Incorporated in 1876, Ukiah is located aproximately 100 miles north of San Francisco in the northern coastal region of California on U.S. Highway 101. The area is centrally located between the Bay Area, Eureka and Sacramento. With the northern Coastal Mountains as a backdrop, Ukiah is situated in the fertile Yokayo Valley. Surrounded by rich grape vineyards and pear orchards, Ukiah is just over an hour drive from the Mendocino Coast and the coastal redwoods.
Unlike many other cities close to the coast, Ukiah is relatively fog-free. This fact, coupled with warm days and cool evenings, gives Ukiah an ideal climate for those who want four seasons but don't want extreme temperatures.
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- Average annual rainfall: 36.96 inches
- Average temperature: 59.8°F
- Average maximum temperature: 73.5°F
- Average minimum temperature: 46.1°F
- Elevation: 610 feet
- City of Ukiah, 2000: 15,497
- Ukiah Sphere of Influence, 1994: 30,987
- Average age: 35
- Total housing units within city limits: 6,137
- Vacant households (as of June 2002): 152
- 2000 Estimated per capital income: $32,707
- 2000 Mendocino County Population: 86,265
- Population with college degree: 16.1%
The largest industry in Ukiah and in the rest of Mendocino County is agriculture. Ukiah's unusual climate and fertile soil are home to numerous wineries, grape vineyards, pear producers, and wood products plants. However, in the past 10 years more and more small non-agricultural manufacturer, information firms and mail order businesses have started operations here. And, as the county seat, a large number of Ukiah residents are employed by government.
From 1995 to 2005, Mendocino County's annual average unemployment rate dropped a cumulative 3.8 percentage points, from a high of 9.5 percent in 1995 to a low of 5.7 percent in 2005.
Projected job growth in Ukiah and the North Coast Region from 2002-2012:
- Construction: 21.7%
- Trade, Transportation and Utilities: 18.7%
- Information: 18.8%
- Professional and Business Services: 19.0%
- Services: 20.9%
- Retail Trade: 13.7%
- Manufacturing: 10.3%
Most of the growth will occur in service industries such as retail trade, professional and business services, private educational and health services, leisure and hospitality, and government.
This page was updated on: September 30, 2007.
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