|Yuba County, California|
Location in the state of California
California's location in the U.S.
644 sq mi (1,668 km²)
13 sq mi (34 km²), 2.03%
96/sq mi (37/km²)
Yuba County was one of the original counties of California, formed in 1850 at the time of statehood. Parts of the county's territory were given to Placer County in 1851, to Nevada County in 1851 and to Sierra County in 1852.
The county was named after the Yuba River by Captain John Sutter for the Native American village Yubu, Yupu or Juba near the confluence of the Yuba and Feather rivers. General Mariano Vallejo stated that the river was named Uba by an exploring expedition in 1824 because of the quantities of wild grapes (uvas silvestres in Spanish) which they found growing on its banks.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,667 km² (644 sq mi). 1,633 km² (631 sq mi) of it is land and 34 km² (13 sq mi) of it (2.03%) is water. The county lies along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, the steep slopes making it prime territory for the siting of hydroelectric power plants.
A portion of the county, where Marysville (the county seat) and most of the population lives, is west of the mountains on the valley floor. There is a great deal of agriculture business in this part of the county, especially fruit orchards, rice fields, and cattle grazing.
Incorporated Cities towns, and communities
Other Towns and Communities
- Beale Air Force Base
- Loma Rica
- Plumas Lake
These are additional placenames in Yuba county. Some of these are viable communities, others are historic places that are now just a spot off of the highway. Some of these are in the mountains, others in the valley. Many are old mining communities which have long since disappeared. Some of these locations have been integrated into larger, adjacent communities as the current rate of growth does not favor the small detached locale.
- Browns Valley
- Dantoni Junction
- East Arboga
- Iowa City
- North Star
- Olive Hill
- Oregon House
- Sharon Valley
- Sicard Flat
- South Yuba
- Spenceville (Spenceville Wildlife Area)
- Stanfield Hill
- Strawberry Valley
- Sucker Flat
- Waldo Junction
- Weeds Point
- Placer County - south
- Sutter County - west
- Butte County - north
- Plumas County - northeast
- Sierra County - northeast
- Nevada County - east
- California State Route 20
- California State Route 49
- California State Route 65
- California State Route 70
Yuba County Airport is located three miles south of Marysville. It is a general aviation airport.
As of the census² of 2000, there were 60,219 people, 20,535 households, and 14,805 families residing in the county. The population density was 37/km² (96/sq mi). There were 22,636 housing units at an average density of 14/km² (36/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 70.64% White, 3.16% Black or African American, 2.61% Native American, 7.50% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 9.95% from other races, and 5.94% from two or more races. 17.35% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 78.8% spoke English, 13.2% Spanish and 4.7% Hmong as their first language.
There were 20,535 households out of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.90% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.34.
In the county the population was spread out with 31.0% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 101.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.4 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $30,460, and the median income for a family was $34,103. Males had a median income of $27,845 versus $21,301 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,124. About 16.3% of families and 20.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.6% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.
|2004||67.0% 12,076||31.6% 5,687||1.5% 261|
|2000||61.0% 9,838||34.4% 5,546||4.6% 743|
|1996||51.5% 7,971||37.4% 5,789||11.1% 1,710|
|1992||43.4% 7,333||34.2% 5,785||22.4% 3,777|
|1988||61.4% 8,937||37.4% 5,444||1.3% 182|
|1984||63.5% 9,780||34.7% 5,339||1.8% 278|
|1980||56.3% 7,942||34.7% 4,896||9.0% 1,273|
|1976||44.7% 5,496||52.5% 6,451||2.8% 338|
|1972||57.0% 6,623||38.1% 4,435||4.9% 572|
|1968||48.2% 5,371||40.0% 4,461||11.8% 1,318|
|1964||42.3% 4,964||57.6% 6,766||0.1% 9|
|1960||51.7% 5,293||47.7% 4,882||0.6% 58|
Yuba 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. Yuba is part of California's 2nd congressional district, which is held by Republican Wally Herger. In the state legislature Yuba is in the 3rd Assembly district, which is held by Republican Rick Keene, and the 4th Senate district, which is held by Republican Sam Aanestad.
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