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My wife and I are thinking about moving to Eureka, CA. We know nothing about the town and it has been very hard to find good info on it. We are in our early 30's and enjoy the outdoors (originally from Alaska). We used to live in Portland, OR and loved it there. Enjoyed the small(er) town, nightlife, bars, music scene and outdoors.
Can someone tell me a little about Eureka? Really want to get a feel for how the city is before we make a trip to visit.
Eureka is very small. When I was up there at school, the only nightlife to be found was centered around the college kids. Everything is pretty much closed by 10pm. It's been over 10 years since I spent a lot of time there, but I doubt things have changed that much. Don't remember much of a music scene. Lots of fishing & plenty of hiking. Lots of 'interesting' or 'unusual' people. The pulp mill makes the whole town stink and it's foggy a lot. It's very isolated - hard to get in & out of. I think that's what drove me nuts the most. To get to anywhere big or even mid-sized you have to drive for hours on crooked roads. Best of luck with your visit & decision.
If you liked Portland you'll probably like Eureka as well. Its kind of dreary and quite wet. Personally, Eureka is a depressing place. The economy is lousy, with no relief in sight. The place is truly isolated and has a disproportionate share of 45-60 year old hippies who seem to dominate the political scene.
What it does have is a gorgeous coastal location and of course the redwoods and cool weather during the summer. Anyway, visit and see what you think. I occasionally visit to escape interior CA heat during the summer, but wouldn't live there.
Eureka and much of Humboldt county is kind of a mixing pot of people. Eureka has gone down hill a little in the last ten years... with the loss of legitimate work much of the county depends on marijuana sales. This has led to other drug use and more poverty... especially in Eureka which is the largest town in Humboldt county. However, there are also a lot of good people around Eureka and it has its advantages. There is a lot of outdoor recreation available. With the redwood forests and surrounding mountains butting up to the Pacific ocean, you get a pretty unique atmosphere. Within 1-2 hours you can find a wide arrange of recreation. The music and nightlife scenes aren't much... but there are plenty of bars. Expect a lot of rain. Some areas of Humboldt county get 80 inches of rain a year, and the redwood forests are actually considered rainforests.
From someone who grew up in the area I can tell you that you have some good honest answers. I no longer live in the area. The beauty isn't enough to get be to ever move back permanently.
Parts of Eureka are nice,if you can afford it. Otherwise move to Arcata or Bayside. Arcata is a typical college town,Bayside is in between Arcata and Eureka.Bayside is the nicer of the two cities. Quant small post office great school,Jacob creek has won state awards. Beautiful redwoods Trinidad is another city just north of Arcata. Most upper class yuppies live there. Humboldt is a melting pot of humanity. The downside meth is an element here in city. But then its everywhere. Come visit and decide. Trinidad bay is gorgeous, fern canyon etc....