Colusa County, California


Colusa County, California
County of Colusa
—  County  —

Seal
Location in the state of California
California's location in the United States
Country  United States
State  California
Region Sacramento Valley
Incorporated 1850
County seat Colusa
Largest city Colusa
Area
 – Total 1,156.22 sq mi (2,994.6 km2)
 – Land 1,150.68 sq mi (2,980.2 km2)
 – Water 5.54 sq mi (14.3 km2)
Population (2010)
 – Total 21,419
 – Density 18.5/sq mi (7.2/km2)
Time zone Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
 – Summer (DST) Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)
Website www.countyofcolusa.org

Colusa County is a county located in the Central Valley of the U.S. state of California, northwest of state capital Sacramento. As of the 2010 census, its population was 21,419. The county seat is Colusa.

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History

Colusa County is one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood. Parts of the county's territory were given to Tehama County in 1856 and to Glenn County in 1891.

The county was named after the 1844 Rancho Colus Mexican land grant to John Bidwell. The name of the county in the original state legislative act of 1850 was spelled Colusi, and often in newspapers was spelled Coluse. The word is derived from the name of a Native American tribe living on the west side of the Sacramento River. The name was changed to Colusa shortly after[citation needed]. This however is disputed. The actual origin of the name is unknown.

Geography

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1,156.22 square miles (2,994.6 km2), of which 1,150.68 square miles (2,980.2 km2) (or 99.52%) is land and 5.54 square miles (14.3 km2) (or 0.48%) is water.[1] A large number of streams drain the county, including Elk Creek and Salt Creek.

The county's eastern boundary is formed, in part, by the Sacramento River.

Cities and other communities

There are two incorporated cities in Colusa County:

There is one census-designated place:

Other unincorporated settlements include

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Politics

Colusa County vote
by party in presidential elections
Year GOP DEM Others
2008 58.1% 3,733 40.0% 2,569 2.3% 146
2004 67.2% 4,142 31.6% 1,947 1.3% 77
2000 64.9% 3,629 31.2% 1,745 3.9% 216
1996 54.3% 3,047 36.6% 2,054 9.1% 511
1992 45.9% 2,589 31.9% 1,798 22.2% 1,248
1988 59.5% 3,077 39.1% 2,022 1.4% 73
1984 65.3% 3,388 33.3% 1,725 1.5% 75
1980 58.0% 2,897 32.1% 1,605 9.9% 493
1976 52.7% 2,733 45.2% 2,340 2.1% 109
1972 57.6% 2,715 38.4% 1,810 4.1% 192
1968 51.6% 2,361 40.6% 1,858 7.8% 358
1964 39.3% 1,811 60.6% 2,790 0.1% 5
1960 51.4% 2,497 48.3% 2,348 0.3% 16
1956 53.2% 2,474 46.7% 2,171 0.1% 3
1952 59.8% 2,824 39.8% 1,881 0.4% 17
1948 46.2% 1,803 51.8% 2,020 2.0% 78
1944 42.9% 1,579 56.8% 2,090 0.3% 10
1940 39.7% 1,774 59.5% 2,655 0.8% 35
1936 28.2% 1,186 70.4% 2,965 1.5% 62
1932 27.5% 1,095 69.1% 2,752 3.4% 135
1928 56.3% 1,752 43.0% 1,338 0.7% 22
1924 43.8% 1,127 19.3% 495 36.9% 949
1920 61.2% 1,645 33.8% 907 5.0% 134

Colusa is a strongly Republican county in Presidential and congressional elections. The last Democrat to win a majority in the county was Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

Colusa is part of California's 2nd congressional district, which is held by Republican Wally Herger. In the State Assembly, Colusa is part of the 2nd district, which is held by Republican Jim Nielsen. In the State Senate, Colusa is part of the 4th district, which is held by Republican Doug LaMalfa.

On Nov. 4, 2008 Colusa County voted 71.6 % for Proposition 8 which amended the California Constitution to ban same-sex marriages.

Transportation

Major highways

Public transportation

Colusa County Transit runs buses from Colusa to Williams, Arbuckle, Grimes and College City, with limited service to Maxwell.

Airports

Colusa County Airport is a general-aviation airport located near the city of Colusa.

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 115
1860 2,274 1,877.4%
1870 6,165 171.1%
1880 13,118 112.8%
1890 14,640 11.6%
1900 7,364 −49.7%
1910 7,732 5.0%
1920 9,290 20.2%
1930 10,258 10.4%
1940 9,788 −4.6%
1950 11,651 19.0%
1960 12,075 3.6%
1970 12,430 2.9%
1980 12,791 2.9%
1990 16,275 27.2%
2000 18,804 15.5%
2010 21,419 13.9%
[2][3][4]

2010

The 2010 United States Census reported that Colusa County had a population of 21,419. The racial makeup of Colusa County was 13,854 (64.7%) White, 195 (0.9%) African American, 419 (2.0%) Native American, 281 (1.3%) Asian, 68 (0.3%) Pacific Islander, 5,838 (27.3%) from other races, and 764 (3.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11,804 persons (55.1%).[5]

Population reported at 2010 United States Census
The County
Total
Population
White
African
American
Native
American
Asian
Pacific
Islander
other
races
two or
more races
Hispanic
or Latino
(of any race)
Colusa County 21,419 13,854 195 419 281 68 5,838 764 11,804
Incorporated
cities
Total
Population
White
African
American
Native
American
Asian
Pacific
Islander
other
races
two or
more races
Hispanic
or Latino
(of any race)
Colusa 5,971 3,944 54 107 80 28 1,510 248 3,128
Williams 5,123 2,785 59 55 94 4 1,946 180 3,891
Census-designated
places
Total
Population
White
African
American
Native
American
Asian
Pacific
Islander
other
races
two or
more races
Hispanic
or Latino
(of any race)
Arbuckle 3,028 1,746 18 23 18 5 1,124 94 2,116
College City 290 207 0 5 1 0 51 26 134
Grimes 391 284 7 3 1 0 65 31 258
Lodoga 197 167 16 4 2 2 3 3 8
Maxwell 1,103 734 11 14 9 2 306 27 570
Princeton 303 217 0 10 1 1 70 4 93
Stonyford 149 127 0 4 0 1 12 5 22
Unincorporated
communities
Total
Population
White
African
American
Native
American
Asian
Pacific
Islander
other
races
two or
more races
Hispanic
or Latino
(of any race)
All others not CDPs (combined) 4,864 3,643 30 194 75 25 751 146 1,584

2000

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 18,804 people, 6,097 households, and 4,578 families residing in the county. The population density was 16 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 6,774 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 64.29% White, 0.55% Black or African American, 2.33% Native American, 1.21% Asian, 0.39% Pacific Islander, 26.68% from other races, and 4.54% from two or more races. 46.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 8.5% were of German, 5.6% English, 5.5% American and 5.4% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 58.7% spoke English and 40.4% Spanish as their first language.

There were 6,097 households out of which 41.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.9% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.01 and the average family size was 3.51.

In the county the population was spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 103.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.8 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,062, and the median income for a family was $40,138. Males had a median income of $32,210 versus $21,521 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,730. About 13.0% of families and 16.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.5% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. http://www.census.gov/tiger/tms/gazetteer/county2k.txt. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  2. ^ http://www.census.gov/population/www/censusdata/cencounts/files/ca190090.txt
  3. ^ http://factfinder2.census.gov
  4. ^ http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu/
  5. ^ "2010 Census P.L. 94-171 Summary File Data". United States Census Bureau. http://www2.census.gov/census_2010/01-Redistricting_File--PL_94-171/California/. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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