Biggs, California

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City of Biggs
City
Nickname(s): "Heart of Rice Country"
Motto: "Where The People Own The Water And Power"
Location in Butte County and the state of California
Location in Butte County and the state of California
Coordinates: 39°24′50″N 121°42′37″W / 39.41389°N 121.71028°W / 39.41389; -121.71028Coordinates: 39°24′50″N 121°42′37″W / 39.41389°N 121.71028°W / 39.41389; -121.71028
Country  United States
State  California
County Butte
Incorporated June 26, 1903[1]
Government
 • State Senator Jim Nielsen (R)[2]
 • State Assembly Dan Logue (R)[3]
 • U. S. Congress Doug LaMalfa (R)[4]
Area[5]
 • Total 0.636 sq mi (1.646 km2)
 • Land 0.636 sq mi (1.646 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation 98 ft (30 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,707
 • Density 2,700/sq mi (1,000/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 95917
Area code(s) 530
FIPS code 06-06560
GNIS feature IDs 277474, 2409848
Website www.biggs-ca.gov

Biggs (formerly, Biggs Station)[6] is a city in Butte County, California, United States. The population was 1,707 at the 2010 census, down from 1,793 at the 2000 census.[7]

Geography[edit]

Biggs is located at 39°24′50″N 121°42′37″W / 39.41389°N 121.71028°W / 39.41389; -121.71028 (39.413820, -121.710316).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), all of it land.

History[edit]

A post office was established at Biggs Station in 1871, and the name changed to Biggs in 1884.[9] It was incorporated in 1903.[9] Biggs is named for Maj. Marion Biggs, who first shipped grain by rail from the town's location.[9]

In late 2002, the town's mayor received a letter from Jeff Manning, executive director of the California Milk Processor Board, proposing that the town change its name to "Got Milk?". The town council of Biggs subsequently rejected the proposal.[10]

Demographics[edit]

2010[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[11] reported that Biggs had a population of 1,707. The population density was 2,685.5 people per square mile (1,036.9/km²). The racial makeup of Biggs was 1,302 (76.3%) White, 11 (0.6%) African American, 54 (3.2%) Native American, 9 (0.5%) Asian, 1 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 252 (14.8%) from other races, and 78 (4.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 580 persons (34.0%).

The Census reported that 1,707 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 565 households, out of which 246 (43.5%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 315 (55.8%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 90 (15.9%) had a female householder with no husband present, 39 (6.9%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 48 (8.5%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 2 (0.4%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 94 households (16.6%) were made up of individuals and 41 (7.3%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.02. There were 444 families (78.6% of all households); the average family size was 3.37.

The population was spread out with 480 people (28.1%) under the age of 18, 185 people (10.8%) aged 18 to 24, 393 people (23.0%) aged 25 to 44, 463 people (27.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 186 people (10.9%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.1 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.

There were 617 housing units at an average density of 970.7 per square mile (374.8/km²), of which 392 (69.4%) were owner-occupied, and 173 (30.6%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 3.2%; the rental vacancy rate was 6.5%. 1,165 people (68.2% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 542 people (31.8%) lived in rental housing units.

2000[edit]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 1,793 people, 571 households, and 449 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,451.6 people per square mile (1,331.3/km²). There were 613 housing units at an average density of 1,180.1 per square mile (455.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 74.51% White, 0.45% Black or African American, 1.84% Native American, 0.84% Asian, 18.52% from other races, and 3.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 27.55% of the population.

There were 571 households out of which 44.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 17.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.14 and the average family size was 3.55.

In the city the population was spread out with 34.2% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 17.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,250, and the median income for a family was $39,063. Males had a median income of $32,692 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,386. About 11.7% of families and 17.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.7% of those under age 18 and 14.0% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Biggs's public schools are operated by the Biggs Unified School District.[12] The public schools in the Biggs Unified School District are Biggs Elementary School, Richvale Elementary School and Biggs High School.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "California Cities by Incorporation Date" (Word). California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ "California's 1st Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ U.S. Census
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Biggs, California
  7. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 195. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  10. ^ Raine, George. "Biggs Goes Sour on Got Milk?" SFGate. Hearst Communications, Inc., 6 Nov. 2002. Web. 10 Mar. 2010. <http://articles.sfgate.com/2002-11-06/business/17571484_1_california-milk-processor-board-jeff-manning-milk-people>.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "Biggs Unified School District". Retrieved 13 April 2013.