Introduction to Willits, California

Willits, California, in Mendocino county, is 75 miles NW of Santa Rosa, California (center to center) and 115 miles NW of Sacramento, California.

Willits History

Willits, which was formerly known as Willitsville, is located in the centre of Mendocino County of California. The Californian Pomo Indians community of Sherwood Valley Rancheria has its headquarters here. Willits, which covers 28 square miles, derives its income from the sale of marijuana which is widely cultivated here. The Willits Depot, which was built in the year 1915, is registered as a National Historic Place. Seascape painter, Marshall Merritt had a studio in this city.

Willits and Nearby Attractions

  • Grace Hudson Museum.
  • Black Bart Casino.
  • Willits Rodeo Grounds.
  • Greenwood State Beach.
  • Montgomery Woods State Reserve.
  • Fort Ross State Historic Park.

Things To Do In Willits

Willits offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park has a water powered grist mill which was built in 1846. One can also plan a day trip to the Fort Ross State Historic Park and the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens. This city is home to the Grace Hudson Museum that has collections of Pomo Indian artifacts, photos and paintings by Grace Hudson. The Mendocino Woodlands State Park, which has Redwood forest, as well as the Admiral Standley State Recreation Area, are other places worth paying visits to.

Willits Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Sacramento International Airport.

Willits Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are offered by the Mendocino College, Butte College and the California Maritime Academy.


Total Population 4,853
Male Share of the Population 43.5%
Female Share of the Population 56.5%
Senior Citizens 18.2%
Employed Population 16+ 1,666
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 38.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $47,115
% Above Poverty Level 69.3%
% Below Poverty Level 30.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 13.9%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 41.3%
Median Gross Rent $853
Median House Value $207,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.9%
US/American 0.3%
English 15.7%
Irish 12.3%

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

Willits Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 75 miles NW of Santa Rosa, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 115 miles NW of Sacramento, California
County Mendocino
Standard Zip Codes 95429, 95490
Phone Area Codes 707
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.409
Longitude -123.354

Willits Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station WILLITS 1 NE
Distance 0.5 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
Station UKIAH
Distance 19.4 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 56 F
Apr Temp 43 to 69 F
Jul Temp 55 to 91 F
Oct Temp 46 to 76 F
Annual Precip 38.9 inches
Distance 35 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 54 F
Apr Temp 39 to 68 F
Jul Temp 54 to 92 F
Oct Temp 43 to 75 F
Annual Precip 31.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Dos Rios (95429)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fort Bragg 7,261 $53,571
Ukiah 15,936 $52,483

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

Willits Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(707) 459-6801
Emergency Service: Yes

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Willits High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

299 N. MAIN ST.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 616 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

A Charter School.
Serves 94 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.6

A Charter School.
Serves 84 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

A Non-traditional School
Serves 61 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.3

120 N. MAIN ST.
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 60 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

A Non-traditional School
Serves 15 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

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