Camptonville, California

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Camptonville, California
Census-designated place
Camptonville is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 39°27′07″N 121°02′55″W / 39.45194°N 121.04861°W / 39.45194; -121.04861Coordinates: 39°27′07″N 121°02′55″W / 39.45194°N 121.04861°W / 39.45194; -121.04861
Country  United States
State  California
County Yuba County
 • Total 0.874 sq mi (2.263 km2)
 • Land 0.874 sq mi (2.263 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation[2] 2,825 ft (861 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 158
 • Density 180/sq mi (70/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
GNIS feature IDs 1658208; 2628715
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Camptonville, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Camptonville, California

Camptonville (formerly, Comptonville and Gold Ridge) is a small town and census-designated place (CDP)[3] located in northeastern Yuba County, California. The town is located 36 miles (58 km) northeast of Marysville,[4] off Highway 49 between Downieville and Nevada City. It is located on a ridge between the North Fork and Middle Fork of the Yuba River, not far from New Bullards Bar Dam Reservoir. Camptonville lies at an elevation of 2825 feet (861 m). The population was 158 at the 2010 census.


Gold was discovered here in 1850, and the place became known as Gold Ridge. The name was changed to Camptonville in 1854 when the first post office opened.[4] The name honors Robert Campton, the town blacksmith.[4]

It was a center of the California Gold Rush and stopping point for travelers coming from Virginia City, Nevada (via Reno and Verdi) on the main route at the time, Henness Pass Road, or for those coming from the Donner Pass. The roaring town with over fifty saloons had brothels and even a bowling alley. After the tide of gold miners slowed, the local economy depended upon Camptonville's lumber mill. When it shut down, many of those that had not already left then departed. Fast-growing ponderosa pines rose throughout the town and most remnants of the original structures decomposed. Some buildings now present include the Lost Nugget gas station and convenience store, a post office, Camptonville Elementary School, a monument to the Pelton wheel, and the original Mayo Saloon. Of notable history are the Mountain House, Sleighville Inn, and the Oregon Creek covered bridge.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²), all of it land.


The 2010 United States Census[5] reported that Camptonville had a population of 158. The population density was 180.8 people per square mile (69.8/km²). The racial makeup of Camptonville was 117 (74.1%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 15 (9.5%) Native American, 2 (1.3%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 4 (2.5%) from other races, and 20 (12.7%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5 persons (3.2%).

The Census reported that 158 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 70 households, out of which 22 (31.4%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 30 (42.9%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 7 (10.0%) had a female householder with no husband present, 5 (7.1%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 8 (11.4%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 24 households (34.3%) were made up of individuals and 8 (11.4%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26. There were 42 families (60.0% of all households); the average family size was 2.86.

The population was spread out with 36 people (22.8%) under the age of 18, 10 people (6.3%) aged 18 to 24, 36 people (22.8%) aged 25 to 44, 53 people (33.5%) aged 45 to 64, and 23 people (14.6%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.3 years. For every 100 females there were 102.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

There were 81 housing units at an average density of 92.7 per square mile (35.8/km²), of which 39 (55.7%) were owner-occupied, and 31 (44.3%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0%; the rental vacancy rate was 8.8%. 86 people (54.4% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 72 people (45.6%) lived in rental housing units.


  1. ^ U.S. Census
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Camptonville, California
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Camptonville, California
  4. ^ 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. 460. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  5. ^ 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.

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