Comptche, California

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Location of Comptche in Mendocino County, California
Location of Comptche in Mendocino County, California
Comptche is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 39°15′54″N 123°35′28″W / 39.26500°N 123.59111°W / 39.26500; -123.59111Coordinates: 39°15′54″N 123°35′28″W / 39.26500°N 123.59111°W / 39.26500; -123.59111
Country United States
State California
 • Total1.154 sq mi (2.988 km2)
 • Land1.154 sq mi (2.988 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation187 ft (57 m)
 • Total159
 • Density140/sq mi (53/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)707
GNIS feature IDs255911; 2628722
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Comptche, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Comptche, California

Comptche is a census-designated place[3] in Mendocino County, California, United States.[2] It is located 17 miles (27 km) southeast of Fort Bragg,[4] at an elevation of 187 feet (57 m).[2] There is a K–3 primary school serving the town. The population was 159 at the 2010 census.


Comptche is located at 39°15′54″N 123°35′28″W / 39.26500°N 123.59111°W / 39.26500; -123.59111 (39.2648954, -123.5911224).[2] It is in USPS ZIP code 95427 and lies at the junction of three minor roads. The Comptche–Ukiah road extends west from Comptche approximately 15 miles (24 km) to Mendocino on State Route 1 and continues east (as Orr Springs Road) 33 miles (53 km) to Ukiah on U.S. 101 (passing through Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve approximately halfway to Ukiah). Flynn Creek Road connects southward 8 miles (13 km) to State Route 128 in Navarro River Redwoods State Park, near the town of Navarro. Flynn Creek Road and the western segment of the Comptche–Ukiah road provide an alternative route between Mendocino and the Anderson Valley, used in winter storms when the Navarro River floods Route 128.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 1.2 square miles (3.0 km²), all of it land.


The Comptche post office opened in 1877, closed later that same year, and re-opened in 1879.[4] Although the precise origin of the town's name is unknown, there was a village of the Pomo people named Komacho nearby.[5]


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

At the 2010 census Comptche had a population of 159. The population density was 137.8 people per square mile (53.2/km²). The racial makeup of Comptche was 146 (91.8%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 1 (0.6%) Native American, 1 (0.6%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 5 (3.1%) from other races, and 6 (3.8%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10 people (6.3%).[7]

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

There were 67 households, 18 (26.9%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 25 (37.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 9 (13.4%) had a female householder with no husband present, 5 (7.5%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 6 (9.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 19 households (28.4%) were one person and 6 (9.0%) had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.37. There were 39 families (58.2% of households); the average family size was 2.90.

The age distribution was 35 people (22.0%) under the age of 18, 9 people (5.7%) aged 18 to 24, 34 people (21.4%) aged 25 to 44, 59 people (37.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 22 people (13.8%) who were 65 or older. The median age was 47.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 127.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.2 males.

There were 83 housing units at an average density of 72.0 per square mile, of the occupied units 39 (58.2%) were owner-occupied and 28 (41.8%) were rented.The homeowner vacancy rate was 0%; the rental vacancy rate was 9.7%. 86 people (54.1% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 73 people (45.9%) lived in rental housing units.


In the state legislature, Comptche is in the 2nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Mike McGuire,[8] and the 2nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Jim Wood.[9]

Federally, Comptche is in California's 2nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Jared Huffman.[10]


  1. ^ "U.S. Census". Archived from the original on 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  2. ^ a b c d U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Comptche, California
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Comptche, 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. 41. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  5. ^ Kroeber, Alfred L. (1916), "California place names of Indian origin" (PDF), University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology, 12 (2): 31–69, archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-20, retrieved 2010-08-22.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Comptche CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  8. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  9. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  10. ^ "California's 2nd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2013.