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Willits, California Geography, Demographics & Climate!

Geography & Environment

Located at the heart of Mendocino County in the Little Lake Valley, at 1350ft above sea level, 20 miles (32 km) north of Ukiah on U.S. Route 101 (otherwise known as the Redwood Highway ). According to the United States Census Bureau , the city has a total area of 2.8  square miles (7.3  km 2 ), all of it land.

 

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,073 people, 1,935 households, and 1,230 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,813.7 people per square mile (699.5/km²). There were 2,013 housing units at an average density of 719.7/sq mi (277.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 3,247 (62.72%) White , 32 (0.63%) African American , 179 (3.53%) Native American , 59 (1.16%) Asian , 20 (0.04%) Pacific Islander , 359 (7.08%) from other races , and 195 (3.84%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race numbered 2,154, or 40.69% of the population.

There were 1,935 households out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.2% were married couples living together, 17.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.2% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.

 

Climate

The mountains to the west cause Willits to have a cool winter and hot summer climate. Average January temperatures range from 32.7 °F (0.4 °C) to 54.9 °F (12.7 °C). Average July temperatures range from 47.3 °F (8.5 °C) to 85.3 °F (29.6 °C). There are an average of 34.5 days with highs of 90 °F (32 °C) or higher, and an average of 80.3 days with lows of 32 °F (0 °C) or lower. The record maximum temperature was 108 °F (42 °C) on July 15, 1972, and the record minimum temperature was 5 °F (-15 °C) on December 9, 1972.

Annual precipitation averages 51.00 inches (1,295 mm). The wettest year on record was 1983 with 91.58 inches (2,326 mm) and the dryest year on record was 1985 with 30.31 inches (770 mm). The maximum precipitation in one month was 31.41 inches (798 mm) in December 1964. The maximum precipitation in 24 hours was 8.80 inches (224 mm) on December 22, 1964. There are an average of 94 days with measurable precipitation.

There are occasional snow falls in Willits each year, with an average of 3.7 inches (94 mm) of snow annually. The most snow in one month was 20.0 inches (510 mm) in December 1964.

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