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The state of California is divided into fifty-eight counties. On January 4, 1850, the California constitutional committee recommended the formation of 18 counties. They were Benicia, Butte, Fremont, Los Angeles, Mariposa, Monterey, Mount Diablo, Oro, Redding, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Sonoma, and Sutter. The last California county to have been established is Imperial County in 1907.

Yuba County, California

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Yuba County is a county located in the state of California. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 72,155. The county seat is Marysville. The county was created February 18, 1850. Yuba county is named after the Yuba River by Captain John A. Sutter for the Indian village Yubu, Yupu or Juba near the meeting of the Yuba and Feather rivers.

Yuba County is included in the Yuba City, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Sacramento-Roseville, CA Combined Statistical Area. The county is located in California's Central Valley along the Feather River.

Etymology - Origin of Yuba County Name

Yuba county is named after the Yuba River by Captain John A. Sutter for the Indian village Yubu, Yupu or Juba near the meeting of the Yuba and Feather rivers. Vallejo stated that the river was named Uba by an exploring expedition in 1824 because of the quantities of wild grapes which they found growing on its banks


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Yuba County History

Yuba County is located in the state of California's Central Valley, north of Sacramento, along the Feather River. The county seat is Marysville. Yuba County was one of the original counties of California, formed in 1850 at the time of statehood. Parts of the county's territory were given to Placer County in 1851, to Nevada County in 1851 and to Sierra County in 1852.

The first Legislature met in San Jose on the fifteenth of December, 1849, and February 8, 1850, passed an act segregating the Territory into twenty-seven counties, among which were Yuba and Sutter. General Vallejo, as Chairman of a Committee on Derivation and Meaning of the Names of the Counties, made a lengthy and elaborate report, in which he stated that Yuba was a misspelling  of Uva , a name given to the stream by an exploring party in 1824, on account of the large quantities of wild grape vines found growing on the banks. General Bidwell disagrees with General Vallejo in regard to the derivation of the word Yuba. It is more probable that the name was of Indian origin, and that the similarity between it and the Spanish word was mere coincidence. Sutter county, of course, was named after Captain Sutter, who at that time owned a flourishing ranch and stock farm within its limits. The name of the Feather river may have been of French origin, Rivere de la Plume, which, translated into Spanish becomes Rio de los Plumas.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 644 square miles (1,667 km2), of which, 631 square miles (1,633 km2) of it is land and 13 square miles (34 km2) of it (2.03%) is water. The county lies along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, the steep slopes making it prime territory for the placements of hydroelectric power plants.

A part of the county, where Marysville (the county seat) and most of the population lives, is west of the mountains on the valley floor. There is a great deal of agriculture business in this part of the county, especially fruit orchards, rice fields, and cattle grazing.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Plumas County; Sierra County
  • East: Nevada County
  • Southeast: Placer County
  • Southwest: Sutter County
  • Northwest: Butte County


Higher education is available at the county's Junior College, Yuba Community College. The county also has a Yuba County Library system with one branch in Marysville.

Yuba County schools have a 66.4% suspension rate with 9256 students receiving suspensions out of 13928 students enrolled in Yuba County schools.

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