Arcata CA

Living In Arcata, CA

Arcata, originally Union Town or Union, is a city adjacent to the Arcata Bay (northern) portion of Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County, California, United States. At the 2010 census, Arcata’s population was 17,231. This college town, located 280 miles  north of San Francisco (via Highway 101), is home to Humboldt State University. Arcata is also the location of the Arcata Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Land Management, which is responsible for the administration of natural resources, lands, and mineral programs, including the Headwaters Forest, on approximately 200,000 acres of public land in Northwestern California.
Arcata’s climate is dominated by marine influences associated with Humboldt Bay and the Pacific Ocean. On average, Arcata experiences 40 to 50 inches (1,000 to 1,300 mm) of rain per year, though there is a short but pronounced dry season from June to September. Northerly winds keep the spring very cool and create a coastal upwelling of deep, cold ocean water. This upwelling in turn results in foggy conditions throughout the summer, with high temperatures commonly in the 50s and low 60s. Yet just a few miles inland the temperatures may be up to 25 degrees warmer in the summer and fall. Winter high temperatures average in the low 40s to mid-50s, with lows in the mid-30s to lower 40s. Temperatures infrequently dip below 30 °F (−1 °C) in the winter, and nearly as infrequently climb above 70 °F (21 °C) in the summer and fall.

farmers market sept 2012 011

A great place to spend a Saturday morning. Fresh Veggies and live music.

The heart of Arcata is the Plaza. In the 1850s the Plaza was where goods destined for the Trinity County mines were loaded onto mule trains. The Plaza has a green lawn, extensive flower plantings, and at its center a statue of President McKinley. The Plaza is surrounded by stores, bars, coffee shops, restaurants, and live music venues. The Plaza is also the center of Humboldt County’s largest farmer’s market (April through November), and serves as a major venue for local Fourth of July festivities, the Arcata Main Street Oyster Festival, the start of the Kinetic Sculpture Race, and the North Country Fair. The North Country Fair Samba Parade has been a community favorite since 1986. The Plaza is also a popular rendezvous point for travelers who stop off in Arcata.
Arcata also features a large number of original Victorian structures, many of which have been restored.
Victorian architecture in Arcata
Arcata’s Minor Theater is one of the oldest movies-only theaters in the United States which is still in operation. It is also home to the Arcata Theatre.

  1. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,392 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,840 sqft
    Year built: 1978
    Days on market: 6
  2. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,600 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,969 sqft
    Year built: 1952
    Days on market: 10
  3. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,464 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Year built: 1964
    Days on market: 15
  4. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,786 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,018 sqft
    Year built: 1960
    Days on market: 15
  5. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,512 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,632 sqft
    Year built: 1974
    Days on market: 17
  6. 3 beds, 3.5 baths
    Home size: 2,262 sq ft
    Lot size: 14.00 ac
    Year built: 1894
    Days on market: 19
  7. 4 beds, 2.5 baths
    Home size: 2,510 sq ft
    Lot size: 3.30 ac
    Year built: 1980
    Days on market: 21
  8. 4 beds, 2.5 baths
    Home size: 1,832 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,196 sqft
    Year built: 1953
    Days on market: 26
  9. 3 beds, 1.5 baths
    Home size: 1,300 sq ft
    Year built: 1978
    Days on market: 26
  10. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 936 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,356 sqft
    Year built: 1954
    Days on market: 42
  11. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,364 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,840 sqft
    Year built: 1957
    Days on market: 49
  12. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,560 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1957
    Days on market: 67
  13. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,477 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,969 sqft
    Year built: 1956
    Days on market: 75
  14. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,127 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,969 sqft
    Year built: 1986
    Days on market: 82
  15. 2 beds, 1.5 baths
    Home size: 1,180 sq ft
    Year built: 1983
    Days on market: 94
  16. 2 beds, 1.25 baths
    Home size: 760 sq ft
    Year built: 1973
    Days on market: 109
  17. 3 beds, 1.5 baths
    Home size: 980 sq ft
    Year built: 1976
    Days on market: 116
  18. 2 beds, 1.5 baths
    Home size: 925 sq ft
    Year built: 1973
    Days on market: 193
  19. 4 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,804 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,018 sqft
    Year built: 1873
    Days on market: 686

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