Plumas County, California


Plumas County, California
County of Plumas
—  County  —

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Location in the state of California
California's location in the United States
Country  United States
State  California
Region Sierra Nevada
Incorporated 1854
County seat Quincy
Area
 – Total 2,613 sq mi (6,767.6 km2)
 – Land 2,554 sq mi (6,614.8 km2)
 – Water 60 sq mi (155.4 km2)
Population (2010)
 – Total 20,007
 – Density 7.7/sq mi (3/km2)
Time zone Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
 – Summer (DST) Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)
Website www.countyofplumas.com

Plumas County is a county located in the Sierra Nevada of the U.S. state of California. The county gets its name from the Spanish words for the Feather River (Río de las Plumas), which flows through the county. As of the 2010 census, the population 20,007, down from 20,824 at the 2000 census. The county seat is Quincy.

The only incorporated city in the county is Portola, several other populated places are CDPs.

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History

The Spanish originally called one of the tributaries of the Sacramento River El Rio de las Plumas or the "River of Feathers." The Legislature, in creating this county, gave it the name "Plumas" because all of the numerous branches of the Feather River have their origins in its mountains.

Law and government

Geography

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 2,613.48 square miles (6,768.9 km2), of which 2,553.69 square miles (6,614.0 km2) (or 97.71%) is land and 59.78 square miles (154.8 km2) (or 2.29%) is water.[1]

Plumas County has numerous lakes and streams which are renowned for their fishing. Outdoor activities are a major tourist draw. A small part of Lassen Volcanic National Park extends into the northwest corner of the county.

Cities and towns

Designated areas

Water areas

  • Antelope Lake
  • Belden Forebay
  • Bucks Lake (reservoir)
  • Butt Lake
  • Doyle Reservoir
  • Eureka Lake
  • Faggs Debris Dam
  • Rock Creek Reservoir
  • Round Valley Reservoir
  • Silver Lake
  • Slate Creek Reservoir
  • Smith Lake
  • Three Lakes
  • Walker Mine Tailings Reservoir

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Transportation Infrastructure

Major highways

Public Transit

Plumas Transit Systems provides local service in Quincy and routes to Chester and Portola.

Airports

Gansner Field is a general aviation airport located near Quincy. Rogers Field is located near Chester; in addition to its civil-aviation role it also serves as the Chester Air Attack Base, a logistical & coordination facility for the California Department of Forestry's aerial firefighting (both fixed-wing and helicopter). Resources include fueling, retardant loading, communications, and some quartering for aircrew and ground fire-fighting teams. Nervino field is in Beckwourth, east of Portola.

Economy

Politics

Plumas County vote
by party in presidential elections
Year GOP DEM Others
2008 54.8% 6,035 42.8% 4,715 3.1% 343
2004 61.7% 6,905 36.9% 4,129 1.4% 156
2000 61.0% 6,343 33.3% 3,458 5.8% 600
1996 50.3% 4,905 36.3% 3,540 13.4% 1,305
1992 36.2% 3,599 37.6% 3,742 26.2% 2,608
1988 51.1% 4,603 47.2% 4,251 1.8% 161
1984 56.6% 5,224 41.6% 3,837 1.8% 167
1980 51.2% 4,182 35.7% 2,911 13.1% 1,068
1976 43.9% 2,884 52.3% 3,429 3.8% 250
1972 46.4% 2,952 48.1% 3,057 5.5% 351
1968 37.4% 2,097 52.8% 2,961 9.9% 553
1964 29.5% 1,686 70.4% 4,019 0.1% 8
1960 37.5% 2,015 62.0% 3,333 0.6% 30
1956 41.9% 2,267 57.8% 3,127 0.4% 21
1952 43.5% 2,687 55.6% 3,435 1.0% 61
1948 32.8% 1,657 61.8% 3,125 5.5% 276
1944 30.0% 1,126 69.8% 2,625 0.2% 8
1940 26.8% 1,270 72.1% 3,418 1.1% 52
1936 19.8% 680 78.8% 2,707 1.4% 48
1932 21.7% 582 75.8% 2,035 2.5% 67
1928 45.6% 947 52.0% 1,079 2.4% 49
1924 32.9% 564 10.6% 182 56.5% 967
1920 64.0% 999 25.8% 403 10.2% 160

Plumas County is currently a strongly Republican county in Presidential and congressional elections. The last Democrat to win a majority in presidential elections in the county was Jimmy Carter in 1976, although Bill Clinton won with a plurality in 1992.

Plumas County is part of California's 4th congressional district, which is currently held by Republican Tom McClintock, replacing John Doolittle who stepped down from his seat due to the famous political-corruption scandal involving the convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. In the state legislature, Plumas County is part of the 3rd Assembly district, which is held by Republican Dan Logue, and the 1st Senate District, which is held by Republican Ted Gaines.

On Nov. 4, 2008 Plumas County voted 60.0 % for Proposition 8 which amended the California Constitution to ban same-sex marriages.

Demographics

2010

The 2010 United States Census reported that Plumas County had a population of 20,007. The racial makeup of Plumas County was 17,797 (89.0%) White, 192 (1.0%) African American, 539 (2.7%) Native American, 134 (0.7%) Asian, 18 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 603 (3.0%) from other races, and 724 (3.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1,605 persons (8.0%).[2]


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)
Plumas County 20,007 17,797 192 539 134 18 603 724 1,605
Incorporated
cities
Total
Population
White
African
American
Native
American
Asian
Pacific
Islander
other
races
two or
more races
Hispanic
or Latino
(of any race)
Portola 2,104 1,762 13 54 12 1 198 64 342
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)
Almanor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Beckwourth 432 402 0 11 2 1 7 9 29
Belden 22 20 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Blairsden 39 38 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
Bucks Lake 10 7 0 0 1 0 0 2 3
C-Road 31 26 0 3 2 0 0 0 2
Canyondam 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Caribou 2,144 1,954 10 46 21 4 37 72 178
Chester 454 418 1 4 1 0 9 21 38
Chilcoot-Vinton 66 64 0 0 0 1 1 0 1
Clio 196 172 1 15 0 0 0 8 26
Crescent Mills 150 140 0 0 2 0 0 8 9
Cromberg 261 239 0 5 6 0 3 8 18
Delleker 705 503 7 23 3 0 133 36 186
East Quincy 2,489 2,174 79 43 15 0 32 146 161
East Shore 156 143 0 7 1 0 5 0 7
Gold Mountain 80 78 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Graeagle 737 718 1 5 0 0 3 10 27
Greenhorn 236 213 1 7 2 0 6 7 22
Greenville 1,129 897 1 133 11 0 17 70 109
Hamilton Branch 537 514 2 0 3 0 3 15 20
Indian Falls 54 50 0 0 1 0 1 2 4
Iron Horse 297 276 0 0 1 0 12 8 17
Johnsville 20 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Keddie 66 62 2 0 0 0 0 2 0
La Porte 26 24 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Lake Almanor Country Club 419 406 2 2 1 0 2 6 8
Lake Almanor Peninsula 356 337 0 9 0 0 4 6 22
Lake Almanor West 270 259 1 1 0 1 1 7 11
Lake Davis 45 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Little Grass Valley 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mabie 161 150 0 0 1 0 4 6 4
Meadow Valley 464 435 0 13 0 0 4 12 21
Mohawk Vista 159 146 0 1 7 0 1 4 4
Paxton 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Plumas Eureka 339 326 0 1 3 0 3 6 17
Prattville 33 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Quincy 1,728 1,500 37 29 19 2 66 75 132
Spring Garden 16 15 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Storrie 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Taylorsville 140 131 0 3 0 0 0 6 1
Tobin 12 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Twain 82 75 0 2 0 0 2 3 14
Valley Ranch 109 107 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Warner Valley 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Whitehawk 113 107 0 0 1 0 1 4 2
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) 3,098 2,777 33 120 17 8 46 97 160

2000

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 20,824 people, 9,000 households, and 6,047 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 13,386 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.78% White, 0.62% Black or African American, 2.55% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 1.81% from other races, and 2.61% from two or more races. 5.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 16.1% were of German, 15.0% English, 10.1% Irish and 8.0% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 95.4% spoke English and 3.6% Spanish as their first language.

There were 9,000 households out of which 26.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.40% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.80% were non-families. 27.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 6.00% from 18 to 24, 22.60% from 25 to 44, 30.80% from 45 to 64, and 17.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 99.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,351, and the median income for a family was $46,119. Males had a median income of $38,742 versus $25,734 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,391. About 9.00% of families and 13.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.70% of those under age 18 and 6.40% of those age 65 or over.

Media

The primary local news source since 1866 is Feather Publishing Co., Inc. at plumasnews.com. Four Plumas County newspapers are published every Wednesday, except for certain holidays.

Colleges and universities

Miscellaneous topics (Sports teams and similar lists)

  • The Feather River College Golden Eagle football team is one of the top-ranked junior college teams in Northern California.
  • The town of Chester is home to the Collins Pine Museum, a museum completed in 2007 and dedicated to educating the public about the history of the Collins Pine Company's (a division of The Collins Companies) logging operations in the Chester region.

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. ^ "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/. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links

Coordinates: 40°01′N 120°50′W / 40.01°N 120.83°W / 40.01; -120.83


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