Introduction to Fortuna, California

Fortuna, California, in Humboldt county, is 92 miles W of Redding, California (center to center) and 199 miles NW of Sacramento, California.

Fortuna History

In 1874, the settlement in this part of the country was called 'Slide' after the fixture between the Eel River and the Christian Ridge. The construction of the Springville Mill changed the name of the town to Springville. However, when a petition for a post office was made, the name had to be changed back to Slide, as another town of the same name was already in existence. In 1884, a fresh petition was made that requested the name of the town to be changed to Fortuna, meaning fortune. On July 3, 1888, both the town and the post office were officially given the name Fortuna.

Fortuna and Nearby Attractions

  • Fortuna Branch Humboldt County Library.
  • Jameson Creek.
  • Masons and IOOF Cemetery.
  • First Baptist Church of Fortuna.
  • Redwood Village Shopping Center.
  • Rohner Park.

Things To Do In Fortuna

Fortuna houses a few historical buildings like the County Library and the Masons and IOOF Cemetery that visitors can take a tour of. There are quite a few churches that afford some quiet and peaceful time in the midst of the bustling city. The amusement parks offer fun rides and entertainment opportunities for adults and children alike. The Jameson and Strongs Creeks have a unique location and offer a stunning view to the visitors.

Fortuna Transportation

The closest major airport is Sacramento International.

Fortuna Higher Education

The College Of The Redwoods serves the area.


Total Population 11,904
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 16.5%
Employed Population 16+ 4,506
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 49%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.1%
Median Earnings25+ $29,460
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,460
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,000


Median Family Income $52,329
% Above Poverty Level 83.2%
% Below Poverty Level 16.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%


People Living Alone 26.8%
Median Gross Rent $875
Median House Value $252,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 40.3%
US/American 0%
English 8.8%
Irish 9.2%

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

Fortuna Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 92 miles W of Redding, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 199 miles NW of Sacramento, California
County Humboldt
Standard Zip Codes 95540
Phone Area Codes 707
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.598
Longitude -124.156

Fortuna Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station SCOTIA
Distance 8.5 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 15.1 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
Distance 43.4 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 50 F
Apr Temp 41 to 65 F
Jul Temp 54 to 86 F
Oct Temp 46 to 70 F
Annual Precip 68.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arcata 17,752 $42,601
Blue Lake 1,310 $68,750
Eureka 26,985 $48,961
Ferndale 1,354 $49,940
Rio Dell 3,385 $39,550

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

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Fortuna High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

379 12TH ST.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,073 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.4

392 16TH ST.
A Non-traditional School
Serves 86 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

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