Weaverville, California

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Weaverville
census-designated place
Location in Trinity County and the state of California
Location in Trinity County and the state of California
Coordinates: 40°44′12″N 122°56′10″W / 40.73667°N 122.93611°W / 40.73667; -122.93611Coordinates: 40°44′12″N 122°56′10″W / 40.73667°N 122.93611°W / 40.73667; -122.93611
Country United States
State California
CountyTrinity
Area[1]
 • Total10.424 sq mi (26.999 km2)
 • Land10.424 sq mi (26.999 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation2,051 ft (625 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total3,600
 • Density350/sq mi (130/km2)
Time zonePacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code96093
Area code(s)530
FIPS code06-83794
GNIS feature ID1652649
 
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Weaverville
census-designated place
Location in Trinity County and the state of California
Location in Trinity County and the state of California
Coordinates: 40°44′12″N 122°56′10″W / 40.73667°N 122.93611°W / 40.73667; -122.93611Coordinates: 40°44′12″N 122°56′10″W / 40.73667°N 122.93611°W / 40.73667; -122.93611
Country United States
State California
CountyTrinity
Area[1]
 • Total10.424 sq mi (26.999 km2)
 • Land10.424 sq mi (26.999 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation2,051 ft (625 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total3,600
 • Density350/sq mi (130/km2)
Time zonePacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code96093
Area code(s)530
FIPS code06-83794
GNIS feature ID1652649

Weaverville is a census-designated place and the county seat of Trinity County, California, USA. The population was 3,600 at the 2010 census, up from 3,554 at the 2000 census.

History[edit]

Founded in 1850, Weaverville is a historic California Gold Rush town. Nestled at the foot of the current Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, Weaverville was once home to approximately 2,000 Chinese gold miners, and had its own Chinatown.

Logging and tourism were the economic mainstays of Weaverville for many years. The regional economy has been in steady decline for many years, with only a small uplift brought about by the global real estate bubble. Trinity county's unemployment rate - as of April, 2009 - stood at 20.9% (NY Times).

Weaverville is the home of California's oldest continuously used Chinese temple. The Joss House is now managed by the park system and is open to visitors all year round [1]

Weaverville is often threatened by forest fires.

Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park[edit]

The Weaverville Joss House (also called "The Temple of the Forest Beneath the Clouds"), a Taoist temple, was built in 1874 and is California's best preserved example of a Gold Rush-era Chinese place of worship. The temple is now the Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park, and its interior, including an intricately carved wooden altar, can be viewed by visitors.

One of many spiral staircases in Weaverville

Geography and climate[edit]

Weaverville is located at 40°44′12″N 122°56′10″W / 40.73667°N 122.93611°W / 40.73667; -122.93611 (40.736687, -122.936208)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 10.4 square miles (27 km2), all of it land.

The National Weather Service has had a cooperative weather station in Weaverville since 1894. Based on those records, average January temperatures are a maximum of 47.2°F and a minimum of 27.4°F July temperatures are a maximum of 94.1°F and a minimum of 49.1°F. There are an average of 77.3 days with highs of 90°F (32°C) or higher an average of 126.8 days with lows of 32°F (0°C) or lower. The record high temperature was 116°F on August 4, 1932, and the record low temperature was -10°F on December 9, 1972.

Average annual precipitation is 35.28 inches. There are an average of 83 days annually with measurable precipitation. The wettest year was 1970 with 53.77 inches and the dryest year was 1932 with 20.19 inches. The most precipitation in one month was 20.86 inches in December 2005. The most precipitation in 24 hours was 5.50 inches on January 4, 1982. Average annual snowfall is 22.5 inches. The most snowfall in one month was 75.3 inches in January 1950.[3]

Demographics[edit]

2010[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[4] reported that Weaverville had a population of 3,600. The population density was 345.4 people per square mile (133.3/km²). The racial makeup of Weaverville was 3,162 (87.8%) White, 11 (0.3%) African American, 152 (4.2%) Native American, 41 (1.1%) Asian, 1 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 38 (1.1%) from other races, and 195 (5.4%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 255 persons (7.1%).

The Census reported that 3,473 people (96.5% of the population) lived in households, 61 (1.7%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 66 (1.8%) were institutionalized.

There were 1,513 households, out of which 440 (29.1%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 622 (41.1%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 185 (12.2%) had a female householder with no husband present, 112 (7.4%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 145 (9.6%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 12 (0.8%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 473 households (31.3%) were made up of individuals and 196 (13.0%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30. There were 919 families (60.7% of all households); the average family size was 2.80.

The population was spread out with 842 people (23.4%) under the age of 18, 247 people (6.9%) aged 18 to 24, 734 people (20.4%) aged 25 to 44, 1,109 people (30.8%) aged 45 to 64, and 668 people (18.6%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.4 years. For every 100 females there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

There were 1,675 housing units at an average density of 160.7 per square mile (62.0/km²), of which 908 (60.0%) were owner-occupied, and 605 (40.0%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.8%; the rental vacancy rate was 6.8%. 2,089 people (58.0% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 1,384 people (38.4%) lived in rental housing units.

2000[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 3,554 people, 1,513 households, and 960 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 100.4 people per square mile (38.8/km²). There were 1,653 housing units at an average density of 46.7 per square mile (18.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.5% White, 0.3% African American, 2.9% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.2% from other races, and 3.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.3% of the population.

There were 1,513 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.1% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $30,319, and the median income for a family was $37,813. Males had a median income of $34,091 versus $24,722 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $18,297. About 13.2% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.6% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

In the state legislature, Weaverville is in the 4th State Senate district, represented by Republican Jim Nielsen, and the 2nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Wesley Chesbro.[6]

Federally, Weaverville is in California's 2nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Jared Huffman.[7]

Events[edit]

Cultural references[edit]

It has been claimed that Weaverville was an inspiration for the remote paradise of Shangri-la from British author James Hilton's "Lost Horizon", but this is the result of a misinterpretation of a comment by Hilton in a 1941 interview, in which he said that Weaverville reminded him of Shangri-La.[citation needed]. Junction City (about 8 miles from Weaverville) has a Tibetan Buddhist center.[citation needed]

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