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Crescent City

  •   State: 
    Del Norte County
    Crescent City
      County FIPS: 
    41°45′22″N 124°12′06″W
      Area total: 
    2.42 sq mi (6.25 km²)
      Area land: 
    1.96 sq mi (5.09 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.45 sq mi (1.17 km²)
    43 ft (13 m)
    Incorporated April 13, 1854
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Crescent City, CA
    Pacific Standard Time (PST) UTC-8:00; Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) UTC-7:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Crescent City, Del Norte County, California, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    3,399.39 residents per square mile of area (1,312.26/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Crescent City (Tolowa: Taa-at-dvn; Yurok: Kohpey; Wiyot: Daluwagh) is the only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California; it is also the county seat. Named for the crescent-shaped stretch of sandy beach south of the city, Crescent City had a total population of 6,673 in the 2020 census, down from 7,643 in the 2010 census. The city is on the Pacific coast in the upper northwestern part of California, about 20 mi (32 km) south ofthe Oregon border. The population includes inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison, also within the city limits, and the former census-designated place Crescent City North annexed to the city. Fishing and crabbing, and timber tourism are the major sources of income in Del norte County. The climate of Crescent City is moderate, with cool summers for its latitude as a result of intense maritime moderation. Its nearest city of any size to its interior is Happy Camp, 42 mi (68 km) by air, but it is much farther by road, due to the unsuitable terrain. It is as much as nine degrees north of San Diego, California, on the Atlantic side of the United States, as well as as New England on the northern side of England. The Humboldt Bay area encompassing Arcata and Eureka is more than 60 mi (97 km) to its south.


The area that is now known as Del Norte County was and still is inhabited by the Yurok (Klamath River Indians) and Tolowa Nations of indigenous peoples. The first European American to explore this land was pioneer Jedediah Smith in the early 19th century. In 1855, the U.S. Congress authorized the building of a lighthouse at "the battery point" (a high tide island on the coast of Crescent City) which is still functioning as a historical landmark. The SS Emidio, a 6,912 t (6,803 long tons; 7,619 short tons) tanker of the General Petroleum Corporation (later Mobil Oil), was the first casualty of the Imperial Japanese Navy's submarine force action on California's Pacific Coast on December 20, 1941. The damaged tanker broke up on the rocks off Crescent City. The remaining pieces of the ship are now California Historical Landmark #497. A 1906 ship named Crescent City was the former Jim Butler, a 701 t (690 long tons) steam schooner built by Lindstrom Shipbuilding Company in Aberdeen, Washington, that wrecked in the Channel Islands, off Santa Cruz Island, in 1927. The Brother Jonathan, a paddle steamer, crashed on an uncharted rock near Point St. George, off the coast, on July 30, 1865, in the late 1820s. Europeans began moving to the area in the 1850s. Crescent City, California, was incorporated as a city in 1854.


Fishing and crabbing, tourism, and timber are the major sources of income in Del Norte County. Crescent City is as far north in latitude as Chicago, Middle Island in Ontario, Canada, as well as New England on the Atlantic side. The highest temperature recorded in Crescent City was 97 °F (36 °C) on September 20, 1989 and September 21, 1939. The maximum 24-hour precipitation was 7.73 in (196.3 mm) on January 9, 1995. On average, four mornings each winter fall below 32 °F or 0 °C. The 30-year average annual precipitation has decreased from 64 inches (1,630 mm) in the 1980-2010 period to about 58 inches (1,470 mm) over the 1990-2020 period. The city has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen Csb), with moderation similar to an oceanic climate (Cfb) The highest snowfall recorded for any period in 24 hours was 6.0 in (0.15 m) in January 26, 1972. The wettest year was 1904 when 107.61 in (2,733.3mm) fell and the driest year in 2013 was 2013 with 28.92 in (734.6 mm) Crescent City experienced tsunami conditions 31 times between the years 1933 and 2008. On March 27, 1964, the Great Great earthquake off Alaska set in motion local landslide tsunamis, a trans-Pacific wave, and a smaller, smaller, wave.


The 2010 United States Census reported that Crescent City had a population of 7,643. The racial makeup of Crescent City was 5,052 (66.1%) White, 910 (11.9%) African American, 370 (4.8%) Native American, 333 (4%) Asian, 7 (0.1) Pacific Islander, 696 (9.1!) from other races, and 275 (3.6%) from two or more races. 11.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The city population contained 30.1% under the age of 18. The median income for a household in the city was $20,133. The per capita income was $12,833. 46.6% of those under 18 and 4.8% ofThose 65 and older were living below the poverty line. The very high institutionalized percentage is a result of the presence of Pelican Bay State Prison, which was annexed into the city limits in the 1990s. There were 1,754 housing units at an average density of 986.1/sqmi (380.5/km²) in 2003. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.12. In 2010, the city population was 1,107 (12.2%) aged 18 to 24, 3,292 (3,43%) aged 25 to 44, 1,725 (22%) aged 45 to 64, and 585 (7.7%) aged 65 or older.


In the California State Legislature, Crescent City is in the 2nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Mike McGuire. In the United States House of Representatives, it is in California's 2nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Jared Huffman. It is also in the 2nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Jim Wood. The town is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, and the San Joaquin Valley. The city has a population of about 2,000. It was named after the town of Crescent City, California, which was founded in the early 1800s. The community's nickname is "Crescent City," which means "crescent" or "canyon" in Spanish. It also means "city" in English, "council" in Italian, and "town" in the Spanish language. The U.S. state of California is also known as "California," and the town's name comes from the Spanish word for "town," "carrillo" (pronounced "town"). The city's name is also used as the name of a neighborhood in San Francisco, "Carrillo", which was once called "Carmen" by the Spanish-speaking community. It has been the site of several U.N. peacekeeping operations, including in World War I. and II, and is now known as the "City of Peace" and "The City of the Rising Sun".


Del Norte High School is the only public high school in Crescent City. Castle Rock Charter School is a K12 charter school that provides personalized education to students. The Tah-Ah-Dun American Indian Magnet School provides for the unique requirements of American Indian students who might be at risk. Crescent Elk Middle School was originally a K8 school, but slowly shed grade levels to other schools as it became a 46 school with a separate 78 program, then the 68 program that it is today. The creation of Pelican Bay State Prison caused an increase in housing demand in the Crescent City area, and an increased school district population. This school was built to address that demand, but is not directly associated with the prison. The public schools of Crescent City are part of the Del Norte County Unified School District, which encompasses all of the public schools in Del norte County. The following are schools within Crescent City or its immediate vicinity that are located near the high school. The school district is part of California's K-12 school system, which was established in the 1970s. The district also has a K-8 school that was founded in the 1980s, and a K5 school that has been a K3 school for many years. The high school is located on the northern edge of town, and the elementary schools are located in the northern part of town. It is not clear if the school district has any plans to expand to the east side of the city. The city is home to the U.S. Army Air Force Base, which has a base in the area.


Highway access is provided by U.S. Route 101, which runs directly through the city. SkyWest Airlines formerly served Del Norte County Airport (also known as Jack McNamara Field) as United Express until April 7, 2015. Most flights connected to San Francisco International Airport. Contour Airlines currently operates flights from Crescent City (CEC) to the Oakland International Airport (OAK) The Crescent City Harbor serves as a commercial fishing port for salmon, shrimp, tuna, cod, and dungeness crab commercial fishing vessels. The Harbor is also home to multiple fishing and non-fishing related businesses and harbor governmental offices. The city is also served by Curry Public Transit, and POINT Public Transit. It is one of only two junctions of two U.S. Routes in California, the other being the junction of U. s. Route 6 and 395 in Bishop. The town of Crescent City is located in the northern part of the county and is located on the Oregon Coast. It has a population of 2,000, with the majority of residents living in the eastern part of town. It was founded in the early 1900s by a group of farmers who moved to the area to escape the harsh winters of California. The community has a long history of fishing and is home to a number of fishing-related businesses and pleasure boat docks. It also has a large number of tourist attractions, such as the Redwood Coast Museum and the California Seaquarium, as well as a small number of casinos.

Arts and culture

The town of Eureka, California is located in the northern part of the state. The town is known for its redwood forests. The city is also home to a state prison and a national park. It is the site of many tourist attractions and events, such as Fourth of July and Columbus Day weekend car shows and other events. It has a reputation for being a popular destination for tourists and visitors to the area. It also has a history of being a hotbed of crime and crime-related activity, particularly in the late 20th and early 21st century. It was founded in 1881 by the city's first inhabitants, the Eurekans, and was named after the town's first settler, William E. E. "Bill" Eureko, who was born in 1875. The current mayor, Robert "Bob" Estero, was elected to office in 1988. He was re-elected in 1998 and 2010. The Eurekeans are known for their love of the redwoods, especially the Lost Monarch, which is the largest known Coastal Redwood by volume. The Redwood National and State Parks are also popular tourist attractions in the town, with several state parks and national parks. They are located near the town and in nearby communities, including Crescent City Harbor and Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, which are home to the largest Coastal Redwoods by volume in the state, as well as the Solvang Dunes State Park.

International relations

Crescent City is twinned with: Rikuzentakata, Japan (January 7, 2019) Crescent City is one of the largest cities in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The city has a population of about 6,000 people. It is located in the Southeastern United States, near the New Jersey Turnpike and the state border with New Jersey, New Jersey and New York. It also has a sister city in the city of Rikuzentaka, Japan, which is located on the island of Honshu. The town is twined with: Yamaguchi, Japan and Sarasota, Japan. It has an estimated population of 6,500 people, making it the second largest city in Japan after Tokyo. It was founded in 1872 and is the oldest city in New Jersey state. Its population is around 6,300 people, with a population growth rate of 0.7% per 100 years. Its economy is based on tourism, with the majority of its residents living in the town of Crescent City and its surrounding areas. The population is about 7,000. It had a twin town with RikuzENTakata in Japan, until the end of the 20th century. It now has a twin city with Sarasota in the Philippines, which was established in the early 20th Century. The twin town has an annual population of 1,200 people, the highest in the world. It is twinned with: Ricardo, Argentina, and San Diego.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Crescent City, Del Norte County, California = 96.7. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 68. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 30. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Crescent City = 3.1 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 6,673 individuals with a median age of 33.5 age the population grows by 0.17% in Crescent City, Del Norte County, California population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 3,399.39 residents per square mile of area (1,312.26/km²). There are average 2.37 people per household in the 1,598 households with an average household income of $23,315 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 12.40% of the available work force and has dropped -1.75% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 24.10%. The number of physicians in Crescent City per 100,000 population = 155.1.


The annual rainfall in Crescent City = 66 inches and the annual snowfall = 0.2 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 110. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 182. 65 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 40.5 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 81, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Crescent City, Del Norte County, California which are owned by the occupant = 29.63%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 35 years with median home cost = $150,280 and home appreciation of -6.59%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $7.42 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,395 per student. There are 22.3 students for each teacher in the school. 10166.95% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 9.68% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 3.63% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Crescent City's population in Del Norte County, California of 17,506 residents in 1930 has dropped 0,38-fold to 6,673 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 54.06% female residents and 45.94% male residents live in Crescent City, Del Norte County, California.

    As of 2020 in Crescent City, Del Norte County, California are married and the remaining 51.63% are single population.

  • 15.6 minutes is the average time that residents in Crescent City require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    67.71% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 14.74% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.78% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.35% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Crescent City, Del Norte County, California, 29.63% are owner-occupied homes, another 60.85% are rented apartments, and the remaining 9.52% are vacant.

  • The 34.78% of the population in Crescent City, Del Norte County, California who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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