Arcata

From its quiet hideaway cabins to its lowkey single-family bungalows, Arcata maintains a real estate market rich with diverse architecture.

Overview for Arcata, CA

19,038 people live in Arcata, where the median age is 26.9 and the average individual income is $25,475. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

19,038

Total Population

26.9 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$25,475

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Arcata, CA

Arcata has 7,081 households, with an average household size of 2.45. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Arcata do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 19,038 people call Arcata home. The population density is 2,020.84 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

19,038

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

26.9

Median Age

51.44 / 48.56%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
7,081

Total Households

2.45

Average Household Size

$25,475

Average individual Income

Households with Children

With Children:

Without Children:

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Blue vs White Collar Workers

Blue Collar:

White Collar:

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Arcata, CA

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Primary Schools ()
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The following schools are within or nearby Arcata. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Six Rivers Montessori
PRIVATE
1st - 6th
No rating available
Arcata Christian School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 12th
3/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Fuente Nueva Charter
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
Pacific Union Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 8th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Coastal Grove Charter
PUBLIC
K - 8th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Six Rivers Charter High
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
Northcoast Preparatory and Performing Arts Academy
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
4/5
Union Street Charter
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Pacific Coast High (Continuation)
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5

Around Arcata, CA

There's plenty to do around Arcata, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

59
Somewhat Walkable
Walking Score
78
Very Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Muddy Waters, Beck's Bakery, and Diane's Sweet Heat Habanero Jams.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 1.09 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 2.91 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 2.92 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.57 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.13 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.02 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars

Welcome to Arcata

 
A small coastal town infused with an invigorating bohemian spirit
 
Just across Arcata Bay from Eureka, the eclectic city of Arcata is commonly considered Northern California’s trendiest hippie town. Like other nearby coastal cities, Arcata boasts a landscape flush with towering redwoods and a cragged shoreline. Walkable and hip, Arcata’s dynamic downtown district is brimming with local shops and restaurants. 
 
Arcata was first home to the Wiyot peoples, who used the dense forest area for hunting, fishing, and trade. After its European settlement in the early 1850s, Arcata became a preeminent logging community. Ultimately, the city transitioned from its early roots into a champion for preservation and conservation and was officially incorporated in 1858.
 
From its quiet hideaway cabins to its lowkey single-family bungalows, Arcata maintains a real estate market rich with diverse architecture. Near downtown, historic homes abound, ranging in style from stately Queen Anne and Victorian to elegant Cape Cod houses.
 

What to Love

  • Artistic community of creatives
  • Smaller population with a tight-knit community
  • Ocean access and nature preserves

Local Lifestyle

Arcata is for the free-spirited and the original, set among a landscape of natural beauty. At its heart lies Arcata Main Street, nestled just off California’s famous U.S. Route 101. Everything here is off the beaten path: instead of dining chains or national retailers, handmade artisan goods and local cafes reign supreme. Outdoor enthusiasts will find that recreation options are readily available, thanks to massive parks like the Arcata Community Forest and its more than 790 acres of trails. 
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Centered around the lovely greenspace of Arcata Plaza, downtown Arcata accounts for most of the city’s commercial offerings. The rustic-chic ambiance of Campground is an ideal setting with a delectable menu of American cuisine crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Effortlessly cool, the minimalist SALT Fish House prides itself on fresh, sustainable seafood, innovative cocktails, and a chef-driven menu.
 
Next to Arcata Ball Park, Sushi Spot is the go-to for excellent Japanese fare. Mouthwatering sashimi and nigiri are just the beginning of the restaurant’s delicious menu, which also features classic house rolls and sake imported from Japan. Still not satiated? Nori Sushi Grill is an additional hotspot for fresh seafood and sushi. Tucked away in a historic building, Plaza Grill impresses with its selection of pub food and upscale American eats, such as fish and chips or grilled ribeye.
  

Things to Do

Arcata’s reputation for community excellence extends beyond its dining and retail options — the city is equally known for its nationally-ranking local events. For instance, Arcata’s Saturday Farmers Markets have been voted among the best in the country and include live music, tasty street fare, and activities for all ages. 
 
Each year, the Arcata Oyster Festival brings the community together to enjoy one of the area’s biggest treasures — fresh oysters. This unique summer event includes live music, artisan crafts, and a never-ending bevy of seafood.
 
A Humboldt County tradition since 1974, the North Country Fair represents Arcata’s compassionate, justice-advocating spirit and is held annually at Arcata Plaza. For the creative at heart, Arts! is a self-guided celebration of local artists and creators throughout the town’s business district.
 
Other popular Arcata activities include catching a show at The Minor Theatre — the second-oldest movie theater in the United States — or gathering with the community to support the Humboldt Crabs Baseball team, one of the longest-running teams in the country.
 

Schools

  • Cal Poly Humboldt, post-secondary (Humboldt branch of the nationally recognized California Polytechnic State University)
  • Jacoby Creek Elementary School, grades K–8 (public elementary ranked first in the county)
  • Fuente Nueva Charter School, grades K–5, (public charter school ranked third in the county)
  • Northcoast Preparatory & Performing Arts Academy, grades 6–12 (second-best public high school in the county)
 
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