Canyondam, California

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Canyondam
Location in Plumas County and the state of California
Location in Plumas County and the state of California
Canyondam is located in the United States
Canyondam
Canyondam
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 40°10′12″N 121°4′32″W / 40.17000°N 121.07556°W / 40.17000; -121.07556Coordinates: 40°10′12″N 121°4′32″W / 40.17000°N 121.07556°W / 40.17000; -121.07556
Country United States
State California
CountyPlumas
Area
 • Total0.776 sq mi (2.009 km2)
 • Land0.776 sq mi (2.009 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation4,593 ft (1,400 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total31
 • Density40/sq mi (15/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
95923
Area code(s)530
FIPS code06-10914
GNIS feature IDs1658212; 2407959
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Canyondam, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Canyondam, California

Canyondam (formerly, Canyon Dam) is a census-designated place (CDP)[3] in Plumas County, California, United States.[2] Canyondam is located near the dam that forms Lake Almanor, 6.25 miles (10.1 km) east-southeast of Almanor.[4] The population was 31 as of the 2010 census, down from 37 as of the 2000 census. On August 6, 2021, the community was destroyed in the Dixie Fire.[5]

History[edit]

The Canyondam post office opened in 1940, closed in 1944, and reopened in 1952.[4]

An earthquake measuring 5.7 Mw struck on May 23, 2013, and was felt over much of Northern California with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VII (Very strong). Its epicenter was about 1.6 miles (2.6 km) from Canyondam.[6]

Dixie Fire[edit]

On August 6, 2021, the Dixie Fire burned through the town on its path to Lake Almanor. Around 95% of the structures were destroyed, including the post office.[7]

Geography[edit]

Canyondam is located at 40°10′12″N 121°4′32″W / 40.17000°N 121.07556°W / 40.17000; -121.07556 (40.169921, -121.075586).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 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, Canyondam has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[9]

Climate data for Canyondam (1914-2012)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 67
(19)
72
(22)
84
(29)
87
(31)
95
(35)
102
(39)
104
(40)
104
(40)
98
(37)
95
(35)
74
(23)
68
(20)
104
(40)
Average high °F (°C) 39.6
(4.2)
43.9
(6.6)
50.2
(10.1)
58
(14)
67.6
(19.8)
76.4
(24.7)
85.5
(29.7)
84.4
(29.1)
77
(25)
64.6
(18.1)
49.2
(9.6)
40.3
(4.6)
61.4
(16.3)
Average low °F (°C) 21.3
(−5.9)
23.2
(−4.9)
26.4
(−3.1)
30.5
(−0.8)
36.7
(2.6)
42.7
(5.9)
47.5
(8.6)
45.8
(7.7)
40.8
(4.9)
34.3
(1.3)
28
(−2)
23.3
(−4.8)
33.4
(0.8)
Record low °F (°C) −16
(−27)
−14
(−26)
−5
(−21)
6
(−14)
19
(−7)
26
(−3)
31
(−1)
25
(−4)
22
(−6)
13
(−11)
4
(−16)
−14
(−26)
−16
(−27)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 6.65
(169)
6.54
(166)
5.04
(128)
2.65
(67)
1.62
(41)
0.76
(19)
0.18
(4.6)
0.25
(6.4)
0.65
(17)
2.16
(55)
4.38
(111)
6.23
(158)
37.11
(943)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 32.8
(83)
28.5
(72)
22.3
(57)
8.1
(21)
1.7
(4.3)
0.1
(0.25)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.6
(1.5)
9.4
(24)
23.8
(60)
127.3
(323)
Average precipitation days 12 11 11 8 6 4 1 1 2 5 9 11 81
Source: WRCC[10]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

2010[edit]

At the 2010 census Canyondam had a population of 31. The population density was 40.0 people per square mile (15.4/km2). The racial makeup of Canyondam was 26 (83.9%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 3 (9.7%) Native American, 2 (6.5%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 0 (0.0%) from other races, and 0 (0.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2 people (6.5%).[12]

The whole population lived in households, no one lived in non-institutionalized group quarters and no one was institutionalized.

There were 17 households, 4 (23.5%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 6 (35.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 2 (11.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 1 (5.9%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1 (5.9%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 7 households (41.2%) were one person and 2 (11.8%) had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 1.82. There were 9 families (52.9% of households); the average family size was 2.44.

The age distribution was 4 people (12.9%) under the age of 18, 2 people (6.5%) aged 18 to 24, 5 people (16.1%) aged 25 to 44, 16 people (51.6%) aged 45 to 64, and 4 people (12.9%) who were 65 or older. The median age was 48.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 121.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.7 males.

There were 27 housing units at an average density of 34.8 per square mile, of the occupied units 11 (64.7%) were owner-occupied and 6 (35.3%) were rented. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0%; the rental vacancy rate was 14.3%. 18 people (58.1% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 13 people (41.9%) lived in rental housing units.

2000[edit]

At the 2000 census there were 37 people, 21 households, and 11 families in the CDP. The population density was 48.0 people per square mile (18.6/km2). There were 62 housing units at an average density of 80.5 per square mile (31.1/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.19% White, and 10.81% Native American.[13] Of the 21 households 14.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.3% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.6% were non-families. 42.9% of households were one person and none had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 1.76 and the average family size was 2.18.

The age distribution was 13.5% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 16.2% from 25 to 44, 43.2% from 45 to 64, and 21.6% 65 or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females, there were 117.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 128.6 males.

The median household income was $40,104 and the median family income was $35,000. Males had a median income of $0 versus $41,250 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $22,620. None of the population and none of the families were below the poverty line.

Politics[edit]

In the state legislature, Canyondam is in the 1st Senate District, represented by Republican Brian Dahle,[14] and the 1st Assembly District, represented by Republican Megan Dahle.[15]

Federally, Canyondam is in California's 1st congressional district, represented by Republican Doug LaMalfa.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Census Archived July 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Canyondam, California
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Canyondam, California
  4. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 362. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  5. ^ "California's Dixie Fire demolishes two mountain communities". CBS News. August 6, 2021. Retrieved August 6, 2021.
  6. ^ USGS. "M5.7 - 10km WNW of Greenville, California". United States Geological Survey.
  7. ^ "Dixie Fire Update: Buildings Burn In Canyondam; Fire Advance Forces Lassen Park Closure; 4 Missing In Plumas County". August 6, 2021.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  9. ^ Climate Summary for Canyondam, California
  10. ^ "Canyon Dam, CA (041497)". Western Regional Climate Center. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  12. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Canyondam CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  13. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  14. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  15. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  16. ^ "California's 1st Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 3, 2013.