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Lassen County, California
Map of California highlighting Lassen County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
California's location in the U.S.
Founded 1864
Seat Susanville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

4,720 sq mi (12,225 km²)
4,557 sq mi (11,803 km²)
163 sq mi (422 km²), 3.46%
 - (2000)
 - Density

8/sq mi (3/km²)

Lassen County is a county located in the northeastern portion of the U.S. state of California. As of 2000 the population was 33,828. The county seat is Susanville, the only incorporated city in the county.


Lassen County was formed in 1864 from parts of Plumas and Shasta Counties. Due to uncertainties over the California border, what is now Lassen County was part of the unofficial Nataqua Territory and Roop County during the late 1850s and early 1860s.

The county's name was derived from Mount Lassen which was named for Peter Lassen, one of General John C. Fremont's guides and a famous trapper, frontiersman and Indian fighter. He was murdered under mysterious circumstances near the Black Rock Desert in 1859.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 12,226 km² (4,720 sq mi). 11,803 km² (4,557 sq mi) of it is land and 422 km² (163 sq mi) of it (3.46%) is water.

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Lassen Rural Bus (LRB) runs a local service in Susanville, and longer distance routes to Westwood and Doyle.


Susanville Municipal Airport, Herlong Airport and Westwood Airport are all general aviation airports.


As of the census² of 2000, there were 33,828 people, 9,625 households, and 6,776 families residing in the county. The population density was 3/km² (7/sq mi). There were 12,000 housing units at an average density of 1/km² (3/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 80.81% White, 8.84% Black or African American, 3.26% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.43% Pacific Islander, 3.23% from other races, and 2.69% from two or more races. 13.84% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 13.8% were of German, 12.1% Irish, 10.5% English, 8.7% American and 5.0% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000. 88.2% spoke English and 10.3% Spanish as their first language.

There were 9,625 households out of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 36.9% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 168.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 192.2 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,310, and the median income for a family was $43,398. Males had a median income of $37,333 versus $26,561 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,749. About 11.1% of families and 14.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.1% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.


Presidential election results
Year DEM GOP Others
2004 71.0% 8,126 27.6% 3,158 1.4% 166
2000 66.9% 7,080 28.2% 2,982 4.9% 524
1996 52.6% 5,194 33.6% 3,318 13.8% 1,363
1992 37.0% 3,836 32.7% 3,388 30.3% 3,138
1988 58.6% 5,157 39.1% 3,446 2.3% 199
1984 61.1% 5,352 37.1% 3,254 1.8% 155
1980 54.4% 4,464 35.9% 2,941 9.7% 793
1976 43.0% 3,007 54.3% 3,801 2.7% 190
1972 50.8% 3,618 44.0% 3,134 5.2% 370
1968 41.1% 2,553 47.1% 2,930 11.8% 735
1964 34.3% 2,124 65.7% 4,072 0.1% 5
1960 40.2% 2,365 59.1% 3,472 0.7% 40

Lassen is a strongly Republican county in Presidential and congressional elections. The last Democrat to win a majority in the county was Jimmy Carter in 1976.

Lassen is part of California's California's 4th congressional district, which is held by Republican John Doolittle. In the state legislature, Lassen is part of the 2nd Assembly district, which is held by Republican Doug LaMalfa, and the 4th Senate district, which is held by Republican Sam Aanestad.

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Coordinates: 40°39′N 120°35′W / 40.65, -120.58

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