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Bodega Corners
Bodega in 2008: surf shop and historic general store
Bodega in 2008: surf shop and historic general store
Country  United States
State  California
County Sonoma
 • Total 2.902 sq mi (7.516 km2)
 • Land 2.902 sq mi (7.516 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
118 ft (36 m)
 • Total 220
 • Density 75.8/sq mi (29.3/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 707
FIPS code 06-07246
GNIS feature ID 219574

Bodega is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Sonoma County in the U.S. state of California. The town had a population of 220 as of the 2010 Census.

Bodega is located on Bodega Highway, about 5 mi (8 km) west of Freestone, California. Salmon Creek flows through the town.


Watson School

The town of Bodega was known historically as Bodega Corners or Bodega Roads, to distinguish it from the Port of Bodega or Bodega Bay, as it is known today, which is about four miles from Bodega. Bodega and Bodega Bay are named for discoverer of the bay, Juan Francisco Bodega y Caudra, who first sailed into the harbor in 1775. There were formerly two Coast Miwok villages in the area: one (called Kennekono) sited near the current town and another (called Suwutenne) further north. The first Europeans in the area were Russians who established temporary settlements at Bodega Bay and the Salmon Creek Valley, in the vicinity of Bodega, in 1809.

In 1843, Captain Stephen Smith established the first West Coast lumber mill near Bodega. Around the same time, John A. Sutter bought land from the Russians, an area that included Bodega. His land purchase included "some hunting rights, a small boat, several rusty cannons, and some old muskets." In 1859, shipbuilders constructed Saint Teresa of Avila Church, which later appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's film, The Birds. Potter School was also used for scenes in the film. Potter School is now a private residence. Photos can be taken from the streetside.

Open from 1856 to 1967, Watson School, once served as Bodega's school, and is located in a Sonoma County Regional Parks Department historic park about 2 miles east of Bodega.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km²), all of it land. The Phacelia distans is known for blossoming in Bodega between April and June.


The 2010 United States Census reported that Bodega had a population of 220. The population density was 75.8 people per square mile (29.3/km²). The racial makeup of Bodega was 209 (95.0%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 2 (0.9%) Native American, 2 (0.9%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 0 (0.0%) from other races, and 7 (3.2%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9 persons (4.1%).

The Census reported that 220 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 117 households, out of which 16 (13.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 43 (36.8%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 5 (4.3%) had a female householder with no husband present, 7 (6.0%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 9 (7.7%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 1 (0.9%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 51 households (43.6%) were made up of individuals and 13 (11.1%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.88. There were 55 families (47.0% of all households); the average family size was 2.55.

The population was spread out with 25 people (11.4%) under the age of 18, 12 people (5.5%) aged 18 to 24, 43 people (19.5%) aged 25 to 44, 101 people (45.9%) aged 45 to 64, and 39 people (17.7%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 54.5 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.0 males.

There were 131 housing units at an average density of 45.1 per square mile (17.4/km²), of which 66 (56.4%) were owner-occupied, and 51 (43.6%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.5%; the rental vacancy rate was 0%. 137 people (62.3% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 83 people (37.7%) lived in rental housing units.

Arts and culture

In the 1970s, Bodega was home to a doll museum.

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