census-designated place
Comptche is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 39°15′54″N 123°35′28″W / 39.26500°N 123.59111°W / 39.26500; -123.59111Coordinates: 39°15′54″N 123°35′28″W / 39.26500°N 123.59111°W / 39.26500; -123.59111
Country  United States
State  California
County Mendocino
   Total 1.154 sq mi (2.988 km2)
   Land 1.154 sq mi (2.988 km2)
   Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation[2] 187 ft (57 m)
Population (2010)
   Total 159
   Density 140/sq mi (53/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
   Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 95427
Area code(s) 707
GNIS feature IDs 255911; 2628722
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Comptche, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Comptche, California

Comptche is a census-designated place[3] in Mendocino County, California, United States.[2] It is located 17 miles (27 km) southeast of Fort Bragg,[4] at an elevation of 187 feet (57 m).[2] There is a KG-3 Primary school serving the town. The population was 159 at the 2010 census.


Comptche is located at 39°15′54″N 123°35′28″W / 39.26500°N 123.59111°W / 39.26500; -123.59111 (39.2648954, -123.5911224).[2] It is in USPS ZIP code 95427.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 1.2 square miles (3.0 km ), all of it land.


The Comptche post office opened in 1877, closed in 1877, and re-opened in 1879.[4] Although the precise origin of the town's name is unknown, there was a village of the Pomo people named Komacho nearby.[5]


The 2010 United States Census[6] reported that Comptche had a population of 159. The population density was 137.8 people per square mile (53.2/km ). The racial makeup of Comptche was 146 (91.8%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 1 (0.6%) Native American, 1 (0.6%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 5 (3.1%) from other races, and 6 (3.8%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10 persons (6.3%).

The Census reported that 159 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 67 households, out of which 18 (26.9%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 25 (37.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 9 (13.4%) had a female householder with no husband present, 5 (7.5%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 6 (9.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 19 households (28.4%) were made up of individuals and 6 (9.0%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37. There were 39 families (58.2% of all households); the average family size was 2.90.

The population was spread out with 35 people (22.0%) under the age of 18, 9 people (5.7%) aged 18 to 24, 34 people (21.4%) aged 25 to 44, 59 people (37.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 22 people (13.8%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.3 years. For every 100 females there were 127.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.2 males.

There were 83 housing units at an average density of 72.0 per square mile (27.8/km ), of which 39 (58.2%) were owner-occupied, and 28 (41.8%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0%; the rental vacancy rate was 9.7%. 86 people (54.1% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 73 people (45.9%) lived in rental housing units.


In the state legislature, Comptche is in the 2nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Noreen Evans,[7] and the 2nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Wesley Chesbro.[8]

Federally, Comptche is in California's 2nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Jared Huffman.[9]


  1. ^ U.S. Census
  2. ^ a b c d U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Comptche, California
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Comptche, California
  4. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 41. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  5. ^ Kroeber, Alfred L. (1916), "California place names of Indian origin", University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology 12 (2): 31 69 .
  6. ^ All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
  7. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ "California's 2nd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
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