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Blue Lake, California - Basic Facts

The City of Blue Lake had a population of 1,273 as of July 1, 2020. Blue Lake ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Blue Lake is located at latitude 40.8829 and longitude -123.9839 in Humboldt County. The formal boundaries for the City of Blue Lake encompass a land area of 0.59 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Humboldt County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 131 feet.

The City of Blue Lake (GNIS ID: 2409868) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Blue Lake is located within North Coastal CCD of Humboldt County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Blue Lake: Camp Skidaddle, Powersville, Scottsville.


Blue Lake, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 1,273 (100%)
Population in Households 1,273 (100.0%)
Population in Families 884 (69.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 2,147
Diversity Index2 40


Median Household Income $55,964
Average Household Income $70,843
% of Income for Mortgage4 24%
Per Capita Income $30,621
Wealth Index5 58


Total HU (Housing Units) 574 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 310 (54.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 235 (40.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 29 ( 5.1%)
Median Home Value $321,631
Average Home Value $300,728
Housing Affordability Index3 109


Total Households 545
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 310
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.15% 0.13%
Households 0.05% 0.07%
Families 0.0% 0.13%
Median Household Income   0.63%
Per Capita Income   1.7%
Owner Occupied HU   0.38%


Blue Lake, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Blue Lake to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 992 35th
Population Density # 581 62nd
Median Household Income # 963 37th
Housing Affordability Index # 998 66th
Per Capita Income # 840 45th
Diversity Index # 1212 20th

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