Arcata is a city located in Humboldt County California. With a 2020 population of 19,183, it is the 359th largest city in California and the 2378th largest city in the United States. Arcata is currently growing at a rate of 0.86% annually and its population has increased by 1.73% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 18,857 in 2020. Spanning over 11 miles, Arcata has a population density of 2,048 people per square mile.
The average household income in Arcata is $55,405 with a poverty rate of 34.54%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,027 per month, and the median house value is $356,800. The median age in Arcata is 26.4 years, 27.3 years for males, and 25.3 years for females.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Arcatawas:
2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.
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The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.
The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among 2+ races people with a rate of 55.33%.
84.32% of Arcata residents speak only English, while 15.68% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 8.86% of the population.
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The race most likely to be in poverty in Arcata is Islander, with 100.00% below the poverty level.
The race least likely to be in poverty in Arcata is Multiple, with 34.04% below the poverty level.
The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 10.05%. Among those working part-time, it was 44.53%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 47.73%.
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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.
Born in Arcata
94.49% of Arcata residents were born in the United States, with 69.97% having been born in California. 1.53% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.