Introduction to Fort Bragg, California

Fort Bragg, California, in Mendocino county, is 91 miles NW of Santa Rosa, California and 137 miles NW of San Francisco, California

Fort Bragg History

Fort Bragg was established in 1857 by the Third Artillery Regiment. The post was named in honor of Captain Braxton Bragg, who was a member of the Third Artillery Regiment. He was also a Mexican-American War Veteran, and later became a general in the Confederate Army. Much of the early economy of the area depended on logging from the vast forests of redwood trees nearby.

Fort Bragg and Nearby Attractions

  • Admiral Standley State Recreation Area.
  • Kelley House Museum.
  • Caspar Headlands State Reserve.
  • Mendocino County Museum.
  • Navarro River Redwoods State Park.
  • Grace Hudson Museum.

Things To Do In Fort Bragg

The Ten Mile River Beach, Glass Beach, MacKerricher State Park and the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens are all accessible from Fort Bragg. Parks in the area include the Mendocino Woodlands State Park, the Westport Union-Landing State Beach, the Jug Handle State Reserve and the Admiral Standley State Recreation Area. Local churches include the Fort Bragg Seventh Day Adventist Church, Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church and the Grace Community Church. The Fort Bragg Branch Mendocino County Library is located in Fort Brag as well.

Fort Bragg Transportation

Sonoma County Airport is nearby.

Fort Bragg Higher Education

Humboldt State University, Napa Valley College and Mendocino College are some of the nearby colleges and universities.


Total Population 7,261
Male Share of the Population 50.7%
Female Share of the Population 49.3%
Senior Citizens 17%
Employed Population 16+ 3,106
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 43%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $53,571
% Above Poverty Level 77.7%
% Below Poverty Level 22.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 12 minutes
% Working from Home 5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 14.2%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 40.5%
Median Gross Rent $972
Median House Value $290,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 50.2%
US/American 0%
English 7.3%
Irish 8.5%

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

Fort Bragg Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 91 miles NW of Santa Rosa, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 137 miles NW of San Francisco, California
County Mendocino
Standard Zip Codes 95437, 95488
Phone Area Codes 707
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.445
Longitude -123.804

Fort Bragg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station FORT BRAGG 5 N
Distance 5.3 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 56 F
Apr Temp 43 to 61 F
Jul Temp 50 to 67 F
Oct Temp 46 to 64 F
Annual Precip 41 inches
Station WILLITS 1 NE
Distance 24.3 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 55 F
Apr Temp 37 to 64 F
Jul Temp 47 to 85 F
Oct Temp 38 to 74 F
Annual Precip 49.7 inches
Distance 38.2 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 57 F
Apr Temp 42 to 60 F
Jul Temp 49 to 66 F
Oct Temp 45 to 66 F
Annual Precip 41.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Cleone (95437)

Inglenook (95437)

Noyo (95437)

Pudding Creek (95437)

Redwood Lodge (95437)

Rockport (95488)

Sherwood Valley Rancheria (95437)

Westport (95488)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Willits 4,853 $47,115

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

Fort Bragg Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(707) 961-4697
Emergency Service: Yes

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Fort Bragg High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

300 DANA ST.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 636 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 25 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 11 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11

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