|Lassen County, California|
Location in the state of California
California's location in the U.S.
4,720 sq mi (12,225 km²)
4,557 sq mi (11,803 km²)
163 sq mi (422 km²), 3.46%
8/sq mi (3/km²)
Lassen County is a county located in the northeastern portion of the U.S. state of California. As of 2000 the population was 33,828. The county seat is Susanville, the only incorporated city in the county.
History[edit | edit source]
Lassen County was formed in 1864 from parts of Plumas and Shasta Counties. Due to uncertainties over the California border, what is now Lassen County was part of the unofficial Nataqua Territory and Roop County during the late 1850s and early 1860s.
The county's name was derived from Mount Lassen which was named for Peter Lassen, one of General John C. Fremont's guides and a famous trapper, frontiersman and Indian fighter. He was murdered under mysterious circumstances near the Black Rock Desert in 1859.
Geography[edit | edit source]
Cities and towns[edit | edit source]
Adjacent Counties[edit | edit source]
- Sierra County - southeast
- Plumas County - south
- Shasta County - west
- Modoc County - north
- Washoe County - east
Transportation Infrastructure[edit | edit source]
Major Highways[edit | edit source]
- U.S. Highway 395
- California State Route 36
- California State Route 44
- California State Route 139
- California State Route 299
Public Transportation[edit | edit source]
Lassen Rural Bus (LRB) runs a local service in Susanville, and longer distance routes to Westwood and Doyle.
Airports[edit | edit source]
Demographics[edit | edit source]
As of the census² of 2000, there were 33,828 people, 9,625 households, and 6,776 families residing in the county. The population density was 3/km² (7/sq mi). There were 12,000 housing units at an average density of 1/km² (3/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 80.81% White, 8.84% Black or African American, 3.26% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.43% Pacific Islander, 3.23% from other races, and 2.69% from two or more races. 13.84% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 13.8% were of German, 12.1% Irish, 10.5% English, 8.7% American and 5.0% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000. 88.2% spoke English and 10.3% Spanish as their first language.
There were 9,625 households out of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.08.
In the county the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 36.9% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 168.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 192.2 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $36,310, and the median income for a family was $43,398. Males had a median income of $37,333 versus $26,561 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,749. About 11.1% of families and 14.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.1% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.
Politics[edit | edit source]
|2004||71.0% 8,126||27.6% 3,158||1.4% 166|
|2000||66.9% 7,080||28.2% 2,982||4.9% 524|
|1996||52.6% 5,194||33.6% 3,318||13.8% 1,363|
|1992||37.0% 3,836||32.7% 3,388||30.3% 3,138|
|1988||58.6% 5,157||39.1% 3,446||2.3% 199|
|1984||61.1% 5,352||37.1% 3,254||1.8% 155|
|1980||54.4% 4,464||35.9% 2,941||9.7% 793|
|1976||43.0% 3,007||54.3% 3,801||2.7% 190|
|1972||50.8% 3,618||44.0% 3,134||5.2% 370|
|1968||41.1% 2,553||47.1% 2,930||11.8% 735|
|1964||34.3% 2,124||65.7% 4,072||0.1% 5|
|1960||40.2% 2,365||59.1% 3,472||0.7% 40|
Lassen is part of California's California's 4th congressional district, which is held by Republican John Doolittle. In the state legislature, Lassen is part of the 2nd Assembly district, which is held by Republican Doug LaMalfa, and the 4th Senate district, which is held by Republican Sam Aanestad.
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