Yuba City is the county seat of Sutter County and is nicknamed "Prune Capital of the World." It is located on the west bank of the Feather River (opposite Marysville, to which it is connected by the 10th Street Bridge and the 5th Street Bridge); south of Berg; north of Oswald; northeast of Bogue and South Yuba City; east of Alemandra; and southeast of Tierra Buena, Nuestro, and the Sutter Buttes. It is bounded approximately on the north and south by Pease Road and Diamond Pointe Way; on the west by Elmer Avenue, Barrett Road, and Railroad Avenue; and on the east by the Feather River.

It has a population of 63,647 (as of the 2009 California Department of Finance estimate), which is a 1.6% increase from the previous year and a 73.2% increase from 2000. (The huge increase from 2000 is due to Yuba City being swept up in the housing market bubble.) Its total area is 9.37 square miles. Its elevation is 59 feet. The average annual rainfall is 18.1 inches. The average high temperature in July is 96.3°, and the average low temperature in January is 38.0°. Radio stations KUBA-AM 1600/FM 95.5 and KOBO-AM 1450 broadcast from Yuba City.

The native plant communities of Yuba City are central oak woodland and riparian forest.

Yuba City is split between the 95991 and 95993 zip codes. The U.S. Postal Service sometimes lists addresses in Abbott, Berg, South Yuba City, Tierra Buena, Tudor, and Wilson as being in Yuba City, because Abbott, Berg, Tudor, and Wilson are in the 95991 zip code, Tierra Buena is in the 95993 zip code, and South Yuba City is in both. However, on the Yuba-Sutter Wiki, we prefer listing the more specific locations.

Yuba City skyline, as seen from the 10th Street Bridge. Photo by queerbychoice.
Oh, Yuba City! 'tis a sin
Thou 'rt lonely and forsaken,
When uglier cities favor win,
And prosperous paths have taken.
Who seeks for beauty, they shall meet
The picture where they find thee—
The Feather River at thy feet,
The lofty Buttes behind thee.

John Rollin Ridge, "On Yuba City," c. early 1850s


This sign is posted on Highway 20 near the border between Yuba City and Tierra Buena. Photo by queerbychoice. As of a July 2007 estimate1, residents' median age was 32 years.

59.0% of residents were white and non-Hispanic, followed by 24.6% of residents who were Hispanic and 6.4% who were Asian Indian (predominantly Punjabi).

Of residents 25 or older, 72.6% had at least a high school degree, 14.4% had at least a bachelor's degree, and 4.4% had a graduate or professional degree.

Of residents 15 or older, 53.1% were married, 23.9% had never married, 12.4% were divorced, 8.0% were widowed, and 2.6% were separated. Yuba City and Loma Rica are tied for the highest proportion of widowed residents in the Yuba-Sutter area.

6.0% of households were headed by unmarried partners. 0.5% of households were headed by self-identified same-sex couples.

For employed residents, the average travel time to work was 25 minutes. The most common industry for males to work in was the construction industry (13%). The most common industries for females to work in were health care (18%) and education (11%).

The 2007 median annual household income was $43,995 and 2008 median home price was $195,430. 18.1% of residents were below the poverty level in 2007, and 7.2% were below half the poverty level. The 2008 cost of living index was 93.4 (the United States average is 100).


A Nisenan village, numbering about 100 to 125 people, used to be located in what is now Yuba City. The Nisenan name for the people of this village has been variously spelled Yubu, Yupu, Juba, or Yuba.

Sam Brannan, Pierson Reading, and Henry Cheever purchased the land for Yuba City from John Sutter in 1849 and Brannan, as the senior partner, had the town site laid out and the lots sold to future residents. The first post office in Yuba City was established in 1851, and the town was incorporated as an official city in 1908.2


January: Polar Bear Plunge April to September: Yuba City Certified Farmers' Market April: Spring Fine Arts Festival and Run Drugs Out of Town 5K Run/Walk June: Relay for Life and Yuba City Summer Stroll July: Yuba-Sutter Free Health Fair August: Sutter Buttes Sectional Duplicate Bridge Tournament October: Harvest Hoedown September: Yuba-Sutter Cultural Celebration and Little Mexico Food and Cultural Fair November: Sikh Festival and Parade December: Yuba City Christmas Stroll



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YubaCity.Net Yuba City entry on Wikipedia Sutter County History: A Brief History of Yuba City Sperling's Best Places: Yuba City City Data: Yuba City, California


1. City Data: Yuba City, California
2. California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State by David L. Durham. Word Dancer Press, 1998