|Lassen County and the state of California|
|• Total||5.510 sq mi (14.270 km2)|
|• Land||5.436 sq mi (14.079 km2)|
|• Water||0.074 sq mi (0.191 km2) 1.34%|
|Elevation||5,128 ft (1,563 m)|
|• Density||300/sq mi (120/km2)|
|Time zone||Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||1660156|
Westwood is a census-designated place (CDP) in Lassen County, California, United States. Westwood is located 20 miles (32 km) west-southwest of Susanville, at an elevation of 5128 feet (1563 m). The population was 1,647 at the 2010 census, down from 1,998 at the 2000 census.
The BNSF Railway (BNSF) has a Maintenance of Way station and a siding that is used to store BNSF snow fighting equipment.
Westwood is located at  The town is built upon lavaflows from Cascade Mountain Range volcanoes to the north. Keddie Ridge is considered to be at the northern end of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range..
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.5 square miles (14 km2), of which 5.4 square miles (14 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (1.34%) is water.
Westwood became the operations center for the Red River Lumber Company in 1913. The first post office opened the same year. Interestingly, Westwood had a very large indoor shopping mall as far back as the 1930s, as well as a large theater, skating rink and club for the mill workers. The town was sold in 1944 to the Fruit Growers Supply Company (sister cooperative of Sunkist Growers). Westwood also had a very early form of cable television. The owner of the local variety store took it upon himself to provide television service to the community. At the time three channels were available to view in Westwood, Channel 3 the NBC affiliate in Sacramento, Channel 7 the ABC affiliate in Redding and Channel 12 the CBS affiliate in Chico. Multiple antennae were mounted outside of town and coax cable was laid up and down the allies. For a small monthly fee a home could have television service without having three separate antennae on the roof.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Westwood had a population of 1,647. The population density was 298.9 people per square mile (115.4/km²). The racial makeup of Westwood was 1,430 (86.8%) White, 3 (0.2%) African American, 104 (6.3%) Native American, 10 (0.6%) Asian, 2 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 49 (3.0%) from other races, and 49 (3.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 179 persons (10.9%).
The Census reported that 1,647 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.
There were 715 households, out of which 219 (30.6%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 299 (41.8%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 87 (12.2%) had a female householder with no husband present, 51 (7.1%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 65 (9.1%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 3 (0.4%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 223 households (31.2%) were made up of individuals and 92 (12.9%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30. There were 437 families (61.1% of all households); the average family size was 2.87.
The population was spread out with 393 people (23.9%) under the age of 18, 135 people (8.2%) aged 18 to 24, 367 people (22.3%) aged 25 to 44, 531 people (32.2%) aged 45 to 64, and 221 people (13.4%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.3 years. For every 100 females there were 104.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.9 males.
There were 1,005 housing units at an average density of 182.4 per square mile (70.4/km²), of which 440 (61.5%) were owner-occupied, and 275 (38.5%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 5.3%; the rental vacancy rate was 15.1%. 977 people (59.3% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 670 people (40.7%) lived in rental housing units.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,998 people, 795 households, and 520 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 362.5 people per square mile (140.0/km²). There were 1,048 housing units at an average density of 190.1 per square mile (73.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.39% White, 5.26% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.55% Pacific Islander, 2.70% from other races, and 2.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.51% of the population.
There were 795 households out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.5% were non-families. 28.1% 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 2.51 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 31.4% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.8 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $24,148, and the median income for a family was $30,195. Males had a median income of $29,219 versus $23,646 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $13,178. About 16.7% of families and 22.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.0% of those under age 18 and 1.9% of those age 65 or over.
Points of interest
Westwood is the site of Walker mansion and statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. Although it is common knowledge that Paul moved west from Ackley, Minnesota with the Red River Lumber Company in about 1912, the town of Westwood claims to be the hometown of Paul Bunyan. Westwood is located in Mountain Meadows and home of the Mountain Meadows Conservancy, a non-profit organization with the goal of protecting Westwood's rural culture, this very diverse collection of mountain habitats and its endangered species and sacred Maidu sites.
- Geology of the area
- Mountain Meadows Conservancy
- Images of Westwood from the Eastman’s Originals Collection, Special Collections Dept., University of California, Davis.
- U.S. Census
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Westwood, California
- Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 428-429. ISBN 9781884995149.
- Ride Camp, Patriot's Day Endurance Rides (horses), accessed 10 March 2013
- "T. B. Walker". St. Louis Park Historical Society. Retrieved 2009-11-28.
- 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.
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