Graeagle, California

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Graeagle
census-designated place
Location in Plumas County and the state of California
Location in Plumas County and the state of California
Coordinates: 39°45′52″N 120°37′24″W / 39.76444°N 120.62333°W / 39.76444; -120.62333Coordinates: 39°45′52″N 120°37′24″W / 39.76444°N 120.62333°W / 39.76444; -120.62333
Country  United States
State  California
County Plumas
Area[1]
 • Total 11.124 sq mi (28.812 km2)
 • Land 11.067 sq mi (28.664 km2)
 • Water 0.057 sq mi (0.148 km2)  0.51%
Elevation 4,373 ft (1,333 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 737
 • Density 66/sq mi (26/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 96103
Area code(s) 530
FIPS code 06-30560
GNIS feature ID 1659728
Website PlayGraeagle.com

Graeagle is a census-designated place (CDP) located about 60 miles (97 km) from Reno, Nevada and 46 miles (74 km) from Truckee, California in Plumas County, California, United States. The population was 737 at the 2010 census, down from 831 at the 2000 census.

History[edit]

The town of Greagle was founded in 1916,[2] as a lumber town.[3] It was named Greagle after a naming contest to select a better name than "Davies' Mill;" the winning entry contracted "Grey Eagle Creek" to Greagle.[4]

Graeagle Lumber Company's Box Factory was owned by the California Fruit Exchange and employed hundreds to build boxes for shipping fruit and vegetables from the 1920s to the 1940s. Modernization closed the mill in 1956 and the town was acquired by the West family in 1959.[5]

Geography[edit]

Graeagle is located at 39°45′52″N 120°37′24″W / 39.76444°N 120.62333°W / 39.76444; -120.62333 (39.764319, -120.623262)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 11.1 square miles (29 km2), of which 11.1 square miles (29 km2) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) (0.51%) is water.

Economy[edit]

The Brewing Lair of the South Sierra, located in Greagle-Blairsden is the only brewery in Plumas County.[7]

About 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Greagle is the Plumas-Eureka State Park which includes the local ghost towns where mining in the area began in 1851.[8] As was common throughout this area of California, mining was initially done by individuals, then companies and finally by corporations whose owners often lived far away from the mines themselves. For the mines in the Greagle area, investors were from as far away as London.[8]

Demographics[edit]

2010[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[9] reported that Graeagle had a population of 737. The population density was 66.3 people per square mile (25.6/km²). The racial makeup of Graeagle was 718 (97.4%) White, 1 (0.1%) African American, 5 (0.7%) Native American, 0 (0.0%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 3 (0.4%) from other races, and 10 (1.4%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 27 persons (3.7%).

The Census reported that 737 people (100% of the population) lived in households.

There were 392 households, out of which 41 (10.5%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 217 (55.4%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 20 (5.1%) had a female householder with no husband present, 10 (2.6%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 17 (4.3%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 1 (0.3%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 128 households (32.7%) were made up of individuals and 85 (21.7%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.88. There were 247 families (63.0% of all households); the average family size was 2.30.

The population was spread out with 70 people (9.5%) under the age of 18, 20 people (2.7%) aged 18 to 24, 61 people (8.3%) aged 25 to 44, 269 people (36.5%) aged 45 to 64, and 317 people (43.0%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 62.4 years. For every 100 females there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.5 males.

There were 904 housing units at an average density of 81.3 per square mile (31.4/km²), of which 330 (84.2%) were owner-occupied, and 62 (15.8%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 6.8%; the rental vacancy rate was 28.1%. 603 people (81.8% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 134 people (18.2%) lived in rental housing units.

2000[edit]

At the 2000 census[10], there were 831 people, 412 households and 280 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 74.8 per square mile (28.9/km²). There were 693 housing units at an average density of 62.4 per square mile (24.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.95% White, 0.48% Native American], 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. 2.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 412 households of which 13.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, 3.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02 and the average family size was 2.40.

Age distribution was 11.6% under the age of 18, 2.8% from 18 to 24, 15.9% from 25 to 44, 35.1% from 45 to 64, and 34.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 57 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.

The median household income was $55,385, and the median family income was $59,327. Males had a median income of $39,219 versus $24,028 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $25,199. About 4.7% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.

Media[edit]

The primary local news source is the Portola Reporter, a newspaper published every Wednesday.[11]

Government[edit]

In the state legislature, Graeagle is in the 1st Senate District, represented by Republican Ted Gaines,[12] and the 1st Assembly District, represented by Republican Brian Dahle.[13]

Federally, Graeagle is in California's 1st congressional district, represented by Republican Doug LaMalfa.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Census
  2. ^ Jeanne Lauf Walpole; Michael Carrigan; Mike Carrigan (November 1999). The Insider's Guide to Reno & Lake Tahoe. Globe Pequot Pr. ISBN 978-1-57380-104-1. 
  3. ^ Mildred Brooke Hoover; Douglas E. Kyle (2002). Historic Spots in California. Stanford University Press. pp. 288–. ISBN 978-0-8047-7817-6. 
  4. ^ Matt Danielsson; Krissi Danielsson (2006). Waterfall Lover's Guide Northern California: More Than 300 Waterfalls from the North Coast to the Southern Sierra. The Mountaineers Books. pp. 91–. ISBN 978-1-59485-222-0. 
  5. ^ Jim Young (2003). Plumas County: History of the Feather River Region. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 141–. ISBN 978-0-7385-2409-2. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ Jay R. Brooks (1 August 2013). California Breweries North. Stackpole Books. pp. 261–. ISBN 978-0-8117-1158-6. 
  8. ^ a b Historic Spots in California, Third Edition. Historic Spots in California, Third Edition. Stanford University Press. pp. 284–. ISBN 978-0-8047-4020-3. 
  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.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ Plumas County Reporter, weekly newspaper
  12. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  14. ^ "California's 1st Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 

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