Arcata, California

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Population in 2017: 18,000 (100% urban, 0% rural).
Population change since 2000: +8.1%
 
Males: 8,454  (47.0%)
Females: 9,546  (53.0%)
Median resident age:

26.9 years
California median age:

36.5 years

Zip codes: 95519, 95521, 95524, 95549.

Arcata Zip Code Map
Estimated median household income in 2017: $32,826 (it was $22,315 in 2000)
Arcata:

$32,826
CA:

$71,805

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $23,654 (it was $15,531 in 2000)

Arcata city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $381,638 (it was $133,500 in 2000)
Arcata:

$381,638
CA:

$509,400

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $374,717; detached houses: $401,453; townhouses or other attached units: $423,534; in 2-unit structures: $320,698; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $365,318; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $381,887; mobile homes: $111,603; occupied boats, rvs, vans, etc.: $383,673

Median gross rent in 2017: $918.

March 2019 cost of living index in Arcata: 108.2 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 37.2%
(34.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 54.8% for Black residents, 47.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 41.8% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 62.1% for other race residents, 31.9% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Arcata, CA (2017)
    • 12,75270.9%White alone
    • 3,27618.2%Hispanic
    • 8965.0%Two or more races
    • 4992.8%Black alone
    • 4052.3%Asian alone
    • 1791.0%American Indian alone
    • 1350.8%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 200.1%Other race alone

Races in Arcata detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of California and other state lists, there were 16 registered sex offenders living in Arcata, California as of August 03, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Arcata is 1,123 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is lower than the state average.


Crime rates in Arcata by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
3
(16.8)
0
(0.0)
2
(11.2)
0
(0.0)
1
(5.5)
1
(5.5)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
6
(35.2)
4
(23.4)
4
(23.6)
1
(5.9)
8
(46.8)
6
(34.9)
5
(28.7)
2
(11.5)
7
(39.3)
13
(73.2)
7
(39.4)
6
(33.5)
7
(38.8)
15
(83.0)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
11
(64.6)
17
(99.6)
10
(59.1)
13
(76.1)
10
(58.5)
14
(81.5)
12
(68.8)
20
(114.9)
15
(84.2)
19
(107.1)
11
(61.8)
22
(122.8)
20
(110.8)
14
(77.5)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
31
(181.9)
34
(199.2)
37
(218.6)
29
(169.9)
32
(187.2)
20
(116.5)
31
(177.8)
32
(183.8)
42
(235.9)
46
(259.2)
34
(191.1)
54
(301.5)
36
(199.4)
34
(188.1)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
252
(1,479)
182
(1,066)
146
(862.4)
164
(960.6)
126
(737.1)
172
(1,002)
74
(424.5)
165
(947.8)
147
(825.6)
144
(811.4)
160
(899.4)
129
(720.1)
107
(592.7)
89
(492.4)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
519
(3,046)
474
(2,777)
353
(2,085)
368
(2,155)
490
(2,867)
444
(2,586)
499
(2,862)
515
(2,958)
634
(3,561)
499
(2,812)
443
(2,490)
461
(2,574)
487
(2,697)
512
(2,833)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
83
(487.1)
43
(252.0)
25
(147.7)
33
(193.3)
39
(228.2)
32
(186.3)
51
(292.5)
74
(425.1)
60
(337.0)
59
(332.4)
67
(376.6)
77
(429.9)
111
(614.8)
64
(354.1)
Arson
(per 100,000)
4
(23.5)
1
(5.9)
N/A7
(41.0)
2
(11.7)
15
(87.4)
20
(114.7)
7
(40.2)
14
(78.6)
15
(84.5)
18
(101.2)
6
(33.5)
17
(94.2)
12
(66.4)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)348.2294.4235.9230.4277.0264.2246.8299.1364.8338.4303.4311.7313.8314.4

The City-Data.com crime rate weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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City-data.com crime index in Arcata, CA

Crime rate in Arcata detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 37 (25 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.38
California average:

1.99
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Ancestries: Irish (9.9%), German (7.6%), European (6.6%), English (4.2%), Scottish (3.6%), American (3.3%).

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Elevation: 33 feet

Land area: 9.19 square miles.

Population density: 1,959 people per square mile   (low).

Arcata, California map

675 residents are foreign born (1.7% Latin America, 1.0% Asia, 0.5% Europe).

This city:

3.8%
California:

27.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $2,800 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,774 (0.5%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Redding, CA (92.1 miles , pop. 80,865).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Sacramento, CA (212.2 miles , pop. 407,018).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (564.0 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities:

Indianola, CA (2.0 miles ),
Manila, CA (2.1 miles ),
Blue Lake, CA (2.2 miles ),
McKinleyville, CA (2.3 miles ),
Myrtletown, CA (2.5 miles ),
Samoa, CA (2.6 miles ),
Fieldbrook, CA (2.6 miles ),
Eureka, CA (2.7 miles )

Latitude: 40.87 N, Longitude: 124.08 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +2,725 (+15.2%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 4,235 (51.3%)

Area code: 707

Distribution of median household income in Arcata, CA in 2017
Distribution of house value in Arcata, CA in 2017
Arcata satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

4.3%
California:

4.6%
Historical population in Arcata, CA
Historical housing units in Arcata, CA

Population change in the 1990s: +988 (+6.3%).
Most common industries in Arcata, CA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (18.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (12.2%)
  • Health care (9.5%)
  • Public administration (5.2%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.6%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (4.6%)
  • Social assistance (3.8%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Educational services (14.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.3%)
  • Health care (7.7%)
  • Public administration (6.5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (5.4%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (5.2%)
  • Construction (5.2%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (22.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (15.0%)
  • Health care (11.2%)
  • Social assistance (6.4%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (4.0%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.0%)
  • Public administration (3.9%)
Most common occupations in Arcata, CA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.9%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (4.2%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (4.0%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (3.6%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (3.4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.1%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.0%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.6%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (4.1%)
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (3.7%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (3.5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (3.3%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (3.0%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.0%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (5.3%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.0%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (4.8%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (4.7%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.6%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.2%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.9%)

Average climate in Arcata, California

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Arcata, California environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI CO NO2 SO2 Ozone PM10 PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 71.5. This is about average.

City:

71.5
U.S.:

74.2
Carbon Monoxide Level

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2018 was 0.204. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 7.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.204
U.S.:

0.267
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 1.92. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 6.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

1.92
U.S.:

5.56
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 0.0991. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 8.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.0991
U.S.:

1.7894
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 22.6. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 8.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

22.6
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 18.5. This is about average. Closest monitor was 4.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

18.5
U.S.:

19.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 9.41. This is about average. Closest monitor was 6.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.41
U.S.:

8.46

Earthquake activity:

Arcata-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below California state average. It is 485% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/31/1922 at 13:17:28, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 77.9 miles away from Arcata center
On 11/8/1980 at 10:27:34, a magnitude 7.2 (6.2 MB, 7.2 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.0 ML) earthquake occurred 19.9 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/1906 at 13:12:21, a magnitude 7.9 (7.9 UK) earthquake occurred 206.9 miles away from Arcata center, causing $524,000,000 total damage
On 4/25/1992 at 18:06:04, a magnitude 7.2 (6.3 MB, 7.1 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.1 MW, Depth: 9.4 mi) earthquake occurred 36.2 miles away from the city center, causing $75,000,000 total damage
On 1/22/1923 at 09:04:18, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 70.4 miles away from the city center
On 6/15/2005 at 02:50:54, a magnitude 7.2 (6.1 MB, 7.1 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.1 MW, Depth: 9.9 mi) earthquake occurred 101.5 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Humboldt County (17) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 14, Storms: 10, Landslides: 4, Winter Storms: 4, Mudslides: 2, Earthquake: 1, Fire: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Arcata topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Arcata:

  • MAD RIVER COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (Proprietary, provides emergency services, 3800 JANES RD)
  • MAD RIVER COMM HOSP H C SRVS (4605 VALLEY WEST BLVD)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Arcata:

  • FMC MCKINLEYVILLE (Dialysis Facility, about 5 miles away; MCKINLEYVILLE, CA)
  • HOSPICE OF HUMBOLDT,INC (Hospital, about 7 miles away; EUREKA, CA)
  • PACIFIC REHABILITATION AND WELLNESS CENTER, LP (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; EUREKA, CA)
  • GENERAL HOSPITAL D/P SNF (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; EUREKA, CA)
  • ST JOSEPH HOME CARE (Home Health Center, about 7 miles away; EUREKA, CA)
  • CRESTWOOD MANOR (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; EUREKA, CA)
  • ST JOSEPH HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 7 miles away; EUREKA, CA)

Amtrak station:

ARCATA (F ST. BETWEEN 7TH & 8TH STS.) - Bus Station . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.

College/University in Arcata:

  • Humboldt State University (Full-time enrollment: 7,353; Location: 1 Harpst Street; Public; Website: www.humboldt.edu; Offers Master's degree)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Arcata:

  • College of the Redwoods (about 14 miles; Eureka, CA; Full-time enrollment: 4,410)
  • Shasta College (about 95 miles; Redding, CA; FT enrollment: 5,645)
  • Rogue Community College (about 113 miles; Grants Pass, OR; FT enrollment: 3,600)
  • Southern Oregon University (about 116 miles; Ashland, OR; FT enrollment: 4,650)
  • Mendocino College (about 125 miles; Ukiah, CA; FT enrollment: 2,263)
  • California State University-Chico (about 143 miles; Chico, CA; FT enrollment: 14,838)
  • Oregon Institute of Technology (about 153 miles; Klamath Falls, OR; FT enrollment: 2,900)

Public high schools in Arcata:

Public elementary/middle schools in Arcata:

  • SUNNY BRAE MIDDLE (Students: 216, Location: 1430 BUTTERMILK LN., Grades: 6-8)
  • ARCATA ELEMENTARY (Students: 207, Location: 2400 BALDWIN ST., Grades: KG-5)
  • COASTAL GROVE CHARTER (Students: 161, Location: 1897 S ST., Grades: KG-8, Charter school)
  • UNION STREET CHARTER (Students: 62, Location: 470 UNION ST., Grades: KG-5, Charter school)
  • FUENTE NUEVA CHARTER (Students: 34, Location: 1730 JANES RD., Grades: KG-6, Charter school)
  • TRILLIUM CHARTER (Students: 22, Location: 1464 SPEAR AVE., Grades: KG-5, Charter school)
  • REDWOOD COAST MONTESSORI (Location: 1611 PENINSULA DR., Grades: KG-8, Charter school)
  • PACIFIC UNION ELEMENTARY (Location: 3001 JANES RD., Grades: KG-8)

Private elementary/middle schools in Arcata:

  • ARCATA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 85, Location: 1700 UNION ST, Grades: PK-8)
  • ST MARY'S CATHOLIC SCHOOL (Students: 33, Location: 1730 JANES RD, Grades: PK-8)
See full list of schools located in Arcata

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Arcata: Aldergrove Industrial Park (A), Veterans Memorial Building (B), Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center (C), Arcata Community Recycling Center (D), Arcata City Hall (E), Van Matre Hall (F), University Center (G), Tan Oak Hall (H), Swetman Child Development Laboratory (I), Sunset Hall (J), Redwood Hall (K), Pepperwood Hall (L), Nelson Hall (M), Maple Hall (N), Madrone Hall (O), Joseph M Forbes Physical Education Complex (P), Jolly Giant Commons (Q), John Van Duzer Theatre (R), Jenkins Hall (S), Hemlock Hall (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Sunny Brae Shopping Center (1), Uniontown Plaza Shopping Center (2), Valley West Shopping Center (3), Westwood Village Shopping Center (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Arcata include: First United Pentecostal Church (A), Sunny Brae Baptist Church (B), Saint Marys Catholic Church (C), Saint Albans Episcopal Church (D), Lutheran Church of Arcata (E), Full Gospel Assembly Church (F), Foursquare Gospel Church (G), First Church of God (H), First Church of Christ Scientist (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Saint Marys Cemetery (1), Greenwood Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Gannon Slough (A), Grotzman Creek (B), Janes Creek (C), Jolly Giant Creek (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Arcata include: Redwood Park (1), Vinum Park (2), Redwood Bowl (3), Arcata Ball Park (4), Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary (5), Arcata Plaza (6), Arcata Sports Complex (7), Larson Park (8). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotel: Best Western Arcata Inn (4827 Valley West Boulevard) (1). Display/hide its approximate location on the map

Birthplace of: Christa Johnson - Professional golfer, Don Durdan - Football player, James Allen Taylor - Army Medal of Honor recipient, Naomi Lang - Ice dancer, Nate Quarry - Martial artist, Willi Unsoeld - Mountaineer, Garth Iorg - Baseball player and coach, Amanda Loncar - Actor, Gary Wilson (1990s pitcher) - Baseball player, Joe Gates - College basketball player (Mt. St. Marys Mountaineers).

Humboldt County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Arcata that have no violations reported:

  • ARCATA, CITY OF (Address: 736 F Street , Population served: 16,651, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • CALIFORNIA REDWOOD CO. - KORBEL (Population served: 250, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This city:

2.1 people
California:

2.9 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

35.6%
Whole state:

68.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

11.4%
Whole state:

7.2%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.7% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

People in group quarters in Arcata in 2010:

  • 1,532 people in college/university student housing
  • 184 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 23 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 6 people in group homes intended for adults

People in group quarters in Arcata in 2000:

  • 1,265 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 96 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 31 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 20 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 17 people in other group homes
  • 2 people in religious group quarters

Banks with branches in Arcata (2011 data):

  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Arcata Branch at 1103 G Street, branch established on 1956/06/16. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association: 780 7th Street Branch at 780 7th Street, branch established on 1988/12/27. Info updated 2011/11/10: Bank assets: $1,811,678.0 mil, Deposits: $1,190,738.0 mil, headquarters in Columbus, OH, positive income, International Specialization, 5577 total offices, Holding Company: Jpmorgan Chase & Co.
  • Bank of America, National Association: Arcata Branch at 697 8th Street, branch established on 1927/02/19. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
  • Umpqua Bank: Arcata Branch at 1063 G Street, branch established on 1934/11/01. Info updated 2011/09/02: Bank assets: $11,556.7 mil, Deposits: $9,325.3 mil, headquarters in Roseburg, OR, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 193 total offices, Holding Company: Umpqua Holdings Corporation
  • U.S. Bank National Association: Arcata Branch at 953 G Street, branch established on 1982/02/02. Info updated 2012/01/30: Bank assets: $330,470.8 mil, Deposits: $236,091.5 mil, headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, positive income, 3121 total offices, Holding Company: U.S. Bancorp

For population 15 years and over in Arcata:

Marital status in Arcata, CA
  • Never married: 64.7%
  • Now married: 22.5%
  • Separated: 1.1%
  • Widowed: 3.9%
  • Divorced: 7.8%

For population 25 years and over in Arcata:

  • High school or higher: 94.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 50.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 19.7%
  • Unemployed: 8.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.0 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.9
California average:

15.0

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Arcata
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Arcata, CA (based on Humboldt County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic9,90113
Evangelical Protestant9,25697
Other5,37333
Mainline Protestant4,36433
Orthodox651
None105,664-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 46
Humboldt County:

3.58 / 10,000 pop.
California:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Humboldt County:

0.08 / 10,000 pop.
California:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 6
Here:

0.47 / 10,000 pop.
California:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 47
This county:

3.65 / 10,000 pop.
California:

1.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 128
Here:

9.95 / 10,000 pop.
California:

7.42 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.0%
State:

7.3%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

23.7%
California:

21.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Humboldt County:

15.6%
California:

17.9%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Arcata:

50.4%
California:

48.8%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

51.7%
California:

47.1%

Average BMI:
Arcata:

27.3
California:

28.1

People feeling badly about themselves:
Arcata:

18.8%
California:

20.9%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Arcata:

9.7%
California:

11.4%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Arcata:

6.9
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Arcata:

27.2%
California:

31.3%

General health condition:
Arcata:

60.9%
California:

55.7%

Average condition of hearing:
Arcata:

82.2%
State:

80.6%

More about Health and Nutrition of Arcata, CA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 26$207,638$95,8330$0
Sewerage 15$80,554$64,4437$3,744
Water Supply 13$76,624$70,7306$2,637
Police - Other 12$67,011$67,0118$8,679
Streets and Highways 12$65,362$65,3628$2,495
Other Government Administration 11$44,727$48,7931$1,273
Housing and Community Development (Local) 11$68,335$74,5471$1,308
Other and Unallocable 11$51,139$55,7886$3,381
Parks and Recreation 9$49,861$66,48150$13,804
Financial Administration 6$32,293$64,5860$0
Transit 3$15,970$63,8809$11,951
Solid Waste Management 1$7,853$94,2361$219
Natural Resources 1$3,290$39,4800$0
Totals for Government 131$770,657$70,59597$49,491

Arcata government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $4,022,000 ($223.44)
    Parks and Recreation: $3,137,000 ($174.28)
    Water Utilities: $764,000 ($42.44)
    Financial Administration: $682,000 ($37.89)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $119,000 ($6.61)
    Sewerage: $113,000 ($6.28)
    Police Protection: $111,000 ($6.17)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $5,086,000 ($282.56)
    Housing and Community Development: $4,497,000 ($249.83)
    Water Utilities: $3,227,000 ($179.28)
    Sewerage: $2,940,000 ($163.33)
    Central Staff Services: $1,861,000 ($103.39)
    Regular Highways: $1,759,000 ($97.72)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,549,000 ($86.06)
    Transit Utilities: $977,000 ($54.28)
    General - Other: $843,000 ($46.83)
    Financial Administration: $682,000 ($37.89)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $351,000 ($19.50)
    Solid Waste Management: $322,000 ($17.89)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $119,000 ($6.61)
    Health - Other: $45,000 ($2.50)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $362,000 ($20.11)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Central Staff Services: $166,000 ($9.22)
    General Public Building: $124,000 ($6.89)
    Transit Utilities: $66,000 ($3.67)
    Water Utilities: $63,000 ($3.50)
    Regular Highways: $22,000 ($1.22)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $9,658,000 ($536.56)

Arcata government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $3,586,000 ($199.22)
    Parks and Recreation: $456,000 ($25.33)
    Other: $404,000 ($22.44)
    Solid Waste Management: $397,000 ($22.06)
    Regular Highways: $17,000 ($0.94)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $2,052,000 ($114.00)
    Other: $284,000 ($15.78)
    Sewerage: $271,000 ($15.06)
    Transit Utilities: $44,000 ($2.44)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $175,000 ($9.72)
    Housing and Community Development: $35,000 ($1.94)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $406,000 ($22.56)
    Sale of Property: $366,000 ($20.33)
    Rents: $355,000 ($19.72)
    Fines and Forfeits: $306,000 ($17.00)
    General Revenue - Other: $240,000 ($13.33)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $3,074,000 ($170.78)
    Transit Utilities: $202,000 ($11.22)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $4,987,000 ($277.06)
    Highways: $512,000 ($28.44)
    Sewerage: $328,000 ($18.22)
    Transit Utilities: $122,000 ($6.78)
    General Local Government Support: $29,000 ($1.61)
  • Tax - Property: $6,394,000 ($355.22)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $2,664,000 ($148.00)
    Public Utilities Sales: $1,096,000 ($60.89)
    Other Selective Sales: $1,038,000 ($57.67)
    Other License: $178,000 ($9.89)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $121,000 ($6.72)
    Other: $30,000 ($1.67)
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $15,000 ($0.83)

Arcata government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $14,467,000 ($803.72)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $13,615,000 ($756.39)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $852,000 ($47.33)

Arcata government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $366,000 ($20.33)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $17,265,000 ($959.17)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $3,807,000 ($211.50)

5.86% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($39,965 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.86%
California average:

5.03%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.34% ($36,250 average AGI)
from San Diego County, CA  0.24% ($32,292)
from Shasta County, CA  0.22% ($49,624)


5.49% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($42,315 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.49%
California average:

5.21%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Sacramento County, CA  0.24% ($44,593 average AGI)
to Shasta County, CA  0.23% ($51,761)
to Los Angeles County, CA  0.23% ($20,429)
Businesses in Arcata, CA
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware2New Balance1
Best Western1Nike4
CVS1Quality1
Carl\s Jr.1RadioShack1
Comfort Inn1Safeway1
Days Inn1Subway2
FedEx3Super 81
H&R Block1T-Mobile1
Howard Johnson1U.S. Cellular1
Jones New York1UPS4
MasterBrand Cabinets4Vans3
McDonald's1Vons1
Motel 61

Strongest AM radio stations in Arcata:

  • KATA (1340 AM; 1 kW; ARCATA, CA; Owner: BICOASTAL MEDIA LLC)
  • KWSW (790 AM; 5 kW; EUREKA, CA; Owner: EUREKA BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • KINS (980 AM; 5 kW; EUREKA, CA; Owner: EUREKA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KGOE (1480 AM; 5 kW; EUREKA, CA; Owner: BICOASTAL MEDIA LLC)
  • KNCR (1090 AM; daytime; 10 kW; FORTUNA, CA; Owner: MILLER BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KCBS (740 AM; 50 kW; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • KGRV (700 AM; 25 kW; WINSTON, OR; Owner: PACIFIC CASCADE COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • KDUN (1030 AM; 50 kW; REEDSPORT, OR; Owner: PAMPLIN BROADCASTING-OREGON, INC.)
  • KTMT (580 AM; 10 kW; ASHLAND, OR; Owner: MAPLETON COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • KNBR (680 AM; 50 kW; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: KNBR LICO, INC.)
  • KAPL (1300 AM; 20 kW; PHOENIX, OR; Owner: APPLEGATE MEDIA, INC.)
  • KKOH (780 AM; 50 kW; RENO, NV; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KTRB (860 AM; 50 kW; MODESTO, CA; Owner: PAPPAS RADIO OF CALIFORNIA, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

Strongest FM radio stations in Arcata:

  • K265BT (100.9 FM; ARCATA, CA; Owner: EUREKA BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • K211DJ (90.1 FM; ARCATA, CA; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KZPN (91.5 FM; BAYSIDE, CA; Owner: COM. OF HUMBOLDT ED. ENHANC. RAD. SV)
  • KXGO (93.1 FM; ARCATA, CA; Owner: MILLER BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KFMI (96.3 FM; EUREKA, CA; Owner: BICOASTAL MEDIA LLC)
  • KRED-FM (92.3 FM; EUREKA, CA; Owner: BICOASTAL MEDIA LLC)
  • KKHB (105.5 FM; EUREKA, CA; Owner: BICOASTAL MEDIA LLC)
  • KHSU-FM (90.5 FM; ARCATA, CA; Owner: HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • K282AD (104.3 FM; EUREKA, CA; Owner: LOST COAST COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KMUE (88.3 FM; EUREKA, CA; Owner: REDWOOD COMMUNITY RADIO, INC)
  • K259AL (99.7 FM; WILLOW CREEK, CA; Owner: KHSU-FM, HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • KAJK-FM (99.1 FM; FERNDALE, CA; Owner: MILLER BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KNHT (107.3 FM; RIO DELL, CA; Owner: SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY)
  • KSLG-FM (94.1 FM; HYDESVILLE, CA; Owner: LOST COAST COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KWPT (100.3 FM; FORTUNA, CA; Owner: S.T.E.G. BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • KEKA-FM (101.5 FM; EUREKA, CA; Owner: EUREKA BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • KHUM (104.7 FM; GARBERVILLE, CA; Owner: LOST COAST COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KLVG (103.7 FM; GARBERVILLE, CA; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KMUD (91.1 FM; GARBERVILLE, CA; Owner: REDWOOD COMMUNITY RADIO, INC.)
  • K201HL (88.1 FM; GARBERVILLE, CA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Arcata:

  • K45DS (Channel 45; FRESHWATER, ETC., CA; Owner: CALIFORNIA BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KVIQ (Channel 6; EUREKA, CA; Owner: ACKERLEY MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • KEET (Channel 13; EUREKA, CA; Owner: REDWOOD EMPIRE PUBLIC TELEVISION, INC)
  • KIEM-TV (Channel 3; EUREKA, CA; Owner: POLLACK/BELZ BROADCASTING CO., LLC)
  • K36BT (Channel 36; BLUE LAKE, CA; Owner: CALIFORNIA BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KAEF (Channel 23; ARCATA, CA; Owner: CALIFORNIA BROADCASTING,INC.)
  • KBVU (Channel 29; EUREKA, CA; Owner: SAINTE SEPULVEDA, INC.)
  • K47EH (Channel 47; ALTURAS, ETC., CA; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • K51EG (Channel 51; SOUTH EUREKA/LOLETA, CA; Owner: CALIFORNIA BROADCASTING, INC.)

Medal of Honor Recipients

Medal of Honor Recipient born in Arcata: James Allen Taylor.

Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of Arcata fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 37Number of bridges
  • 364ft / 111mTotal length
  • $11,740,000Total costs
  • 513,378Total average daily traffic
  • 41,825Total average daily truck traffic
  • 386,402Total future (year 2035) average daily traffic
New bridges in Arcata, CA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 31920-1929
  • 81950-1959
  • 111960-1969
  • 131970-1979
  • 11980-1989
  • 11990-1999
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Arcata, CA
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Arcata)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 21 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Arcata, CA)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 21 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 39 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 140 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Arcata)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 29 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Arcata)

2005 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2005 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 85. The highest number of fires - 138 took place in 2015, and the least - 36 in 2014. The data has a decreasing trend.
    Fire incident types in Arcata, CA When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Outside Fires (49.5%), and Structure Fires (32.6%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Arcata, CA
    • 58749.5%Outside Fires
    • 38732.6%Structure Fires
    • 14412.1%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 685.7%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Arcata, CA

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Arcata, California:

  • Comfort Inn Arcata, 4701 Vly West Blvd, Arcata, California 95521 , Phone: (707) 826-2827, Fax: (707) 826-9344
  • Quality Inn Arcata, 3535 Janes Rd, Arcata, California 95521 , Phone: (707) 822-0409, Fax: (707) 822-1074
  • Red Roof Inn Arcata, 4975 Vly West Blvd, Arcata, California 95521 , Phone: (707) 633-6148, Fax: (707) 633-6248
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Arcata, 4750 Vly West Blvd, Arcata, California 95521 , Phone: (707) 822-5896, Fax: (707) 822-8011
  • Hotel Arcata, 708 9th St, Arcata, California 95521 , Phone: (707) 826-0217, Fax: (707) 826-1726
  • Comfort Inn Arcata, 4700 Vly West Blvd, Arcata, California 95521 , Phone: (707) 826-9660
All 6 fire-safe hotels and motels in Arcata, California
Most common first names in Arcata, CA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John13272.1 years
William10673.9 years
Mary8978.2 years
Robert8869.9 years
James7970.9 years
George7173.9 years
Joseph5173.2 years
Charles5174.0 years
Helen4879.9 years
Dorothy4577.0 years
Most common last names in Arcata, CA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith4671.3 years
Johnson4474.5 years
Brown2975.5 years
Anderson2775.7 years
Miller2775.2 years
Peterson2576.0 years
Davis2476.7 years
Martin2271.1 years
Jones2173.7 years
Williams2172.0 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Arcata, CA
  • 76.2%Utility gas
  • 15.3%Wood
  • 4.4%Electricity
  • 2.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.3%Solar energy
  • 0.6%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Arcata, CA
  • 57.4%Utility gas
  • 31.1%Electricity
  • 7.1%No fuel used
  • 2.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.7%Wood
  • 0.4%Solar energy


Arcata compared to California state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Arcata on our top lists:

  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest percentage of family households, population 10,000+"
  • #44 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most people taking a bicycle to work (population 5,000+)"
  • #57 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the least people living the same house as 1 year ago (population 5,000+))"
  • #65 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest percentage of family households, population 1,000+"
  • #69 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: education, training, and library occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #77 on the list of "Top 100 cities with highest ratio of median house value to median household income (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #82 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of unmarried partner households (population 5,000+)"
  • #96 on the list of "Top 101 cities where the highest percentage of females (15+ years) which never married (with at least 1,000 females in this group)"
  • #55 (95524) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of taxpayers reporting profit/loss from business in 2012 (pop 1,000+)"
  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for 3rd party candidates in the 2012 Presidential Election"
  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Sulfur Oxides Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #58 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest carbon monoxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #68 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #69 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Nitrogen Dioxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
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