Blue Lake, California

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City of Blue Lake
City
Location in Humboldt County and the state of California
Location in Humboldt County and the state of California
Coordinates: 40°52′58″N 123°59′02″W / 40.88278°N 123.98389°W / 40.88278; -123.98389Coordinates: 40°52′58″N 123°59′02″W / 40.88278°N 123.98389°W / 40.88278; -123.98389
Country  United States
State  California
County Humboldt
Incorporated April 23, 1910[1]
Government
 • Type Mayor-council government
 • Mayor Sherman Schapiro[2]
 • City Manager John Berchtold[3]
Area[4]
 • Total 0.622 sq mi (1.610 km2)
 • Land 0.592 sq mi (1.533 km2)
 • Water 0.030 sq mi (0.077 km2)  4.8%
Elevation[5] 131 ft (40 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,253
 • Density 2,000/sq mi (780/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 95525
Area code(s) 707
FIPS code 06-07162
GNIS feature IDs 1658083, 2409868
Website bluelake.ca.gov

Blue Lake (formerly, Scottsville)[6] is a city in Humboldt County, California, United States. Blue Lake is located on the Mad River 16 miles (26 km) northeast of Eureka,[6] at an elevation of 131 feet (40 m).[5] The population was 1,253 at the 2010 census, up from 1,135 at the 2000 census.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), over 95% of which is land.

Lumber industry[edit]

The Arcata and Mad River Railroad is California Registered Historical Landmark Number 842, located in downtown Blue Lake.

The lumber industry shipped wood down the Arcata and Mad River Railroad. During the 1950s, timber shipped from Blue Lake included from Levitt Brothers own lumberyard and nail factory from which lumber and nails were sent to the four Levittown developments in the eastern U.S.[7]

Demographics[edit]

2010[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[8] reported that Blue Lake had a population of 1,253. The population density was 2,015.6 people per square mile (778.2/km²). The racial makeup of Blue Lake was 1,094 (87.3%) White, 5 (0.4%) African American, 55 (4.4%) Native American, 13 (1.0%) Asian, 4 (0.3%) Pacific Islander, 24 (1.9%) from other races, and 58 (4.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 82 persons (6.5%).

The Census reported that 1,253 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 542 households, out of which 152 (28.0%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 215 (39.7%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 63 (11.6%) had a female householder with no husband present, 32 (5.9%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 45 (8.3%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 12 (2.2%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 161 households (29.7%) were made up of individuals and 45 (8.3%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31. There were 310 families (57.2% of all households); the average family size was 2.79.

The population was spread out with 248 people (19.8%) under the age of 18, 102 people (8.1%) aged 18 to 24, 361 people (28.8%) aged 25 to 44, 415 people (33.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 127 people (10.1%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.3 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males.

There were 572 housing units at an average density of 920.1 per square mile (355.3/km²), of which 301 (55.5%) were owner-occupied, and 241 (44.5%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.0%; the rental vacancy rate was 2.8%. 712 people (56.8% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 541 people (43.2%) lived in rental housing units.

2000[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 507
1920 441 −13.0%
1930 555 25.9%
1940 503 −9.4%
1950 824 63.8%
1960 1,234 49.8%
1970 1,112 −9.9%
1980 1,201 8.0%
1990 1,235 2.8%
2000 1,135 −8.1%
2010 1,253 10.4%
source:[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 1,135 people, 504 households, and 297 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,884.2 people per square mile (730.4/km²). There were 556 housing units at an average density of 923.0 per square mile (357.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.72% White, 0.53% Black or African American, 5.37% Native American, 1.32% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 1.15% from other races, and 2.82% from two or more races. 2.47% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 504 households out of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.9% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,500, and the median income for a family was $37,500. Males had a median income of $35,924 versus $25,563 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,603. About 6.3% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.0% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

In the state legislature, Blue Lake is in the 2nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Noreen Evans,[11] and the 2nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Wesley Chesbro.[12]

Federally, Blue Lake is in California's 2nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Jared Huffman.[13]

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "California Cities by Incorporation Date" (Word). California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Blue Lake City Council". City of Blue Lake. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ "City Manager". City of Blue Lake. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ U.S. Census
  5. ^ a b "Blue Lake". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  6. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 22. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  7. ^ A Brief History of Levittown, New York, Levittown Historical Society, retrieved 08 February 2013
  8. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Blue Lake city". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Populations of Places, Towns, and Cities in California, 1850-2000". California Dept. of Finance. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "California's 2nd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 

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