Clearlake, California

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Clearlake, California

Introduction to Clearlake, California

Clearlake, California, in Lake County, is 36 miles N of Santa Rosa, California (center to center) and 66 miles NW of Sacramento, California. About 13,142 people live in Clearlake.

Clearlake History

Clearlake is a part of Lake County which has developed around the 43,000 acre Clear Lake. The area was shaped by volcanic action. The original inhabitants of the area were the Pomo Indians. The first modern settlers were from Europe and they came in the 1850s. The area of Clearlake was incorporated in 1980 by combining Clear Lake Highlands, Burns Valley, Cache Creek and a portion of Clear Lake.

Clearlake and nearby Attractions

  • Calpine Geothermal Visitor Center
  • Clearlake Park
  • Anderson Marsh
  • Redbud Park
  • Clearlake City Hall
  • Borax Lake

Things To Do In Clearlake

Clearlake offers great recreational opportunities, including shopping areas and restaurants. Clear Lake has very scenic views and is an ideal place for relaxation. The parks offer opportunities for health enhancing activities. The lake, being a major part of the community, makes fishing, swimming and boating the most popular activities.

Clearlake Transportation

Sacramento International Airport offers air transportation facilities.

Clearlake Higher Education

Napa Valley College serves the city.

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High Points

Clearlake strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in California):

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 9% Clearlake Affordability of Property Taxes
Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 12% Clearlake Affordability of Rents
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Clearlake Walking and Biking to Work

Comparative Profile of Clearlake, California

Comparing Clearlake to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in California (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 9 10
Age of the Population 9 9
Racial Diversity 9 4
Female Share of the Population 6 9
Male Share of the Population 5 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 4
Well-Paid Single Men 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 3 2
Portion of People Married 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 1 1
People in Middle Class or Better 1 1
Median Family Income 1 1
College Educated Adults 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 9 7
Public Transportation Use 5 3
Short Commute Times 4 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
People Living Alone 8 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 5
Housing Recently Built 7 6
Affordability of Rents 7 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 2 3
Low Property Crime 2 1

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Clearlake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 36 miles N of Santa Rosa, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 66 miles NW of Sacramento, California
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 95422
Phone Area Codes 707
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.958
Longitude -122.625

Clearlake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 4.3 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 55 F
Apr Temp 39 to 67 F
Jul Temp 55 to 90 F
Oct Temp 42 to 74 F
Annual Precip 27.9 inches
Distance 23.8 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 56 F
Apr Temp 46 to 72 F
Jul Temp 55 to 93 F
Oct Temp 50 to 78 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
Distance 27 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 57 F
Apr Temp 46 to 73 F
Jul Temp 54 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 76 F
Annual Precip 42.1 inches
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Clearlake Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 13,142 100%
Male 6,293 47.9%
Female 6,849 52.1%
Under 18 3,387 25.8%
18+ 9,755 74.2%
65+ 2,674 20.3%
Median Age 41.1
Average Family Size 2.96
White 10,823 82.4%
African-American 684 5.2%
Asian 149 1.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 354 2.7%
Other 480 3.7%
Mixed Race 631 4.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,449 11%

Estimated Clearlake Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 14,728
Growth 1,586
Growth % 12.1%

Clearlake Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 32.6%
German 13.1%
English 9.4%
Irish 9.3%
US/American 9.2%
Italian 5.6%
French (except Basque) 2.9%
Norwegian 2.4%
Portuguese 2.2%
Swedish 2.1%
Polish 1.4%
European 1.3%
Scottish 1.2%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
French Canadian 0.9%
Dutch 0.7%
Danish 0.7%
Russian 0.6%
Swiss 0.4%
Czech 0.4%
Scandinavian 0.4%
African 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Clearlake 13,142 $25,504
Cloverdale 6,831 $50,000
Lakeport 4,820 $37,900

Clearlake Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
15630 18TH AVE - HWY 53
(707) 994-6486
Emergency Service: No

Wal-mart in Clearlake

(As of 2006)
15960 Dam Road
(707) 994-6881
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Clearlake High Schools (2004)

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A Title I School.
Serves 18 students.

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