Forbestown, California

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For the city in Lake County formerly with this name, see Lakeport, California.
census-designated place
Forbestown is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 39°31′02″N 121°16′02″W / 39.51722°N 121.26722°W / 39.51722; -121.26722Coordinates: 39°31′02″N 121°16′02″W / 39.51722°N 121.26722°W / 39.51722; -121.26722
Country  United States
State  California
County Butte County
 • Total 6.280 sq mi (16.265 km2)
 • Land 6.274 sq mi (16.250 km2)
 • Water 0.006 sq mi (0.015 km2)  0.09%
Elevation[2] 2,772 ft (845 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 320
 • Density 51/sq mi (20/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
GNIS feature IDs 1656023; 2612480
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Forbestown, California, U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Forbestown, California

Forbestown (formerly, Boles Dry Diggins and Forbes Diggins) is a census-designated place[3] in Butte County, California.[2] It lies at an elevation of 2772 feet (845 m).[2] Its zip code is 95941 and its area code is 530. Forbestown had a population of 320 at the 2010 census.

Forbestown is named for B.F. Forbes, who opened a store there in 1850.[4] The post office was established in 1854, closed in 1925, and re-opened in 1936.[4]

Forbestown's heyday was the last half of the nineteenth century, when it was a large mining center.[5] By the late 1930s, it was nearly a ghost town.[5] The site has foundations and debris from its mining era.[5]


The 2010 United States Census[6] reported that Forbestown had a population of 320. The population density was 51.0 people per square mile (19.7/km²). The racial makeup of Forbestown was 262 (81.9%) White, 4 (1.3%) African American, 15 (4.7%) Native American, 10 (3.1%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 4 (1.3%) from other races, and 25 (7.8%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23 persons (7.2%).

The Census reported that 320 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 138 households, out of which 28 (20.3%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 78 (56.5%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 15 (10.9%) had a female householder with no husband present, 3 (2.2%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 10 (7.2%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 32 households (23.2%) were made up of individuals and 17 (12.3%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32. There were 96 families (69.6% of all households); the average family size was 2.71.

The population was spread out with 57 people (17.8%) under the age of 18, 16 people (5.0%) aged 18 to 24, 53 people (16.6%) aged 25 to 44, 119 people (37.2%) aged 45 to 64, and 75 people (23.4%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52.3 years. For every 100 females there were 105.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.7 males.

There were 167 housing units at an average density of 26.6 per square mile (10.3/km²), of which 109 (79.0%) were owner-occupied, and 29 (21.0%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 5.2%; the rental vacancy rate was 0%. 246 people (76.9% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 74 people (23.1%) lived in rental housing units.


In the state legislature, Forbestown is in the 4th Senate District, represented by Republican Jim Nielsen,[7] and the 1st Assembly District, represented by Republican Brian Dahle.[8] Federally, Forbestown is in California's 1st congressional district, represented by Republican Doug LaMalfa.[9]


  1. ^ U.S. Census
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Forbestown, California
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Forbestown, California
  4. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 236. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  5. ^ a b c Miller, Donald C. (1978). Ghost Towns of California. Boulder, Colorado: Pruett Publishing Company. p. 65. ISBN 0871085178. 
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  9. ^ "California's 1st Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 3, 2013.