Trinity County, California


Trinity County, California
County of Trinity
—  County  —

Seal
Location in the state of California
California's location in the United States
Country  United States
State  California
Region North Coast
Incorporated 1850
County seat Weaverville
Area
 – Total 8,307.5 km2 (3,207.54 sq mi)
 – Land 8,232.6 km2 (3,178.61 sq mi)
 – Water 74.9 km2 (28.93 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 – Total 13,786
 – Density 1.7/km2 (4.3/sq mi)
Time zone Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
 – Summer (DST) Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)
Website www.trinitycounty.org

Trinity County is a large, rugged and mountainous, heavily forested county located in the northwestern portion of the U.S. state of California, along the Trinity River and within the Salmon/Klamath Mountains. It covers an area of over two million acres (8,000 km²), and as of the 2010 census its population was 13,786, up from 13,022 at the 2000 census. The county seat and largest town is Weaverville, with a population of approximately 3,500 people.

Trinity County has no traffic lights, freeways, parking meters, or incorporated cities. Trinity County did not have a chain store or restaurant until 1999, when Burger King, Movie Gallery (closed), Longs Drugs (now CVS/pharmacy), and Subway opened for business.

Weaverville, the county seat, has the distinction of housing some of California's oldest buildings. The courthouse, built in 1856, is the second oldest in the state, and the Weaverville Drug Store has been filling prescriptions since 1852. The Joss House is a locally famous Taoist temple built in 1873.

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History

The county takes its name from the Trinity River, named in 1845 by Major Pierson B. Reading, who was under the mistaken impression that the river emptied into Trinidad Bay. Trinity is the English version of Trinidad.

Trinity County was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood. Parts of the county were given to Klamath County in 1852 and to Humboldt County in 1853.

Geography

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 3,207.54 square miles (8,307.5 km2), of which 3,178.61 square miles (8,232.6 km2) (or 99.10%) is land and 28.93 square miles (74.9 km2) (or 0.90%) is water.[1] The county contains a significant portion of Shasta-Trinity National Forest, home to the Trinity Alps. The county hosts many visitors, especially during summer months, for camping, backpacking, and fishing. The summers tend to be clear, sunny, warm, and very dry, with little rain from June to September except for some mountain thunderstorms in the highest elevations. The winters tend to have copious precipitation, falling mostly as rain under 1000m/3300 ft in the valley bottoms, and mostly as snow over 1000m/3300 ft on the mountainsides. December, January, and February are the wettest. There is an extensive wild river and stream system, and the terrain is quite rugged and forested, with the highest points at around 9,000 ft (2,700 m). The Klamath Mountains occupy the vast portion of the county.

Cities and towns

Trinity County has no incorporated cities.

CDPs

Unincorporated Communities

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Transportation infrastructure

Major highways

Public transportation

Trinity Transit provides bus service on State Routes 3 and 299, serving Hayfork, Douglas City and Weaverville.

Airports

The county owns five general aviation airports: Trinity Center Airport, Weaverville Airport, Hayfork Airport, Hyampom Airport and Ruth Airport.

Politics

Trinity County vote
by party in presidential elections
Year GOP DEM Others
2008 46.1% 2,940 50.7% 3,233 3.2% 201
2004 54.7% 3,560 42.7% 2,782 2.6% 171
2000 57.6% 3,340 33.3% 1,932 9.1% 525
1996 42.9% 2,530 37.4% 2,203 19.7% 1,160
1992 31.3% 1,886 32.6% 1,967 36.1% 2,176
1988 54.6% 3,267 42.1% 2,518 3.3% 195
1984 59.7% 3,544 37.4% 2,218 2.9% 173
1980 55.0% 3,048 31.3% 1,734 13.8% 764
1976 45.7% 1,989 49.9% 2,172 4.5% 195
1972 50.8% 1,868 44.0% 1,621 5.2% 192
1968 43.1% 1,426 43.3% 1,433 13.5% 448
1964 36.4% 1,252 63.3% 2,175 0.4% 12
1960 38.4% 1,418 61.2% 2,262 0.5% 18
1956 50.4% 1,447 49.0% 1,406 0.6% 17
1952 57.1% 1,697 41.8% 1,242 1.0% 31
1948 45.1% 975 48.7% 1,053 6.3% 135
1944 42.2% 567 57.3% 770 0.5% 6
1940 34.8% 780 63.8% 1,431 1.4% 31
1936 30.9% 655 67.1% 1,424 2.0% 43
1932 21.1% 318 73.0% 1,101 5.9% 89
1928 48.9% 447 47.3% 433 3.8% 35
1924 36.5% 336 16.7% 154 46.8% 431
1920 62.9% 622 28.8% 285 8.3% 82

Trinity was a Republican-leaning county in Presidential and congressional elections until recently. In the last presidential election (2008) and in the last two consecutive congressional elections (2008, 2010) it has voted Democratic. Voter registration also reflects this trend with Democratic and Republican registration in a near dead heat (D - 2,710, R - 2,716). Before 2008, the last Democrat to win in the county was Jimmy Carter in 1976. It was the only county in California to vote for independent candidate Ross Perot in 1992. However, in 2008, Democrat Barack Obama defeated Republican candidate John McCain 51% to 46%.

Trinity is part of California's 2nd congressional district, which is held by Republican Wally Herger. In the state legislature Trinity is in the 1st Assembly district, which is held by Democrat Wes Chesbro, and the 4th Senate district, which is held by Republican Doug LaMalfa.

On November 2, 2010 Trinity county voted against Proposition 19 which would have taxed and regulated marijuana. This activity is currently illegal under both state and federal law, with the parameters of California's Proposition 215 giving medical marijuana producers and users only a legal defense against prosecution.

Demographics

2010

The 2010 United States Census reported that Trinity County had a population of 13,786. The racial makeup of Trinity County was 12,033 (87.3%) White, 59 (0.4%) African American, 655 (4.8%) Native American, 94 (0.7%) Asian, 16 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 217 (1.6%) from other races, and 712 (5.2%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 959 persons (7.0%).[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)
Trinity County 13,786 12,033 59 655 94 16 217 712 959
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)
Burnt Ranch 281 241 0 15 4 0 1 20 19
Coffee Creek 217 198 0 5 5 0 3 6 16
Douglas City 713 639 0 22 8 2 13 29 47
Hayfork 2,368 1,999 4 162 8 2 38 155 189
Hyampom 241 199 0 20 0 0 7 15 19
Junction City 680 597 1 29 2 0 20 31 49
Lewiston 1,193 1,074 8 37 6 5 21 42 78
Mad River 420 383 1 11 1 0 7 17 21
Ruth 195 170 0 9 1 0 1 14 2
Trinity Center 267 249 0 7 1 3 2 5 11
Trinity Village 297 269 1 18 0 0 0 9 4
Weaverville 3,600 3,162 11 152 41 1 38 195 255
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) 3,314 2,853 33 168 17 3 66 174 249


2000

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 1,635
1860 5,125 213.5%
1870 3,213 −37.3%
1880 4,999 55.6%
1890 3,719 −25.6%
1900 4,383 17.9%
1910 3,301 −24.7%
1920 2,551 −22.7%
1930 2,809 10.1%
1940 3,970 41.3%
1950 5,087 28.1%
1960 9,706 90.8%
1970 7,615 −21.5%
1980 11,858 55.7%
1990 13,063 10.2%
2000 13,022 −0.3%
2010 13,786 5.9%
source:[3]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 13,022 people, 5,587 households, and 3,625 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 7,980 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.87% White, 0.45% Black or African American, 4.85% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.88% from other races, and 4.38% from two or more races. 3.97% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 16.1% were of German, 13.4% English, 12.1% Irish and 9.5% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.3% spoke English and 1.8% Spanish as their first language.

There were 5,587 households out of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% 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 2.80.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 32.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 104.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.6 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,711, and the median income for a family was $34,343. Males had a median income of $31,131 versus $24,271 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,868. About 14.1% of families and 18.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.2% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.

Trinity County is the only county in California in which soft drinks are predominantly called "coke," rather than "soda" which is more common throughout the rest of the state.[5]

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. ^ "Historical Census Populations of Places, Towns, and Cities in California, 1850-2000". California Dept. of Finance. http://http://www.dof.ca.gov/research/demographic/state_census_data_center/historical_census_1850-2010/view.php. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ Generic Names for Soft Drinks by County. Retrieved 2011-05-13. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sodavspopvscoke.png

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Coordinates: 40°40′N 123°07′W / 40.66°N 123.12°W / 40.66; -123.12


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