California, Kentucky

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California, Kentucky
Location of California, Kentucky
Location of California, Kentucky
Coordinates: 38°55′9″N 84°15′48″W / 38.91917°N 84.26333°W / 38.91917; -84.26333Coordinates: 38°55′9″N 84°15′48″W / 38.91917°N 84.26333°W / 38.91917; -84.26333
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Campbell
 • Total 0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)
 • Land 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (0.9 km2)
Elevation 482 ft (147 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 86
 • Density 358.2/sq mi (138.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 41007
Area code(s) 859
FIPS code 21-11872
GNIS feature ID 0488613

California is a 6th-class city in Campbell County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 86 at the 2000 census.


California is located at 38°55′9″N 84°15′48″W / 38.91917°N 84.26333°W / 38.91917; -84.26333 (38.919144, -84.263381).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), of which 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) (60.00%) is water.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, California has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[2]


The city’s history is somewhat unclear due to lost records from periodic floods caused by the city’s position on the Ohio River.

California had its own post office by 1852 with John H. Nelson as postmaster. The post office had daily mail delivery by water. California also had a two-story schoolhouse. Perry Day a World War II Air Corp veteran, served as Postmaster during the 1960s.

California was incorporated as a city on February 7, 1874.[3]

The Elijah Herndon House in California is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Campbell County.


The population of the zip code per USPS realistically reports a population of 4,193 so the census data is extremely inaccurate. As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 86 people, 26 households, and 21 families residing in the city. The population density was 358.2 people per square mile (138.4/km²). There were 27 housing units at an average density of 112.5 per square mile (43.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White.

There were 26 households out of which 57.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.1% were married couples living together, 3.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.2% were non-families. 19.2% of all households were made up of individuals and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.31 and the average family size was 3.76.

In the city the population was spread out with 36.0% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 37.2% from 25 to 44, 16.3% from 45 to 64, and 3.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 68.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,500, and the median income for a family was $38,000. Males had a median income of $43,750 versus $30,625 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,143. None of the population and none of the families were below the poverty line.


Residents are within the Campbell County School District.[5] Residents are zoned to Campbell County High School in Alexandria.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ Climate Summary for California, Kentucky
  3. ^ Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "California, Kentucky". Accessed 22 Jul 2013.
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP (2010 CENSUS): Campbell County, KY" (Archive). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 8, 2014.