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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population17,775
Male Share of the Population47.7%
Female Share of the Population52.3%
Senior Citizens10.7%
Employed Population 16+8,037
Age of the Population25

Families

% of people married21.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher49.4%
Median Earnings25+$20,871
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,521
Median Earnings With High School Degree$19,625

Wealth

Median Family Income$46,467
% Above Poverty Level59.9%
% Below Poverty Level40.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work20.4%
% Using Public Transportation4.9%

Housing

People Living Alone36.8%
Median Gross Rent$887
Median House Value$322,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)33.1%
Irish14.4%
English8.8%
Italian8.2%
French Except Basque5.2%
Scottish3.7%
Portuguese3.2%
Russian2%
Polish2%
Swedish1.8%
Norwegian1.5%
Danishn1.4%
Dutch1.4%
Hungarian1.1%
Arab0.9%
Finnish0.8%
Turkish0.7%
Welsh0.7%
Lithuanian0.7%
West Indian0.6%
Lebanese0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Greek0.5%
Swiss0.5%
Czech0.4%
Jamaican0.3%
Iranian0.3%
Romanian0.3%
Basque0.2%
Austrian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
German0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
African0.1%
South African0.1%
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Arcata Almanac

CategoryValue
County Humboldt County
Standard Zip Codes95521
P.O. Box Zip Codes95518
Phone Area Codes707
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude40.86
Approximate Longitude-124.08

Arcata Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationEUREKA WFO WOODLEY IS
Distance5.6 miles
Jan Temp41 to 55 F
Apr Temp44 to 57 F
Jul Temp53 to 63 F
Oct Temp48 to 61 F
Annual Precip38.1 inches
StationSCOTIA
Distance26.5 miles
Jan Temp40 to 57 F
Apr Temp44 to 62 F
Jul Temp52 to 70 F
Oct Temp46 to 68 F
Annual Precip48.4 inches
StationORLEANS
Distance41.4 miles
Jan Temp36 to 52 F
Apr Temp42 to 71 F
Jul Temp54 to 92 F
Oct Temp45 to 74 F
Annual Precip52.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Blue Lake1,147$66,667
Eureka27,002$51,409
Ferndale1,419$49,554
Fortuna11,917$51,831
Trinidad209$89,688

Arcata Hospitals

Mad River Community Hospital
(Proprietary)
3800 Janes Road

Arcata Public Schools

Arcata Elementary
2400 Baldwin St.
ZIP: 95521
Primary
Total Enrollment 291
Arcata High
1720 M St.
ZIP: 95521
High
Total Enrollment 830
Coastal Grove Charter
1897 S St.
ZIP: 95521
Primary
Total Enrollment 229
Fuente Nueva Charter
1730 Janes Rd.
ZIP: 95521
Primary
Total Enrollment 112
Laurel Tree Charter
4555 Valley W. Blvd.
ZIP: 95521
Other
Total Enrollment 118
Northcoast Preparatory And Performing Arts Academy
285 Bayside Rd.
ZIP: 95521
High
Total Enrollment 139
Pacific Coast High (continuation)
1720 M St.
ZIP: 95521
High
Total Enrollment 42
Pacific Union Elementary
3001 Janes Rd.
ZIP: 95521
Primary
Total Enrollment 543
Redwood Coast Montessori
1611 Peninsula Dr.
ZIP: 95521
Primary
Total Enrollment 81
Six Rivers Charter High
1720 M St.
ZIP: 95521
High
Total Enrollment 101
Sunny Brae Middle
1430 Buttermilk Ln.
ZIP: 95521
Middle
Total Enrollment 246
Trillium Charter
1464 Spear Ave.
ZIP: 95521
Primary
Total Enrollment 45
Union Street Charter
470 Union St.
ZIP: 95521
Primary
Total Enrollment 100

Arcata Private Schools

Arcata Christian School
1700 Union St
ZIP: 95521
Elementary
Total Enrollment 55
Mad River Montessori Preschool
1710 Janes Rd
ZIP: 95521
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
St Mary's Catholic School
1730 Janes Rd
ZIP: 95521
Elementary
Total Enrollment 27
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