Smith River, California

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Smith River
census-designated place
Smith River is located in California
Smith River
Smith River
Location in California
Coordinates: 41°55′41″N 124°08′49″W / 41.92806°N 124.14694°W / 41.92806; -124.14694Coordinates: 41°55′41″N 124°08′49″W / 41.92806°N 124.14694°W / 41.92806; -124.14694
Country  United States
State  California
County Del Norte County
 • Total 3.985 sq mi (10.321 km2)
 • Land 3.970 sq mi (10.283 km2)
 • Water 0.015 sq mi (0.038 km2)  0.37%
Elevation[2] 52 ft (16 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 866
 • Density 220/sq mi (84/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Code 95567
Area code(s) 707
GNIS feature IDs 1659799; 2611450
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Smith River, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Smith River, California

Smith River (formerly, Smith River Corners, Smith's River Valley, Smiths River,[3] and Smith's River[4]) (Tolowa: kaa-nvsh, natlh-mii~-nee-dash [5]) is a census-designated place[6] in Del Norte County, California, United States. It is located 12 miles (19 km) north-northeast of Crescent City, 3 miles (4.8 km) east of the mouth of the Smith River,[4] at an elevation of 52 feet (16 m). As of 2010, the population was 866. The ZIP Code is 95567.[7] Its area code is 707. It is bordered by the Smith River National Recreation Area. Smith River is the headquarters of the Smith River Rancheria, a federally recognized tribe of Tolowa people.[8]


A post office was opened in 1863.[4]

One early settler of Smith River was William Dows Rexford who moved there with his sons in the early 1870s.


The 2010 United States Census[9] reported that Smith River had a population of 866. The population density was 217.3 people per square mile (83.9/km²). The racial makeup of Smith River was 528 (61.0%) White, 1 (0.1%) African American, 59 (6.8%) Native American, 5 (0.6%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 234 (27.0%) from other races, and 39 (4.5%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 293 persons (33.8%).

The Census reported that 866 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 315 households, out of which 127 (40.3%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 160 (50.8%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 44 (14.0%) had a female householder with no husband present, 18 (5.7%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 22 (7.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 3 (1.0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 76 households (24.1%) were made up of individuals and 40 (12.7%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75. There were 222 families (70.5% of all households); the average family size was 3.23.

The population was spread out with 267 people (30.8%) under the age of 18, 55 people (6.4%) aged 18 to 24, 220 people (25.4%) aged 25 to 44, 217 people (25.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 107 people (12.4%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34.8 years. For every 100 females there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

There were 363 housing units at an average density of 91.1 per square mile (35.2/km²), of which 181 (57.5%) were owner-occupied, and 134 (42.5%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 3.2%; the rental vacancy rate was 3.6%. 473 people (54.6% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 393 people (45.4%) lived in rental housing units.


Smith River experiences an Oceanic climate, for it is just beyond the northern periphery of the Mediterranean climate zone of coastal California. Seasonal precipitation patterns strictly follow the patterns evident in a Mediterranean regime however, although the rather copious average annual precipitation amount of 71.58 in (1,818 mm) wildly exceeds the 900 mm (35 in) precipitation limit for Mediterranean climates implemented in the revised version of the Koppen Climate Classification by over twofold. The summer months from June to September receive very little precipitation (profoundly similar to a Mediterranean climate), with July and August in particular observing extremely light precipitation. In stark contrast, winter is stupendously rainy, with approximately 60% of the year's total average precipitation observed in the three-month period from December to March. Temperatures remain profoundly moderate throughout the year, fluctuating only several degrees.


In the state legislature, Smith River is in the 2nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Mike McGuire,[10] and the 2nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Jim Wood.[11]

Federally, Smith River is in California's 2nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Jared Huffman.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files – Places – California". United States Census Bureau. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Smith River, California
  3. ^ All U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Smith River, 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. 145. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  5. ^ "Siletz Talking Dictionary". Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Smith River, California
  7. ^ USPS ZIP Code lookup tool
  8. ^ "Tribal Directory." National Congress of American Indians. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  9. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Smith River CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  12. ^ "California's 2nd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2013.