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Alturas, California
(Modoc County)

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Welcome to Alturas ...

The city of Alturas is located in Modoc County<1> and is the County Seat for Modoc County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Alturas has a population of 2,575 people<2> (see below for details).

While we don't have a date for the establishment of Alturas, you might get a feel for its founding by knowing that they incorporated September 16, 1901.

The city of Alturas was previously named Dorrisville. Going back to its beginning, Alturas was originally named Dorris Bridge. For more information about the names of Alturas, see The Names of Alturas on our Genealogy Page.

The community of Alturas is 4,370 feet [1,332 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the elevation of Alturas is about ¾ mile [or ~1¼ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Alturas lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Alturas is located in the (530) area code.

The ZIP code for Alturas: 96101<4>

Websites for Alturas ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Alturas had an population of 2,575 people. This is a decrease of 8.91% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 10.96% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Alturas had a population of 2,827 people (or 29.19% of the total population of Modoc County). This makes Alturas the county's most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 2,827 people, the population of Alturas decreased 2.25% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 2,892 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Alturas.

Communities Also Named Alturas ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two California communities named Alturas: This one is located in Modoc County and the other is located in Sierra County.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Alturas.

Communities near Alturas ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Alturas.

  • McArthur [Modoc County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for McArthur
    • McArthur [Modoc County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the south of Alturas
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for McArthur have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on McArthur
  • Cantrall Mill [Modoc County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cantrall Mill
    • Cantrall Mill [Modoc County] was located 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the southeast of Alturas
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cantrall Mill have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Canby [Modoc County]
  • Likely [Modoc County]
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Alturas. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Alturas.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Alturas. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Alturas.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Alturas. Our list includes 16 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Alturas.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Alturas ...

Looking for more information about Alturas? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Alturas, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Alturas.

Adding Alturas to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Alturas in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Alturas was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Alturas on our Genealogy Page.

Mentions & References for Alturas

Communities in California

About Modoc County

About California

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The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Modoc, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Alturas.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Alturas - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Alturas). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Alturas or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Alturas) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Alturas. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from AlturasOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alturas. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.4874, Longitude: -120.5424    
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






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