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Orick, California

For the historic Yurok village of this name, see Arekw, California.

Orick (formerly, Arekw, Orekw, and Oreq, Yurok: 'O'rekw [1]) is a census-designated place[2] situated on the banks of the Redwood Creek in Humboldt County, California.[3] It is located 43 miles (69 km) north of Eureka,[4] at an elevation of 26 feet (8 m).[3] The population was 357 at the 2010 census.

The first post office at Orick opened in 1887.[4]

The rare minerals Orickite and Coyoteite were discovered at Coyote Peak near Orick.[5]

Climate

This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Orick has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[6] Being situated a couple of miles inland surrounded by hills, Orick has somewhat milder summer days than expected for areas on the North Coast with on average 0.7 days above 32 °C (90 °F) and average September highs of 21 °C (70 °F). Although never more severe than −8 °C (18 °F); there are on average 38 air frosts per season.[7] There is on average 67.3 inches (1,710 mm) of precipation in a year, making it a very wet mediterranean climate.[7]

Climate data for Orick
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 21.7
(71.1)
25
(77)
26.7
(80.1)
31.1
(88)
33.9
(93)
37.2
(99)
35.6
(96.1)
36.1
(97)
37.2
(99)
32.2
(90)
23.9
(75)
20
(68)
37.2
(99)
Average high °C (°F) 11.2
(52.2)
12.9
(55.2)
13.9
(57)
15.3
(59.5)
17.1
(62.8)
18.8
(65.8)
20.4
(68.7)
20.9
(69.6)
21.5
(70.7)
18.7
(65.7)
13.9
(57)
11.1
(52)
16.31
(61.35)
Daily mean °C (°F) 6.9
(44.4)
8.1
(46.6)
8.7
(47.7)
9.8
(49.6)
11.6
(52.9)
13.4
(56.1)
14.8
(58.6)
15.2
(59.4)
14.7
(58.5)
12.4
(54.3)
9.3
(48.7)
7.1
(44.8)
11
(51.8)
Average low °C (°F) 2.7
(36.9)
3.3
(37.9)
3.4
(38.1)
4.3
(39.7)
6
(43)
8
(46)
9.3
(48.7)
9.4
(48.9)
7.9
(46.2)
6.2
(43.2)
4.7
(40.5)
3.1
(37.6)
5.69
(42.23)
Record low °C (°F) −7.2
(19)
−6.1
(21)
−3.9
(25)
−8.3
(17.1)
−2.8
(27)
−0.6
(30.9)
−0.6
(30.9)
−0.6
(30.9)
−0.6
(30.9)
−3.9
(25)
−5
(23)
−8.3
(17.1)
−8.3
(17.1)
Precipitation mm (inches) 275
(10.83)
240
(9.45)
229
(9.02)
126
(4.96)
84
(3.31)
35
(1.38)
8
(0.31)
13
(0.51)
32
(1.26)
119
(4.69)
242
(9.53)
306
(12.05)
1,709
(67.3)
Avg. precipitation days 16 15 16 12 9 5 2 3 5 9 15 17 124
Source: [8]

Demographics

The 2010 United States Census[9] reported that Orick had a population of 357. The population density was 73.6 people per square mile (28.4/km²). The racial makeup of Orick was 288 (80.7%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 39 (10.9%) Native American, 0 (0.0%) Asian, 3 (0.8%) Pacific Islander, 6 (1.7%) from other races, and 21 (5.9%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20 persons (5.6%).

The Census reported that 346 people (96.9% of the population) lived in households, 11 (3.1%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 166 households, out of which 33 (19.9%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 60 (36.1%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 10 (6.0%) had a female householder with no husband present, 13 (7.8%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 20 (12.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 1 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 65 households (39.2%) were made up of individuals and 19 (11.4%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08. There were 83 families (50.0% of all households); the average family size was 2.69.

The population was spread out with 60 people (16.8%) under the age of 18, 23 people (6.4%) aged 18 to 24, 84 people (23.5%) aged 25 to 44, 125 people (35.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 65 people (18.2%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48.1 years. For every 100 females there were 113.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 116.8 males.

There were 197 housing units at an average density of 40.6 per square mile (15.7/km²), of which 89 (53.6%) were owner-occupied, and 77 (46.4%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.2%; the rental vacancy rate was 8.2%. 198 people (55.5% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 148 people (41.5%) lived in rental housing units.

Politics

In the state legislature, Orick is in the 2nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Mike McGuire,[10] and the 2nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Jim Wood.[11]

Federally, it is in California's 2nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Jared Huffman.[12]

In popular culture

The community was featured in the PlayStation 3 video game Resistance 2.[13]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Yurok Dictionary: 'O'rekw". Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Orick, California
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 117.  
  5. ^ Erd, Richard C.; Czamanske, Gerald K. (1983). "Orickite and coyoteite, two new sulfide minerals from Coyote Peak, HunboldtCountry, California". American Mineralogist 68: 245–254. 
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Orick, California
  7. ^ a b [1]
  8. ^ "Orick, California". Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Orick CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  12. ^ "California's 2nd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  13. ^ Roper, Chris, Resistance 2's Orick, CA Opener, 18 September 2008
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