Miranda, California

Miranda (formerly, Jacobsen's)[3] is a census-designated place[4] in Humboldt County, California.[2] It is located 2.5 miles (4 km) northwest of Phillipsville,[3] in the heart of redwood country, at an elevation of 351 feet (107 m).[2] The ZIP Code is 95553.[5] The population was 520 at the 2010 census.

Location in California
Coordinates: 40°14′05″N 123°49′25″W
Country United States
State California
CountyHumboldt County
  Total1.499 sq mi (3.884 km2)
  Land1.491 sq mi (3.863 km2)
  Water0.008 sq mi (0.021 km2)  0.54%
Elevation351 ft (107 m)
  Density350/sq mi (130/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific)
  Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
GNIS feature IDs228824, 2611441
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Miranda, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Miranda, California

The name Miranda, was originally applied to the areas post office on August 26, 1905. One account states that it is not known whether the name giver had in mind a girl or the well-known Spanish place name and family name. Miranda means "admirable." Miranda was known as jacobsen's Valley until the post office was established. Another account states that Etta Coombs chose the name "Miranda" for the post office she started.[6] The town of Miranda is a five-minute walk from the south fork of the Eel River, and is located amidst giant redwood trees. Miranda is located on the Avenue of the Giants between Myers Flat to the north and Phillipsville to the south.

Besides the post office, the town boasts one restaurant, a resort, market, and gas station (all owned by the Eldridge family), a small coffee shop, a Seventh-day Adventist church, a meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), a small, rural high school encompassing grades 8-12, a Community Grange, two gift shops, an art gallery specializing in functional burl wood art on the south side, and an active Volunteer Fire Department. There is a glass gallery one mile south of Miranda on the Avenue of the Giants in the historical unincorporated area formerly known as Firhaven.

South Fork High School is the only regular high school of Southern Humboldt Unified School District, and currently boasts around 150 students from all of Southern Humboldt County. The school's name refers to the South Fork of the Eel River. Osprey Learning Center, an alternative continuation high school, is located across the football field from SFHS in facilities that formerly housed Miranda Junior High School. Today, Miranda Junior High School now stands where the former tennis court was, as construction was completed in 2014.

The ZIP Code is 95553. The community is inside Area code 707. Elevation is said to be 351 feet at the town sign, though the terrain is generally not flat and encompasses sea level to over 2,000-foot elevations. Miranda is in the PST zone and observes Daylight Savings.



The 2010 United States Census[7] reported that Miranda had a population of 520. The population density was 346.8 people per square mile (133.9/km²). The racial makeup of Miranda was 439 (84.4%) White, 4 (0.8%) African American, 13 (2.5%) Native American, 4 (0.8%) Asian, 1 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 31 (6.0%) from other races, and 28 (5.4%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 75 persons (14.4%).

The Census reported that 512 people (98.5% of the population) lived in households, 8 (1.5%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 243 households, out of which 74 (30.5%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 88 (36.2%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 30 (12.3%) had a female householder with no husband present, 20 (8.2%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 22 (9.1%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 1 (0.4%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 92 households (37.9%) were made up of individuals and 19 (7.8%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11. There were 138 families (56.8% of all households); the average family size was 2.72.

The population was spread out with 117 people (22.5%) under the age of 18, 31 people (6.0%) aged 18 to 24, 127 people (24.4%) aged 25 to 44, 185 people (35.6%) aged 45 to 64, and 60 people (11.5%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.

There were 265 housing units at an average density of 176.7 per square mile (68.2/km²), of which 243 were occupied, of which 134 (55.1%) were owner-occupied, and 109 (44.9%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.7%; the rental vacancy rate was 0%. 291 people (56.0% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 221 people (42.5%) lived in rental housing units.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau,[8] at about the year 2000, Miranda's total population was approximately 857. This figure, however, encompasses a much larger geographic area than Miranda proper. The official town population listed on the Miranda welcome sign is significantly lower. Only 5.6% were under 5 years of age, while 75.4% were over 18 and 8.3% over 65. A marginally high 14.7% of those over 18 were civilian veterans. Of those over age 5, 24.6% were of disability status. Majorly of one race (97.3%), Miranda is home to 91.8% White (unspecified origin), 0.5% African American or Black, 2.9% American Indian or Alaskan Native, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 1.4% of some other race, and 4.6% Hispanic or Latino. Median household income was $17,422, while median family income was slightly higher at $21,146. Nearly one third (29.4%) of the population as individuals were below the poverty line. Total occupied housing units were 391 out of 505 total units, leaving 114 vacancies. Median value of single-owner occupied homes was $114,400.


In the state legislature, Miranda is in the 2nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Mike McGuire,[9] and the 2nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Jim Wood.[10]

Federally, Miranda is in California's 2nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Jared Huffman.[11]

See also

  • California portal


  1. "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files – Places – California". United States Census Bureau.
  2. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Miranda, California
  3. Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 108. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  4. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Miranda, California
  5. USPS ZIP Code lookup tool Archived 2008-01-01 at the Wayback Machine
  6. Turner, Dennis W. & Gloria H. (2010). Place Names of Humboldt County, California: A Compendium 1542-2009. Orangevale, California: Dennis W. & Gloria H. Turner. pp. 168–169. ISBN 978-0-9629617-2-4.
  7. "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Miranda CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  8. 2000 U.S. Census
  9. "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  10. "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  11. "California's 2nd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
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