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Humboldt County, CaliforniaEdit

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|- class="mergedrow" | style="text-align: center;" colspan="2" align="center"|Location in the state of California |- class="mergedrow" | style="text-align: center;" colspan="2" align="center"|California's location in the United States |- class="mergedtoprow" !Country | United States |- class="mergedrow" !State | California |- class="mergedrow" !Region |California North Coast |- class="mergedrow" !Incorporated |May 12, 1853[1] |- class="mergedtoprow" !County seat |Eureka |- class="mergedrow" !Largest city |Eureka |- class="mergedtoprow" | colspan="2"|Area |- class="mergedrow" !• Total |4,052.22 sq mi (10,495.2 km2) |- class="mergedrow" !• Land |3,572.49 sq mi (9,252.7 km2) |- class="mergedrow" !• Water |479.74 sq mi (1,242.5 km2) |- class="mergedtoprow" | colspan="2"|Population (2010) |- class="mergedrow" !• Total |134,623 |- class="mergedrow" |• Density |33.2/sq mi (12.8/km2) |- class="mergedtoprow" !Time zone |Pacific Standard Time (UTC−8) |- class="mergedrow" ! style="white-space: nowrap;"|• Summer (DST) |Pacific Daylight Time (UTC−7) |- class="mergedrow" !Area code(s) |707, 530 |- class="mergedtoprow" !Website |www.co.humboldt.ca.us |} Humboldt County is a county in the U.S. state of California, located on the far North Coast 200 miles north of San Francisco. According to 2010 Census Data, the county’s population was 134,623.[2] Its primary population centers of Eureka, the county seat, and the smaller college town of Arcata, home to Humboldt State University, are located adjacent to Humboldt Bay, California's second largest natural bay.[3] Area cities and towns are known for hundreds of ornate examples of Victorian architecture.

Humboldt County is a densely forested, mountainous, and rural county 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 accounts for twenty percent of the total forest production for all of California.[4] The county contains over forty percent of all remaining old growth Coast Redwood forests,[5] 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 (over 1,000 square miles).[6]

ContentsEdit

[hide] *1 History
  • 2 Climate
  • 3 Tectonics
  • 4 Geography
    • 4.1 Bay
    • 4.2 Rivers
    • 4.3 Parks and other protected areas
      • 4.3.1 Federal Lands
      • 4.3.2 State of California
      • 4.3.3 County of Humboldt
    • 4.4 Cities and towns
      • 4.4.1 Incorporated cities
      • 4.4.2 Unincorporated towns and areas
    • 4.5 Indian Reservations
    • 4.6 Adjacent counties
  • 5 Transportation infrastructure
    • 5.1 Major highways
    • 5.2 Public transportation
    • 5.3 Airports
    • 5.4 Seaport
  • 6 Agriculture
    • 6.1 Dairy
    • 6.2 Marijuana
  • 7 Politics
  • 8 Area organizations
  • 9 Demographics
    • 9.1 2010
    • 9.2 2000
  • 10 Educational and cultural institutions
  • 11 Environment
  • 12 Media
    • 12.1 Print
    • 12.2 Television
    • 12.3 Radio
    • 12.4 Community Media
  • 13 Notable natives and residents
  • 14 Events
  • 15 See also
  • 16 References
  • 17 External links

[edit] 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.[7]Andrés de Urdaneta hit the coast near Cape Mendocino, California, 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.[7]

The county derived its name from Humboldt Bay, which in turn is named the after Alexander von Humboldt, a famous German naturalist. 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.[7] The hunting party included Captain Jonathan Winship, an American, and some Aleut hunters.[7][8] The bay was not visited again by people of European origin until 1849 when Josiah Gregg's party visited.[8] In 1850, Douglas Ottinger and Hans Buhne entered the bay, naming it Humboldt in honor of the great naturalist and world explorer, Baron Alexander von Humboldt.

The area around Humboldt Bay was once solely inhabited by the Wiyot Indian tribe. One of the largest Wiyot villages, Tolowot, was located on Gunther Island (AKA Indian Island and AKA Bloody Island) in Humboldt Bay. Founded circa 900, it contains a shell midden 6 acres (24,000 m²) in size and 14 feet (4 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. In 1998, musician Frank Black wrote and recorded a song about this event, called "Humboldt County Massacre." Tolowot is now an archaeological site, designated Gunther Island Site 67, and is a National Historic Landmark.[8]

State historic landmarks in Humboldt County include Trinidad Head, Fort Humboldt, The Old Arrow Tree, Centerville Beach Cross, Camp Curtis, the town of Trinidad, the city of Eureka, the Sequoia Park Zoo, California's first drilled oil wells in Petrolia, the Jacoby Building, the Old Indian Village of Tsurai in Trinidad, the Arcata and Mad River Railroad Company, the Humboldt Harbor Historical District, and the town of Ferndale.[8]

On February 5 and February 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 Eurekans met and then 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 local loggers objected 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.[9]

[edit] ClimateEdit

The coastal zone of the county experiences wet, cool winters and dry, mild foggy summers. In the winter, highs range from the low 40's to high 50's (5 to 15 °C), with lows in the 30's and 40's (0 to 9 °C). Coastal summers are cool to mild, with highs in the 60's (16 to 21 °C) and frequent fogs. Moving 20 miles (32 km) inland one can find abundant sunshine and warmth, a welcome change from the coast's foggy climes. For this very reason coastal residents sometimes prefer to head inland in the summer to take brief respite from the perennial fog which is trapped by the bordering redwood forest as it moves inland. Coastal summer highs range from the mid-60s to 70's (13 to 21 °C), with lows from the upper 40's to mid 50's (8 to 13 °C). The highest temperatures tend to occur at locations just a few miles inland such as Fortuna, Rio Dell, and infrequently outlying or elevated areas surrounding Humboldt Bay, measuring in the low to mid 70's (21 to 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. Summer displays the sharpest difference between the coastal and inland climates. Inland regions of Humboldt County experience highs from the 80's to the 90's (27 to 37 °C) depending on the elevation and distance from the ocean. Summer highs of 100 degrees (38 °C) are common in eastern and southern parts of the county including Orleans, Hoopa, Willow Creek, Garberville, Honeydew, and inland river valleys.

[edit] TectonicsEdit

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

The 1992 7.2 magnitude earthquake were a series of three major earthquakes that occurred off the coast of Cape Mendocino, California on April 25 and 26, 1992. Ninety-five people were injured and property in the county sustained considerable damage. [10]

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.[11]

[edit] GeographyEdit

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 4,052.22 square miles (10,495.2 km2), of which 3,572.49 square miles (9,252.7 km2) (or 88.16%) is land and 479.74 square miles (1,242.5 km2) (or 11.84%) is water.[12]

Located inside Humboldt County is Cape Mendocino, the westernmost point in California (longitude124 degrees, 24 minutes, 30 seconds).

[edit] 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.

[edit] RiversEdit

Mouth of Humboldt County's Little River on the Pacific Coast.Humboldt County's major rivers include (in order of flow-cubic meters per second-from largest to smallest):

  • Klamath River
  • Eel River
  • Trinity River
  • Mad River

The list of other smaller rivers and at least one large creek include the following: Van Duzen, South Fork Eel River (in both Humboldt and Mendocino counties), North Fork Eel River, Mattole, Salmon, Elk, Bear, and Little rivers, and Redwood Creek.

[edit] Parks and other protected areasEdit

Rockefeller Forest, the largest remaining Old Growth Redwood forest on earth, is located within Humboldt Redwoods State Park.====[edit] Federal Lands==== National Park

  • Redwood National and State Parks - National Park Service

Conservation Area

  • King Range National Conservation Area and The Lost Coast - Bureau of Land Management

Recreation Area

  • Samoa Dunes Recreation Area - Bureau of Land Management

Forest

  • Headwaters Forest Reserve - Bureau of Land Management
  • Six Rivers National Forest - National Forest Service
  • Trinity National Forest - National Forest Service

Wildlife Refuge

  • Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge - Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

[edit] State of CaliforniaEdit

Beaches

  • Little River State Beach
  • Trinidad State Beach

Parks

  • Fort Humboldt State Historic Park
  • Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park
  • Humboldt Lagoons State Park
  • Humboldt Redwoods State Park
  • Patrick's Point State Park
  • Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
  • Richardson Grove State Park
  • Sinkyone Wilderness State Park

Recreation Areas

  • Benbow Lake State Recreation Area
  • Harry A. Merlo State Recreation Area

Reserves

  • Azalea State Reserve
  • John B. Dewitt Redwoods State Reserve

[edit] County of HumboldtEdit

  • A. W. Way
  • Big Lagoon
  • Centerville Beach
  • Clam Beach
  • Crab Park
  • Freshwater
  • Hammond Trail
  • Luffenholtz Beach
  • Mad River
  • Margarite Lockwood
  • Moonstone Beach
  • Van Duzen

[edit] Cities and townsEdit

The majority of residents live in the Eureka-Arcata-Fortuna micropolitan area, located on a coastal plain adjacent to Humboldt Bay.[13]

[edit] Incorporated citiesEdit

  • Anderson
  • Arcata
  • Blue Lake
  • Crescent City
  • Eureka
  • Ferndale
  • Fort Bragg
  • Fortuna
  • Redding
  • Red Bluff
  • Rio Dell
  • Shasra Lake City
  • Trinidad
  • Ukiah

[edit] Unincorporated towns and areasEdit

  • Alderpoint
  • Alton
  • Bayside
  • Bayview
  • Briceland
  • Blocksburg
  • Bridgeville
  • Carlotta
  • Cutten
  • Fernbridge
  • Fieldbrook
  • Garberville
  • Harris
  • Honeydew
  • Hoopa
  • Humboldt Hill
  • Hydesville
  • Loleta
  • Manila
  • McKinleyville
  • Miranda
  • Myers Flat
  • Myrtletown
  • Orick
  • Orleans
  • Pepperwood
  • Petrolia
  • Phillipsville
  • Pine Hills
  • Redcrest
  • Redway
  • Samoa
  • Scotia
  • Shelter Cove
  • Table Bluff
  • Weitchpec
  • Westhaven-Moonstone
  • Weott
  • Whitethorn
  • Willow Creek

[edit] 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.

  • Big Lagoon Rancheria
  • Blue Lake Rancheria
  • Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation
  • Karuk Indian Reservation (partly in Siskiyou County)
  • Rohnerville Rancheria
  • Table Bluff Reservation
  • Trinidad Rancheria
  • Yurok Indian Reservation (partly in Del Norte County)

[edit] Adjacent countiesEdit

  • Del Norte County, California - north
  • Mendocino County, California - south
  • Siskiyou County, California - northeast
  • Trinity County, California - east

[edit] Transportation infrastructureEdit

Historic Fernbridge (1911) or the "Road to Ferndale" - California State Route 211===[edit] Major highways===

  • Interstate 5
  • Interstate 6
  • Interstate 60
  • Interatate 180
  • U.S. Route 101
  • US 101 Bus
  • State Route 1
  • State Route 36
  • State Route 96
  • State Route 99
  • State Route 169
  • State Route 200 (unsigned)
  • State Route 211 (maybe unsigned (?))
  • State Route 254 (Avenue of the Giants - the old U.S. 101)
  • State Route 255
  • State Route 271
  • State Route 283 (the old U.S. 101)
  • State Route 299

[edit] 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 Scotia, with occasional service to Manila and Loleta. 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. Blue Lake Rancheria Transit 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.

[edit] 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) and Rohnerville (Fortuna).

[edit] SeaportEdit

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

[edit] AgricultureEdit

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 renowned 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 valleys.

[edit] 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.

[edit] MarijuanaEdit

Humboldt County is also widely known for its cultural attributes associated with the cultivation and proliferation of marijuana.[14]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.[15]David Samuels of The New Yorker describes the county as "the heartland of high-grade marijuana farming in California."[16] However, in the years before Prop 215 (early 70's-late 80's), 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 payments to eventually become owners of the land. Especially around Garberville and Redway, the rural culture and hippie scene eventually collaborated to create a "hippy-billy" community in which marijuana became the center of the economy. Many people prospered by exporting their marijuana down the California coast and to Midwestern states because of its reputation for quality. Austin Steve Bowser, a well known local in the 1980s recalls state police officers telling him it was time to bring Humboldt County back to the United States.[17] A Garberville 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.[18] The 2008 independent film Humboldt County centers on the county's marijuana cultivation subculture.

[edit] PoliticsEdit

Humboldt County vote
by party in presidential elections
Year GOP DEM Others
2008 34.1% 21,713 62.3% 39,692 4.0% 2,559
2004 39.0% 25,714 57.7% 37,988 3.3% 2,184
2000 41.5% 23,219 44.4% 24,851 14.1% 7,902
1996 35.5% 19,803 44.2% 24,628 20.3% 11,326
1992 30.5% 18,299 48.1% 28,854 21.4% 12,868
1988 41.2% 21,460 57.1% 29,781 1.7% 905
1984 51.6% 27,832 46.8% 25,217 1.6% 842
1980 49.4% 24,047 35.2% 17,113 15.5% 7,532
1976 41.6 18,034 54.2% 23,500 4.2% 1,838
1972 48.8% 22,345 46.2% 21,132 5.0% 2,286
1968 46.2% 16,719 45.5% 16,476 8.3% 3,019
1964 33.5% 12,909 66.3% 25,515 0.2% 75
1960 46.7% 18,074 52.7% 20,391 0.6% 226
1956 52.6% 19,019 47.1% 17,025 0.4% 133
1952 60.1% 19,949 39.0% 12,949 0.9% 293
1948 47.2% 10,979 48.4% 11,268 4.4% 1,019
1944 42.9% 9,127 56.8% 12,083 0.2% 50
1940 43.0% 9,470 56.0% 12,329 1.0% 225
1936 36.0% 6,808 62.9% 11,909 1.1% 208
1932 42.2% 6,795 54.2% 8,723 3.6% 577
1928 69.8% 9,162 28.4% 3,726 1.9% 247
1924 56.8% 6,767 7.1% 845 36.1% 4,298
1920 69.9% 6,528 19.0% 1,778 11.1% 1,034

Humboldt is 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.

Humboldt is part of California's 1st congressional district, which is held by Democrat Mike Thompson. In the state legislature, Humboldt is part of the 1st Assembly district, which is held by Democrat Wes Chesbro, and the 2nd Senate district, which is held by Democrat Noreen Evans.

[edit] Area organizationsEdit

[edit] DemographicsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 2,694
1870 6,140 127.9%
1880 15,512 152.6%
1890 23,469 51.3%
1900 27,104 15.5%
1910 33,857 24.9%
1920 37,413 10.5%
1930 43,233 15.6%
1940 45,812 6.0%
1950 69,241 51.1%
1960 104,892 51.5%
1970 99,692 −5.0%
1980 108,514 8.8%
1990 119,118 9.8%
2000 126,518 6.2%
2010 134,623 6.4%
[19][20][21]

[edit] 2010Edit

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%).[22]

[hide]Population reported at 2010 United States Census
The County Total
Population
White African
American
Native
American
Asian Pacific
Islander
other
races
two or
more races
Hispanic

or Latino (of any race)

Humboldt County 134,623 109,920 1,505 7,726 2,944 352 5,003 7,173 13,211
Incorporated
city
Total
Population
White African
American
Native
American
Asian Pacific
Islander
other
races
two or
more races
Hispanic

or Latino (of any race)An

Anderson

Arcata

9,932

17,231

8,989

14,094

70

351

426

393

256

454

17

35

353

769

537

1,135

1,070

2,000

Blue Lake

1,253 1,094 5 55 13 4 24 58 82

Crescent City

Eureka

7,643

43,108

5,052

21,565

910

514

370

1,011

333

1,153

34

176

7

1,181

696

1,591

2,342

10,143

Ferndale 1,371 1,281 1 22 20 2 17 28 77
Fortuna 11,926 9,686 73 444 106 9 1,065 543 2,032

Redding

Rio Dell

90,108

3,368

77,117

2,894

1,092

13

2,034

125

3,034

25

156

3

2,307

140

4,121

168

7,787

384

Trinidad

'Uk'iah

367

18,989

331

11,592

2

174

15

601

2

412

1

34

1

2,385

15

877

11

4,458

Census-designated
place
Total
Population
White African
American
Native
American
Asian Pacific
Islander
other
races
two or
more races
Hispanic

or Latino (of any race)

Alderpoint 186 170 0 9 1 0 1 5 10
Bayview 2,510 1,959 28 119 88 5 185 126 425
Benbow 321 294 0 2 1 0 13 11 25
Big Lagoon 93 73 0 11 0 0 1 8 11
Cutten 3,108 2,628 27 119 80 11 78 165 254
Fieldbrook 859 763 4 19 5 0 14 54 51
Fields Landing 276 210 6 13 21 1 6 19 18
Garberville 913 815 14 29 17 0 7 31 54
Humboldt Hill 3,414 2,853 41 119 102 2 129 168 298
Hydesville 1,237 1,108 4 33 6 0 30 56 71
Indianola 823 713 2 42 11 1 12 42 44
Loleta 783 643 12 16 5 0 65 42 114
McKinleyville 15,177 13,010 103 700 211 17 338 798 1,081
Manila 784 686 14 25 5 0 12 42 30
Miranda 520 439 4 13 4 1 31 28 75
Myers Flat 146 125 0 6 1 0 4 10 11
Myrtletown 4,675 3,969 53 142 155 19 126 211 387
Orick 357 288 0 39 0 3 6 21 20
Phillipsville 140 121 0 4 1 0 0 14 3
Pine Hills 3,131 2,648 22 86 116 4 72 183 220
Redcrest 89 73 0 5 0 0 3 8 4
Redway 1,225 1,093 5 35 6 1 15 70 96
Samoa 258 198 1 9 0 0 31 19 52
Scotia 850 674 3 35 3 9 90 36 150
Shelter Cove 693 630 3 5 7 1 13 34 47
Weott 288 252 0 13 1 0 3 19 20
Westhaven-Moonstone 1,205 1,083 9 39 18 0 10 46 53
Willow Creek 1,710 1,375 6 167 14 6 29 113 108
Unincorporated
communities
Total
Population
White African
American
Native
American
Asian Pacific
Islander
other
races
two or
more races
Hispanic

or Latino (of any race)

All others not CDPs (combined) 26,145 20,082 185 3,807 292 41 482 1,256 1,750

[edit] 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.[23] 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 84.71% White, 0.88% Black or African American, 5.72% Native American, 1.65% Asian, 0.19% Pacific Islander, 2.45% from other races, and 4.39% from two or more races. 6.49% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 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.

[edit] Educational and cultural institutionsEdit

  • Humboldt State University
  • College of the Redwoods
  • Heartwood Institute
  • Dell'Arte School
  • Northcoast Preparatory and Performing Arts Academy
  • Sequoia Park Zoo

The county is served by many school districts, including charter and private schools. All school districts are listed in a separate article. The Lanphere Dunes, a protected coastal environment==[edit] Environment== 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.[24] A prominent understory shrub is the toyon, whose northern range limit is in Humboldt County.[25]

[edit] MediaEdit

[edit] PrintEdit

The only major locally published regional daily newspaper is the Times-Standard. Owned by Media News Group since 1996, it has been in continuous publication since 1854. This national publisher also prints, locally, the Humboldt Beacon, the Redwood Times, and the Tri-City Weekly, a county-wide classified paper. It also produces Northcoast 101, an online business directory of the region. Other regional weekly and bi-weekly publications include the North Coast Journal, the McKinleyville Press, the Independent, the Arcata Eye, the Two Rivers Tribune, and The Lumberjack, a Humboldt State University student publication. HSU students also publish The Osprey once per semester.

[edit] TelevisionEdit

Humboldt County's locally produced television stations, KIEM and KEET, are based in Eureka. KIEM produces the only local TV newscast for Humboldt County, while KEET is the only PBS station in the region. CBS and Fox affiliates KVIQ 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.

[edit] RadioEdit

For-profit stations include KFMI, KRED, KXGO, KHUM, KSLG, KWPT and KATA. Non-profit stations include the Hoopa Tribe's KIDE, Redway's KMUD, Humboldt State University-based KHSU and KRFH and Jefferson Public Radio's KNHM and KNHT.

[edit] Community MediaEdit

Community broadband networks and Public, educational, and government access (PEG) cable TV channels are provided by Access Humboldt with digital production, archiving and distribution for local voices. Cable TV channels are carried by Suddenlink and local programs are provided online through the Community Media Archive. The Digital Redwoods initiative of Access Humboldt is developing local networks to meet comprehensive community needs, including public, education and government purposes.

[edit] Notable natives and residentsEdit

  • Sara Bareilles
  • Lloyd Bridges
  • Hobart Brown
  • David Cobb
  • Alexander Cockburn
  • Trevor Dunn
  • Guy Fieri
  • Brendan Fraser
  • James Gillett
  • El Hefe
  • Seth Kinman
  • Rey Maualuga
  • Mike Patton
  • Maurice Purify
  • Nate Quarry
  • Trey Spruance
  • Ned Yost
  • Wesley Chesbro
  • Robert A. Gearheart
  • Steven Hackett
  • Bret Harte
  • Dan Hauser
  • Christa Johnson
  • Naomi Lang
  • Tim McKay
  • Roscoe E. Peithman
  • Nate Quarry
  • Eric Rofes
  • Stephen W. Shaw
  • Steve Sillett
  • Greg Stafford
  • Michael John Fles
  • Howard B. Keck
  • Tim McKay
  • Don Van Vliet

[edit] EventsEdit

  • Apple Harvest Festival in Fortuna (October)
  • Arcata Bay Oyster Festival on the Arcata Plaza (June)
  • Azalea Festival in Mckinleyville (June)
  • Avenue of The Giants Marathon (May)
  • Blues by the bay in Eureka (July)
  • Brew at the Zoo (May)
  • Chicken Wingfest in Eureka (September)
  • Craftsman's Days in Eureka (November)
  • College of the Redwoods Wood Fair (Summer)
  • Fourth of July Festival in Old Town Eureka (July)
  • Gay Pride in Arcata (September)
  • Godwit Days (Birding festival) in Arcata (April)
  • Humboldt Arts Festival in Arcata (May)
  • Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale (August)
  • Humboldt Film Festival (March–April)
  • Humboldt Redwoods Marathon (October)
  • Mushroom Fair in Eureka (November)
  • North Country Fair in Arcata (September)
  • Organic Planet Festival in Eureka (September)
  • Redwood Acres Fair in Eureka (June)
  • Redwood Coast Jazz Festival in Eureka (Last Weekend of March)
  • Redwood Run in Southern Humboldt (June)
  • Reggae on the River at Benbow in Southern Humboldt (July)
  • Reggae Rising on the Eel on the Humboldt / Mendocino County border (August)
  • Rhododendron Festival (and parade) in Eureka (April)
  • Roll on the Mattole at the Mattole Grange in Southern Humboldt (Summer)
  • Summer Arts and Music Festival at Benbow in Southern Humboldt (June)
  • Tour of the Unknown Coast (by Bicycle) in Southern Humboldt (May)
  • Trinidad Fish Festival (June)
  • Trinidad to Clam Beach Run (February)
  • Trucker's Parade around Humboldt Bay (December)
  • Two Rivers Harvest Festival in Willow Creek(October)
  • Westhaven Blackberry Festival (Last Sunday in July)
  • World-Championship Kinetic Sculpture Race (Memorial Day Weekend - Late May)
  • Zootini (August)

[edit] See alsoEdit

  • 2010 Eureka earthquake
  • Arcata - Jacoby Creek Community Forests
  • Arcata and Eureka Community Recycling Centers
  • Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Avenue of the Giants
  • Fort Humboldt State Historic Park
  • Headwaters Forest
  • Hiking trails in Humboldt County - and throughout the region.
  • HSU First Street Gallery
  • Humboldt Arts Council
  • Humboldt Botanical Garden
  • Humboldt Crabs - semi-professional baseball team
  • Humboldt County Historical Society
  • Humboldt County parks and beaches
  • Humboldt Redwoods State Park
  • Humboldt County Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Lanphere Dunes
  • Lost Coast
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Humboldt County, California
  • North Coast Journal
  • Operation Green Sweep
  • Redwood National and State Parks
  • Samoa Dunes
  • Timber Heritage Association Preserving local timber and railroad history.
  • Potluck (group)

[edit] ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kerr, J.M. - The Codes of California. - 1905. - p. 1043.
  2. ^ http://2010.census.gov/2010census/data/
  3. ^ Discover Humboldt Bay. - Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District. - Retrieved: 2008-07-13
  4. ^ Forestry, Forest Industry, and Forest Products Consumption in California. University of California, Davis: Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. - (Adobe Acrobat *.PDF document). - Retrieved: 2008-03-30
  5. ^ Area of Old-Growth Forests in California, Oregon, and Washington. - United States Forest Service - USDA. - (Adobe Acrobat *.PDF document). - Retrieved: 2007-11-18
  6. ^ Humboldt County Public Lands. - Humboldt County Community Development Services. - (Adobe Acrobat *.PDF document). - Retrieved: 2007-11-19
  7. ^ a b c d Van Kirk, Susie. - "Humboldt County: A Briefest of Histories". - Humboldt County Library. - (c/o Humboldt County Historical Society). - May 1999
  8. ^ a b c d Humboldt County State Designated Historical Landmarks. - California Historical Landmarks
  9. ^ Easthouse, Keith. - "The Chinese Expulsion: Looking Back on a Dark Episode". - North Coast Journal. - February 27, 2003. - Retrieved: 2006-11-26
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  13. ^ US Census Micropolitan Areas.
  14. ^ California to Let Voters Decide on Marijuana Legalization, PBS News Hour, aired 13 Oct 2010.
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