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—  Unincorporated community  —
Philo is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 39°03′57″N 123°26′42″W / 39.06583°N 123.445°W / 39.06583; -123.445Coordinates: 39°03′57″N 123°26′42″W / 39.06583°N 123.445°W / 39.06583; -123.445
Country United States
State California
County Mendocino County
Elevation [1] 331 ft (101 m)

Philo is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California.[1] It is located 5.5 miles (9 km) northwest of Boonville,[2] at an elevation of 331 feet (101 m).[1]

Philo is located in Anderson Valley in western Mendocino County. In the 2000 census, Philo had a population of 1,098. Situated along Indian Creek as it flows into the Navarro River, Philo is the home of KZYX [3], the local public radio station. Two small specialty lumber mills in Philo are all that remains of a once vigorous timber economy in Anderson Valley. Philo is the heart of the Anderson Valley wine region. (See Anderson Valley for a list of the region's winemakers.)

The first post office opened in 1888.[2] The ZIP Code is 95466. The community is inside area code 707.

Two versions of how Philo was named are current: first, that its founder Cornelius Prather named it after his favorite female cousin; second, that he named it for his former home at Philo, Illinois.[2]


Philo is located at geographical coordinates 39° 3′ 57″ North, 123° 26′ 42″ West.


In the state legislature Philo is located in the 2nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Pat Wiggins, and in the 1st Assembly District, represented by Democrat Patty Berg. Federally, Philo is located in California's 1st congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +10[4] and is represented by Democrat Mike Thompson.

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Philo, California
  2. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 122. ISBN 9781884995149.  
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  4. ^ "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved 2007-10-20.  


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