Deep snow in McCloud, with Mount Shasta in the background
Location in Siskiyou County and the state of California
|• Total||2.488 sq mi (6.444 km2)|
|• Land||2.422 sq mi (6.274 km2)|
|• Water||0.066 sq mi (0.171 km2) 2.65%|
|Elevation||3,271 ft (997 m)|
|• Density||440/sq mi (170/km2)|
|Time zone||Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||0277555|
Commerce and tourism
Located in the Shasta Cascade area of Northern California, McCloud sees many visitors. Visitors use McCloud as a base to engage in nationally-recognized trout fishing in the nearby McCloud, Sacramento and Klamath Rivers, or come to see and climb Mount Shasta, Castle Crags or the Trinity Alps. Visitors also engage in nearby skiing (both alpine and cross-country), biking or hiking to the waterfalls, streams and lakes in the area, including nearby Falls of the McCloud River, Burney Falls, Mossbrae Falls, Lake Siskiyou, Castle Lake and Shasta Lake, or visiting the ruins of one of the great nightclubs or speakeasies from the heyday of the Roaring Twenties.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2), of which, 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (2.65%) is water.
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, McCloud has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.
The 2010 United States Census reported that McCloud had a population of 1,101. The population density was 442.5 people per square mile (170.9/km²). The racial makeup of McCloud was 1,039 (94.4%) White, 8 (0.7%) African American, 10 (0.9%) Native American, 6 (0.5%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 5 (0.5%) from other races, and 33 (3.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 65 persons (5.9%).
The Census reported that 1,099 people (99.8% of the population) lived in households, 2 (0.2%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.
There were 528 households, out of which 109 (20.6%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 240 (45.5%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 48 (9.1%) had a female householder with no husband present, 22 (4.2%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 29 (5.5%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 3 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 190 households (36.0%) were made up of individuals and 96 (18.2%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08. There were 310 families (58.7% of all households); the average family size was 2.66.
The population was spread out with 188 people (17.1%) under the age of 18, 67 people (6.1%) aged 18 to 24, 186 people (16.9%) aged 25 to 44, 369 people (33.5%) aged 45 to 64, and 291 people (26.4%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 51.8 years. For every 100 females there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.0 males.
There were 732 housing units at an average density of 294.2 per square mile (113.6/km²), of which 330 (62.5%) were owner-occupied, and 198 (37.5%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.9%; the rental vacancy rate was 11.2%. 676 people (61.4% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 423 people (38.4%) lived in rental housing units.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,343 people, 581 households, and 393 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 549.4 people per square mile (212.5/km²). There were 702 housing units at an average density of 287.2 per square mile (111.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 90.02% White, 1.94% African American, 1.86% Native American, 1.19% Asian, 0.45% Pacific Islander, 1.04% from other races, and 3.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.73% of the population.
There were 581 households out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.81.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $29,500, and the median income for a family was $35,882. Males had a median income of $34,792 versus $19,545 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $15,974. About 14.5% of families and 18.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.3% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.
In 2006 Nestle began a negotiations process with the town of McCloud, CA to build one of the nation's largest bottled water plants and use a portion of the water flowing from the springs of Mt. Shasta. The contract process was protested by local special interest groups whose claims include that Nestle neglected to study the impact on the region's ground water and have overstated the potential economic benefits of the proposed plant. On May 13, 2008 AP Press reported that Nestle announced plans to reduce the size of the proposed McCloud Bottled Water plant to 350,000 sq ft (33,000 m2) from the originally-planned 1,000,000 sq ft (93,000 m2) proposal. Nestle also agreed to monitor the impact of the plant on the local watershed for two years. Nestle opened a different bottling plant in Sacramento, CA, in July 2009, and then in September 2009 Nestle announced they would no longer pursue any bottling operation in McCloud. Nestle plans to sell the property they had acquired for the bottling site, which was the site of the defunct McCloud lumber mill (closed by last mill owners CalCedar).
- Ross McCloud, origin of place name
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