Introduction to Arcata, California

Arcata, California, in Humboldt county, is 90 miles W of Redding, California and 209 miles NW of Sacramento, California

Arcata History

The area was inhabited by the Wiyot People and Yurok People prior to the settlement of Russian and European peoples. Arcata was originally founded as the town of Union. Union was created as a port and re-provisioning axis for the gold mines in the Trinity, Klamath and Salmon Mountains to the east. The area was permanently named 'Arcata' in the year 1860.

Arcata and nearby Attractions

  • Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Azalea State Reserve
  • Clam Beach County Park
  • Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • Luffenholtz Beach County Park
  • Patrick's Point State Park

Things To Do In Arcata

Arcata offers many things to do for people of all ages. There are various play centers and sports clubs for kids, where they can enjoy playing volleyball and basketball. For adults, there are various chess clubs and other recreation centers. The city is dotted with various restaurants and cafes which serve traditional and continental delicacies.

Arcata Transportation

Sacramento International Airport is the nearest major airport that serves Arcata.

Arcata Higher Education

The college that serves the city is College Of The Redwoods.


Total Population 17,752
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 9.4%
Employed Population 16+ 7,264
Age of the Population 24


% of people married 22.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 48.6%
Median Earnings25+ $20,762
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,466
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,108


Median Family Income $42,601
% Above Poverty Level 58.7%
% Below Poverty Level 41.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 5.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 23.9%
% Using Public Transportation 3.9%


People Living Alone 36.1%
Median Gross Rent $899
Median House Value $319,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 34.6%
US/American 0.2%
English 9.3%
Irish 14.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Arcata Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 90 miles W of Redding, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 209 miles NW of Sacramento, California
County Humboldt
Standard Zip Codes 95521
P.O. Box Zip Codes 95518
Phone Area Codes 707
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.866
Longitude -124.081

Arcata Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 5.6 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 55 F
Apr Temp 44 to 57 F
Jul Temp 53 to 63 F
Oct Temp 48 to 61 F
Annual Precip 38.1 inches
Station SCOTIA
Distance 26.5 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 57 F
Apr Temp 44 to 62 F
Jul Temp 52 to 70 F
Oct Temp 46 to 68 F
Annual Precip 48.4 inches
Distance 41.4 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 52 F
Apr Temp 42 to 71 F
Jul Temp 54 to 92 F
Oct Temp 45 to 74 F
Annual Precip 52.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Arcata, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Manila (95521)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Blue Lake 1,310 $68,750
Eureka 26,985 $48,961
Ferndale 1,354 $49,940
Fortuna 11,904 $52,329
Trinidad 219 $85,313

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Arcata Hospitals

(707) 822-3621
Emergency Service: Yes

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Arcata High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

1720 M ST.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,020 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.7

1720 M ST.
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 61 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 30.5

A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 13 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

Arcata Colleges

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