The residential real estate in Ferndale is a mixture of gorgeous historic homes, modest new builds, and even multimillion-dollar estates tucked away in the hills.

Overview for Ferndale, CA

1,481 people live in Ferndale, where the median age is 57.2 and the average individual income is $39,454. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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57.2 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Ferndale, CA

Ferndale has 602 households, with an average household size of 2.46. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Ferndale do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 1,481 people call Ferndale home. The population density is 1,235.02 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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51.79 / 48.21%

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Schools in Ferndale, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Ferndale. 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.
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Ferndale Elementary
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Around Ferndale, CA

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

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Patches' Pastries, Golden Gait Mercantile, and Erlei's Bakin it.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 0.04 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 0.17 miles 44 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.15 miles 23 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining 4.7 miles 10 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining 0.07 miles 15 reviews 4.7/5 stars
Dining · $ 0.19 miles 59 reviews 4.7/5 stars

Welcome to Ferndale

The “Victorian Village” at the heart of NorCal’s Redwood country
Just south of the scenic Eel River and 30 minutes from Eureka, the land-bound city of Ferndale is a small, welcoming town in Humboldt County situated between the coast and redwood forests. Ferndale’s historic downtown district is flush with immaculately preserved Victorian architecture, which imbues the streets with color and character. More than just its visual appeal, Ferndale also embodies the quintessentially warm spirit of Humboldt County with ease. 

The first large home in Ferndale was constructed in 1854 by Seth Louis Shaw, who named his property Fern Dale. The region was graced with plentiful natural resources, and its residents quickly found their primary economic focus — dairy farming. 
Ferndale’s tenacious spirit and agricultural landscape encouraged the innovation of several much-loved dairy products, such as sweet cream butter. Present-day Ferndale is still a vital farming and dairy epicenter and has carved out its own space as an autonomous small town just off the beaten path. 
The residential real estate in Ferndale is a mixture of gorgeous historic homes, modest new builds, and even multimillion-dollar estates tucked away in the hills. No matter the size of the property, many of Ferndale’s homes adhere to the principle of fusing rustic charm with modern luxury.

What to Love

  • Tight-knit community feel 
  • Active social calendar and tons of events
  • Secluded location and ample nature

Local Lifestyle

Ferndale’s position outside of Humboldt County’s larger cities makes it an ideal retreat for those who prefer a more rural lifestyle. While the town still maintains plenty of local retail, dining, and celebrations, its quaint Victorian architecture and wooded surroundings help residents feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of urban living. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Ferndale’s historic Victorian district is also the heart of its commercial offerings. Along the idyllic stretch of Main Street, you can find friendly local cafes and coffee shops, niche businesses, galleries, and museums. Marketed as a creative hangout space for unique thinkers, Mind’s Eye Manufactory and Lounge merges sumptuous espresso-based beverages and a public workshop. Featuring local artists, the Ferndale Arts Gallery is a setting meant to inspire and soothe. Settled inside a beautiful Victorian abode, Chapman’s Bookery and More caters to readers of every interest, carrying hard-to-find books and classics alike.
Gastronomes won’t miss a chance to dine at gems like The Boardroom Ferndale, which has a delightful menu of creative charcuterie boards, cocktails, wines, and craft beers. Specializing in irresistible chocolates, Sweetness & Light is the local go-to for anyone with a sweet tooth. Candies here range from heavenly toffee bars and cappuccino truffles to salted caramels and decadent lemon cream bonbons.

Things to Do

Despite its small size, Ferndale claims the Humboldt County Fairgrounds — home to the annual Humboldt County Fair. A special regional event, the fair features horse races, livestock auctions, street food, carnival rides, games, and exhibits over a fun-filled 11-day span.
For a reflective or meditative morning, you can visit Ferndale Historic Cemetery, one of the more beautiful memorial gardens on the West Coast. Beautiful flowers ornament the gardens, and visitors climb to the cemetery’s highest point for a panoramic view of the Ferndale.
What Ferndale lacks by way of commercial entertainment and attractions, it makes up for in community gatherings. Residents can get together and socialize at special events throughout all seasons, from the lighting of America’s tallest living Christmas tree to the Veteran’s Community Breakfast in October.

College of Redwood

Ferndale residents are served by Ferndale Unified School District. Students may attend:
  • Ferndale Elementary School, grades K–8 (well-rated public elementary school with small student population)
  • Ferndale High School, grades 9–12 (well-rated public high school with small student population)
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