Surprise Valley, California

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Population in July 2007: 1,257.
Males: 625  (49.7%)
Females: 632  (50.3%)
Median resident age:  46.7 years
California median age:  33.3 years

Zip code: 96104

Estimated median household income in 2012: $37,311 (it was $28,839 in 2000)
Surprise Valley:

$37,311
CA:

$58,328
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $22,152 (it was $19,088 in 2000)

Surprise Valley CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $156,426 (it was $79,200 in 2000)
Surprise Valley:

$156,426
CA:

$349,400
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $333,640; Detached houses: $361,683; Townhouses or other attached units: $33,625; Mobile homes: $182,232; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $13,450
Surprise Valley races chart
  • White alone - 1,038 (79.8%)
  • American Indian alone - 135 (10.4%)
  • Hispanic - 98 (7.5%)
  • Two or more races - 22 (1.7%)
  • Asian alone - 6 (0.5%)
  • Black alone - 1 (0.08%)
  • Other race alone - 1 (0.08%)
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Surprise Valley: 174.5 (very high, U.S. average is 100)

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Land area: 613.0 square miles.

Population density: 2.1 people per square mile   (very low).

Surprise Valley, California map

For population 25 years and over in Surprise Valley:

  • High school or higher: 81.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 15.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.7%
  • Unemployed: 8.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Surprise Valley CCD:

  • Never married: 16.1%
  • Now married: 60.4%
  • Separated: 1.8%
  • Widowed: 11.5%
  • Divorced: 12.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Surprise Valley CCD:  0.9% ($695)
California:  0.8% ($1,564)
Surprise Valley satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Redding, CA (136.5 miles , pop. 80,865).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Sacramento, CA (223.0 miles , pop. 407,018).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (529.7 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: Lake City, CA (2.0 miles) , Cedarville, CA (2.5 miles ), Fort Bidwell, CA (4.1 miles) , Eagleville, CA (4.6 miles) , Daphnedale Park, CA (4.7 miles) , Alturas, CA (4.8 miles ), New Pine Creek, CA (5.2 miles) , New Pine Creek, OR (5.2 miles) .

Latitude: 41.62 N, Longitude: 120.15 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 530

Surprise Valley household income distribution Surprise Valley home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

8.1%
California:

7.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (44%)
  • Public administration (11%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Health care (6%)
  • Educational services (3%)
  • Food and beverage stores (2%)
  • Truck transportation (2%)
  • Health care (29%)
  • Public administration (14%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Social assistance (4%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (19%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (18%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Life and physical scientists (4%)
  • Carpenters (4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (9%)
  • Registered nurses (8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)

Work and jobs in Surprise Valley: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Surprise Valley, California

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Surprise Valley-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below California state average. It is 491% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 158.1 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/1906 at 13:12:21, a magnitude 7.9 (7.9 UK) earthquake occurred 292.5 miles away from Surprise Valley center, causing $524,000,000 total damage
On 1/31/1922 at 13:17:28, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 288.6 miles away from the city 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 218.5 miles away from the city center
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 222.8 miles away from Surprise Valley center, causing $75,000,000 total damage
On 12/21/1932 at 06:10:09, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 241.0 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 Modoc County (10) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 5, Landslides: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Surprise Valley:

  • SURPRISE VALLEY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL D/P SNF (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; CEDARVILLE, CA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Surprise Valley:

  • Oregon Institute of Technology (about 96 miles; Klamath Falls, OR; Full-time enrollment: 2,900)
  • Shasta College (about 133 miles; Redding, CA; FT enrollment: 5,645)
  • Southern Oregon University (about 137 miles; Ashland, OR; FT enrollment: 4,650)
  • Truckee Meadows Community College (about 143 miles; Reno, NV; FT enrollment: 6,919)
  • University of Nevada-Reno (about 145 miles; Reno, NV; FT enrollment: 15,092)
  • Butte College (about 158 miles; Oroville, CA; FT enrollment: 8,649)
  • California State University-Chico (about 159 miles; Chico, CA; FT enrollment: 14,838)

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Notable locations in Surprise Valley: Mount Vida Vista Scene Viewpoint (A), Boyd Spring Ranch (B), Tom Smith Cabin (C), Wilson Patch Ranch (D), Cidar Pass Ski Course (E), Bunyard Ranch (F), Stough Campground (G), Warner Mountain Ranger Station (H), Bureau of Land Management Fire Guard Station (I), Modoc County Fairground (J), Cedar Pass Ski Area (K), Hill Ranch (L), Larry Flat Campground (M), Bennen (N), Parman Ranch (O), Midra Ranch (P), Emerson Recreation Site (Q), Cockrell Ranch (R), Mount Stevenson Ranch (S), Emerson Camp (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Indian Cemetery (1), Cedarville Cemetery (2), Eagleville Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Lindemenn Lake (A), Upper Lake (B), Mud Lake (C), Big Mud Lake (D), Twin Lakes (E), Cottonwood Lake (F), Twin Lakes (G), Mosquito Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Cedar Creek (A), Cherry Creek (B), Cottonwood Creek (C), Granger Creek (D), Milk Creek (E), North Barber Creek (F), North Deep Creek (G), Sand Creek (H), Neasham Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2001 was 36.7. This is significantly better than average.

City:

36.7
U.S.:

74.2

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2001 was 19.5. This is about average. Closest monitor was 22.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

19.5
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2001 was 7.28. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 22.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.28
U.S.:

9.14
Average household size:
This place:  2.1 people
California:  2.9 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  59.8%
Whole state:  68.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  8.9%
Whole state:  7.2%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

20.5%
Whole state:

14.2%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

4.9%
Whole state:

6.3%
22 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
2 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers in 2010
23 people in nursing homes in 2000

Surprise Valley compared to California state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Wood (47%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (21%)
  • Electricity (21%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (10%)
  • Other fuel (1%)
  • Utility gas (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Surprise Valley CCD (based on Modoc County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 19.53%
Here: 19.5%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchAssemblies of GodUnited Church of ChristSouthern Baptist Convention
Adherents38.4%15.2%12.2%9.3%6.9%
Congregations10.0%10.0%10.0%15.0%10.0%
NameSeventh-Day Adventist ChurchConservative Baptist Association of AmericaChurches of ChristEpiscopal ChurchOther
Adherents5.3%4.6%2.6%2.4%3.3%
Congregations10.0%10.0%10.0%5.0%10.0%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
Modoc County:

6.54 / 10,000 pop.
California:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
Modoc County:

4.36 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 8
Here:

8.73 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.3%
California:

7.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Modoc County:

22.4%
California:

21.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

9.2%
State:

17.9%

6.25% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($33,000 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.25%
California average:

5.03%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Shasta County, CA  0.76% ($16,273 average AGI)


7.65% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($33,853 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.65%
California average:

5.12%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Shasta County, CA  0.65% ($41,263 average AGI)
to Klamath County, OR  0.65% ($20,000)
to Washoe County, NV  0.44% ($36,692)

Strongest AM radio stations in Surprise Valley:

  • KCFJ (570 AM; 5 kW; ALTURAS, CA; Owner: EDI MEDIA, INC.)
  • KKOH (780 AM; 50 kW; RENO, NV; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KBOI (670 AM; 50 kW; BOISE, ID; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KPNW (1120 AM; 50 kW; EUGENE, OR; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KGRV (700 AM; 25 kW; WINSTON, OR; Owner: PACIFIC CASCADE COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • KPOJ (620 AM; 50 kW; PORTLAND, OR; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KTMT (580 AM; 10 kW; ASHLAND, OR; Owner: MAPLETON COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • KCBS (740 AM; 50 kW; SAN FRANCISCO, CA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • KCBC (770 AM; 50 kW; RIVERBANK, CA; Owner: KIERTRON, INC.)
  • KHTK (1140 AM; 50 kW; SACRAMENTO, CA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KFIA (710 AM; 25 kW; CARMICHAEL, CA; Owner: VISTA BROADCASTING INC.)
  • KFBK (1530 AM; 50 kW; SACRAMENTO, CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KDUN (1030 AM; 50 kW; REEDSPORT, OR; Owner: PAMPLIN BROADCASTING-OREGON, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Surprise Valley:

  • KLCR (95.3 FM; LAKEVIEW, OR; Owner: WOODROW MICHAEL WARREN)
  • K278AB (103.5 FM; ALTURAS, CA; Owner: THE UNIV FOUND, CA STATE UNIV, CHICO)
  • KKRB (106.9 FM; KLAMATH FALLS, OR; Owner: WYNNE BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • K207CR (89.3 FM; CEDARVILLE, CA; Owner: PACIFIC CASCADE COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • KQIK-FM (93.5 FM; LAKEVIEW, OR; Owner: CLAUSE CHARITABLE REMAINDER TRUST)

TV broadcast stations around Surprise Valley:

  • K13IU (Channel 13; EAGLEVILLE, CA; Owner: SURPRISE VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DIST.)

Surprise Valley on our top lists:

  • #33 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers"
  • #37 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Sales and related occupations:"
  • #62 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting"
  • #67 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Professional and related occupations:"
  • #75 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers"
  • #40 (96104) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Basque first ancestries"
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