A new economic and demographic profile of Del Norte County shows while the population decreased in 2017 from 2008, the number of Latino and American Indian residents increased.
The profile released Wednesday notes Del Norte County has some of the cleanest air, a population density much lower than the state average and its residents have shorter commute times to work.
The Del Norte County Local Transportation Commission released the 2018 Del Norte Economic & Demographic Profile.
Organized to reflect changes in Del Norte’s population, environment, economy, society and industry, the data and information provided in the profile is current as of Feb. 1, according to the report. It was compiled and prepared by the Center for Economic Development at California State University, Chico.
The profile was funded by the Del Norte Local Transportation Commission. The full profile is available at www.dnltc.org/planning/.
In terms of population, Del Norte County experienced slow growth between 2007 and 2015, growing by 8,691 non-incarcerated residents, or 4.93 percent, according to the profile. Del Norte’s population declined by 1,167 residents in 2016 from 2015.
During that time period, California’s population increased by 8.5 percent.
In 2016, individuals between 25 and 39 years old made up the largest share of Del Norte’s population. Those older than 55 made up a greater proportion of the population while those younger than 24 made up a smaller proportion, according to the profile.
The county’s racial and ethnic composition has changed as well. American Indian residents, with an increase of 26 percent, experienced the largest population growth of any group, according to the profile. Those who identify as members of other racial or ethnic groups or who identify as multiracial or multi-ethnic also increased by 26 percent, according to the profile.
Latino residents increased by about 9 percent.
Most other racial or ethnic groups decreased in size with larger decreases occurring among groups who already made up smaller proportions of the county’s population.
Del Norte’s overall population declined from 25,092 in 2008 to 24,552 in 2017. Crescent City’s overall population declined from 4,255 in 2008 to 3,817, not counting incarcerated individuals.
According to the economic and demographic profile, most people moving into Del Norte County came from Curry County in Oregon and Humboldt and Los Angeles counties. Most people moving out of Del Norte County relocated to Curry County and Humboldt County.
When it comes to environmental standards, Del Norte County’s population density in 2016 was 26.9 residents per square-mile. The state average is 253.4 residents per square mile.
The number of people commuting to work decreased by 7 percent between 2010 and 2016 with commute times of less than five minutes experiencing the only increase.
According to the profile, a majority of workers in the U.S. — 53 percent — travel between five and 14 minutes to work.
In terms of economic indicators, Del Norte County’s labor force declined by 10.5 percent between 2007 and 2016. California overall experienced a labor force increase by 6.8 percent.
Between 2007 and 2012, employment in both the state and the county declined. However, county employment continued to decline between 2013 and 2016, according to the profile.
Del Norte County’s unemployment rates didn’t decrease to pre-recession levels until 2016.
Industries that employed the most people included government and government enterprises; retail trade; other services except public administration; mining and real estate, rental and leasing.
Native American tribes and industries supported about 7 percent of Del Norte’s total workforce, or one out of every 12 workers and provided $55.5 million in revenue to other businesses in the county.
In 2016, the four highest-paying industries were government and government enterprises; retail trade; construction; and forestry and fishing-related activities.
Though median household income in the county increased by 9.9 percent, it remained between one-half to two-thirds lower than the statewide average.
In 2016, Del Norte median household income was $39,458 while the statewide median household income was $67,715, according to the profile.