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Trinity Center
census-designated place
Country  United States
State  California
County Trinity
 • Total 5.231 sq mi (13.547 km2)
 • Land 5.231 sq mi (13.547 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation 2,510 ft (770 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 267
 • Density 51.04/sq mi (19.71/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Code 96091
Area code(s) 530
GNIS feature ID 2583167
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Trinity Center, California

Trinity Center is a census-designated place (CDP) in Trinity County, California. Trinity Center is located 29 miles (47 km) north of Weaverville. It is home to Trinity Lake, a popular summer tourist destination. The telephone prefix is (530) 266-xxxx or more rarely (530) 286-xxxx. It is home to a store, Trinity Center Airport, a marina, a community church, several campgrounds, and several small resorts.

Coffee Creek is close by. The ZIP code is 96091. Trinity Center sits at an elevation of 2,390 feet (730 m). The 2010 United States census reported Trinity Center's population was 267.


The original town of Trinity Center was established in 1851 as a stage stop for travelers headed further north and now lies beneath the lake, which came into existence after the construction of the Trinity River Dam in 1961. A handful of buildings were moved to the town's present day location, including the I.O.O.F. building and several residences. Trinity Center was a gold mining town, shown by the mine tailings left at the north end of the lake.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 5.2 square miles (13.5 km²), all of it land.


The 2010 United States Census reported that Trinity Center had a population of 267. The population density was 51.0 people per square mile (19.7/km²). The racial makeup of Trinity Center was 249 (93.3%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 7 (2.6%) Native American, 1 (0.4%) Asian, 3 (1.1%) Pacific Islander, 2 (0.7%) from other races, and 5 (1.9%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11 persons (4.1%).

The Census reported that 267 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 137 households, out of which 15 (10.9%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 80 (58.4%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 5 (3.6%) had a female householder with no husband present, 5 (3.6%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 12 (8.8%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 3 (2.2%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 37 households (27.0%) were made up of individuals and 21 (15.3%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.95. There were 90 families (65.7% of all households); the average family size was 2.26.

The population was spread out with 24 people (9.0%) under the age of 18, 7 people (2.6%) aged 18 to 24, 29 people (10.9%) aged 25 to 44, 98 people (36.7%) aged 45 to 64, and 109 people (40.8%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 62.0 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.4 males.

There were 327 housing units at an average density of 62.5 per square mile (24.1/km²), of which 110 (80.3%) were owner-occupied, and 27 (19.7%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 8.9%; the rental vacancy rate was 0%. 202 people (75.7% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 65 people (24.3%) lived in rental housing units.

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