Location in Lake County and the state of California
|• Total||4.989 sq mi (12.920 km2)|
|• Land||4.980 sq mi (12.898 km2)|
|• Water||0.009 sq mi (0.022 km2) 0.17%|
|Elevation||2,631 ft (802 m)|
|• Density||360/sq mi (140/km2)|
|Time zone||Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||1658293|
Cobb is a census-designated place (CDP) in Lake County, California, United States. Cobb is located 1 mile (1.6 km) northwest of Whispering Pines, at an elevation of 2631 feet (802 m). The population was 1,778 at the 2010 census, up from 1,638 at the 2000 census.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.0 square miles (13 km2), of which, 99.83% of it is land and 0.17% is water. Cobb borders to the SE Napa County, Sonoma to the West, Mendocino to the N and Colusa to the E. The zip code is 95426.
The Geysers Geothermal Field is located just south of Cobb.
This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Cobb has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.
The area is named for John Cobb, who settled in Cobb Valley in 1853. The first post office at Cobb opened in 1911. Highway 175 was mentioned as the next to last highway ridden in the classic book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Cobb had a population of 1,778. The population density was 356.4 people per square mile (137.6/km²). The racial makeup of Cobb was 1,625 (91.4%) White, 14 (0.8%) African American, 31 (1.7%) Native American, 13 (0.7%) Asian, 1 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 26 (1.5%) from other races, and 68 (3.8%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 113 persons (6.4%).
The Census reported that 1,778 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.
There were 789 households, out of which 179 (22.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 422 (53.5%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 65 (8.2%) had a female householder with no husband present, 39 (4.9%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 46 (5.8%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 10 (1.3%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 208 households (26.4%) were made up of individuals and 70 (8.9%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25. There were 526 families (66.7% of all households); the average family size was 2.68.
The population was spread out with 305 people (17.2%) under the age of 18, 119 people (6.7%) aged 18 to 24, 337 people (19.0%) aged 25 to 44, 751 people (42.2%) aged 45 to 64, and 266 people (15.0%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50.1 years. For every 100 females there were 105.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.9 males.
There were 1,064 housing units at an average density of 213.3 per square mile (82.4/km²), of which 616 (78.1%) were owner-occupied, and 173 (21.9%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 3.4%; the rental vacancy rate was 8.9%. 1,369 people (77.0% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 409 people (23.0%) lived in rental housing units.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,638 people, 637 households, and 456 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 334.5 people per square mile (129.1/km²). There were 940 housing units at an average density of 192.0 per square mile (74.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.22% White, 0.61% Black or African American, 1.53% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 3.54% from two or more races. 4.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 637 households out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.3% were non-families. 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 30.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 103.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.5 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $53,182, and the median income for a family was $65,938. Males had a median income of $60,473 versus $28,125 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $22,779. About 8.2% of families and 14.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.8% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.
On November 20, 2009, Cobb School achieved a rare and coveted California State Award, "Cobb Mountain Elementary wins Governor’s Challenge Competition Award". Cobb Mountain Elementary has an Academic Performance Index score of 881, the county's highest API score for a school, according to state records. That most recent test was a 30-point improvement over the previous year. The award brings a $100k first prize for school for enrichment.
Cobb Mountain was a popular recreation area from the 1870s to 1970s. It is currently home to a handful of spiritual retreat centers, including The Mountain of Attention Meditation sanctuary of Adidam, and The Heart Consciousness Church Harbin Hot Springs. In 1971 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (January 12, 1918 – February 5, 2008) introduced Transcendental Meditation (also known as TM) at a former popular resort called Hobergs. He renamed it The Capital of the Age of Enlightenment of Northern California and later The Maharishi Vedic School. The Hobergs property is currently not in use.
Cobb has two golf courses of 9 holes each: Rob Roy and Adams Springs. The local Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest has almost 4,000 acres (16 km2) for mountain biking, hunting and other recreational activities in the San Francisco Bay Area. There are several Inns for stay, and Bed and Breakfast establishments. There is one gas station in Cobb that serves diesel.
Cobb is split with two Lake County Supervisors, Rob Brown District Two and Jim Comstock District One.
- U.S. Census
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cobb, California
- Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 40. ISBN 9781884995149.
-  City-data.com
- Climate Summary for Cobb, California
- History of Lake and Napa Counties 1881 Bowen, Slocum, co. 1881 p.228-9
- 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 5th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
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