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Smith River
census-designated place
Country  United States
State  California
County Del Norte County
Area
 • Total 3.985 sq mi (10.321 km2)
 • Land 3.970 sq mi (10.283 km2)
 • Water 0.015 sq mi (0.038 km2)  0.37%
Elevation 52 ft (16 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 866
 • Density 217.31/sq mi (83.91/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Code 95567
Area code(s) 707
GNIS feature IDs 1659799; 2611450
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Smith River, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Smith River, California

Smith River (formerly, Smith River Corners, Smith's River Valley, Smiths River, and Smith's River) (Tolowa: kaa-nvsh, natlh-mii~-nee-dash ) is a census-designated place in Del Norte County, California, United States. It is located 12 miles (19 km) north-northeast of Crescent City, 3 miles (4.8 km) east of the mouth of the Smith River, at an elevation of 52 feet (16 m). As of 2010, the population was 866. The ZIP Code is 95567. Its area code is 707. It is bordered by the Smith River National Recreation Area. Smith River is the headquarters of the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation, a federally recognized tribe of Tolowa people.

History

A post office was opened in 1863.

One early settler of Smith River was William Dows Rexford who moved there with his sons in the early 1870s.

Demographics

The 2010 United States Census reported that Smith River had a population of 866. The population density was 217.3 people per square mile (83.9/km²). The racial makeup of Smith River was 528 (61.0%) White, 1 (0.1%) African American, 59 (6.8%) Native American, 5 (0.6%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 234 (27.0%) from other races, and 39 (4.5%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 293 persons (33.8%).

The Census reported that 866 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 315 households, out of which 127 (40.3%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 160 (50.8%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 44 (14.0%) had a female householder with no husband present, 18 (5.7%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 22 (7.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 3 (1.0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 76 households (24.1%) were made up of individuals and 40 (12.7%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75. There were 222 families (70.5% of all households); the average family size was 3.23.

The population was spread out with 267 people (30.8%) under the age of 18, 55 people (6.4%) aged 18 to 24, 220 people (25.4%) aged 25 to 44, 217 people (25.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 107 people (12.4%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34.8 years. For every 100 females there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

There were 363 housing units at an average density of 91.1 per square mile (35.2/km²), of which 181 (57.5%) were owner-occupied, and 134 (42.5%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 3.2%; the rental vacancy rate was 3.6%. 473 people (54.6% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 393 people (45.4%) lived in rental housing units.

Climate

Weather chart for Smith River, California
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55
42
 
 
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42
 
 
9.6
 
58
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5.7
 
60
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3.6
 
63
47
 
 
1.8
 
67
50
 
 
0.5
 
68
52
 
 
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temperatures in °F
precipitation totals in inches

Smith River is the wettest spot in the state of California, and experiences an Oceanic climate, for it is just beyond the northern periphery of the Mediterranean climate zone of coastal California. Seasonal precipitation patterns strictly follow the patterns evident in a Mediterranean regime however, although the rather copious average annual precipitation amount of 71.58 in (1,818 mm) wildly exceeds the 900 mm (35 in) precipitation limit for Mediterranean climates implemented in the revised version of the Koppen Climate Classification by over twofold. The summer months from June to September receive very little precipitation (profoundly similar to a Mediterranean climate), with July and August in particular observing extremely light precipitation. In stark contrast, winter is stupendously rainy, with approximately 60% of the year's total average precipitation observed in the three-month period from December to March. Temperatures remain profoundly moderate throughout the year, fluctuating only several degrees.

Climate data for Smith River, California
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 80
(26.7)
83
(28.3)
83
(28.3)
92
(33.3)
99
(37.2)
101
(38.3)
102
(38.9)
101
(38.3)
103
(39.4)
96
(35.6)
85
(29.4)
79
(26.1)
103
(39.4)
Average high °F (°C) 55
(12.8)
56
(13.3)
58
(14.4)
60
(15.6)
63
(17.2)
67
(19.4)
68
(20)
68
(20)
68
(20)
65
(18.3)
58
(14.4)
56
(13.3)
61.8
(16.57)
Daily mean °F (°C) 48.5
(9.17)
49
(9.4)
50
(10)
52
(11.1)
55
(12.8)
58.5
(14.72)
60
(15.6)
60.5
(15.83)
59.5
(15.28)
56.5
(13.61)
51.5
(10.83)
48.5
(9.17)
54.13
(12.292)
Average low °F (°C) 42
(5.6)
42
(5.6)
42
(5.6)
44
(6.7)
47
(8.3)
50
(10)
52
(11.1)
53
(11.7)
51
(10.6)
48
(8.9)
45
(7.2)
41
(5)
46.4
(8.01)
Record low °F (°C) 21
(-6.1)
24
(-4.4)
29
(-1.7)
31
(-0.6)
32
(0)
37
(2.8)
39
(3.9)
41
(5)
39
(3.9)
32
(0)
28
(-2.2)
17
(-8.3)
17
(-8.3)
Precipitation inches (mm) 11.18
(284)
10.49
(266.4)
9.61
(244.1)
5.72
(145.3)
3.61
(91.7)
1.83
(46.5)
0.51
(13)
1.04
(26.4)
1.95
(49.5)
5.22
(132.6)
10.58
(268.7)
11.99
(304.5)
73.73
(1,872.7)
Snowfall inches (cm) 0.20
(0.51)
0.20
(0.51)
0.20
(0.51)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.10
(0.25)
0.30
(0.76)
1.00
(2.54)

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