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Location of Leggett in Mendocino County, California
Location of Leggett in Mendocino County, California
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Country  United States
State  California
County Mendocino
 • Total 2.704 sq mi (7.003 km2)
 • Land 2.704 sq mi (7.003 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
984 ft (300 m)
 • Total 122
 • Density 45.12/sq mi (17.42/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP Code
95455 (original)
95585 (new)
Area code(s) 707
GNIS feature IDs 227007; 2628750

Leggett (formerly Leggett Valley) is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. It is located on the South Fork of the Eel River, 17 miles (27 km) northwest of Laytonville, at an elevation of 984 ft (300 m). It is home to some of the largest trees in the world. The nearby Smithe Redwoods State Reserve and the Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area are noted for their forests of Coastal Redwoods. The population was 122 at the 2010 census.

Leggett is served by California's State Route 1, whose northern terminus with U.S. Route 101 is just outside the community.

The town of Leggett includes a single gas station, United States Post Office, K-12 school, a small grocery store, restaurant, full-service mechanic (ask a local), fire station and the Drive-Thru Tree.

The Leggett post office was dedicated in 1969.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2), all of it land.


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Leggett has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.


The 2010 United States Census reported that Leggett had a population of 122. The population density was 45.1 people per square mile (17.4/km2). The racial makeup of Leggett was 101 (82.8%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 3 (2.5%) Native American, 0 (0.0%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 0 (0.0%) from other races, and 18 (14.8%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4 persons (3.3%).

The Census reported that 122 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 55 households, out of which 18 (32.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 10 (18.2%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 9 (16.4%) had a female householder with no husband present, 3 (5.5%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 8 (14.5%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 28 households (50.9%) were made up of individuals, and 10 (18.2%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22. There were 22 families (40.0% of all households); the average family size was 3.64.

The population was spread out, with 29 people (23.8%) under the age of 18, 19 people (15.6%) aged 18 to 24, 29 people (23.8%) aged 25 to 44, 33 people (27.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 12 people (9.8%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.0 years. For every 100 females, there were 106.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.9 males.

There were 78 housing units at an average density of 28.8 per square mile (11.1/km2), of which 23 (41.8%) were owner-occupied, and 32 (58.2%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0%; the rental vacancy rate was 0%. 59 people (48.4% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 63 people (51.6%) lived in rental housing units.

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