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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

Photos by Richard Stenger: Courtesy Humboldt County CVB, 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.

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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 activities.


Founders Hall, photo courtesy of HSU 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 for more information about public schools in the area or 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

Photos by Richard Stenger: Courtesy Humboldt County CVB, 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.

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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, 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, Eureka, Arcata & Fortuna host vibrant Farmer's Markets , offering the finest delicious local organic produce.

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Area Links

Visit the Humboldt County Convention and Visitors Bureau website for a comprehensive guide to the North Coast:

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