Big Lagoon, California

Big Lagoon is a census-designated place[4] in Humboldt County, California.[2] It is located 7 miles (11 km) north of Trinidad,[5] at an elevation of 56 feet (17 m).[2] The population was 93 at the 2010 census.

Big Lagoon
Location of Big Lagoon in Humboldt County, California.
Big Lagoon
Location in California
Coordinates: 41°09′37″N 124°08′01″W
Country United States
State California
CountyHumboldt County
  Total0.60 sq mi (1.55 km2)
  Land0.60 sq mi (1.55 km2)
  Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0%
Elevation56 ft (17 m)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
GNIS feature IDs1658053; 2611424
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Big Lagoon, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Big Lagoon, California


Big Lagoon is the seat of the Big Lagoon Union Elementary School District,[6] and home of the Big Lagoon School,[7] a public K-8 school built in 1956 and renovated in 1996.[7] The school sits off of U.S. Route 101 on a 10 acres (4.0 ha) site, 26 miles (42 km) north of Eureka.[7]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

The 2010 United States Census[9] reported that Big Lagoon had a population of 93. The population density was 155.2 people per square mile (59.9/km²). The racial makeup of Big Lagoon was 73 (78.5%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 11 (11.8%) Native American, 0 (0.0%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 1 (1.1%) from other races, and 8 (8.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11 persons (11.8%).

The Census reported that 93 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 53 households, out of which 4 (7.5%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 18 (34.0%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 3 (5.7%) had a female householder with no husband present, 1 (1.9%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 3 (5.7%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 27 households (50.9%) were made up of individuals and 10 (18.9%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.75. There were 22 families (41.5% of all households); the average family size was 2.64.

The population was spread out with 12 people (12.9%) under the age of 18, 1 people (1.1%) aged 18 to 24, 19 people (20.4%) aged 25 to 44, 36 people (38.7%) aged 45 to 64, and 25 people (26.9%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 56.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 72.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.0 males.

There were 120 housing units at an average density of 200.2 per square mile (77.3/km²), of which 53 were occupied, of which 38 (71.7%) were owner-occupied, and 15 (28.3%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0%; the rental vacancy rate was 0%. 66 people (71.0% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 27 people (29.0%) lived in rental housing units.


In the California State Legislature, Big Lagoon is in the 2nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Mike McGuire,[10] and the 2nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Jim Wood.[11]

In the United States House of Representatives, Big Lagoon is in California's 2nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Jared Huffman.[12]


  1. "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 19, 2017.
  2. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Big Lagoon, California
  3. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Big Lagoon, California
  5. Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 19. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  6. Humboldt County Office of Education
  7. Big Lagoon School Board
  8. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  9. "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Big Lagoon 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.
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