Plumas Lake, California

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Plumas Lake
census-designated place
Plumas Lake is located in California
Plumas Lake
Plumas Lake
Location in California
Coordinates: 39°01′15″N 121°33′29″W / 39.02083°N 121.55806°W / 39.02083; -121.55806Coordinates: 39°01′15″N 121°33′29″W / 39.02083°N 121.55806°W / 39.02083; -121.55806
Country  United States
State  California
County Yuba County
Area[1]
 • Total 8.382 sq mi (21.710 km2)
 • Land 8.382 sq mi (21.710 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation[2] 46 ft (14 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,853
 • Density 700/sq mi (270/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Code 95961
Area code(s) 530
GNIS feature IDs 2037166; 2583117
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Plumas Lake, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Plumas Lake, California

Plumas Lake (ZIP code: 95961 and area code 530) is a master-planned exurb and census-designated place in Yuba County, California.[3] Plumas Lake is located 30 miles (48 km) north of the city of Sacramento on the Feather River, just prior to its confluence with the Bear River and the Sacramento River. Construction of homes began early in 2003, and at full build-out the city will have roughly 12,000 homes and 36,000 residents. The community (which is unincorporated) is located about 10 miles (16 km) south of the city of Marysville in southern Yuba County. It lies at an elevation of 46 feet (14 m). The population was 5,853 at the 2010 census.

Plumas Lake, California shares the same zip code as Olivehurst, California (a neighboring town). However, Plumas Lake stands as a separate community.

Many individuals and agencies (including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) were opposed to the construction of this project due to the history of severe (15+ feet of standing water) flooding. Notable floods in the area occurred in 1986 and 1997. The flood risk in the area was exacerbated by hydraulic mining which occurred in the Yuba River watershed upstream of the region. Mine tailings wound up in the river beds and were then transported into the Sacramento Valley, where they accumulated in the river channels and reduced their conveyance capacities. This mining activity was part of the Gold Rush of California.

The future is much brighter given that the levies have been improved since 2004 and some are safely beyond the level of 100-year flood protection. With the whole improvement project completed (projected to be done June 2011) Plumas Lake strives to be protected at a 200-year flood level. This will be the best flood protection in the entire state of California.

A park and ride facility was opened on October 1, 2009 by Caltrans in the Plumas Lake area, along California State Route 70 and Feather River Blvd.[4]

In May 2009, A Walgreens pharmacy opened at the corner of River Oaks Blvd and Plumas Lake Blvd. This Walgreens is easily accessible from State Route 70 and is within walking distance for many residents.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 8.4 square miles (21.7 km²), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[5] reported that Plumas Lake had a population of 5,853. The population density was 698.3 people per square mile (269.6/km²). The racial makeup of Plumas Lake was 3,923 (67.0%) White, 372 (6.4%) African American, 73 (1.2%) Native American, 474 (8.1%) Asian, 44 (0.8%) Pacific Islander, 451 (7.7%) from other races, and 516 (8.8%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1,312 persons (22.4%).

The Census reported that 5,853 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 1,745 households, out of which 1,043 (59.8%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 1,195 (68.5%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 155 (8.9%) had a female householder with no husband present, 117 (6.7%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 127 (7.3%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 20 (1.1%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 183 households (10.5%) were made up of individuals and 21 (1.2%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.35. There were 1,467 families (84.1% of all households); the average family size was 3.61.

The population was spread out with 2,144 people (36.6%) under the age of 18, 380 people (6.5%) aged 18 to 24, 2,204 people (37.7%) aged 25 to 44, 926 people (15.8%) aged 45 to 64, and 199 people (3.4%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29.1 years. For every 100 females there were 104.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.0 males.

There were 1,924 housing units at an average density of 229.5 per square mile (88.6/km²), of which 1,480 (84.8%) were owner-occupied, and 265 (15.2%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 6.2%; the rental vacancy rate was 6.0%. 4,835 people (82.6% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 1,018 people (17.4%) lived in rental housing units.

Education & Community Services[edit]

The southern part of Plumas Lake is served by the Plumas Elementary School District (K-8) and the Wheatland Union High School District (9-12). The northern part of the community is served by the Marysville Joint Unified School District (K-12).

Plumas Lake receives fire services from the Linda Fire Protection District and water, wastewater, and parks & recreation services from the Olivehurst Public Utility District.

Media[edit]

MySYtv.com provides television coverage of local events in the area.

Politics[edit]

In the state legislature, Plumas Lake is in the 4th Senate District, represented by Republican Doug LaMalfa, and in the 3rd Assembly District, represented by Republican Dan Logue.

Federally, Plumas Lake is in California's 3rd congressional district, represented by Democrat John Garamendi.[6]

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