Paskenta, California

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Paskenta is located in California
Position in California.
Coordinates: 39°52′59″N 122°32′37″W / 39.88306°N 122.54361°W / 39.88306; -122.54361Coordinates: 39°52′59″N 122°32′37″W / 39.88306°N 122.54361°W / 39.88306; -122.54361
Country United States
State California
 • Total1.081 sq mi (2.799 km2)
 • Land1.081 sq mi (2.799 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation726 ft (221 m)
 • Total112
 • Density100/sq mi (40/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s)530
GNIS feature ID2628772
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Paskenta, California

Paskenta is a census-designated place (CDP) in Tehama County, California.[2] Historically, it had greater local importance due to the presence of an active lumber mill. The ZIP Code is 96074. The community is inside area code 530. Paskenta sits at an elevation of 725 feet (221 m).[2] The 2010 United States census reported Paskenta's population was 112. Paskenta was originally inhabited by a tribe of Nomlaki people who are now part of the federally-recognized Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians.


Paskenta was originally inhabited by a Nomlaki tribe. In the Nomlaki (Central Wintun) language, "Paskenta" (paskenti) means "under the hill" or "under the bank".[3][4] The modern settlement was founded by Americans of European origin ca. 1860.[3] A post office has been in operation there since 1872.[5] The Paskenta Ranchería was established between 1906 and 1909 and is home to the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians.[6]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), all of it land.


The 2010 United States Census[7] reported that Paskenta had a population of 112. The population density was 103.6 people per square mile (40.0/km2). The racial makeup of Paskenta was 95 (84.8%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 0 (0.0%) Native American, 0 (0.0%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 8 (7.1%) from other races, and 9 (8.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19 persons (17.0%).

The Census reported that 112 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 46 households, out of which 10 (21.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 26 (56.5%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 5 (10.9%) had a female householder with no husband present, 1 (2.2%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 4 (8.7%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 1 (2.2%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 9 households (19.6%) were made up of individuals, and 4 (8.7%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43. There were 32 families (69.6% of all households); the average family size was 2.88.

The population was spread out, with 19 people (17.0%) under the age of 18, 3 people (2.7%) aged 18 to 24, 27 people (24.1%) aged 25 to 44, 39 people (34.8%) aged 45 to 64, and 24 people (21.4%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 51.0 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.

There were 51 housing units at an average density of 47.2 per square mile (18.2/km2), of which 32 (69.6%) were owner-occupied, and 14 (30.4%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0%; the rental vacancy rate was 0%. 78 people (69.6% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 34 people (30.4%) lived in rental housing units.


In the state legislature Paskenta is in the 4th Senate District, represented by Republican Jim Nielsen,[8] and in the 2nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Jim Wood.[9]

Federally, Paskenta is in California's 1st congressional district, represented by Republican Doug LaMalfa.[10]


  1. ^ U.S. Census Archived 2011-02-20 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Paskenta, California
  3. ^ a b "Place Names" (PDF). Tehama County Department of Education. p. 42. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 May 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  4. ^ Eargle Jr, Dolan H. (2008). Native California: An Introductory Guide to the Original Peoples From Earliest to Modern Times. Trees Company Press. p. 150. ISBN 978-0-937401-11-8.
  5. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  6. ^ Pritzker, Barry (2000). A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples. Oxford University Press. p. 152. ISBN 978-0-19-513897-9.
  7. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Paskenta CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  8. ^ "Jim Nielsen". Jim Nielsen. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  9. ^ "Official Website - Assemblymember Jim Wood Representing the 2nd California Assembly District". Official Website - Assemblymember Jim Wood Representing the 2nd California Assembly District. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  10. ^ "California's 1st Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2013.