prospered by producing marijuana for California and other states because of its reputation for quality.[52] A Redway radio station, KMUD, in the past has issued warnings and alerts to the region with information on whereabouts of law enforcement on their way to raid marijuana gardens.[53][52]

County officials and the industry have encountered challenges in the transition from an illegal, underground economy to legal recreational cannabis sales that began in California in 2018.[54]

PoliticsEdit

Voter registrationEdit

Cities by population and voter registrationEdit

OverviewEdit

From 1920 to 1984, the county voted for the national winner of each Presidential election held within these years. Since 1988, Humboldt has been a Democratic county in Presidential and congressional elections. The last Republican presidential candidate to win a majority in the county was Ronald Reagan, a Californian, in 1984.[56] In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Humboldt also had a substantial number of people affiliated with the Green Party, but that number has declined in recent years.[citation needed]

Presidential elections results
Humboldt County vote
by party in presidential elections
[57]
Year GOP DEM Others
2016 30.61% 18,373 55.32% 33,200 14.06% 8,441
2012 32.63% 18,825 59.73% 34,457 7.63% 4,404
2008 33.94% 21,713 62.05% 39,692 4.01% 2,563
2004 39.03% 25,714 57.66% 37,988 3.31% 2,184
2000 41.48% 23,219 44.40% 24,851 14.11% 7,902
1996 35.52% 19,803 44.17% 24,628 20.31% 11,326
1992 30.49% 18,299 48.07% 28,854 21.44% 12,868
1988 41.15% 21,460 57.11% 29,781 1.74% 905
1984 51.64% 27,832 46.79% 25,217 1.56% 842
1980 49.39% 24,047 35.15% 17,113 15.47% 7,532
1976 41.58% 18,034 54.18% 23,500 4.24% 1,838
1972 48.83% 22,345 46.18% 21,132 5.00% 2,286
1968 46.17% 16,719 45.50% 16,476 8.34% 3,019
1964 33.53% 12,909 66.27% 25,515 0.19% 75
1960 46.71% 18,074 52.70% 20,391 0.58% 226
1956 52.57% 19,019 47.06% 17,025 0.37% 133
1952 60.10% 19,949 39.01% 12,949 0.88% 293
1948 47.19% 10,979 48.43% 11,268 4.38% 1,019
1944 42.93% 9,127 56.83% 12,083 0.24% 50
1940 43.00% 9,470 55.98% 12,329 1.02% 225
1936 35.97% 6,808 62.93% 11,909 1.10% 208
1932 42.22% 6,795 54.20% 8,723 3.58% 577
1928 69.75% 9,162 28.37% 3,726 1.88% 247
1924 56.82% 6,767 7.09% 845 36.09% 4,298
1920 69.89% 6,528 19.04% 1,778 11.07% 1,034
1916 51.14% 5,786 36.27% 4,103 12.59% 1,424
1912 1.09% 93 33.76% 2,887 65.15% 5,572
1908 65.02% 4,221 18.58% 1,206 16.40% 1,065
1904 73.22% 4,930 18.55% 1,249 8.23% 554
1900 66.32% 3,902 28.86% 1,698 4.83% 284
1896 55.37% 3,142 43.44% 2,465 1.20% 68
1892 44.53% 2,416 33.98% 1,844 21.49% 1,166

Humboldt County is in California's 2nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Jared Huffman.[58]

In the state legislature, Humboldt is part of the 2nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Mike McGuire,[59] and the 2nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Jim Wood.[60]

Election audits in the county since 2008 have used a distinctive system which has not spread elsewhere. They scan all ballots and release a file of the images with a digital signature, so candidates and the public can recount by hand or electronically to find if the official totals are correct. The first time they did this they found the official software omitted 200 ballots.[61][62][63][64]

CrimeEdit

Humboldt County is known for an unusual amount of missing person cases. It was highlighted as part of the 2018 Netflix documentary Murder Mountain.[65]

The following table includes the number of incidents reported and the rate per 1,000 persons for each type of offense.

Population and crime rates
Population[39] 133,585
Violent crime[66] 541 4.05
  Homicide[66] 8 0.06
  Forcible rape[66] 33 0.25
  Robbery[66] 117 0.88
  Aggravated assault[66] 383 2.87
Property crime[66] 2,270 16.99
  Burglary[66] 1,057 7.91
  Larceny-theft[66][note 4] 2,513 18.81
  Motor vehicle theft[66] 475 3.56
Arson[66] 51 0.38

Cities by population and crime ratesEdit

Cities by population and crime rates
City Population[67] Violent crimes[67] Violent crime rate
per 1,000 persons
Property crimes[67] Property crime rate
per 1,000 persons
Arcata 17,748 78 4.39 702 39.55
Eureka 26,843 145 5.40 2,176 81.06
Ferndale 1,360 3 2.21 17 12.5
Fortuna 11,752 33 2.81 496 42.21
Rio Dell 3,358 19 5.66 57 16.97

EducationEdit

The List of schools in Humboldt County, California shows the many school districts, including charter and private schools, at the elementary and high school level. Post-secondary education is offered locally at the College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University. Blue Lake's Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre offers accredited three-year Masters of Fine Arts in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre.

CultureEdit

  • The Sequoia Park Zoo is the oldest zoo in California operating on a 7 acres (2.8 ha) facility operated by the City of Eureka in 60 acres (24 ha) Sequoia Park.[68]
  • The Clarke Historical Museum in Eureka, displays North Coast regional and cultural history in the repurposed Historic Register Bank of Eureka building.
  • The Morris Graves Museum of Art conserves and displays the works of local artists in a restored Carnegie Library building.
  • The Ferndale Repertory Theatre is the county's oldest theater company; it has been in operation since 1972 at the Hart Theater building in Ferndale.[69]
  • The Humboldt Crabs, founded in 1945, are the oldest continuously-operated summer collegiate, wood-bat baseball team in the country.[70]
  • See also the List of museums in the North Coast (California).

MediaEdit

PrintEdit

The Times-Standard is the only daily newspaper in the region; in continuous publication since 1854, and owned by Media News Group since 1996,[71][72] they also print three weeklies: the Redwood Times,[73] the Tri-City Weekly,[74] and Northcoast 101.[75] Other local publications include The Independent,[citation needed] the North Coast Journal,[76] the Ferndale Enterprise,[77] the Two Rivers Tribune,[78] the Isis Scrolls,[79] and The Lumberjack.[80] The Arcata Eye[81] and the McKinleyville Press[82] merged in August 2013 to form the Mad River Union.[83]

TelevisionEdit

Humboldt County's locally produced television stations, KIEM and KEET, are based in Eureka. KIEM produces the only local TV newscast and KEET is the only PBS station in the region. CBS and Fox affiliates KJRW and KBVU, the latter a semi-satellite of KCVU, are based in Chico and ABC affiliate KAEF, a semi-satellite of KRCR-TV, is based in Redding. In previous decades all major networks had production capacity in Eureka.

LiteratureEdit

In the book Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov there is a possible pun using the county's name (Humboldt) in connection to the main character's name (Humbert Humbert). This appears on page 108: "With the help of a guidebook I located [The Enchanted Hunters inn] in the secluded town of Briceland." This 'secluded town' could very well be a reference to the unincorporated Briceland of Humboldt County, making The Enchanted Hunters in 'Humboldt Land', continuing the novel's grotesque fairy-tale veneer.[84]

Local internet mediaEdit

Locally internet based media include:[citation needed]

  • Lost Coast Outpost
  • Red Headed Black Belt

RadioEdit

For-profitEdit

Non-profitEdit

Community mediaEdit

Community broadband networks and public, educational, and government access (PEG) cable tv channels provide air time for local voices on Access Humboldt.[106] Cable TV channels are carried by Suddenlink Communications[107] and local programs are provided online through the Community Media Archive.[108] The Digital Redwoods initiative of Access Humboldt is developing local networks to meet comprehensive community needs, including public, education and government purposes.[109]

TransportationEdit

 
Historic Fernbridge (1911) on the "Road to Ferndale" - California State Route 211

Major highwaysEdit

Public transportationEdit

  • Humboldt Transit Authority operates two fixed route transit bus systems:
    • Redwood Transit System provides intercity service to and within communities between Trinidad and Garberville, including Manila, King Salmon, Field's Landing, Loleta, Fernbridge and Fortuna. HTA also offers service between McKinleyville or Arcata and Willow Creek and an express bus between Arcata and College of the Redwoods when classes are in session.
    • Eureka Transit Service, operated in the City of Eureka, provides local service on four scheduled routes (one hour headway) in Eureka and its adjacent unincorporated communities. Connections can be made to the Redwood Transit System at several places in Eureka.
  • Arcata and Mad River Transit System, operated by the City of Arcata with funding from Humboldt State University. A&MRTS provides fixed route local bus service on two scheduled routes (one hour headway) in Arcata and an additional route between the Valley West Neighborhood and the university when classes are in session.
  • The city of Blue Lake and the Blue Lake Rancheria operates the Blue Lake Rancheria Transit Authority.[110] This provides fixed route intercity transit bus service (one hour headway) between Arcata and the Blue Lake Rancheria Indian Reservation and casino and local service within the city of Blue Lake.
  • Del Norte County's Redwood Coast Transit operates fixed route intercity transit bus service between Arcata and Crescent City or Smith River.
  • Amtrak Thruway bus has stops in many towns in the region, including Eureka, Arcata, and Fortuna. These stops are not managed by Amtrak and therefore have no services beyond serving passengers. Full service is only provided at the train station in Martinez, near San Francisco.

AirportsEdit

Arcata-Eureka Airport is located in McKinleyville (north of Arcata). Commercial flights are available. Other general aviation airports are located at Dinsmore, Garberville, Kneeland, Murray Field (Eureka), Samoa Field and Rohnerville (Fortuna).

SeaportEdit

Port of Humboldt Bay is on Humboldt Bay, California's second largest natural bay.

EventsEdit

Name Month Location Citation
Apple Harvest Festival October Fortuna [111]
Arcata Oyster Festival June Arcata Plaza [112]
Azalea Festival June McKinleyville [citation needed]
Avenue of the Giants Marathon May Humboldt Redwood State Park [113]
Blackberry Festival July Westhaven [114]
Blues by the Bay July Eureka [115]
Brew at the Zoo May Eureka [116]
Chicken Wingfest September Eureka [117]
Craftsman's Days November Eureka [118]
College of the Redwoods Wood Fair June Eureka [119]
Fourth of July Festival July 4 Old Town Eureka [120]
Humboldt Pride September Arcata [121]
Godwit Days (Birding festival) April Arcata [122]
Humboldt Arts Festival May Arcata/Blue Lake [123]
Humboldt County Cup November Eureka [124]
Humboldt County Fair August Ferndale [125]
Humboldt Film Festival March & April Arcata [126]
Humboldt Juggling Festival April/May Arcata (HSU) [127]
Humboldt Redwoods Marathon October Southern Humboldt [128]
Mushroom Fair November Arcata [129]
North Country Fair September Arcata [130]
Organic Planet Festival September Eureka [131]
Raggae on the River August French's Camp [132]
Redwood Acres Fair June Eureka [133]
Redwood Coast Jazz Festival March Eureka [134]
Redwood Run June Southern Humboldt [135]
Rhododendron Festival and Parade April Eureka [136]
Roll on the Mattole Summer Mattole Grange [137]
Summer Arts and Music Festival June Benbow [138]
Swauger's Station Day July Loleta [139]
Tour of Loleta (by Bicycle) July Loleta [140]
Tour of the Unknown Coast (by Bicycle) May Southern Humboldt [141]
Trinidad Fish Festival June Trinidad [142]
Trinidad to Clam Beach Run February Trinidad [143]
Truckers Christmas Parade December Eureka [144]
Two Rivers Harvest Festival October Willow Creek [145]
World-Championship Kinetic Sculpture Race May Arcata to Ferndale [146]
Zootini August Eureka [147]
Redwood Coast Up in Smoke BBQ Competition June Blue Lake [148]

CommunitiesEdit

 
The Carson Mansion of Eureka

CitiesEdit

Census-designated placesEdit

Other unincorporated communitiesEdit

Indian reservationsEdit

Humboldt County has eight Indian reservations lying within its borders. Only four other counties in the United States have more: San Diego County, California; Sandoval County, New Mexico; Riverside County, California; and Mendocino County, California. The Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation is the largest in the state of California, a state that generally has very small reservations (although very numerous) relative to those in other states.

Population rankingEdit

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Humboldt County.[149]

county seat

Rank City/town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)

1 Eureka City 27,191
2 Arcata City 17,231
3 McKinleyville CDP 15,177
4 Fortuna City 11,926
5 Myrtletown CDP 4,675
6 Humboldt Hill CDP 3,414
7 Rio Dell City 3,368
8 Pine Hills CDP 3,131
9 Cutten CDP 3,108
10 Hoopa Valley Reservation[150] AIAN 3,041
11 Bayview CDP 2,510
12 Willow Creek CDP 1,710
13 Ferndale City 1,371
14 Blue Lake City 1,253
15 Yurok Reservation[151] (partially in Del Norte County) AIAN 1,238
16 Hydesville CDP 1,237
17 Redway CDP 1,225
18 Westhaven-Moonstone CDP 1,205
19 Garberville CDP 913
20 Fieldbrook CDP 859
21 Scotia CDP 850
22 Indianola CDP 823
23 Manila CDP 784
24 Loleta CDP 783
25 Shelter Cove CDP 693
26 Miranda CDP 520
27 Karuk Reservation[152] AIAN 506
28 Trinidad City 367
29 Orick CDP 357
30 Benbow CDP 321
31 Weott CDP 288
32 Fields Landing CDP 276
33 Samoa CDP 258
34 Alderpoint CDP 186
35 Myers Flat CDP 146
36 Phillipsville CDP 140
37 Trinidad Rancheria[153] AIAN 132
38 Table Bluff Reservation[154] AIAN 103
39 Big Lagoon CDP 93
40 Redcrest CDP 89
41 Blue Lake Rancheria[155] AIAN 58
42 Rohnerville Rancheria[156] AIAN 38
43 Big Lagoon Rancheria[157] AIAN 17

Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Other = some other race + two or more races
  2. ^ Native American = Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander + American Indian or Alaska Native
  3. ^ a b Percentage of registered voters with respect to total population. Percentages of party members with respect to registered voters follow.
  4. ^ Only larceny-theft cases involving property over $400 in value are reported as property crimes.

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