Upper Lake, California

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Upper Lake (formerly, Upper Clear Lake and Upperlake) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Lake County, California, United States.[1] Upper Lake is located 8 miles (13 km) north of Lakeport,[2] at an elevation of 1345 feet (410 m).[1] The population was 989 at the 2000 census. The Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake are headquartered here.[3]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.0 square miles (15.5 km²), of which, 5.8 square miles (15.0 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (3.33%) is water.

The Hayville Sulphur Spring, formerly used medicinally, is located 5 miles (8 km) northwest.[2]


The settlement began in 1856, when William B. Elliott opened a blacksmith's shop.[2]

The Upper Clear Lake post office opened in 1871, changed its name to Upper Lake in 1875, to Upperlake in 1905, and then back to Upper Lake in 1906.[2]


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 989 people, 389 households, and 259 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 170.7 people per square mile (66.0/km²). There were 433 housing units at an average density of 74.7/sq mi (28.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 84.23% White, 0.81% African American, 4.35% Native American, 1.72% Asian, 6.07% from other races, and 2.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.86% of the population.

There were 389 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.4% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.05.

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