Bodega Bay, California

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Bodega Bay is a town and census-designated place (CDP) in Sonoma County, California, United States. The population was 1,423 at the 2000 census. The town is on the eastern side of Bodega Harbor, an inlet of Bodega Bay on the Pacific coast.

Bodega Bay is the site of the first Russian structures built in California. These were built in 1809 by Commerce Counseller Ivan Alexandrovich Kuskov, of the Russian-American Company in the lead up to the establishment of Fort Ross. For the Russians, the settlement in Bodega Bay was called Port Rumyantsev, named after the Russian Foreign Minister Nikolai Petrovich Rumyantsev, and it served as a port to support Fort Ross and the larger Russian community known as Colony Ross.[3][4]

The Alfred Hitchcock-directed film, The Birds, was filmed in Bodega Bay. The town markets itself with the film in many ways, including its Birds-themed Visitors' Center. The location was also featured in the cult horror movie Puppet Master.

Bodega Bay is located at 38°19′28″N 123°02′19″W / 38.324356°N 123.038591°W / 38.324356; -123.038591.[5]



2000 Census data

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,423 people, 669 households, and 432 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 169.7/sq mi (65.6/km²). There were 1,144 housing units at an average density of 136.4/sq mi (52.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 85.52% White, 0.35% African American, 1.55% Native American, 1.34% Asian, 9.07% from other races, and 2.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.18% of the population. There were 669 households out of which 14.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 3.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.47.

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