Arcata, CA

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Population

17,814

0.219% growth

Median Age

25.4


Median Household Income

$30,866

1.01% decline

Poverty Rate

37.2%


Number of Employees

8,404

2.14% growth

Median Property Value

$335,400

3.94% growth

About

In 2017, Arcata, CA had a population of 17.8k people with a median age of 25.4 and a median household income of $30,866. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Arcata, CA grew from 17,775 to 17,814, a 0.219% increase and its median household income declined from $31,180 to $30,866, a -1.01% decrease.

The population of Arcata, CA is 71.5% White Alone, 17.2% Hispanic or Latino, and 5.39% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Arcata, CA speak a non-English language, and 97.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Arcata, CA are Humboldt State University (1,990 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Arcata, CA is $335,400, and the homeownership rate is 37.3%. Most people in Arcata, CA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 16 minutes. The average car ownership in Arcata, CA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Arcata, CA employs 8.4k people. The largest industries in Arcata, CA are Educational Services (1,599 people), Retail Trade (1,339 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,039 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($90,175), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($66,779), and Transportation & Warehousing ($65,144).

Median household income in Arcata, CA is $30,866. Males in Arcata, CA have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,252. The income inequality in Arcata, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.5, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$30,866

2017 value

± $2,765

-1.01%

1 Year Growth

± 13%

Households in Arcata, CA have a median annual income of $30,866, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $31,180 in 2016, which represents a -1.01% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$72,235

Average Male Salary

± $699

$57,252

Average Female Salary

± $582

In 2017, full-time male employees in California made 1.26 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $65,946 ± $1,081

  2. White

    $59,925 ± $556

  3. Two or More Races

    $49,289 ± $1,826

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of California workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.1 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Arcata, CA is from California.

0.5

2017 Wage GINI

0.5

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in California was 0.5 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.16% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in California across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9

  2. Census Tract 105.02

  3. Census Tract 13

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Arcata, CA was Census Tract 9 with a value of $59,509, followed by Census Tract 105.02 and Census Tract 13, with respective values of $45,467 and $36,335.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

37.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Arcata, CA (5.94k out of 16k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    4,514 ± 530

  2. Hispanic

    1,099 ± 258

  3. Other

    549 ± 230

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Arcata, CA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

8.4k

2017 Value

± 711

2.14%

1 Year growth

± 11.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Arcata, CA grew at a rate of 2.14%, from 8.23k employees to 8.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Arcata, CA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,137 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1,030 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (842 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Arcata, CA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Arcata, CA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,137 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1,030 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (842 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Arcata, CA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.68 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2.47 times), and Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (2.21 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Arcata, CA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($150,139), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($78,333), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($76,513).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

8.4k

2017 Value

± 711

2.14%

1 Year growth

± 11.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Arcata, CA grew at a rate of 2.14%, from 8.23k employees to 8.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Arcata, CA, are Educational Services (1,599 people), Retail Trade (1,339 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,039 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Arcata, CA, though some of these residents may live in Arcata, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Arcata, CA, by number of employees, are Educational Services (1,599 people), Retail Trade (1,339 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,039 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Arcata, CA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.61 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (2.33 times), and Educational Services (2.05 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Arcata, CA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($90,175), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($66,779), and Transportation & Warehousing ($65,144).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $196B

  2. $157B

  3. $127B

In 2015, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $196B, followed by Mixed freight ($157B) and Gasoline ($127B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound California products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.54T

2015 Value

$2.48T

Projected 2045 Value

61.2% growth

In 2015, total outbound California trade was $1.54T. This is expected to increase 61.2% to $2.48T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound California trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $63.1B

  2. $42.2B

  3. $31.2B

In 2015, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $63.1B, followed by Arizona with $42.2B and Washington and $31.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that California shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

89.5% of the population of Arcata, CA has health coverage, with 39.1% on employee plans, 23.2% on Medicaid, 9.14% on Medicare, 16.5% on non-group plans, and 1.58% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Arcata, CA was $7,549 in 2014. This is a 4.04% increase from the previous year ($7,256).

Primary care physicians in Arcata, CA see 1281 patients per year on average, which represents a 0% change from the previous year (1281 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1214 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 324 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (10.6%). Additionally, Tulare County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,281 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in California see an average of 1,281 patients per year. This represents a 0% change from the previous year (1,281 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,549

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,735

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,368

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,833

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in California (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.04%, from $7,256 to $7,549.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

10.5%

Uninsured

39.1%

Employer Coverage

23.2%

Medicaid

9.14%

Medicare

16.5%

Non-Group

1.58%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Arcata, CA declined by 21.2% from 13.4% to 10.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Arcata, CA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 10.6% prevalence

  2. 10.5% prevalence

  3. 10.3% prevalence

Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in California, at 10.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in California by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Arcata, CA is home to a population of 17.8k people, from which 97.8% are citizens. As of 2017, N/A% of Arcata, CA residents were born outside of the country (667 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Arcata, CA is composed of 12.7k White Alone residents (71.5%), 3.07k Hispanic or Latino residents (17.2%), 960 Two or More Races residents (5.39%), 381 Black or African American Alone residents (2.14%), 361 Asian Alone residents (2.03%), 221 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1.24%), 48 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.269%), and 34 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.191%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Arcata, CA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

25

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.9

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 6.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Arcata, CA was 25.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 25, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Arcata, CA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Arcata, CA residents was 25.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2017 Foreign-Born Population

  1. N/A%

    667 people

  2. N/A%

    N/A people

As of 2017, N/A% of Arcata, CA residents (667 people) were born outside of the United States, which is approximately the same as the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Arcata, CA was N/A%, meaning that the rate has been maintaining.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    4,212,695 ± 47,591 people

  2. Philippines

    836,199 ± 22,209 people

  3. China

    612,429 ± 19,062 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 4,212,695 California residents, followed by Philippines with 836,199 and China with 612,429.

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Citizenship

97.8%

2017 Citizenship

97.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.8% of Arcata, CA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Arcata, CA was 97.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    12.7k ± 504

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    3.07k ± 465

  3. Two or More Races

    960 ± 253

In 2017, there were 4.16 times more White Alone residents (12.7k people) in Arcata, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.07k Hispanic or Latino and 960 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Arcata, CA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Arcata, CA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Arcata, CA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Arcata, CA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    354 ± 126

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    139 ± 96

  3. World War II

    82 ± 54

Arcata, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.55 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Arcata, CA awarded 1,990 degrees. The student population of Arcata, CA is skewed towards women, with 3,716 male students and 4,787 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Arcata, CA are White (1,054 and 53.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (459 and 23.4%), Unknown (184 and 9.39%), and Two or More Races (108 and 5.51%).

The largest universities in Arcata, CA by number of degrees awarded are Humboldt State University (1,990 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Arcata, CA are General Psychology (159 and 7.99%), General Business Administration & Management (155 and 7.79%), and General Biological Sciences (149 and 7.49%).

The median tuition costs in Arcata, CA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $5,472 and $16,632 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 134 degrees awarded

  2. 133 degrees awarded

  3. 125 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Arcata, CA was General Business Administration & Management with 134 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Arcata, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

1,990 degrees awarded

$5,472

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Arcata, CA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Humboldt State University with 1,990 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

900

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,090

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 900 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Arcata, CA, which is 0.826 times less than the 1,090 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,054 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    459 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    184 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Arcata, CA were to White students. These 1,054 degrees mean that there were 2.3 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 459 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Arcata, CA was $335,400 in 2017, which is 1.54 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $322,700 to $335,400, a 3.94% increase. The homeownership rate in Arcata, CA is 37.3%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Arcata, CA have an average commute time of 16 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Arcata, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$30,866

Median Household Income

± $2,765

7.08k

Number of Households

± 605

In 2017, the median household income of the 7.08k households in Arcata, CA declined from $30,866 from the previous year's value of $31,180.

The following chart displays the households in Arcata, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$335,400

2017 Median

± $10,223

$322,700

2016 Median

± $12,892

In 2017, the median property value in Arcata, CA grew to to $335,400 from the previous year's value of $322,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Arcata, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Arcata, CA the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Arcata, CA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Arcata, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

37.3%

2017 Homeownership

34.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 37.3% of the housing units in Arcata, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 34.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Arcata, CA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Arcata, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Arcata, CA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

16 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Arcata, CA have a shorter commute time (16 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.757% of the workforce in Arcata, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    55.8%

  2. Walked

    16.3%

  3. Carpooled

    10.6%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Arcata, CA was Drove Alone (55.8%), followed by those who Walked (16.3%) and those who Carpooled (10.6%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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