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Encyclopedia > Crescent City, California
Crescent City's harbor, with the jetty visible
Crescent City's harbor, with the jetty visible

Crescent City is the county seat, and the only incorporated city of Del Norte County, California, USA. It is named after the crescent-shaped stretch of sandy beach south of the city. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 4,006, not including the 3,300 prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 446 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 446 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Del Norte County is Californias northwesternmost county, located on the Pacific coast south of Oregon. ... Aerial view of Pelican Bay State Prison. ...


Although it comprises many unique features, Crescent City is probably most famous for its susceptibility to tsunamis. According to Humboldt State University,[citation needed] the city experienced tsunami conditions 17 times between the years 1943 and 1994. Although most of these effects were barely perceptible, the city was extensively damaged by a tsunami event in 1964, which originated from the Good Friday Earthquake in Alaska. There were 12 fatalities and approximately $15 million in damages in what was the only fatal tsunami ever recorded in the lower 48 states. The tsunami that struck Malé in the Maldives on December 26, 2004. ... This article is about Humboldt State University in California. ... Earthquake Damage, Anchorage The Good Friday Earthquake (also called the Great Alaska Earthquake) of Friday, March 27, 1964 (Good Friday, a Christian holy day), 5:36 P.M. AST (03:36 3/28 UTC) was the most powerful earthquake in U.S. and North American history, and the third most... Official language(s) English Capital Juneau Largest city Anchorage Area  Ranked 1st  - Total 663,267 sq mi (1,717,855 km²)  - Width 808 miles (1,300 km)  - Length 1,479 miles (2,380 km)  - % water 13. ...


The city is deemed to be tsunami-ready today. Its preparedness was tested on June 14, 2005 when an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale hit 90 miles offshore. Reportedly, much of the city was evacuated in a matter of 20 minutes when a tsunami warning was issued, but no waves were reported. June 14 is the 165th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (166th in leap years), with 200 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... An earthquake is a phenomenon that results from the sudden release of stored energy in the Earths crust that creates seismic waves. ...


On November 15, 2006, a magnitude 8.3 earthquake struck off the Kuril Islands in the western Pacific. A tsunami warning was issued but rescinded hours later. However, a surge from that quake did hit the harbor at Crescent City causing damage to three docks and several boats. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a county state of emergency. Upon that declaration, the area affected was eligible for federal emergency relief funding to repair the damage.[1] Location of Kuril Islands in the Western Pacific. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): ) (born on July 30, 1947, in Graz, Austria) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor and an American politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ...

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History

European Arrival Crescent City was incorporated in 1854, and became the county seat of Del Norte County when the county was formed in 1857. Originally miners comprised many of the inhabitants. Mining activity in the region quickly waned and was replaced by logging and fishing industries in the early 20th century, which have also recently experienced decline. Current issues In the 1990s, Pelican Bay State Prison was built and was then joined with the city. Aerial view of Pelican Bay State Prison. ...


Natural disasters

This coastal city is vulnerable to tsunamis. Waves from the 1960 Great Chilean Earthquake caused $15M worth of damage and flooded city streets.[2] Twelve residents were killed by the Good Friday Earthquake tsunami in 1964. The city was also damaged by the 2006 Kuril Islands tsunami. The tsunami that struck Malé in the Maldives on December 26, 2004. ... Map showing the areas affected by the tsunami The Great Chilean Earthquake or Valdivian Earthquake (Terremoto de Valdivia in Spanish) of 22 May 1960 is the most intense earthquake ever recorded, rating a 9. ... Earthquake Damage, Anchorage The Good Friday Earthquake (also called the Great Alaska Earthquake) of Friday, March 27, 1964 (Good Friday, a Christian holy day), 5:36 P.M. AST (03:36 3/28 UTC) was the most powerful earthquake in U.S. and North American history, and the third most... On 15 November 2006 at about 11:30 am UTC, a major earthquake struck in the Kuril Islands which are disputed between Japan and Russia. ...


Geography and climate

Location of Crescent City, California

Crescent City is located at 41°45'17" North, 124°12'4" West (41.754821, -124.201206),GR1 on a stretch of lowland between the coastal mountains and the Pacific Ocean several miles wide and about twenty miles long in Northern California. Redwood forests can easily be found in any direction from the city. Flatlands extend for approximately 20 miles north from the city to the Oregon border, while the south is bordered by coastal cliffs. The city is 1.6 square miles in size with a population of 7,542 (including prison population) and a surrounding urban service area of approximately 15,000. County-wide the population is approximately 26,000 encompassing 1003 square miles. The annual rainfall averages 75 inches. Summer coastal temperatures average 60 – 70 °F, with warmer inland temperatures. Winter temperatures average 40 – 50 °F. [1] Adapted from Wikipedias CA county maps by Bumm13. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.3 km² (2.1 mi²). 4.6 km² (1.8 mi²) of it is land and 0.7 km² (0.3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 13.59% water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


The mouth of Elk Creek, where it flows into the Pacific Ocean, is in Crescent City.


Demographics

As of the 2003 Population Estimate from the Census Bureau, there are 7,319 people residing in the city. Census data from the year 2000 indicate that the population density is 868.9/km² (2,252.2/mi²). There are 1,754 housing units at an average density of 380.5/km² (986.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 78.33% White, 0.52% Black or African American, 6.09% Native American, 4.62% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 4.27% from other races, and 6.04% from two or more races. 11.01% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. Some recent ethinc diversity is a result of family members of Pelican Bay inmates relocating to the area, in order to be close to loved ones incarcerated in the prison system. The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There are 1,578 households out of which 35.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.4% are married couples living together, 20.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 41.7% are non-families. 35.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.40 and the average family size is 3.12. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the city the population is spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. For every 100 females there are 85.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 82.4 males.


The median income for a household in the city is $20,133, and the median income for a family is $22,058. Males have a median income of $36,667 versus $19,922 for females. The per capita income for the city is $12,833. 34.6% of the population and 33.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 46.6% of those under the age of 18 and 4.8% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Transportation

Highway access is provided by U.S. Route 101 that runs directly through the city, extending to Brookings, OR to the north and Eureka to the south. U.S. Highway 199 begins just north of Crescent City and connects northeast to Grants Pass, OR. Local public transit is provided by Redwood Coast Transit, which provides access to Amtrak passenger train (via Amtrak bus) service and also Greyhound bus service. There is no rail service in Del Norte County. There is no heavy shipping port, but there is a public harbor for smaller commercial and pleasure watercraft. This U.S. Highway article needs to be cleaned up to conform to both a higher standard of article quality and accepted design standards outlined in the WikiProject U.S. Highways. ... Brookings is a city located in Curry County, Oregon. ... Motto: Eureka - (I have found it!) Map of California showing the location of Eureka Coordinates: Country United States State California County Humboldt Founded 1850 Incorporated April 18, 1856 (town) Re-incorporated February 19, 1874 (city) Government type Mayor-council  - Mayor Virginia Bass  - City manager David Tyson Area    - City  14. ... U.S. Highway 199 is a spur of former U.S. Highway 99. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Acela Express in West Windsor, NJ Amtrak Cascades service with tilting Talgo trainsets in Seattle, Washington Amtrak train in downtown Orlando, Florida For other uses, see Amtrak (disambiguation). ... The Greyhound is a breed of dog used for companionship, coursing game and racing. ... Damaged package The Panama canal. ...


There are very few scheduled passenger flights to Jack McNamara Field Airport; there are more flights available through the Arcata/Eureka Airport. Jack McNamara Field Airport (IATA: CEC, ICAO: KCEC) is an airport located in Crescent City, California serving Del Norte County. ... Arcata/Eureka Airport (IATA: ACV, ICAO: KACV) is an airport located in McKinleyville, California serving Humboldt County, including the two towns that make its name. ...


Attractions and facilities

Crescent City proper

The Battery Point Lighthouse in Crescent City, California (California Historical Landmark #951) is one of the first lighthouses on the California coast. ...

Nearby

Jedediah Smith Redwoods Park, established in 1929, was named after the noted fur trapper Jedediah Smith. ... Aerial view of Pelican Bay State Prison. ... The Coastal redwood is the tallest tree species on Earth. ... St. ...

Famous people from Crescent City

Buck Pierce is a Canadian Football League quarterback and is the backup quarterback to Dave Dickenson for the British Columbia Lions. ... The British Columbia Lions are a Canadian Football League team based in Vancouver, British Columbia. ... Lions Stampeders Eskimos Roughriders Blue Bombers Tiger-Cats Argonauts Alouettes The Canadian Football League (CFL), also known by its French name, Ligue canadienne de football (LCF), is a professional sports league located in Canada that plays Canadian football, and is the second most popular sports league in Canada. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ...

External links

Notes

  1. ^ Los Angeles Times article on the quake and tsunami
  2. ^ Surviving a Tsunami - USGS

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Crescent City, California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (901 words)
Crescent City is the county seat, and the only incorporated city, of Del Norte County, California, USA.
Crescent City was incorporated in 1854, and became the county seat of Del Norte County when the county was formed in 1857.
In the city the population is spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who are 65 years of age or older.
City of Crescent City (296 words)
CRESCENT CITY is located on Hwy 101 on the beautiful Northern California coast about 20 miles south of the Oregon border.
Crescent City is 1.6 square miles in size with a population of 7,542 and a surrounding urban service area of approximately 15,000.
The Crescent City Police Dept. warns local residents to be on the lookout for purse snatchers.
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