Area Information



The city was founded as Union Town or Union as a port for gold mines. By the mid-1800s, timber became the economic driver of the region as gold quantities were depleted. The Union Town post office was opened in 1852 and the name change to Arcata came in 1860.


The Pacific Ocean as well as Humboldt Bay greatly influence the weather conditions in Arcata, CA. The city receives and average of 52 inches of rain, 11 inches of snow and 175 days of sunshine each year. Moderate temperatures and considerable precipitation are characteristic of all of Humboldt County, CA.


California’s Redwood Coast is a densely forested, mountainous and rural region. Outdoor destinations are numerous including the Klamath River, Trinity River, Redwood National and State Parks, Samoa Dunes Recreation Area and Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. There are also numerous protected lands for endless recreational enjoyment.

The Sequoia Park Zoo, Clarke Historical Museum, Morris Graves Museum of Art and Ferndale Repertory Theatre are unique Humboldt County landmarks.



Humboldt County School Districts as well as several private and charter schools offer education for K-12 students. Higher education institutions include College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University. A Masters of Fine Arts program is featured at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, Calif.

Arcata’s economy features major employers like Sierra Pacific Industries, Sun Valley Group and Mad River Community Hospital.

St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, CA provides state-of-the-art healthcare in addition to Mad River Hospital and other regional providers.

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