Clipper Mills, California

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Clipper Mills
Location of Clipper Mills in Butte County, California.
Location of Clipper Mills in Butte County, California.
Clipper Mills is located in California
Clipper Mills
Clipper Mills
Location in California
Coordinates: 39°31′58″N 121°09′27″W / 39.53278°N 121.15750°W / 39.53278; -121.15750Coordinates: 39°31′58″N 121°09′27″W / 39.53278°N 121.15750°W / 39.53278; -121.15750
Country United States
State California
CountyButte County
 • Total1.739 sq mi (4.503 km2)
 • Land1.739 sq mi (4.503 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation3,550 ft (1,082 m)
 • Total142
 • Density82/sq mi (32/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s)530
GNIS feature IDs1655908; 2612476
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Clipper Mills, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Clipper Mills, California

Clipper Mills (also, Clipper Mill) is a census-designated place[3] in Butte County, California. It lies at an elevation of 3550 feet (1082 m). Clipper Mills has a post office, first established in 1861 and moved in 1891.[4] Its zip code is 95930. Clipper Mills's population was 142 at the 2010 census.

Clipper Mills' history and economy is centered on the lumber industry. A sawmill started operating nearby in 1852, and by 1855 Clipper Mills had its own sawmills.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

At the 2010 census Clipper Mills had a population of 142. The population density was 81.7 people per square mile (31.5/km2). The racial makeup of Clipper Mills was 131 (92.3%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 3 (2.1%) Native American, 0 (0.0%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 2 (1.4%) from other races, and 6 (4.2%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5 people (3.5%).[6]

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

There were 77 households, 9 (11.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 26 (33.8%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 8 (10.4%) had a female householder with no husband present, 2 (2.6%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 10 (13.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 2 (2.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 33 households (42.9%) were one person and 18 (23.4%) had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 1.84. There were 36 families (46.8% of households); the average family size was 2.39.

The age distribution was 13 people (9.2%) under the age of 18, 10 people (7.0%) aged 18 to 24, 17 people (12.0%) aged 25 to 44, 57 people (40.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 45 people (31.7%) who were 65 or older. The median age was 55.4 years. For every 100 females, there were 105.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.8 males.

There were 148 housing units at an average density of 85.1 per square mile (32.9/km2),of which 77 were occupied, 63 (81.8%) by the owners and 14 (18.2%) by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0%; the rental vacancy rate was 22.2%. 120 people (84.5% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 22 people (15.5%) lived in rental housing units.


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, Clipper Mills has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[7]


  1. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files – Places – California". United States Census Bureau.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Clipper Mills, California
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Clipper Mills, 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. 214. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Clipper Mills CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  7. ^ Climate Summary for Clipper Mills, California