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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population11,917
Male Share of the Population48.1%
Female Share of the Population51.9%
Senior Citizens16.9%
Employed Population 16+4,667
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married44.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher15.4%
Median Earnings25+$28,921
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,194
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,247

Wealth

Median Family Income$51,831
% Above Poverty Level83.7%
% Below Poverty Level16.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work5%
% Using Public Transportation0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone25.9%
Median Gross Rent$902
Median House Value$244,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)42.5%
German12.4%
Irish9.8%
English9.7%
Italian4.2%
Portuguese2.7%
Norwegian2.2%
Swedish2%
French Except Basque1.8%
Scottish1.6%
Dutch1%
Danishn1%
Polish0.7%
Austrian0.6%
Canadian0.5%
Swiss0.5%
Russian0.5%
Finnish0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Arab0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Slovak0.2%
African0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Basque0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Czech0.1%
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Fortuna Almanac

CategoryValue
County Humboldt County
Standard Zip Codes95540
Phone Area Codes707
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude40.57
Approximate Longitude-124.15

Fortuna Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSCOTIA
Distance8.5 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
StationEUREKA WFO WOODLEY IS
Distance15.1 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
StationRICHARDSON GR ST PK
Distance43.4 miles
Jan Temp38 to 50 F
Apr Temp41 to 65 F
Jul Temp54 to 86 F
Oct Temp46 to 70 F
Annual Precip68.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Arcata17,775$46,467
Blue Lake1,147$66,667
Eureka27,002$51,409
Ferndale1,419$49,554
Rio Dell3,372$58,269

Fortuna Hospitals

Redwood Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
3300 Renner Drive

Fortuna Public Schools

East High (continuation)
392 16th St.
ZIP: 95540
High
Total Enrollment 67
Eel River Community
2292 Newburg Rd.
ZIP: 95540
High
Total Enrollment 60
Fortuna Middle
843 L St.
ZIP: 95540
Middle
Total Enrollment 265
Fortuna Union High
379 12th St.
ZIP: 95540
High
Total Enrollment 825
Norman G. Ambrosini Elementary
3850 Rohnerville Rd.
ZIP: 95540
Primary
Total Enrollment 296
Redwood Preparatory Charter
1355 Ross Hill Rd.
ZIP: 95540
Primary
Total Enrollment 201
South Fortuna Elementary
2089 Newburg Rd.
ZIP: 95540
Primary
Total Enrollment 379
Toddy Thomas Elementary
2800 Thomas St.
ZIP: 95540
Middle
Total Enrollment 240

Fortuna Private Schools

Fortuna Junior Academy
1200 Ross Hill Rd
ZIP: 95540
Elementary
Total Enrollment 26
New Life Christian School/great Beginnings Ps
1736 Newburg Rd
ZIP: 95540
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 62
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