Quality of Life

Crescent City and Del Norte County offer a unique and affordable community to realize the "California Dream"! We were not surprised when Forbes Traveler Magazine recently named us one of the 25 Prettiest Towns in the U.S. The stunning natural beauty, the incomparable redwoods and the only safe harbor for hundreds of miles contribute to making our community incredibly distinctive. We are home to the Smith and Klamath Rivers - two of the most productive fisheries on the West coast. The Smith River is the only free flowing (no dams) river in California. The incomparable fishing is highlighted by two internationally acclaimed annual fishing derbies. The Klamath River often has one of the largest salmon runs in California. Both rivers are a delight to white water enthusiast. About 70% of our County is National, State or Local forest and park - a paradise for hikers, campers, mountain bikers and family events in the forest. We are home to two lighthouses - Battery Point Lighthouse (still in operation) and St. George Reef Lighthouse (historically home of the most dangerous job in the world!).

Our elementary, middle and high schools are staffed with highly dedicated teachers that make learning a delight! We are home to the Del Norte Campus of the College of the Redwoods where a wide variety of college level, nursing and continuing education courses are taught. We are proud of our daily newspaper, The Daily Triplicate, as well.

We have some of the most affordable ocean front, river front and wooded properties in California. We boast being the home of four Native American Rancherias - the Yurok Tribe (the largest tribe in California), the Elk Valley Rancheria (Tolowa Tribe), the Smith River Rancheria (Tolowa Tribe), and the Resighini Rancheria (Yurok Tribe).

Our rural isolation has allowed us to depend on each other in the traditional American way. We work and play together in a manner reminiscent of days gone by. We eat locally from the bounty of fresh seafood to one of the largest organic dairies in the state (Alexandre Family Eco Dairy Farms), to our own cheese factory (Rumiano Cheese), to our Farmer's Market. We host some "big box stores" but also enjoy shopping at any of our many small, privately owned businesses.