Living in Humboldt County
Over 128,000 people live in Humboldt County, including 27,000 in the city
of Eureka (home of St. Joseph Hospital) and 11,000 in Fortuna (home of
Redwood Memorial Hospital). The 2.3 million acres of land in the county
is known for its rural beauty, roughly 80% of which is designated recreation
and forest land.
Natural Beauty & Outdoor Adventure
If you are looking for beauty and outdoor adventure, this is the spot!
Humboldt County has been featured in numerous publications including
Smithsonian magazine (writing about Eureka) , as well as
National Geographic (spotlighting the redwoods). Redwood National Park has also been selected by National Geographic Traveler
as one of the top 50 world destinations -- one of only five U.S. places
honored. The USDA declared Humboldt to be "America's Most Scenic
Rural County." Outside magazine named Eureka one of the “Best
Towns in the West 2008” & "One of the ten best places to
live in America." Arcata was named by National Geographic Adventure
magazine as one of their “50 Where to Live and Play Now” towns.
Backpacker magazine named the Eureka-Arcata-Fortuna area as one of the
"Top 25 Places to Raise an Outdoor Kid" - Aug 2009.
Visit redwoods.info for more
Photos courtesy Humboldt County CVB, redwoods.info.
Humboldt is home to Redwood State and National Park, and the World Wildlife
Fund has named the County as part of one of the most diverse eco-regions
left on the planet. Whether you are in Eureka, Arcata, or sunny Fortuna,
you are minutes from the beach, old growth Redwood forests, rivers, lakes,
and mountains. Hike and camp beneath the mighty redwoods, stroll along
a beautiful beach, kayak or sail the sea, fish the rivers, mountain bike,
rock climb, surf the waves…the possibilities are endless! The county
features numerous beaches along its coastline - the longest undeveloped
stretch in the continental U.S. - as well as six rivers and the world's
tallest trees, the redwoods. Humboldt offers great opportunities for fishing,
surfing, rafting, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking and many other outdoor
Center Activities is a non-profit service organization located on the Humboldt
State University campus. Our intent is to provide outdoor and social experiences
emphasizing adventure, environmental awareness, education, challenge,
personal development, safety, and a sense of community and fun. Join one
of our classes for a memorable and rewarding experience. Center Activities
also manages the Student Recreation Center and the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center.
Click here to learn more
Many parents choose to raise their children in Humboldt County for the
unique educational opportunities the area provides. Parents and children
can choose from a wide range of public and charter schools, or opt for
private schooling. Many schools on the North Coast offer small class sizes
which allow teachers to work closely with students. Many of the local
schools are Blue Ribbon schools. Visit
www.humboldt.k12.ca.us for more information about public schools in the area or
www.saintbernards.us for information about a private schooling option.
Humboldt State University is located in Arcata, 10 miles north of Eureka. HSU offers 47 baccalaureate
degree majors, comprising 80 minors, 82 concentrations, 12 graduate programs,
14 credential programs and several certificates of study. Humboldt State
ranks fourth among California State Universities (CSU) in attracting the
best and brightest students, based on SAT scores.
College of the Redwoods is a community college located just south of Eureka. Designated lower-division,
baccalaureate-level courses at CR are approved for transfer to all branches
of the University of California and to all of the CSUs. CR offers an Associate
in Arts degree, and a Certificate of Achievement to students who successfully
complete all the requirements for a defined program of study.
Arts & Culture
Of the 58 counties in California, Humboldt County boasts more artists
per capita than anywhere in the state. The abundance of writers and poets,
theater groups, museums, galleries, dance companies, concerts and other
cultural events allow Humboldt County residents and visitors to enjoy
a diverse collection of indoor and outdoor activities. Eureka's historic
Old Town and downtown and Arcata both host monthly Arts Alive! events.
Local artists display their work in city businesses which open to the
public on a Friday or Saturday night. Locals and visitors alike stroll
from place to place enjoying the arts, live music, dining and libations.
Photos courtesy Humboldt County CVB, redwoods.info.
Eureka was named in the book “The 100 Best Small Art Towns In America:
Where To Discover Creative Communities, Fresh Air, and Affordable Living.”
Yearly festivals include the
Redwood Coast Jazz Festival ,
Blues by the Bay , Reggae on the River, the
Kinetic Sculpture Race , Pastels on the Plaza,
Oyster Festival (just named seventh among the top 10 food festivals in the world by Away.com),
to name a few.
H.S.U.'s Center Arts and the
Arkley Center for Performing Arts , among other venues, bring many nationally & internationally known
performers to town.
Dell'Arte , a school of theatre & performing arts is in nearby Blue Lake (just
east of Arcata).
From May - November,
Farmer's Markets, offer the finest delicious local organic produce.
http://www.humboldtmade.com/ for information about locally made products.
Visit the Humboldt County Convention and Visitors Bureau website for a
comprehensive guide to the North Coast: