Crescent City, California

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Crescent City is the county seat of Del Norte County, California. 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.

In 1964, the city was hit by a tsunami that originated from the Good Friday Earthquake in Alaska. 12 people were killed in what was the only fatal tsuanmi ever recorded in the lower 48 states.

The city is a tsuanmi-ready city and its preparedness was tested on June 14, 2005 when an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale hit 90 miles offshore. Almost the entire city was evacuated in a matter of 20 minutes when a tsunami warning was issued, but no waves were reported.

Geography

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Location of Crescent City, California

Crescent City is located at 41°45'17" North, 124°12'4" West (41.754821, -124.201206)Template:GR, on a stretch of lowland between the coastal mountains and the Pacific Ocean several miles wide and about twenty miles long.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Crescent City is prone to tsunamis, one of which killed 11 people in 1964.

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