Alderpoint, California

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Alderpoint
Alderpoint is located in California
Alderpoint
Alderpoint
Location in California
Alderpoint is located in the United States
Alderpoint
Alderpoint
Alderpoint (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°10′35″N 123°36′42″W / 40.17639°N 123.61167°W / 40.17639; -123.61167Coordinates: 40°10′35″N 123°36′42″W / 40.17639°N 123.61167°W / 40.17639; -123.61167
Country United States
State California
CountyHumboldt County
Area
 • Total2.43 sq mi (6.29 km2)
 • Land2.43 sq mi (6.29 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0%
Elevation472 ft (144 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total137
 • Density56.43/sq mi (21.79/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP Code
95511[3]
Area code707
GNIS feature IDs2611374; 1657909
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Alderpoint, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Alderpoint, California

Alderpoint (formerly, Alder Point)[4] is a census-designated place in Humboldt County, California at an elevation of 472 feet (144 m),[2] 11 miles (18 km) east-northeast of Garberville.[4] Its population is 137 as of the 2020 census, down from 186 from the 2010 census. The ZIP Code is 95511 and its area code is 707.

History[edit]

The town, named after the abundance of alder trees,[5] began in 1910 as a center for construction of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad.[4] The first post office at Alderpoint opened in 1911.[4]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
2020137
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

The 2010 United States Census[7] reported that Alderpoint had a population of 186. The population density was 76.6 inhabitants per square mile (29.6/km2). The racial makeup of Alderpoint was 170 (91.4%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 9 (4.8%) Native American, 1 (0.5%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 1 (0.5%) from other races, and 5 (2.7%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10 persons (5.4%).

The Census reported that 186 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 80 households, out of which 19 (23.8%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 29 (36.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 10 (12.5%) had a female householder with no husband present, 9 (11.3%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 9 (11.3%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 29 households (36.3%) were made up of individuals, and 3 (3.8%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33. There were 48 families (60.0% of all households); the average family size was 2.83.

The population was spread out, with 32 people (17.2%) under the age of 18, 11 people (5.9%) aged 18 to 24, 43 people (23.1%) aged 25 to 44, 75 people (40.3%) aged 45 to 64, and 25 people (13.4%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.0 years. For every 100 females, there were 111.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 126.5 males.

There were 93 housing units at an average density of 38.3 per square mile (14.8/km2), of which 80 were occupied, of which 58 (72.5%) were owner-occupied, and 22 (27.5%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0%; the rental vacancy rate was 0%. 144 people (77.4% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 42 people (22.6%) lived in rental housing units.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Alderpoint
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 53.6
(12.0)
59.1
(15.1)
62.3
(16.8)
68.2
(20.1)
74.4
(23.6)
81.4
(27.4)
90.9
(32.7)
90.3
(32.4)
86.7
(30.4)
74.8
(23.8)
61.3
(16.3)
53.7
(12.1)
71.4
(21.9)
Average low °F (°C) 35.4
(1.9)
37.9
(3.3)
38.8
(3.8)
41.2
(5.1)
45.4
(7.4)
49.4
(9.7)
52.4
(11.3)
52.2
(11.2)
48.6
(9.2)
44
(7)
40.5
(4.7)
36.3
(2.4)
43.5
(6.4)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 10.6
(270)
7.8
(200)
5.8
(150)
3.2
(81)
1.6
(41)
0.5
(13)
0
(0)
0.4
(10)
0.8
(20)
3.6
(91)
7.3
(190)
9.4
(240)
50.9
(1,290)
Source: Weatherbase[8]

Politics[edit]

In the state legislature, Alderpoint is in the 2nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Mike McGuire,[9] and the 2nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Jim Wood.[10]

Federally, it is in California's 2nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Jared Huffman.[11]

Notable people[edit]

Historic "Murder Mountain"[edit]

The Rancho Sequoia area of Alderpoint[12][13] is called "Murder Mountain" from the actions of the Carson serial killers (Michael Bear Carson and Suzan Carson), including the murder of 26-year-old Clark Stephens on May 17, 1982,[14] and for other disappearances, murders and rumored murders.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Alderpoint, California
  3. ^ "USPS ZIP Code lookup tool". zip4.usps.com. Archived from the original on January 1, 2008. Retrieved January 1, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c d Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 8. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  5. ^ Turner, Dennis W. and Gloria H. (2010). Place Names of Humboldt County, California: A Compendium 1542-2009. Orangevale, Ca: Dennis W & Gloria H. Turner. p. 6. ISBN 978-0-9629617-2-4.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Alderpoint CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  8. ^ "Historical Weather for Alderpoint, California". Weatherbase. 2011. Retrieved on November 24, 2011.
  9. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  10. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  11. ^ "California's 2nd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  12. ^ Morey, Dave. "Location: Alderpoint". Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  13. ^ Stover, Franklin (December 25, 2013). in the Humboldt County area criticized the series and expressed worry over the potential long-term effects on local tourism and economic development.%5b8%5d The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office questioned the accuracy of the series, calling it "one side of a highly sensationalized story".%5b9%5d i_24792276/missing-persons-coverage-uneven "Missing persons coverage uneven". Eureka Times-Standard. Retrieved 27 March 2014. {{cite news}}: Check |url= value (help)
  14. ^ “‘Religious Reasons’ Cited – Murder Suspects Admit Slayings”, The Press-Courier, Oxnard, California, April 28, 1983, p. 31, accessed July 13, 2013
  15. ^ McDonough, Elise, Humboldt County: Murder, Mayhem and Marijuana, Huffington Post, November 6, 2013, accessed December 23, 2013

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