Litchfield, California

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Location of Litchfield in Lassen County, California.
Location of Litchfield in Lassen County, California.
Litchfield is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 40°22′58″N 120°23′14″W / 40.38278°N 120.38722°W / 40.38278; -120.38722Coordinates: 40°22′58″N 120°23′14″W / 40.38278°N 120.38722°W / 40.38278; -120.38722
Country United States
State California
CountyLassen County
 • Total3.945 sq mi (10.217 km2)
 • Land3.945 sq mi (10.217 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation4,065 ft (1,239 m)
 • Total195
 • Density49/sq mi (19/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
GNIS feature IDs252725; 2628751
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Litchfield, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Litchfield, California

Litchfield is a census-designated place[3] in Lassen County, California.[2] It is located 15 miles (24 km) east of Susanville,[4] at an elevation of 4065 feet (1239 m).[2] The population was 195 at the 2010 census.


The first post office at Litchfield opened in 1914, and moved in 1941.[4] The name honors pioneer Thomas Litch.[4]

The United States Bureau of Land Management’s maintains a wild horse and burro corral near Litchfield. The hay barn at the facility was set on fire by members of the Earth Liberation Front on October 15, 2001.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10.2 km2), all 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, Litchfield has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[6]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

At the 2010 census Litchfield had a population of 195. The population density was 49.4 people per square mile (19.1/km2). The racial makeup of Litchfield was 176 (90.3%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 0 (0.0%) Native American, 0 (0.0%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 14 (7.2%) from other races, and 5 (2.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 25 people (12.8%).[8]

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

There were 77 households, 22 (28.6%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 41 (53.2%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 4 (5.2%) had a female householder with no husband present, 10 (13.0%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 11 (14.3%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 12 households (15.6%) were one person and 5 (6.5%) had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.53. There were 55 families (71.4% of households); the average family size was 2.80.

The age distribution was 46 people (23.6%) under the age of 18, 16 people (8.2%) aged 18 to 24, 39 people (20.0%) aged 25 to 44, 64 people (32.8%) aged 45 to 64, and 30 people (15.4%) who were 65 or older. The median age was 43.9 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.4 males.

There were 94 housing units at an average density of 23.8 per square mile, of the occupied units 52 (67.5%) were owner-occupied and 25 (32.5%) were rented. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0%; the rental vacancy rate was 24.2%. 105 people (53.8% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 90 people (46.2%) lived in rental housing units.


In the state legislature, Litchfield is in the 1st Senate District, represented by Republican Brian Dahle,[9] and the 1st Assembly District, represented by Republican Megan Dahle.[10]

Federally, Litchfield is in California's 1st congressional district, represented by Republican Doug LaMalfa.[11]


  1. ^ U.S. Census Archived 2012-01-24 at WebCite
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Litchfield, California
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Litchfield, California
  4. ^ 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. p. 393. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  5. ^ How a shy animal lover became America's most wanted eco-terrorist, Maclean's, March 23, 2009.
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Litchfield, California
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Litchfield CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  9. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  10. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  11. ^ "California's 1st Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 3, 2013.