Smartsville, California

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Smartville (former name)
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Smartsville is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 39°12′27″N 121°17′55″W / 39.20750°N 121.29861°W / 39.20750; -121.29861Coordinates: 39°12′27″N 121°17′55″W / 39.20750°N 121.29861°W / 39.20750; -121.29861
Country United States
State California
 • Total0.717 sq mi (1.857 km2)
 • Land0.717 sq mi (1.857 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation669 ft (204 m)
 • Total177
 • Density250/sq mi (95/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
GNIS feature IDs1659684; 2628789
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Smartsville, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Smartsville, California;
Reference no.321[3]

Smartsville is a census-designated place in Yuba County, California,[4] in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. It is one of the many historic towns in California's gold country, and is today a California Historical Landmark.[3] Located at an altitude of 669 feet (204 m), Smartsville lies about 15 miles (24 km) east-northeast of Marysville,[2] along State Route 20. The population was 177 at the 2010 census.


Smartsville is named for James Smart, a local hotel proprietor during the days of the Gold Rush. In the spring of 1856, Smart built a hotel.[2][5]

Smartsville has been noted for its unusual place name.[6] Extensive placer mining tailings remain throughout the area.

A post office was opened at Smartville in 1865.[7] Due to a ruling by the U.S. Post Office Department (now the U.S. Postal Service), Smartsville became Smartville in 1909; this change was strengthened by a similar ruling by the United States Board on Geographic Names in 1947. In August 2008, the Board on Geographic Names ruled in favor of the form "Smartsville".[2][8][9]

The Smartville Cemetery is a historic cemetery.


Smartville gave its name to the Smartville Block, a co-extensive oceanic geologic terrane formed by plate tectonics in the western foothills of the central Sierra Nevada and west into the Central Valley. The presence of gold in the Mother Lode Gold Country was found to coincide with the suture line of the Smartville Block terrane and the North American Plate.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 0.7 square miles (1.9 km2), all of it land.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Smartsville has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csa" on climate maps.[10]


The 2010 United States Census[11] reported that Smartsville had a population of 177. The population density was 246.9 people per square mile (95.3/km2). The racial makeup of Smartsville was 157 (88.7%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 5 (2.8%) Native American, 0 (0.0%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 9 (5.1%) from other races, and 6 (3.4%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18 persons (10.2%).

The Census reported that 177 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 59 households, out of which 21 (35.6%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 25 (42.4%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 6 (10.2%) had a female householder with no husband present, 11 (18.6%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 10 (16.9%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 13 households (22.0%) were made up of individuals, and 6 (10.2%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.00. There were 42 families (71.2% of all households); the average family size was 3.24.

The population was spread out, with 50 people (28.2%) under the age of 18, 14 people (7.9%) aged 18 to 24, 42 people (23.7%) aged 25 to 44, 43 people (24.3%) aged 45 to 64, and 28 people (15.8%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.6 males.

There were 70 housing units at an average density of 97.6 per square mile (37.7/km2), of which 42 (71.2%) were owner-occupied, and 17 (28.8%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.6%. 126 people (71.2% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 51 people (28.8%) lived in rental housing units.

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  1. ^ U.S. Census Archived 2012-01-25 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c d U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Smartsville, California
  3. ^ a b "Smartsville". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Smartsville, California
  5. ^ "California Historical Landmark 321, Smartsville". Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  6. ^ Thompson, George E. (1 July 2009). You Live Where?: Interesting and Unusual Facts about where We Live. iUniverse. p. 12. ISBN 978-1-4401-3421-0.
  7. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 557. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  8. ^ Moller, Dave (November 12, 2008). "Party planned to celebrate Smartsville's 's'". The Nevada City Union. Retrieved November 21, 2008.
  9. ^ The Associated Press (August 22, 2008). "After 99 years, California town Smartsville gets 2nd 's' back". Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Retrieved November 21, 2008.
  10. ^ Climate Summary for Smartsville, California Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Smartsville CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.

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