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Sierra County, California
Seal of Sierra County, California
Map of California highlighting Sierra County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
California's location in the U.S.
Seat Downieville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

962 sq mi (2,492 km²)

9 sq mi (23 km²), 0.89%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

3,555
3/sq mi (1/km²)
Founded 1852
Website www.sierracounty.ws

Sierra County is a county located in the Sierra Nevada of the U.S. state of California, northeast of Sacramento on the border with Nevada. As of 2000 the population was 3,555. The county seat is Downieville.

The only incorporated city in the county is Loyalton.

Contents

History

Sierra County was formed from parts of Yuba County in 1852. The county derives its name from the Sierra Nevada.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 962 square miles (2,491 km²), of which, 953 square miles (2,469 km²) of it is land and 9 square miles (22 km²) of it (0.89%) is water.

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Cities and towns

Ghost Towns

  • Gibsonville
  • Howland Flat
  • Eureka

Adjacent Counties

National protected areas

Transportation Infrastructure

Major Highways

County routes and roads

Public Transportation

Public transportation in Sierra County is limited to vans run by senior citizen agencies in Downieville and Loyalton. (The general public may ride on a space-available basis) [1]

Airports

Sierraville-Dearwater Field Airport is a general aviation airport located near Sierraville.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,555 people, 1,520 households, and 986 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 2,202 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.18% White, 0.20% Black or African American, 1.88% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 1.04% from other races, and 2.45% from two or more races. 5.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 16.5% were of Irish, 14.4% English, 10.5% German, 9.8% American and 7.5% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000. 95.3% spoke English and 3.4% Spanish as their first language.

There were 1,520 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 30.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 102.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.9 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,827, and the median income for a family was $42,756. Males had a median income of $36,121 versus $30,000 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,815. About 9.0% of families and 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.3% of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

Presidential election results
Year GOP DEM Others
2008 58.8% 1,157 37.8% 743 3.5% 68
2004 64.1% 1,249 33.2% 646 2.7% 53
2000 63.5% 1,172 29.2% 540 7.3% 135
1996 51.4% 877 33.6% 573 15.1% 257
1992 36.9% 691 34.8% 653 28.3% 531
1988 50.7% 860 46.6% 791 2.7% 45
1984 56.9% 1,078 41.2% 781 2.0% 37
1980 49.8% 855 37.9% 651 12.3% 212
1976 43.2% 680 53.4% 841 3.5% 55
1972 47.5% 629 49.7% 658 2.8% 37
1968 45.9% 548 46.9% 559 7.2% 86
1964 33.3% 413 66.7% 828
1960 46.8% 576 52.6% 647 0.7% 8

Sierra at one time favored the Democratic party in Presidential elections and was one of the few counties in the state to be won by George McGovern. In more recent times it 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. Sierra is part of California's 4th congressional district, which is held by Republican Tom McClintock. In the state legislature Sierra is in the 3rd Assembly district, which is held by Republican Rick Keene, and the 1st Senate district, which is held by Republican Dave Cox.

On Nov. 4, 2008 Sierra County voted 64.2 % for Proposition 8 which amended the California Constitution to ban same-sex marriages.

Trivia

  • Because Loyalton is Sierra County's most populous municipality and its only incorporated city, generally half of the meetings of the county's board of supervisors are held in Downieville and the other half are held in Loyalton. [1]
  • There is only one traffic signal (a flashing red light at the intersection of highways 49 and 89) in Sierra County. In the winter of 2007 it was removed after an automobile accident and was replaced in the fall of 2008.
  • In the 2009 special statewide election, Sierra County had the highest voter turnout than any other county in California, with 53.6% of registered voters participating, according to the Los Angeles Times. The election was nearly double the overall voter turnout in the state, about 23%. [2]

Unified School Districts

  • Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District

External links

References

Coordinates: 39°35′N 120°30′W / 39.59°N 120.50°W / 39.59; -120.50


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Sierra County, California
Seal of Sierra County, California
Map
File:Map of California highlighting Sierra County.png
Location in the state of California
Map of the USA highlighting California
California's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1852
Seat Downieville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.89%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

3555
Website: www.sierracounty.ws

Sierra County is a county located in the Sierra Nevada of the U.S. state of California, northeast of Sacramento on the border with Nevada. As of 2000 the population was 3,555. The county seat is Downieville.

The only incorporated city in the county is Loyalton.

Contents

History

Sierra County was formed from parts of Yuba County in 1852.

The county derives its name from the Sierra Nevada. (Note: Sierra Nevada is Spanish for "Snowy Range." Therefore, it should not be referred to as The Sierra Nevada Mountains.)

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,491 km² (962 sq mi). 2,469 km² (953 sq mi) of it is land and 22 km² (9 sq mi) of it (0.89%) is water.

Cities and towns

Alleghany, Calpine, Downieville, Forest, Goodyears Bar, Loyalton, Pike, Sattley, Sierra City, Sierraville

Adjacent Counties

Transportation Infrastructure

Major Highways


Also,

Public Transportation

Public transportation in Sierra County is limited to vans run by senior citizen agencies in Downieville and Loyalton. (The general public may ride on a space-available basis) [1]

Airports

Sierraville-Dearwater Field Airport is a general aviation airport located near Sierraville.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 3,555 people, 1,520 households, and 986 families residing in the county. The population density was 1/km² (4/sq mi). There were 2,202 housing units at an average density of 1/km² (2/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 94.18% White, 0.20% Black or African American, 1.88% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 1.04% from other races, and 2.45% from two or more races. 5.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 95.3% spoke English and 3.4% Spanish as their first language.

There were 1,520 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 30.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 102.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.9 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,827, and the median income for a family was $42,756. Males had a median income of $36,121 versus $30,000 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,815. About 9.0% of families and 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.3% of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

Presidential election results
Year GOP DEM Others
2004 64.1% 1,249 33.2% 646 2.7% 53
2000 63.5% 1,172 29.2% 540 7.3% 135
1996 51.4% 877 33.6% 573 15.1% 257
1992 36.9% 691 34.8% 653 28.3% 531
1988 50.7% 860 46.6% 791 2.7% 45
1984 56.9% 1,078 41.2% 781 2.0% 37
1980 49.8% 855 37.9% 651 12.3% 212
1976 43.2% 680 53.4% 841 3.5% 55
1972 47.5% 629 49.7% 658 2.8% 37
1968 45.9% 548 46.9% 559 7.2% 86
1964 33.3% 413 66.7% 828
1960 46.8% 576 52.6% 647 0.7% 8

Sierra 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. Sierra is part of California's 4th congressional district, which is held by Republican John Doolittle. In the state legislature Sierra is in the 3rd Assembly district, which is held by Republican Rick Keene, and the 1st Senate district, which is held by Republican Dave Cox.

















Trivia

  • Because Loyalton is Sierra County's most populous municipality and its only incorporated city, generally half of the meetings of the county's board of supervisors are held in Downieville and the other half are held in Loyalton. [1]
  • There is only one traffic signal in Sierra County.

See also

External links

References

  1. ^ Sierra County 2005 Regional Transportation Plan (PDF). Sierra County 2005 Regional Transportation Plan (2006-04-19). Retrieved on 2007-04-01.

Coordinates: 39°35′N 120°30′W / 39.59, -120.50

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