Living in Humboldt County
Nestled above Mendocino County at the extreme north end of California’s rugged coastline, Humboldt County is closer to Oregon than the Bay Area, though their economies have been linked for centuries. Its towering redwoods helped build San Francisco and tame the Wild West, the product of a thriving logging industry that’s been the area’s lifeblood since the Gold Rush. While it’s still active today, Humboldt has since diversified with other cash crops, including a burgeoning tourism scene. Eureka, the county seat, boasts eclectic shopping, pristine Victorian architecture, and the Port of Humboldt Bay, which lies shielded from ocean waters by the Samoa Peninsula. Humboldt Redwoods State Park contains 53,000 acres of towering forest, 17,000 of which comprise the largest stand of old-growth Sequoia Sempervirens on the planet. Two colleges, Cal Poly Humboldt (formerly Humboldt State) and College of the Redwoods, keep the region infused with fresh energy and ideas.