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Rio Dell, California
City of Rio Dell
Wildwood Avenue, Rio Dell
Wildwood Avenue, Rio Dell
Location in Humboldt County and the state of California
Location in Humboldt County and the state of California
Rio Dell, California is located in the United States
Rio Dell, California
Rio Dell, California
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  California
County Humboldt
Incorporated February 23, 1965
Area
 • Total 2.42 sq mi (6.26 km2)
 • Land 2.28 sq mi (5.91 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.35 km2)  5.61%
Elevation
161 ft (49 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 3,368
 • Estimate 
(2019)
3,349
 • Density 1,468.22/sq mi (566.86/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
95562
Area code(s) 707
FIPS code 06-60900
GNIS feature IDs 277614, 2410951

Rio Dell (Spanish: Río Dell, meaning "Dell River") is a city in Humboldt County, California, United States. It is located on the west bank of the Eel River 1 mile (2 km) north of Scotia at an elevation of 161 feet (49 m). The population was 3,363 at the 2010 census, up from 3,174 at the 2000 census.

Originally settled on the territories of the Wiyot, Nongatl, and Mattole tribes, Rio Dell was reportedly first dubbed "Tokemuk" by native inhabitants of the land who were thought to be of multiple regional tribes and who uniquely spoke at least two different regional languages. The native presence was greatly diminished following the 1860 Wiyot massacre on Indian Island that extended south to the Eel river valley where Rio Dell is located. From there, the area became known as Eagle Prairie and finally as Rio Dell, so named after the settlement's long-established Rio Dell Hotel.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), of which, 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (5.61%) is water.

Climate

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, Rio Dell has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.

Climate data for Rio Dell
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 76
(24.4)
82
(27.8)
86
(30)
90
(32.2)
97
(36.1)
98
(36.7)
102
(38.9)
96
(35.6)
98
(36.7)
97
(36.1)
81
(27.2)
73
(22.8)
102
(38.9)
Average high °F (°C) 55.3
(12.94)
57.4
(14.11)
58.5
(14.72)
60.3
(15.72)
63.2
(17.33)
66.3
(19.06)
69.1
(20.61)
70.3
(21.28)
70.9
(21.61)
67.3
(19.61)
60.5
(15.83)
55.6
(13.11)
62.9
(17.17)
Daily mean °F (°C) 47.8
(8.78)
49.5
(9.72)
50.4
(10.22)
52.3
(11.28)
55.5
(13.06)
58.7
(14.83)
60.9
(16.06)
61.7
(16.5)
60.9
(16.06)
57.6
(14.22)
52.4
(11.33)
48.3
(9.06)
54.7
(12.61)
Average low °F (°C) 40.3
(4.61)
41.6
(5.33)
42.6
(5.89)
44.3
(6.83)
47.7
(8.72)
51.1
(10.61)
52.8
(11.56)
53.1
(11.72)
50.9
(10.5)
47.8
(8.78)
44.2
(6.78)
41.1
(5.06)
46.4
(8)
Record low °F (°C) 20
(-6.7)
23
(-5)
29
(-1.7)
32
(0)
33
(0.6)
40
(4.4)
40
(4.4)
41
(5)
37
(2.8)
28
(-2.2)
27
(-2.8)
17
(-8.3)
41
(5)
Precipitation inches (mm) 8.8
(224)
7.5
(191)
6.5
(165)
3.5
(89)
1.7
(43)
0.6
(15)
0.1
(3)
0.2
(5)
0.6
(15)
3.0
(76)
6.4
(163)
9.2
(234)
48.1
(1,222)
Avg. precipitation days 16 15 15 12 9 5 2 2 3 8 14 16 117

History

The first post office at Rio Dell opened in 1876. Rio Dell incorporated in 1965. Rio Dell was connected to Scotia by a ferry provided by the lumber mill, and a suspension bridge built in 1914.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 213
1950 1,862
1960 3,222 73.0%
1970 2,817 −12.6%
1980 2,687 −4.6%
1990 3,012 12.1%
2000 3,174 5.4%
2010 3,368 6.1%
2019 (est.) 3,349 −0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010

At the 2010 census Rio Dell had a population of 3,368. The population density was 1,393.2 people per square mile (537.9/km2). The racial makeup of Rio Dell was 2,894 (85.9%) White, 13 (0.4%) African American, 125 (3.7%) Native American, 25 (0.7%) Asian, 3 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 140 (4.2%) from other races, and 168 (5.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 384 people (11.4%).

The census reported that 3,347 people (99.4% of the population) lived in households, 21 (0.6%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and no one was institutionalized.

There were 1,367 households, 440 (32.2%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 560 (41.0%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 199 (14.6%) had a female householder with no husband present, 85 (6.2%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 131 (9.6%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 13 (1.0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 409 households (29.9%) were one person and 139 (10.2%) had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.45. There were 844 families (61.7% of households); the average family size was 2.99.

The age distribution was 803 people (23.8%) under the age of 18, 309 people (9.2%) aged 18 to 24, 824 people (24.5%) aged 25 to 44, 989 people (29.4%) aged 45 to 64, and 443 people (13.2%) who were 65 or older. The median age was 38.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.7 males.

There were 1,442 housing units at an average density of 596.5 per square mile (230.3/km2),of which 1,367 were occupied, 774 (56.6%) by the owners and 593 (43.4%) by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.6%; the rental vacancy rate was 2.8%. 1,952 people (58.0% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 1,395 people (41.4%) lived in rental housing units.

2000

At the 2000 census there were 3,174 people in 1,221 households, including 830 families, in the city. The population density was 1,684.2 people per square mile (651.9/km2). There were 1,434 housing units at an average density of 760.9 per square mile (294.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.63% White, 0.16% Black or African American, 3.88% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 5.73% from other races, and 4.19% from two or more races. 10.81% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the 1,221 households 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 25.0% of households were one person and 10.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.08.

The age distribution was 28.3% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% 65 or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,254, and the median family income was $36,464. Males had a median income of $30,410 versus $19,688 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,569. About 18.5% of families and 23.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.1% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.

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