Eureka, California 

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Probably the armpit of the Pacific coast - 7/2/2020
The Pacific coast is beautiful however this is probably the least beautiful place on the Pacific coast. Town is a dump and very seedy too. On the plus side you go about a half hour north or south and you get into some jaw droppingly beautiful scenery and giant redwoods.
Still there are much better places on the Pacific coast you can Read More

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Bad. Just Bad. - 3/4/2020
I want to convey an accurate picture of Eureka but realize I can only paint a picture of my experience. I have not had a positive experience here. The rent is comparable to S. California and I honestly do not know why or how homeowners can justify asking for so much. I suppose that HSU students and the weed business create a demand. But for those of us who live paycheck to paycheck (if lucky enough to find a decent job). It took me a very long time to find sustainable employment. I have kids in the school system (which is decent in Arcata), so I am stuck here until they graduate (as they have bonds with their friends).
So that is something good I can say, Arcata has a good education system and my kids like it in Arcata. Their dad owns a home there so they don’t have to deal with Eureka much. We get out of here as much as possible or isolate inside to stay away from tweakers. My car has been broken into 3 times, my nieces’ car was too. They smashed in front car window Read More

My ex-hometown - 1/19/2020
Well, I was born in Eureka in 1957. As a child I absolutely loved it there. There was plenty of work before the lumber industry took a nosedive. The Humboldt Bay still had very good fishing for salmon and the like. The population was growing exponentially and the people were pretty much common middle class folks. During my youth, the "hippie" movement was coming into full swing and Humboldt county was awash with free thinkers (hippies). Things began to change pretty drastically during the early '70's when the environmentalists get a good foothold in the community; the first nuclear power plant in the country that had been set up south of town near the King Salmon exit was shut down; the lumber industry took a hit; and the fishing began to dry up. My high school senior class of 1975 was over three hundred strong and most of us, I have discovered over the years, have left for greener pastures. My sense is that our generation was a bit more conservative than the upcoming ones, so we Read More

Kind of like a bigger version of Crescent City - 5/24/2018
A little bit more things to do, a little better restaurants than Crescent City. Still boring and suffers from a lot of the same problems Crescent City does. Unbelievably rude people, high crime, lots of drugs, methheads, thieves, bums, and other subhuman lowlife just like Crescent City. Rains and storms a lot in the winter. A little less than Crescent City though. Beautiful countryside but all the bad things are just too much for the natural beauty to make it worth dealing with. Just like Crescent City. I'd recommend avoiding both Eureka and Crescent City and go to Newport in Oregon or Tahoe instead. Beautiful like Eureka and Crescent City, but much more to do and not near as much crime and lowlifes and much better Read More

Mixed Bag - 6/13/2017
Cons-- Little economic opportunity, high property crime rates, limited healthcare services, few amenities, prohibitively expensive airfares, gray skies, horrific dating scene.

Pros-- Mild climate, great outdoors destinations, friendly people, relaxed small-town vibe, no traffic.

Eureka (and Humboldt County in general) is a great place to live if you love the outdoors. Housing costs are generally affordable but not cheap compared to national averages, and are probably a bit on the high side relative to the economic opportunities available in the area.

Not a great place for retirees, low skilled laborers, single people, shopaholics, or people who love to photograph their dinner for Instagram.

However, if you can find a good job or work from home and love outdoorsy stuff, this place is hard to beat. One of the very few places in the country where you can go out and enjoy beautiful forests, beaches, lakes, and rivers and not be swamped Read More

Pathetic slum - 9/30/2015
We have been going to the northern coast and visiting Eureka for years and years. It has deteriorated to a pathetic low of lows. Homeless and tweekers have taken over. In a 2 hour period we saw at least 5 people stumbling, drunk as skunks, on the sidewalk in the middle of the day. Beggars everywhere. It seems like so much money was wasted on Riverwalk or whatever revitalization that was done. The police and infrastructure obviously can't keep up on the druggies. We saw one person driving around just randomly screaming at people out of his car window. The streets are dirty. Businesses are shut down. Just pathetic and sad. Read More

Tourist town ok for tourists, mostly - 9/14/2015
I've lived here 15 years and seen the crime increase each year. More homeless which the city pretends to "control" with the idea of fencing in part of the mall parking and putting up oversized courthouses for them to live in. With communal showers and locking them in at night. In the meantime they legalize pot. Humboldt is the pot capital of California.The cut back on police, close fire stations 3/4 of the year, so far. After we voted more money for police and fire.
The only ones doing good in Humboldt county are the people with lots of money. Normal, poor, seniors, disabled or homeless are forgotten and ignored. Slum lords are a problem here too. PLUS MOLD IS EVERYWHERE, it rains a lot, were in the redwoods and MOLD is something you put up with here. I'm moving to Southern California when I can raise the money. My health is gotten so bad here my doctor says I need to move for my health and mental health. I've been trying since January but on SSI,as it's impossible. I have two Read More

Eureka.. I love you! - 7/10/2015
Please leave our beautiful city if it is not to your liking. Some of us are very happy here.  Read More

More corrupt than you might want to believe - 7/4/2015
While its easy to say all of America is corrupt, Eureka and Humboldt county in general have small town corruption down to an art. While I agree with many others about the cliques that are here, there is another worth mentioning. Satanism. It has a firm grasp on this area. From big well known local names to locals who manage to stay off the local public's radar. Many of the meth heads, pot heads, and even the "up standing people of the community" belong to this network. Proof you ask? Open your eyes and look around Eureka, Arcata, McKinleyville and especially Fortuna and Ferndale. Opening your eyes requires the skeptic or more then likely debunker to look past their own belief system and many won't. Satanism controls a lot of Northern California from Santa Rosa through Crescent City. I would absolutely not move here. The one post complained about Sex Offenders. I would be more concerned about the professional class of this area. They are a much bigger threat to you and Read More

The worst place I've ever lived. - 4/13/2015
So many others have said it well. Don't move here unless you're so rich, you don't need to work and can afford the overpriced real estate in this area. Everyone else falls by the wayside and serves at the pleasure of this rich elite. Read More

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