Cohasset, California

Cohasset, California
—  census-designated place  —
Cohasset is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 39°55′32″N 121°43′52″W / 39.92556°N 121.73111°W / 39.92556; -121.73111Coordinates: 39°55′32″N 121°43′52″W / 39.92556°N 121.73111°W / 39.92556; -121.73111
Country  United States
State  California
County Butte County
 - Total 25.306 sq mi (65.541 km2)
 - Land 25.306 sq mi (65.541 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation[2] 2,828 ft (862 m)
Population (2010)
 - Total 847
 - Density 33.5/sq mi (12.9/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Code 95973
Area code(s) 530
GNIS feature IDs 1655909; 2612478
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cohasset, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cohasset, California

Cohasset (formerly, Keefers Ridge and North Point)[3] is a census-designated place[4] in Butte County, California, United States, approximately 17.7 miles (28.5 km) NNE of Chico, California. Its main street is named Cohasset Road, which comes from the Algonquian Indian language and means "long rocky place".[5] The population was 847 at the 2010 census.

The town is a mountain community at 2,828 feet (862 m) above mean sea level. It sits on Cohasset Ridge: an eleven-mile (18 km) ridge running roughly southwest-to-northeast. The U.S. Geological Survey feature ID is 1655909 and NAD27 coordinates for the community are 39°55′32″N 121°43′48″W / 39.92556°N 121.73°W / 39.92556; -121.73. The ZIP Code for the community is 95973, which is shared with about seven other nearby towns, and the area code 530.

The primary airport is the Chico Municipal Airport.



In the mid-19th century the local lumber and farming operations began, prior to which the Maidu inhabited the area for many generations. By the early 20th century, Cohasset was famous for its high quality apples. Today, they are better known for our peaceful country living, the Annual Cohasset Bazaar, and the beauty of the Cohasset Ridge. The latest census places the population at 720.

A post office operated at Cohasset from 1888 to 1920.[6]


The 2010 United States Census[7] reported that Cohasset had a population of 847. The population density was 33.5 people per square mile (12.9/km²). The racial makeup of Cohasset was 764 (90.2%) White, 8 (0.9%) African American, 14 (1.7%) Native American, 2 (0.2%) Asian, 1 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 20 (2.4%) from other races, and 38 (4.5%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 43 persons (5.1%).

The Census reported that 847 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 355 households, out of which 98 (27.6%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 188 (53.0%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 22 (6.2%) had a female householder with no husband present, 25 (7.0%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 21 (5.9%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 2 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 96 households (27.0%) were made up of individuals and 32 (9.0%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39. There were 235 families (66.2% of all households); the average family size was 2.86.

The population was spread out with 178 people (21.0%) under the age of 18, 42 people (5.0%) aged 18 to 24, 198 people (23.4%) aged 25 to 44, 321 people (37.9%) aged 45 to 64, and 108 people (12.8%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.5 years. For every 100 females there were 111.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.7 males.

There were 408 housing units at an average density of 16.1 per square mile (6.2/km²), of which 292 (82.3%) were owner-occupied, and 63 (17.7%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.7%; the rental vacancy rate was 4.5%. 684 people (80.8% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 163 people (19.2%) lived in rental housing units.



The citizens of Cohasset, as members of California's 3rd Assembly District, and as members of California's 4th Senate District.


The citizens of Cohasset, as members of California's 2nd congressional district (which has a PVI of R +13[8]) are represented by Wally Herger (R, Rio Oso) in the United States House of Representatives.


  1. ^ U.S. Census
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cohasset, California
  3. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 216. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cohasset, California
  5. ^ Cohasset, California @ Chico Unified School District website as retrieved December 30, 2006.
  6. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 215. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  7. ^ All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
  8. ^ "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved 2007-10-20. 
  • US Geological Survey, National Geographic Names Database.
  • Map: Cohasset, California, 7.5 minute quadrangle, 1995, US Geological Survey.
  • US Census Bureau, 2000 census statistical area records.

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