Eureka, CA Read Guide >
Before we discuss Eureka’s less pleasant points, let’s start here: your new city is absolutely beautiful. Replete with a wide variety of astounding architecture— including pristine Victorian mansions, quaint, Spanish-style homes, and commercial buildings dating back to the late 1800s—remnants of Eureka’s Gold Rush history are preserved in the waterfront-area Old Town. As the commercial center of the county, Eureka also has plenty to offer in terms of shopping, dining and entertainment found in both the urban areas and at the Bayshore Mall off Highway 101.
Ho hum, lots of American cities have historic downtowns. Okay dummy, but Eureka is also located on the ocean, in the mountains, and close to both Redwood National Park and the Lost Coast.
All right, Cheech. Did you think I was going to get all the way through a description of Eureka without mentioning the rampant marijuana usage? As the largest urban area in Humboldt County, which is renowned for its legal pot farming, you’ll find a lot of 4:20 friendly folks in this part of the world. Hippies, dopers, burnouts, whatever you want to call ‘em, Eureka is pretty full of “laid back” people, if you get my drift.
But, Eureka isn’t all shiny happy people holding hands. The city has one of the highest crime rates in the state, including property theft and violent crime. The city’s school system also doesn’t fair very well when compared to national averages.
Generally, most Eureka neighborhoods will be hit or miss in terms of safety and desirability. With the exception of the areas around downtown and between Harris Street and Bayview, one city block may be safe and established while the next one is less desirable. Just make sure to gauge your prospective neighborhood’s feel before moving. That means visiting at night and during the day.
If you’re looking for “the best” area in Eureka, it’s probably found southeast, near the Sequoia Park Zoo in the region adjacent to suburban Cutten. Crime rates around here are lower and the neighborhood tends to be more settled. Two bedrooms found in apartments here range from $1100 to $1300.
If you’re looking for special short-term leases, studio apartments, or large apartment rental complexes with amenities, you’ll be looking for a while in Eureka. By and large the rental market is dominated by old, renovated rental homes or divided duplexes, with exception of a few places in the northeast portion of town. Oh, and one more thing. Finding a pet-friendly apartment in town is near impossible. If you’re dead set on moving with a four-legged friend, we wish you the best of luck.
In any case, welcome to Eureka, you hippie, you!
Settled by silver prospectors in 1864, Eureka is small town of just 1,900 people. The small population represents many groups. It's 85% white, 10% Hispanic, 2% mixed race, 1% Native American, 1% Asian, and 0.3% black. The median income is $67,057, and the median value of a home is $177,241. It's located on Highway 50, 300 miles southwest from Salt Lake City, UT, and 242 miles east of Carson City.
Pros •Stunning mountain views
Cons •Isolated, 70 miles from other towns •No higher education opportunities •Not a lot of trees
If you're interested in living in an isolated western town, this could be it for you. Eureka was a mining town that managed to stay alive despite the low population. It has some charming buildings including the Opera House that's been restored and is an active entertainment venue. The schools have small classes. July 4th is the biggest festival of the year. You can enjoy warm summers and cold winters that sometime translates into 3 feet of snow. Overall, it's a cute little town to stop off at on the way to someplace else. In terms of renting, there's not much here at all except for the Ruby Hills Complex that's more of a hotel. Granted, Eureka is safe and the folks here have better than average incomes. But there's not much to do and you're in the middle of nowhere. - Debra M. Cole