Relocating to Ferndale - Resources & Information
A leisurely pace and laid-back California charm. A welcoming small-town atmosphere and tight-knit community. A picture-perfect setting surrounded by fields, forests and fresh ocean air. Since it was founded, Ferndale has been capturing the hearts and dreams of visitors who decided to make the Victorian Village home - from pioneers and dairy farmers to artists, business owners and retirees.
If you're planning a move to Ferndale - either for residence or business - our Relocation Guide is designed to answer your questions with links and listings for helpful resources and information. For further assistance, please contact the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce.
Heritage & History
In the late 1800s, Ferndale blossomed as the agricultural center of Northern California. The prosperous dairy industry provided the economic base for Ferndale, and the blend of agriculture and architecture resulted in the town's splendidly ornate buildings, known as "Butterfat Palaces." During this period Humboldt County was sparsely populated, allowing abundant opportunities for hard-working immigrants. Ferndale became a melting-pot of Scandinavian, Swiss-Italian and Portuguese cultures (the Portuguese Holy Ghost Celebration is an annual event here to this day). Unlike so many other California cities, the Victorian Village of Ferndale has been able to avoid urban sprawl and pseudo "old town" renovation to remain a thriving community - virtually unchanged since the 1800s
City of Ferndale
The city government consists of one elected mayor and four at-large councilpersons, all volunteers. City Council meets at 7pm on the third Wednesday of each month at City Hall. Members of the volunteer Planning Commission are appointed to four-year terms. The Planning Commission meets the first Wednesday of the month at City Hall, 7pm. City staff consists of a city manager, police chief and four officers, city clerk, deputy city clerk, and two public works personnel.
Design Review: Structures along many of the main streets are subject to design review to remain in keeping with the City's designation as a State Historic Landmark. Check with City Hall for design review areas.
Licenses: Business licenses, $60-80/year. Dog licenses, $10/year for spayed/neutered dogs; others are $25/year. Proof of rabies vaccination required.
Ferndale is located in a flat valley bordered by the Eel River on the north, the ocean on the southwest and the mountains in the east.
- Latitude: 41 degrees, 34' North
- Longitude: 124 degrees, 15' West
- Elevation: 50 feet; topographical map of Ferndale
- Area Size: 1 square mile within the city limits
- Settled: 1852
- Incorporated: 1893
- Population: 1372 people (2010 census)
Helpful Resources & Services
The Ferndale Chamber of Commerce meets every Monday at 5:30pm in the Victorian Inn Conference Room.
Assumption Church (Roman Catholic), Ferndale Community Church (Independent), Living Waters Foursquare Church, Our Savior's Lutheran Church (ELCA), St. Mark's Lutheran Church (LCMS), St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Weather in Ferndale CA is mild and moist, with highs to 78 and lows to the mid-30s. Average rainfall is 41 inches annually.
Employment & Industries
Dairy farming, cattle ranching, service industries, tourism, lumber and wood products, sheep ranching, potato farming. Economics of the area (statistical reporting and analysis of economic factors for Humboldt County, CA).
Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department, since 1897, (707) 786-9909 (non-emergency)
Ferndale Police Department, (707) 786-4025 (non-emergency)
Tipple Motors, 524 Main St. When Tipple is closed, buy a prepaid Renner gas card at Valley Grocery for use in the cardlock at Fernbridge (or any other Renner station). Electric car charging stations are available in the Main Street parking lot. A Tesla High Power Charging Station is available on the premises of the Victorian Inn at 400 Ocean Ave.
Ferndale Library, 807 Main. Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 12-5 p.m.; Friday 12-4 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday 7-9 pm Closed Sunday and Monday. Computer available for free, 1-hour internet access.
The nearest hospitals are Redwood Memorial in Fortuna and St. Joseph's Hospital in Eureka. Ferndale Community Health Center, affiliated with Open Door Clinic, has a new facility on Main Street. Complementary care is available from local massage practitioner, Heart & Soul.There is also a countywide network of clinics, including Six Rivers Planned Parenthood. Senior Resource Center (Adult Day Care Center) of Eureka and Fortuna sponsors free meetings at St. Mark's Fellowship Hall for caregivers and anyone who has a loved one enduring Alzheimer's, dementia or other related brain diseases. 4 p.m. 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
Danish Hall, Firemen's Pavilion, Masonic Hall, Portuguese Hall, Veterans Memorial Hall, Humboldt County Fairgrounds (Belotti Hall, Art Building/Red Barn, Turf Room).
Russ Park is a 110-acre bird sanctuary wilderness forest park, open dawn to dusk
Firemen's Park features picnic grounds, bocce courts, ball fields, a playground, and restrooms. Open until dusk.
Centerville Beach is five miles west of Main Street on Ocean Avenue/Centerville Road.
A P.O. Box is required to receive mail in Ferndale proper; mail delivery is only available on the rural route. Stop in during business hours at 536 Main, between Shaw and Washington streets, or sign up for a 95536 PO Box online. (707) 786-4642
Landmark Real Estate, (707) 786-9300
Humboldt Trinity Real Estate
Eel River Resource Recovery offers recyclables and green waste curbside pickup service for Ferndale residents.
Electricity: PG&E, (800) 743-5000
Garbage/Recycling: Eel River Disposal & Resource Recovery, Inc., (707) 725-5156
Propane: Sequoia Gas, (707) 725-4465, Redwood Coast Fuels at (707) 442-5823
Internet & Phone: Frontier, (800) 921-8101, Suddenlink
Water: Del Oro Water Co., Drawer 5172, Chico, CA 95927. Ferndale direct line: (530) 809-3988, general (all district) number: (877) 335-6764