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Ferndale is a city in Humboldt County, in the Eureka-Arcata-Fortuna metro area.

One tradition says the community was named after the home of settler Stephen William Shaw; another says it stems from the growth of ferns here.

The latitude of Ferndale is 40.576N. The longitude is -124.262W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 56 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 1,388.


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Median household income
Local
$37,955
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Ferndale demographic reports
Ferndale is near the Eel River.
Because the dairy industry formed the basis of the economy, the ornate buildings here are known as "butterfat palaces."

Construction of railroads and, later Highway 101, ended Ferndale's importance as a transportation center.

Filming location for:
· 1995 movie, "Outbreak"
· 2001 movie, "The Majestic"
Local festivals include:
  • Humboldt County Fair - Aug. 9-19, 2007
Dates often change. Check Ferndale web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Ferndale Repertory Theatre
Nearby parks & recreation: Russ Park
Scenic roads: Avenue of the Giants
Historic sites and museums: Ferndale Museum

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Ancestry & family history

15% of Ferndale residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Ferndale ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Ferndale was $21,727, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

26% of Ferndale residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Ferndale include Fern Cottage Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Ferndale, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $482.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,148.


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Libraries in Ferndale include Ferndale Library ... View libraries

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Humboldt County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Ferndale political report.

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The average commute time for Ferndale workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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Hotels in Ferndale include Collingwood Inn.

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