|City of Cloverdale|
A historic house in Cloverdale.
Location in Sonoma County and the State of California
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||February 28, 1872|
|• Total||2.648 sq mi (6.857 km2)|
|• Land||2.648 sq mi (6.857 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2) 0%|
|Elevation||335 ft (102 m)|
|• Density||3,300/sq mi (1,300/km2)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||277489|
Cloverdale is a city in Sonoma County, California, United States. The San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad reached Cloverdale in 1872. The Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California is headquartered here. The population was 8,618 at the 2010 census.
The city has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2), all of it land.
Cloverdale began as an early stage stop, known as Markleville, on the Rancho Rincon de Musalacon Mexican grant. In 1856 R. B. Markle and W. J. Miller bought 759 acres (3.1 km2), which included the present site of the town from Johnson Horrell. In 1859, James Abram Kleiser bought Markle's interest, and the town was laid out. The town was incorporated when the San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad arrived in 1872. By 1878, the railroad service provided three trains a day between Cloverdale and Ferries of San Francisco Bay.
In 1881 a colony based on the French Utopian movement, the Icarians, named "Icaria Speranza" was established by Jules Leroux and Armand Dehay, south of Cloverdale. The settlement ended in 1886 and today south of town there is a marker where the schoolhouse was located.
Cloverdale suffered severe economic impa ct losing 500 to 600 manufacturing jobs between 1988 and 1994 with the closing of a fire equipment factory and the shrinking of the logging industry. 300 jobs were eliminated alone when Louisiana-Pacific closed its lumber mill in 1993. In 1994 Highway 101, which formerly bisected the town, was routed around town with a by-pass. Many natives felt that the bypass radically changed the character of the town, with some businesses closing down. Since the bypass signs of civic revival have occurred with the development of pedestrian friendly sidewalks, a performing arts center, and a downtown plaza hosting live concerts and a farmer's market. In 1997 Clover Springs, a development with 362 houses, was opened on the south end of town.
In 2011 the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District transferred 250 acres of former ranchland to the City of Cloverdale for use as a park and open space preserve.
Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians
The Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians is a landless federally recognized tribe with a membership of almost 500. In 2008 the Tribe acquired 80 acres at the southern end of town. The Rancheria is a community of Pomo Indians who are indigenous to Sonoma County and speak the Southern Pomo language. Pomo people are renowned for their basket weaving, done by both men and women. Elsie Allen, considered to be one of the best California basketweavers of her generation, was a member of the Rancheria and spent part of her childhood there.
According to Tribal history, the Pomo people lived peacefully in the area since ancient times. The Rancheria was created by the federal government in 1921 when the Tribe became federally recognized and deeded 27.5 acres on the southern edge of town. In 1958 the Rancheria was terminated, along with 43 other rancherias in California. This process transferred tribal community land into private ownership. In 1979 Tillie Hardwick, a Pomo woman, filed a class action suit on behalf of 16 of the illegally terminated rancherias. In 1983 the Courts reinstated the federal recognition of the illegally terminated tribes, including the Cloverdale Rancheria. In 1994 the Highway 101 bypass cut through the Rancheria land and tribal landowners were forced to sell their land for the freeway. In 2006 the Tribe began efforts to revive and restore their traditional culture. The Tribe is also interested in opening up a casino.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Cloverdale had a population of 8,618. The population density was 3,255.1 people per square mile (1,256.8/km²). The racial makeup of Cloverdale was 6,458 (74.9%) White, 48 (0.6%) African American, 156 (1.8%) Native American, 98 (1.1%) Asian, 7 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 1,530 (17.8%) from other races, and 321 (3.7%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2,824 persons (32.8%).
The Census reported that 8,530 people (99.0% of the population) lived in households, 22 (0.3%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 66 (0.8%) were institutionalized.
There were 3,182 households, out of which 1,087 (34.2%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 1,769 (55.6%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 294 (9.2%) had a female householder with no husband present, 159 (5.0%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 232 (7.3%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 32 (1.0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 747 households (23.5%) were made up of individuals and 373 (11.7%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68. There were 2,222 families (69.8% of all households); the average family size was 3.16.
The population was spread out with 2,054 people (23.8%) under the age of 18, 699 people (8.1%) aged 18 to 24, 2,154 people (25.0%) aged 25 to 44, 2,329 people (27.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 1,382 people (16.0%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.7 years. For every 100 females there were 99.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.1 males.
There were 3,427 housing units at an average density of 1,294.4 per square mile (499.8/km²), of which 2,102 (66.1%) were owner-occupied, and 1,080 (33.9%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 4.1%; the rental vacancy rate was 4.9%. 5,522 people (64.1% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 3,008 people (34.9%) lived in rental housing units.
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,831 people, 2,495 households, and 1,741 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,708.3 people per square mile (1,046.6/km²). There were 2,619 housing units at an average density of 1,038.3 per square mile (401.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 68.7% White, 0.18% African American, 3.0% Native American, 1.04% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 2.30% from other races, and 15.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 26.7% of the population.
There were 2,495 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.24.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $42,309, and the median income for a family was $50,000. Males had a median income of $40,036 versus $26,610 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,750. About 7.2% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.6% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.
In the state legislature, Cloverdale is in California's 2nd State Senate district, represented by Democrat Noreen Evans, and in California's 2nd State Assembly district, represented by Democrat Wesley Chesbro.
Cloverdale is at the junction of U.S. 101 and State Route 128. The city operates Cloverdale Transit and Cloverdale Municipal Airport. Inter-city transit is provided by Sonoma County Transit. Planning is in progress for Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART), a commuter rail service in Sonoma and Marin Counties from Cloverdale to a bay ferry terminal in Larkspur.
- David Del Tredici - 1937–present Pulitzer Prize winning 20th and 21st century classical music composer was born and spent the first four years of his life in Cloverdale
- Vingie E. Row - 1879-1958 - author of Western novels
- Lana Clarkson - 1962-2003 - actress murdered by music producer Phil Spector who grew up in Cloverdale
- Carol Russell - in 2006 she became the first out elected official on the Cloverdale City Council and one of the oldest out LGBTQ elected officials in the country.
- Elsie Allen - 1899-1990 - Pomo basket maker and teacher regarded as one of the three best California basket makers of her generation
Interesting Facts About Cloverdale
- The body of kidnap victim Polly Klaas (1981-1993) was found south of Cloverdale. She had been murdered by Richard Allen Davis. The outrage around her murder led support to the passage of California's Three Strikes Law. Polly's father, Marc Klaas, became a child advocate and founded the Klaas Kids Foundation.
- In 2010 Cloverdale was named the Coolest Small Town in the West by Budget Travel Magazine.
- In 2008 the Bay Area Reporter, a San Francisco area newspaper for the LGBTQ community, wrote an article about the growing number of lesbians choosing to buy a second home or to retire in Cloverdale.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "Dates of incorporation". Retrieved 2008-07-11.
- U.S. Census
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cloverdale
- City of Cloverdale General Plan
- 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.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "California's 2nd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
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