La Honda, California
State Route 84 in downtown La Honda
|• Total||4.262 sq mi (11.038 km2)|
|• Land||4.247 sq mi (10.999 km2)|
|• Water||0.015 sq mi (0.039 km2) 0.35%|
|Elevation2||840 ft (260 m)|
|• Density||220/sq mi (84/km2)|
|Time zone||Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||2628746|
La Honda is a census-designated place (CDP) in southern San Mateo County, California, United States.2 The population was 928 at the 2010 census. It is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Silicon Valley and the Pacific coast of California. La Honda is near the La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve and State Route 84 on the ocean side of the Coastal Range.
The ZIP Code for La Honda is 94020 and the area code is 650. Land-line numbers in the La Honda telephone exchange follow the pattern 747-xxxx while wired telephones in and around the Middleton Tract (along Portola State Park Road) work out of the Los Altos exchange with 94x-xxxx numbers. Per the U.S. Geological Survey, Lahonda is a historic variant of the modern spelling.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 4.3 square miles (11.0 km²), 99.65% of it land, and 0.35% of it water.
The 2010 United States Census3 reported that La Honda had a population of 928. The population density was 217.7 people per square mile (84.1/km²). The racial makeup of La Honda was 811 (87.4%) White, 13 (1.4%) African American, 0 (0.0%) Native American, 16 (1.7%) Asian, 2 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 18 (1.9%) from other races, and 68 (7.3%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 69 persons (7.4%).
The Census reported that 916 people (98.7% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 12 (1.3%) were institutionalized.
There were 411 households, out of which 98 (23.8%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 203 (49.4%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 31 (7.5%) had a female householder with no husband present, 16 (3.9%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 40 (9.7%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 10 (2.4%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 101 households (24.6%) were made up of individuals and 16 (3.9%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23. There were 250 families (60.8% of all households); the average family size was 2.64.
The population was spread out with 153 people (16.5%) under the age of 18, 50 people (5.4%) aged 18 to 24, 202 people (21.8%) aged 25 to 44, 442 people (47.6%) aged 45 to 64, and 81 people (8.7%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.6 years. For every 100 females there were 113.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.8 males.
There were 472 housing units at an average density of 110.8 per square mile (42.8/km²), of which 293 (71.3%) were owner-occupied, and 118 (28.7%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.3%; the rental vacancy rate was 3.3%. 689 people (74.2% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 227 people (24.5%) lived in rental housing units.
Ken Kesey, the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (pages of which were written all over the restroom wall of his La Honda residence) and other books, owned a home in La Honda, which served as the base of operations for The Merry Pranksters where they used LSD and other drugs.4 The escapades of Kesey and the Merry Pranksters are documented in Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, which describes the wildly painted school bus, 'Further',5 driven by Neal Cassady, who had been the hyperkinetic driver in Jack Kerouac's On the Road.
The La Honda house where Kesey's adventures became famous—one mile (1.6 km) west of Apple Jack's Inn—has been faithfully restored after years of neglect and a near catastrophic flood in 1998, although the road sign on the bridge no longer exists: "No Left Turn Unstoned".citation needed In the last few years, La Honda has become known for its wine grape vineyards, most notably Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese planted by La Honda Winery (of Redwood City) just north of California State Route 84 above the Red Barn.
- U.S. Geological Survey, Geographic Names Information System.
- Map: State of California, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources, District 3, Map W3-10.
- U.S. Census
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: La Honda, California
- All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
- Wolfe, Tom: "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test".
- Sam McDonald county park – reference includes biography of a very interesting man more details
- Pescadero creek park
- Memorial park
- PDF Oil field map of La Honda area, (see Inset B).
- The Cottage at Where Water Falls