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Downtown Artois, along the former US 99W
Downtown Artois, along the former US 99W
Location of Artois in Glenn County, California.
Location of Artois in Glenn County, California.
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Country  United States
State  California
County Glenn County
 • Total 2.88 sq mi (7.46 km2)
 • Land 2.88 sq mi (7.46 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0%
167 ft (51 m)
 • Total 295
 • Density 102.43/sq mi (39.55/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 530
GNIS feature IDs 1657951; 2628707

Artois, formerly known as Germantown, is a census-designated place in Glenn County, California, USA. It is located 5 miles (8 km) north of Willows, at an elevation of 167 feet (51 m), in the northern Sacramento Valley of California. It is located on the former United States Highway 99W, and is bypassed to the west by Interstate 5. It is served by the California Northern Railroad, formerly the west Sacramento Valley line of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Its coordinates are approximately 39°37' N 122°12' W. The ZIP code for Artois is 95913. The community is inside area code 530. The population was 295 at the 2010 census.


The name stems from the ancient province in France where the method of boring artesian wells was first adopted. Artois was formerly named Germantown, and petitions to change the Germantown post office name were successful with Artois adopted on May 21, 1918. Local belief is that a World War I troop train stopped to water at Gemantown and a riot ensued when the troops took offense at the name. The town was then renamed after the battles of Artois.

The Germantown post office opened in 1877, and changed its name to Artois in 1918.

On June 1, 2011, a tornado rated at EF-1, struck east of Artois, uprooting hundreds of almond trees, and causing damage to farm equipment and roofing materials.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2020 295
U.S. Decennial Census

The 2010 United States Census reported that Artois had a population of 295. The population density was 102.4 per square mile (39.6/km2). The racial makeup of Artois was 245 (83.1%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 8 (2.7%) Native American, 3 (1.0%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 25 (8.5%) from other races, and 14 (4.7%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 54 persons (18.3%).

The census reported that 295 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 101 households, of which 32 (31.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 70 (69.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 7 (6.9%) had a female householder with no husband present, 7 (6.9%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 4 (4.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 1 (1.0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 16 households (15.8%) were made up of individuals, and 6 (5.9%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92. There were 84 families (83.2% of all households); the average family size was 3.24.

77 people (26.1%) under the age of 18, 19 people (6.4%) aged 18 to 24, 77 people (26.1%) aged 25 to 44, 75 people (25.4%) aged 45 to 64, and 47 people (15.9%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.4 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.9 males.

There were 113 housing units at an average density of 39.2 per square mile (15.2/km2), of which 101were occupied, of which 79 (78.2%) were owner-occupied, and 22 (21.8%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0%; the rental vacancy rate was 0%. 229 people (77.6% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 66 people (22.4%) lived in rental housing units.

Notable residents

  • Sue Ellen Wooldridge, former U.S. attorney
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