Leggett, California

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census-designated place
A car drives through Leggett's Drive-Through Chandelier Tree.
Leggett is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 39°51′57″N 123°42′51″W / 39.86583°N 123.71417°W / 39.86583; -123.71417Coordinates: 39°51′57″N 123°42′51″W / 39.86583°N 123.71417°W / 39.86583; -123.71417
Country  United States
State  California
County Mendocino
 • Total 2.704 sq mi (7.003 km2)
 • Land 2.704 sq mi (7.003 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation[2] 984 ft (300 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 122
 • Density 45/sq mi (17/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Code 95585
Area code(s) 707
GNIS feature IDs 227007; 2628750
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Leggett, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Leggett, California

Leggett (formerly, Leggett Valley)[3] is a census-designated place[4] in Mendocino County, California.[2] It is located on the South Fork of the Eel River 17 miles (27 km) northwest of Laytonville,[3] at an elevation of 984 feet (300 m).[2] It is home to some of the largest trees in the world.[5] Nearby Smithe Redwoods State Reserve and the Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area are noted for their forests of Coastal Redwoods. The population was 122 at the 2010 census.

Leggett is served by California's State Route 1, whose northern terminus with U.S. Route 101 is just outside the community.

The town of Leggett includes a single gas station, K-12 school, a small grocery store, restaurant, full service mechanic (ask a local), fire station and the Drive-Thru Tree.

The Leggett post office opened in 1949.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2), all of it land.


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, Leggett has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[6]


The 2010 United States Census[7] reported that Leggett had a population of 122. The population density was 45.1 people per square mile (17.4/km²). The racial makeup of Leggett was 101 (82.8%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 3 (2.5%) Native American, 0 (0.0%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 0 (0.0%) from other races, and 18 (14.8%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4 persons (3.3%).

The Census reported that 122 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 55 households, out of which 18 (32.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 10 (18.2%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 9 (16.4%) had a female householder with no husband present, 3 (5.5%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 8 (14.5%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 28 households (50.9%) were made up of individuals and 10 (18.2%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22. There were 22 families (40.0% of all households); the average family size was 3.64.

The population was spread out with 29 people (23.8%) under the age of 18, 19 people (15.6%) aged 18 to 24, 29 people (23.8%) aged 25 to 44, 33 people (27.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 12 people (9.8%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.0 years. For every 100 females there were 106.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.9 males.

There were 78 housing units at an average density of 28.8 per square mile (11.1/km²), of which 23 (41.8%) were owner-occupied, and 32 (58.2%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0%; the rental vacancy rate was 0%. 59 people (48.4% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 63 people (51.6%) lived in rental housing units.


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

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


  1. ^ U.S. Census
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Leggett, California
  3. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Leggett, California
  5. ^ Kenneth L. Fisher Chair in Redwood Forest Ecology • Humboldt State University
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Leggett, California
  7. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Leggett CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. 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. 

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