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Location of Comptche in Mendocino County, California
Location of Comptche in Mendocino County, California
Comptche is located in California
Location in California
Country  United States
State  California
County Mendocino
 • Total 1.15 sq mi (2.99 km2)
 • Land 1.15 sq mi (2.99 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0%
187 ft (57 m)
 • Total 167
 • Density 144.71/sq mi (55.90/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 707
GNIS feature IDs 255911; 2628722

Comptche (Pomo: Compatche, meaning "In the valley among the hills") is a rural village, in Mendocino County, California, United States. It is located within a census-designated place of the same name, 17 miles (27 km) southeast of Fort Bragg, at an elevation of 187 feet (57 m). There is a K–3 primary school serving the town, as well as a small store with gas pump; a post office, and a church. The population of the entire census designated place was 159 at the 2010 census; the population of the town itself was not recorded in the census.


Comptche is located at 39°15′54″N 123°35′28″W / 39.26500°N 123.59111°W / 39.26500; -123.59111 (39.2648954, -123.5911224). It is in USPS ZIP code 95427 and lies at the junction of three minor roads. The Comptche–Ukiah road extends west from Comptche approximately 15 miles (24 km) to Mendocino on State Route 1 and continues east (as Orr Springs Road) 33 miles (53 km) to Ukiah on U.S. 101 (passing through Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve approximately halfway to Ukiah). Flynn Creek Road connects southward 8 miles (13 km) to State Route 128 in Navarro River Redwoods State Park, near the town of Navarro.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 1.2 square miles (3.0 km²), all of it land.


The Comptche post office opened in 1877, closed later that same year, and re-opened in 1879. Although the precise origin of the town's name is unknown, there was a village of the Pomo people named Komacho nearby.

CDP demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
2020 167
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2010 census the Comptche CDP had a population of 159. The population density was 137.8 people per square mile (53.2/km2). The racial makeup of Comptche was 146 (91.8%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 1 (0.6%) Native American, 1 (0.6%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 5 (3.1%) from other races, and 6 (3.8%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10 people (6.3%).

The whole population lived in households; no one lived in non-institutionalized group quarters and no one was institutionalized.

There were 67 households, of which 18 (26.9%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 25 (37.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 9 (13.4%) had a female householder with no husband present, 5 (7.5%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 6 (9.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 19 households (28.4%) were one person and 6 (9.0%) had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.37. There were 39 families (58.2% of households); the average family size was 2.90.

The age distribution was 35 people (22.0%) under the age of 18, 9 people (5.7%) aged 18 to 24, 34 people (21.4%) aged 25 to 44, 59 people (37.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 22 people (13.8%) who were 65 or older. The median age was 47.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 127.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.2 males.

There were 83 housing units at an average density of 72.0 per square mile; of the occupied units, 39 (58.2%) were owner-occupied and 28 (41.8%) were rented. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0%; the rental vacancy rate was 9.7%. 86 people (54.1% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 73 people (45.9%) lived in rental housing units.

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