Loyalton, California

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City of Loyalton
City
Location in Sierra County and the state of California
Location in Sierra County and the state of California
Coordinates: 39°40′36″N 120°14′35″W / 39.67667°N 120.24306°W / 39.67667; -120.24306Coordinates: 39°40′36″N 120°14′35″W / 39.67667°N 120.24306°W / 39.67667; -120.24306
Country  United States
State  California
County Sierra
Incorporated August 21, 1901[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 0.355 sq mi (0.921 km2)
 • Land 0.355 sq mi (0.921 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation 4,951 ft (1,509 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 769
 • Density 2,200/sq mi (830/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 96118
Area code(s) 530
FIPS code 06-44364
GNIS feature ID 0277550
Website www.cityofloyalton.com

Loyalton is a city in Sierra County, California, United States. The population was 769 at the 2010 census, down from 862 at the 2000 census. The ZIP code for the community is 96118. Wired telephone numbers in the community follow the format (530) 993-xxxx. The town is near the north extent of State Route 49, which ends at State Route 70 in Vinton, California. According to Rand-McNally, it is a fifty mile drive on State Route 49 to the county seat, Downieville. Many of the population are ranchers, loggers, former loggers, or suburbanites escaping from the growing Reno-Tahoe area.

Geography[edit]

Loyalton is located at 39°40′36″N 120°14′35″W / 39.67667°N 120.24306°W / 39.67667; -120.24306 (39.676558, -120.243157).[3] Elevation above mean sea level for the area was listed as roughly 4,930 feet (1,500 m).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), all of it land.

Climate[edit]

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, Loyalton has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[4]

Demographics[edit]

2010[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[5] reported that Loyalton had a population of 769. The population density was 21 people per square mile (835.2/km²). The racial makeup of Loyalton was 701 (91.2%) White, 2 (0.3%) African American, 21 (2.7%) Native American, 0 (0.0%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 20 (2.6%) from other races, and 25 (3.3%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 108 persons (14.0%).

The Census reported that 738 people (96.0% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 31 (4.0%) were institutionalized.

There were 308 households, out of which 86 (27.9%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 163 (52.9%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 28 (9.1%) had a female householder with no husband present, 19 (6.2%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 25 (8.1%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 81 households (26.3%) were made up of individuals and 35 (11.4%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40. There were 210 families (68.2% of all households); the average family size was 2.84.

The population was spread out with 156 people (20.3%) under the age of 18, 55 people (7.2%) aged 18 to 24, 164 people (21.3%) aged 25 to 44, 243 people (31.6%) aged 45 to 64, and 151 people (19.6%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46.2 years. For every 100 females there were 101.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.4 males.

There were 371 housing units at an average density of 1,043.6 per square mile (402.9/km²), of which 225 (73.1%) were owner-occupied, and 83 (26.9%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 3.4%; the rental vacancy rate was 8.8%. 526 people (68.4% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 212 people (27.6%) lived in rental housing units.

2000[edit]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 862 people, 323 households, and 235 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,516.4 people per square mile (978.9/km²). There were 347 housing units at an average density of 1,013.0 per square mile (394.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.90% White, 0.23% African American, 2.67% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.58% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.19% of the population.

There were 323 households out of which 38.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.2% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.1% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,063, and the median income for a family was $39,750. Males had a median income of $38,864 versus $23,571 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,732. About 20.3% of families and 18.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.0% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

In the state legislature, Loyalton is in the 1st Senate District, represented by Republican Ted Gaines,[7] and the 1st Assembly District, represented by Republican Brian Dahle.[8]

Federally, Loyalton is in California's 1st congressional district, represented by Republican Doug LaMalfa.[9]

Government[edit]

Local[edit]

Because Loyalton is Sierra County's most populous municipality and its only incorporated city, generally half of the meetings of the county's board of supervisors are held in Downieville (the county seat) and the other half are held in Loyalton.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "California Cities by Incorporation Date" (Word). California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ U.S. Census
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Loyalton, California
  5. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Loyalton city". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ "California's 1st Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Sierra County Government Directory". Retrieved 2011-03-05. 

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