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Yuba City is a city in Northern California, founded in 1849, and is the county seat of Sutter County, California, United States. The population was 64,925 at the 2010 census.
Yuba City is the principal city of the Yuba City Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Sutter County and Yuba County. The metro area’s population is 164,138. It is the 21st largest metropolitan area in California ranked behind Redding and Chico. Its metropolitan statistical area is part of the Greater Sacramento CSA.
The unemployment rate in the Yuba City MSA was 14.9 percent in September 2012, down from a revised 15.8 percent in August 2012, and below the year-ago estimate of 16.4 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 9.7 percent for California and 7.6 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment rate was 14.0 percent in Sutter County, and 16.3 percent in Yuba County.
Yuba City is located at 39°8’5″ North, 121°37’34” West (39.134792, -121.626201).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.7 square miles (38 km2), of which, 14.6 square miles (38 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it is water. The total area is 0.53% water.
The Yuba City area is located 40 miles north of Sacramento and situated in the Sacramento Valley. It is home to the Sutter Buttes, the smallest mountain range in the world. The Feather River borders the city to the east and the area is sometimes referred to as the “Feather River Valley”, which divides the city from its neighbor Marysville.
Yuba City has a Mediterranean Climate which consists of cool, wet, winters and hot, dry summers. January is usually the wettest month. July is the driest and hottest. The wet season starts from mid-October and ends in mid-April when Yuba City sees frequent rain and is usually under the tule fog. Heavy rain, especially during El Niño or too much mountain snow from winter storms can cause major flooding in the spring. Snow is rare in the valley, but cold waves from the north bring some light snow and ice. Spring is wet in the beginning but becomes dryer and warmer as summer months approach. April is the wettest spring month. May has some rain, but usually from thunderstorms, not winter storms. Spring orchards and fields become filled with flowers and tree blossoms. June-to-September is the dry and hot season. Rain usually doesn’t fall at all, except from rare southwest monsoon thunderstorms. July and August are the hottest months when temperatures reach the upper 90s. Heat waves usually occur from June-through-September. The hottest months are July and August. The Delta Breeze, which comes from the Bay Area on summer nights, helps cool temperatures and adds humidity. At times the Delta Breeze is strong enough to bring coastal fog inland to the Sacramento Valley. Autumn starts out warm but becomes cooler, wetter, and foggier as the season progresses. From September-to-mid-October temperatures begin to cool down rapidly bringing rain and fog. Rain and fog become more persistent from mid-October into November.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Yuba City had a population of 64,925. The population density was 4,429.9 people per square mile (1,710.4/km²). The racial makeup of Yuba City was 37,382 (57.6%) White, 1,591 (2.5%) African American, 909 (1.4%) Native American, 11,190 (17.2%) Asian, 228 (0.4%) Pacific Islander, 9,772 (15.1%) from other races, and 3,853 (5.9%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18,413 persons (28.4%).
The Census reported that 64,345 people (99.1% of the population) lived in households, 125 (0.2%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 455 (0.7%) were institutionalized.
There were 21,550 households, out of which 9,012 (41.8%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 11,277 (52.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 2,969 (13.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 1,412 (6.6%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1,436 (6.7%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 118 (0.5%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 4,753 households (22.1%) were made up of individuals and 1,960 (9.1%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.99. There were 15,658 families (72.7% of all households); the average family size was 3.49.
The population was spread out with 18,314 people (28.2%) under the age of 18, 6,630 people (10.2%) aged 18 to 24, 17,575 people (27.1%) aged 25 to 44, 14,810 people (22.8%) aged 45 to 64, and 7,596 people (11.7%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.0 years. For every 100 females there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.3 males.
There were 23,174 housing units at an average density of 1,581.2 per square mile (610.5/km²), of which 12,266 (56.9%) were owner-occupied, and 9,284 (43.1%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.3%; the rental vacancy rate was 7.1%. 36,525 people (56.3% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 27,820 people (42.8%) lived in rental housing units.
Public schools are part of the Yuba City Unified School District. The three high schools in the district are Yuba City High School, River Valley High School, and Albert Powell Continuation High School. Faith Christian High School and Grace Christian Academy are private christian schools located in Yuba City. The Yuba City Charter School is K-12. Twin Rivers Charter is a K-8.
Yuba City is in the Yuba Community College District and is served by Yuba Community College in neighboring Marysville.