Big Lagoon, California

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Big Lagoon
census-designated place
Big Lagoon is located in California
Big Lagoon
Big Lagoon
Location in California
Coordinates: 41°09′37″N 124°08′01″W / 41.16028°N 124.13361°W / 41.16028; -124.13361Coordinates: 41°09′37″N 124°08′01″W / 41.16028°N 124.13361°W / 41.16028; -124.13361
Country  United States
State  California
County Humboldt County
 • Total 0.599 sq mi (1.552 km2)
 • Land 0.599 sq mi (1.552 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation[2] 56 ft (17 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 93
 • Density 160/sq mi (60/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
GNIS feature IDs 1658053; 2611424
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Big Lagoon, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Big Lagoon, California

Big Lagoon is a census-designated place[3] in Humboldt County, California.[2] It is located 7 miles (11 km) north of Trinidad,[4] at an elevation of 56 feet (17 m).[2] The population was 93 at the 2010 census.


Big Lagoon is the seat of the Big Lagoon Union Elementary School District,[5] and home of the Big Lagoon School,[6] a public K-8 school built in 1956 and renovated in 1996.[6] The school sits off of U.S. Route 101 on a 10 acres (4.0 ha) site, 26 miles (42 km) north of Eureka.[6]


The 2010 United States Census[7] reported that Big Lagoon had a population of 93. The population density was 155.2 people per square mile (59.9/km²). The racial makeup of Big Lagoon was 73 (78.5%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 11 (11.8%) Native American, 0 (0.0%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 1 (1.1%) from other races, and 8 (8.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11 persons (11.8%).

The Census reported that 93 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 53 households, out of which 4 (7.5%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 18 (34.0%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 3 (5.7%) had a female householder with no husband present, 1 (1.9%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 3 (5.7%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 27 households (50.9%) were made up of individuals and 10 (18.9%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.75. There were 22 families (41.5% of all households); the average family size was 2.64.

The population was spread out with 12 people (12.9%) under the age of 18, 1 people (1.1%) aged 18 to 24, 19 people (20.4%) aged 25 to 44, 36 people (38.7%) aged 45 to 64, and 25 people (26.9%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 56.3 years. For every 100 females there were 72.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.0 males.

There were 120 housing units at an average density of 200.2 per square mile (77.3/km²), of which 38 (71.7%) were owner-occupied, and 15 (28.3%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0%; the rental vacancy rate was 0%. 66 people (71.0% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 27 people (29.0%) lived in rental housing units.


In the state legislature Benbow is in the 2nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Noreen Evans,[8] and the 2nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Wesley Chesbro.[9]

Federally, Big Lagoon is in California's 2nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Jared Huffman.[10]


  1. ^ U.S. Census
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Big Lagoon, California
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Big Lagoon, California
  4. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 19. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  5. ^ Humboldt County Office of Education
  6. ^ a b c Big Lagoon School Board
  7. ^ All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
  8. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ "California's 2nd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2013.