Eureka : California


What It Is Like to Retire in Eureka

Eureka, California is a port city on the Humboldt Bay of California’s northern coast that makes an excellent retirement community. The population was 27,000 in 2018. Eureka was founded in 1856, and soon became an important port city for northern California's logging and commercial fishing industries.

Eureka’s northern isolation means that it missed much of the post-war redevelopment. As result Eureka is filled with examples of 19th and early 20th century architecture and historic districts. Eureka has been likened to a west coast Williamsburg, Virginia. There are Victorian, Colonial Revival and Greek Revival neighborhoods, with 13 distinct districts that meet the criteria for the National Register of Historic Places.

Eureka is located in Humboldt County in northern California. For a list of profiles on over 900 cities and towns go to retirement communities. Here is a mini-guide to california retirement


Where to Retire in Eureka and Home Prices

People who want to live in or restore an old Victorian home, either as a financial investment or for the fun of it, will have plenty of opportunities, because there are hundreds of them here.
Housing tends to be cheaper than in many parts of California. According to Zillow, the median home value was $406,316 in late 2021.


What Is Special about Eureka

Historic downtown. The Carson Mansion. Eureka Art and Culture. Urban renewal has been very successful. Victorian architecture. The Williamsburg of the West. Redwood National Park


What Is Not Special about Eureka

• It is a bit isolated • Not much infrastructure yet for active seniors •Population is declining slightly

Who Will Like Retirement in Eureka

A diverse group of people like living in Eureka, California. People who love Victorians and living in a restored town will love it here.

Use this link for a page that explains the various types of retirement communities

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism, lumber, real estate, retail. Eureka Chamber of Commerce

Climate and Physical Environment

The city is on the coastal plain which quickly rises to hills to the east. Humboldt Bay is an imposing physical feature. Winters are mild and rainy, summers are temperate. There is frequent fog. Here is more information about taxes and what it is like to retire in California

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Eureka was voted as the #1 best small art town in John Villani's book "The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America." Eureka Old Town sponsors a monthly "Arts' Alive!" gala. More than 40 Eureka business as well as local galleries display local art to the public. There is live music and performance art by musicians, jugglers, fire dancers and poets. Art organizations include the Humboldt Arts Council and Morris Graves Museum of Art, Redwood Art Association, and the Eureka Art and Culture Commission. College of the Redwoods has 4000 students and contributes to the local arts scene.


Crime in Eureka is about a third higher than the national average.

Medical Facilities

Mad River Community Hospital Is About 9 Miles in Arcata, CA. Redwood Memorial Hospital Is 15 Miles Away In Fortuna.



Arcata Airport is 13 miles away

Valuable Links

City of Eureka

Eureka on Wikipedia


What people are saying about Eureka

City information
First, I want to say I love the information, what there is of it. But every single link I was interested in was a generic list. For instance I wanted info on rentals in Eureka. All that was listed was the names of the places, no other info, so I have to call to see rent ranges, age requirements, etc. Your links need some work in my opinion. And I looked at a few communities, not just Eureka. Additionally I\'d find useful information of food costs, if the have bus systems, can I walk to markets... you know stuff that the retired are concerned with. I personally have no property, so I don\'t care about property tax and median home prices in the area. Some do, okay. But what about some kind of listing that considers median cost of living as compared to other similar locations.
Posted by jkt1956 on November 16, 2015

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