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Relocating Information for Willits, CA
  1. Annual Events
  2. Arts/Cultural
  3. Business Community
  4. Business Programs
  5. Climate
  6. Communication
  7. Elevation & Location
  8. Government, Taxes
  1. Housing Costs
  2. Industrial Overview
  3. Jobs by Industry
  4. Jobs by Local Employers
  5. Jobs by Occupation
  6. Jobs Unemployment Rate
  7. Labor Force
  8. Medical Services
  1. Population & Income
  2. Places of Worship
  3. Public Safety
  4. Real Estate Information
  5. Recreation
  6. Schools, Colleges & Education
  7. Transportation & Public Safety
  8. Utilities
Back to TopAnnual Events
  • Willits Frontier Days - July. Billed as the "Oldest Continuous Rodeo in the State of California." The event features a parade down main street, rodeos, western dances and some good old fashioned fun.
  • Willits Community Festival & Car Show - May. The festival features a collectors car show, arts and crafts booths in the classic 50's-60's theme.
  • Roots of Motive Power Festival - Sept. Features working display of antique steam logging equipment along with Lumberjack Handcar Races and BBQ.
Back to TopArts/Cultural

The community of Willits offers a wide variety of other interests. The local movie theatre, refurbished in 1997, has three theatres and runs current releases as well as foreign and specialty films. The Willits Community Theatre provides live entertainment by local performers. Performances include everything from hilarious melodramas to outstanding musicals. For information visit the website (http://willitstheatre.org) or call 707-459-2281.

The Willits Center for the Arts has refurbished the Women's Improvement (WIC) Building which includes a gallery and an upstairs gallery for a performing arts. For information visit the Willits Center for the Arts website (http://www.willitscenterforthearts.org) or call 707-459-1726.

The Willits Library (707) 459-5908, a branch of the Mendocino County Library System, is located at 390 E. Commercial Street. The library provides access to collections of other county libraries as well as to the Sonoma County Library System. Open five days per week: Mon. 10am-6pm; Tues. 10am-8pm; Weds. 10am-8pm; Thurs. 10am-5pm; Sat. 10am-5pm. Closed Fridays and Sundays. WiFi is available at all branches of the libraries.  For information about the Willits Branch visit the website at (http://www.co.mendocino.ca.us/library/branches.htm)

Back to TopBusiness Community

Willits has a wide compliment of businesses serving the needs of local residents as well as travelers.

Businesses range from: restaurants, bakeries, sporting goods stores, accommodations, flower shops, a movie theater, antique shops, apparel shops, hair salons, grocery stores, health food & health care products stores, small and major appliance stores, book stores, furniture store, specialty shops, general merchandise stores, nurseries, hardware & lumber products, service stations, to new and used automotive dealerships, automotive service and parts shops.

The professional and service sectors of the community range from: accountants, attorneys, bookkeepers, contractors, graphic designers, printers, real estate professionals, property management specialists, insurance brokers, mortgage and title companies, veterinarians, to travel agencies.

Back to TopBusiness Programs

Willits has many forms of assistance for your business, whether it is for start-up, expansion, improvements, or relocation. These programs range from financing, permit streamlining, location assistance, job training, market research to technical assistance.

Financial Institutions

  • Savings Bank of Mendocino County - Willits Branch - Conventional, SBA, Commercial (707) 459-5533
  • North Valley Bank - Conventional, SBA, Commercial (707) 459-5581
  • National Bank of the Redwoods - Conventional, SBA, Commercial (707) 462-3288
  • Chase Bank - Conventional (707) 459-7940


Loan Programs

  • West Company - Microloans (866) 604-WEST (9378)
  • SAFE-BIDCO - Business loans for business start-up, acquisition, working capital, expansion, etc. 1-800-273-8637
  • Economic Development & Financing Corp. - Business Revolving Loan Fund for Mendocino County Businesses. (707)-467-5953
  • City of Willits - Revolving Loan Program & Facade Grant Program (707) 459-4601


Recycling Market Development Zone

In 1993 Mendocino County was designated a RMDZ by the California Integrated Waste Management Board. This gives added advantages to locating recycling-based manufacturing businesses in Mendocino County.

Access

  • Low interest loans up to $1,000,000
  • Site, permitting, engineering and technical support
  • Feedstock analysis and assistance
Back to TopClimate

Willits has a very moderate climate year-round. The coastal influence contributes to this wonderful climate especially in the summer months when our neighbors to the south can be up to 10 degrees warmer.

Temperature
MonthMinMeanMax
January 36 46 57
April 38 52 66
July 48 67 86
October 38 58 78
Annual Temperatures Recorded
High - 104 Low - 14
Precipitation
Average Annual Rainfall 53 inches
Average Annual Snowfall 0-3 inches (usually in Feb. or Mar.)
Back to TopCommunication

Newspapers
There are several local and regional newspapers that provide local and regional information in the Willits area and Mendocino County.

Radio Stations
There are several radio stations that serve Willits and the surrounding areas in Mendocino County.

  • KLLK Radio Station - Willits, CA (707) 459-1250
  • KUKI Radio Station - Ukiah, CA (707) 463-5868
  • KNTI Radio Station - Lakeport, CA (707) 462-1551
  • K-WINE Radio Station - Ukiah, CA (707) 462-1451
  • KZYX Public Radio Station - Philo, CA (707) 895-2324
  • KOZT - Ft. Bragg, CA (707) 964-7277
  • KMFB - Mendocino, CA (707) 964-4653

Television
Cable service - provided by Comcast Communications 1-800-COMCAST (1-800-266-2278).

Several local businesses offer satellite connection.

Back to TopElevation & Location

Willits is nestled at the western edge of the Little Lake Valley at 1,350 feet above sea level and is surrounded by the forested mountains of the coastal range.

The City of Willits, centrally located in the heart of Mendocino County, is on U. S. Highway 101 and State Highway 20 West approximately halfway between San Francisco and Eureka (140 miles either direction), 158 miles west of Sacramento, and 36 miles east of the Mendocino coast.

Back to TopGovernment

Willits operates under a City Council-City Manager form of government with a five-member City Council that elects its mayor each year.
The City of Willits, understanding the need to maintain a strong commitment to assisting our existing businesses as well as attracting new businesses, has taken a pro-active approach to economic development. Local government has taken a conservative approach in levying permit and regulatory fees.
The City has programs in place that assist business, such as the Revolving Loan Fund and the Facade Grant Program

Government Agencies
Government Agencies and Taxes
City of Willits
111 E. Commercial St.
Willits, CA 95490
(707) 459-4601
(707) 459-1562 fax

Taxes

Taxes are competitive to the property tax rates in the State of California .

Property Tax Rates (%)

County (1.00 of assessed value)
(for specific tax information contact Mendocino County Tax Assessors Office 1-707-463-4311)

Little Lake Fire District (60 dollars per parcel)

Tax Rates (%)

State Sales Tax 8.125

T.O.T (%) 10.00
(Transient Occupancy Tax)

Back to TopHousing Costs

Willits has a unique mix of quality housing stock, in a wide variety of price ranges. Homes are still affordable for the first-time home buyer as well as some exclusive executive homes. Homes with acreage, mini ranches, quality homes in sub-divisions are all available in a wide price range.
The estimated median value of a housing unit in the Willits area is $289,213 (2009).
Median gross rent as of 2009 is $941.  Current rental information can be obtained through the local real estate firms with property management specialists on staff and through property management firms in the area.

Back to TopIndustrial Overview

Manufacturing firms are realizing the advantages of locating and expanding their operations to Willits.

Most commercial/industrial property in Willits is along Highways 101 and 20, or very near, and easily accessible for freight carriers. Highway 20 (east) provides a link to Interstate 5 in the Sacramento Valley and western United States markets, and Highway 101 links Willits to the San Francisco/Bay Area, Los Angeles and Pacific-Rim markets.

Because of our size, we are able to more effectively assist business. The small town atmosphere permeates throughout the community. Locating or expanding businesses receive personal assistance from the city government. The staff works effectively with state and local agencies to make sure your needs are met. You are not "just a number" here, you are a "partner" in the future growth and development of our community.

Zoning, planning and building information, within the incorporated city limits is available through the City of Willits Building and Planning Department.

City of Willits - Building & Planning Department
111. E. Commercial St., Willits, CA 95490
(707) 459-4601

Willits Trade Area: 19,000. The Willits Trade Area includes four census tracts in northern Mendocino County. The Trade Area extends from Willits to the Mendocino/Humboldt County border and includes Brooktrails, Pine Mountain, Leggett, Laytonville and Covelo. Residents of the Trade Area, who live outside the City of Willits in the unincorporated areas make up approximately 25 percent of the non-tourist business with the City.

The Willits Trade Area has grown in population and households at an annual rate between 1.6 and 2.2 percent since 1980, which is slightly higher than growth rates in Mendocino County. This trend is expected to continue over the next few years.

Back to TopJobs by Industry
Jobs by Industry
1990 Employed Population 16 Yrs + by Industry
IndustryCity Limits%Willits Area%
Ag/Forestry/Fisheries 41 2.0 209 3.7
Mining 0 0.0 5 0.1
Construction 69 3.4 304 5.4
Mfg.-Non durable Goods 40 2.0 176 3.1
Mfg.-Durable Goods 491 24.2 1,134 20.1
Transportation 193 9.5 353 6.3
Comm. & Public Utilities. 8 0.4 66 1.2
Wholesale Trade 43 2.1 137 2.4
Retail Trade 470 23.2 1,105 19.6
Finance./Ins./Real Estate 89 4.4 225 4.0
Bus. & Repair Services 68 3.4 202 3.6
Personal Services 70 3.5 187 3.3
Entertain/Rec. Services 16 0.8 64 1.1
Profess. & Related Service 375 18.5 1,265 22.4
Public Administration 53 2.6 210 3.7
TOTAL 2,026   5,642  

Source: Claritas

Back to TopJobs by Local Employers

Willits is home to a diverse composition of local businesses that provide employment opportunities for our local citizens. The manufacturing and industrial firms located in Willits market products regionally as well as internationally. The following is a partial list of local employers in the Willits area.

Willits Local Employers
Advanced Manufacturing & Development (707) 459-9451
300 East Hill Rd., Willits, CA 95490
Precision Sheet Metal Fabrication
MCI Transformer Corp. (707) 459-5994
150 Sanhedrin Cir., Willits, CA 95490
Electronics - Transformers
Applied Power Corporation (707) 459-9496
111 N.Main St, Willits, CA 95490
Solar & Alternative Energy Systems/Products
Microphor, Incorporated (707) 459-5563
452 East Hill Rd., Willits, CA 95490
Custom Mfg., Sanitation Systems, Plastics
Calif. Dept. of Forestry - Howard Forest Station (707) 459-7414
17501 N. Hwy 101., Willits, CA 95490
Forestry & Fire Protection
101 Redwood (707) 459-5101
P. O. Box 101, Willits, CA 95490
Wood Products - Specialty
City of Willits (707) 459-4601
111 E. Commercial St., Willits, CA 95490
Local Government
Rays Food Place (707) 459-5139
1718 S. Main St., Willits, CA 95490
Grocery Store
Cutter Lumber (707) 459-5153
Hwy 20, Willits, CA 95490
Wood Products - Pallets
Northwestern Pacific Railroad (707) 459-2308
293 E. Commercial St., Willits, CA 95490
Railroad
Dripworks (707) 459-9343
190 Sanhedrin Cir., Willits, CA 95490
Mail Order - Irrigation Supplies
Safeway Stores (707) 459-5862
845 S. Main St., Willits, CA 95490
Grocery Store
Goods' Stamps - Stamp Good (707) 459-9124
56 S. Main St., Willits, CA 95490
Custom Mfg. - Rubber Stamps
Shusters Transportation (707) 459-4131
750 E. Valley Rd., Willits, CA 95490
Transportation
Willits Redwood Company (707) 459-4549
220 Franklin Ave., Willits, CA 95490
Wood Products - Redwood Lumber Mill
Ileya Tropics Designs (707) 459-0910
P.O. Box 1771, Willits, CA 95490
Custom Ceramics
Willits Unified School District (707) 459-5314
618 S. Main St., Willits, CA 95490
Education - Public School System
F.R. Howard Memorial Hospital (707) 459-6801
1 Madrone St., Willits, CA 95490
Healthcare - Hospital
Windsor Mill Company (707) 459-4621
661 Railroad Ave., Willits, CA 95490
Wood Products - Wood Moldings
Back to TopJobs by Occupation

The Willits area has many qualified personnel; over 38% of the labor force is employed in the field of manufacturing, precision repair and agriculture. Sales and service accounts for over 36% of the labor force and approximately 25% are employed in the managerial and professional field.

1990 Employed Population 16 Yrs +
OccupationCity Limits%Willits Area%
Managerial/Prof. Spec. 453 22.4 1,490 26.4
Exec/Admin/Managerial 242 11.9 720 12.8
Professional Specialty 211 10.4 770 13.6
Tech./Sales/Admin Spt. 383 18.9 1,174 20.8
Technician & Related 8 0.4 63 1.1
Sales 183 9.0 555 9.8
Administrative Support 192 9.5 556 9.9
Service Occupation 334 16.5 865 15.3
Private Household 23 1.1 31 0.5
Protective Service 10 0.5 9 1.6
Other Service 301 14.9 742 13.1
Farming/Forestry/Fishing 89 4.4 305 5.4
Precision/Craft/Repair 242 11.9 754 13.4
Operator/Fabricator/Labr 525 25.9 1,055 18.7
Mach. Op/Assem/Inspect 168 8.3 372 6.6
Trans. & Material Moving 206 10.2 407 7.2
Handlers/Helpers/Laborers 151 7.5 276 4.9
TOTAL 2,026   5,643  

Source: Claritas

Back to TopJobs Unemployment Rate
Mendocino County has continued to show a decrease in unemployment throughout the last few years.
YearMendocinoCAUS
1990 7.8% 5.8% 5.5%
1991 10.8% 7.7% 6.7%
1992 12.7% 9.3% 7.4%
1993 11.3% 9.4% 6.8%
1994 9.5% 8.6% 6.1%
1995 9.6% 7.8% 5.6%
1996 8.4% 7.2% 5.4%
1997 7.9%* 6.5% 5.0%
1998 7.9% 5.9% 4.5%
1999 6.7% 5.2% 4.2%

Source: Employment Development Dept.

Back to TopLabor Force

Many highly skilled and multi-talented people live in the Willits area. Home to many entrepreneurs, Willits has a unique mix of cottage industries, small businesses and corporations that offer a wide variety of employment at many levels. There is also a diverse group of skilled labor personnel.

Population 16 Yrs + in Labor Force
1990City Limits%Willits Area%
Civilian Employed Males 1,150 52.4 3,140 51.5
Civilian Employed Females 876 39.9 2,503 41.1
Persons in Armed Forces 6 0.3 20 0.3
Persons Unemployed 163 7.4 434 7.1
TOTAL 2,195   6,097  

Source: Claritas

Back to TopMedical Services

The citizens of Willits enjoy a wide array of medical services ranging from the traditional to alternative forms of care. F.R. Howard Memorial Hospital, part of Adventist Health Systems, serves Willits and the surrounding communities. The hospital has served Willits since 1926. Even though it is small, the hospital maintains an aggressive program to ensure that their equipment is state-of-the-art.

The hospital, along with other organizations and businesses host, an annual "Hometown Healthy Health Fair" each October.

Hospital

F.R. Howard Memorial Hospital
1 Madrone St., Willits, CA 95490
(707) 459-6801
Acute care 24 hour emergency, ICU, CCU

Professionals

Several excellent physicians, surgeons, and general practitioners provide medical service in Willits. Optometrists, dentists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and physical therapists also serve the area.

In addition to the hospital, a rest home, Redwoods Manor Retirement Care Home, and a convalescent hospital, Willits Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, serve Willits.

Back to TopPopulation & Income

The population of the Willits area has increased at a very even and moderate rate over the last few years. The growth has been at approximately 1.7% to 2% per year over the last 6 years.

Willits Population
PopulationCity LimitsWillits Area
1980 Total 3,706 9,976
1990 Total 5,027 12,648
1999 Total 5,151 14,138
2004 Projected 5,287 14,995
% Change 1980-1990 35.6% 34.9%
% Change 1990-1999 2.5% 11.8%

Source: Claritas

Ethnic Origin 1999 Population
By RaceCity Limits%Willits Area%
White 3,980 77.3 12,171 86.1
Black 12 0.2 39 0.3
Asian 55 1.0 149 1.1
Hispanic 978 19.0 1,491 10.5
All Other 126 2.4 288 2.0
TOTAL 5,151   14,138  
Number of Households
YearCity LimitsWillits Area
1980 Total 1,373 3,421
1990 Total 1,905 4,753
1999 Total 2,024 5,505
2004 Total Projected 2,130 5,987
% Change 1980 - 1990 38.7% 38.9%
% Change 1990 - 1999 6.2% 15.8%

Source: Claritas

Population by Age - 1999 Population
By AgeCity Limits%Willits Area%
Under 5 454 8.8 1,065 7.5
5 to 9 466 9.0 1,146 8.1
10 to 14 436 8.5 1,113 7.9
15 to 19 384 7.5 988 7.0
20 to 2 324 6.3 798 5.6
25 to 29 341 6.6 897 6.3
30 to 34 327 6.3 769 5.4
35 to 39 432 8.4 999 7.1
40 to 44 439 8.5 1,299 9.2
45 to 54 600 11.6 2,016 14.3
55 to 64 349 6.8 1,162 8.2
65 to 74 277 5.4 948 6.7
75 to 84 246 4.8 710 5.0
85 & Over 76 1.5 228 1.6
TOTAL 5,151   14,138  

Source: Claritas

Avg Household
IncomeCity LimitsWillits Area
1989 $27,984 $30,378
1999 $36,382 $39,473
% of Change 30.0% 29.9%

Source: Claritas

Personal Income Per Capita
IncomeCity LimitsWillits Area
1989 $10,703 $11,481
1999 $14,682 $15,725
% of Change 37.2% 37.0%

Source: Claritas

Back to TopPlaces of Worship

Places of Worship
Agape Bible Church
(707) 459-1905
290 S. Lenore Ave., Willits, CA 95490
Memorial Baptist Church
(Southern Baptist Convention)
(707) 459-3106
25 Hazel St. , Willits , CA 95490
Bible Baptist Church
(707) 459-4642
1764 S. Main St., Willits, CA 95490
Opening Heart Dharma Center Buddhist Meditation
(707)459-2230
Pentecostal Church of God
(707) 459-6907
120 Pearl St., Willits, CA 95490
Shiloh Gateway of Worship
(707) 459-459-2846
68 E. San Francisco Ave , Willits , CA 95490
Christ's Church of the Golden Rule
(707) 459-5382
16200 N. Hwy 101, Willits, CA 95490
St. Anthony's Catholic Church
(707) 459-2252
61 W. San Francisco Ave., Willits, CA 95490
Church of Christ
(707) 459-5023
1095 S. Main St., Willits, CA 95490
St. Francis in The Redwoods Episcopal Church
(707)459-3066
66 E. Commercial St., Willits, CA 95490
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
(707) 459-3224
265 Margie Dr., Willits, CA 95490
St. John's Lutheran Church
(707) 459-2988
24 Mill Creek Dr., Willits, CA 95490
Eckankar
(707) 459-6734 or (800) 423-0771
Call for location.
St. John The Almsgiver Orthodox Church
(707) 459-5424
24200 N. Hwy. 101, Willits, CA 95490
First Baptist Church
(707) 459-2144
145 Wood St., Willits, CA 95490
Seventh-Day Adventist Church
(707) 459-5714
399 W. Mendocino Ave., Willits, CA 95490
Friends (Quakers)
(707) 459-1911
Trinity Holiness Church
(707) 459-6414
803 Coast St., Willits, CA 95490
Inner Resource Fellowship (Hinduism)
(707) 456-0945
1500 Hearst Rd., Willits, CA 95490
United Methodist Church
(707) 459-2855
286 School St., Willits, CA 95490
Jehovah's Witnesses
(707) 459-6141
740 Fort Bragg Rd. (Hwy 20), Willits, CA 95490
United Pentecostal Church
(707) 459-5191
395 Furlong Rd., Willits, CA 95490
Jewish Worship & Community Services
(707) 459-0944
66 E. Commercial St. , Willits , CA 95490
Willits Church of the Nazarene
(707) 459-4270
20690 N. Hwy 101, Willits, CA 95490
Willits Church of Religious Science
(707) 456-9682
3 S. Main St., Willits, CA 95490
Back to TopPublic Safety
Law Enforcement

The Willits Police Department provides services for the incorporated city limits. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Department provides services outside the incorporated city limits.

Fire Protection

The Little Lake Fire Protection District operates two stations and provides the City of Willits and the surrounding area (Willits Unified School District) with fire protection services. The department is recognized as one of the best volunteer fire departments in the State.

Fire Insurance Classification: ISO 5

Brooktrails Fire Department and the California Department of Forestry provide additional fire protection for the surrounding area.

Back to TopReal Estate Information

The greater Willits area has some of the most affordable property in the State of California. From getaway weekend homes and estates, to ranches and homes with turn of the century charm. There are many nice neighborhoods from which to choose the lifestyle that fit you.

Rental properties are available through property management companies. Also, many of the real estate offices listed below have rental services.

There are plenty of opportunities to own your own business, invest in commercial/industrial, income property or buy lots and land for future appreciation. As Willits experiences growth, more commercial, retail and service establishments are needed. Look at the list below for a real estate professional who will best fit your inquires. Call today. You'll be glad you did!

Local Real Estate Companies

(The following real estate offices are members of the Willits Chamber of Commerce)
Coldwell Banker/Mendo. Realty, Inc.
1460 S. Main St. , Willits , CA 95490
(707) 459-5389 - (800) 393-3093
FAX: (707) 459-4825
E-MAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
WEB SITE: Click Here
OPEN: M-F, 9am-5pm; Sat.-Sun., 10am to 4pm
SERVICES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Gateway Realty
100 South St. , Willits , CA 95490
(707) 459-5363 - (800) 392-9118
FAX: (707) 459-3285
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WEB SITE: Click Here
OPEN: M-F, 9am-5pm; Sat.-Sun., 10am-4pm
SERVICES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Lincoln Realty
1661-A S. Main St.
Willits, CA 95940
(707) 459-4599 - (888) 682-8262
FAX: (707) 459-3275
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OPEN: M-Sat., 10am-5pm
SERVICES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Ponderosa & Sun Realty, Inc.
635 S. Main St., Willits, CA 95490
(707) 459-5108
FAX: (707) 459-0540
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WEB SITE: Click Here
OPEN: M-F, 9am-5pm
SERVICES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9 (country properties)
Realty World/Selzer Realty
36 South St., Willits, CA 95490
(707) 459-6175‚(800) 767-9546
FAX: (707) 459-6177
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WEB SITE: Click Here
OPEN: M-F., 9am-5pm; Sat & Sun, 10am-3pm
SERVICES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Rowland Realty
282 S. Main St., Willits, CA 95490
(707) 489-1014
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OPEN: M-F., 9:30am-5pm; Sat & Sun, by appointment.
SERVICES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12
Summit Realty
557 S. Main St., Willits, CA 95490
(707) 459-4961 ‚(707) 459-4969
FAX: (707) 459-7970
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WEB SITE: Click Here
OPEN: M-F, 9am-5pm; Sat.-Sun., 10am-4pm
SERVICES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Key for Services Provided:
1 Homes 4 Ranches 7 Commercial 10 Property Management
2 Lots 5 Second Homes 8 Industrial 11 Rental Offices
3 Land 6 Residential Income Property 9 Business Opportunities 12 Other
Back to TopRecreation

Situated near the coast, the Eel and Russian Rivers, Willits is an area for fishing enthusiasts. Abundant wildlife can be enjoyed by all. Information regarding hunting and fishing may be obtained from local sporting goods stores.

There are several excellent trails and nature areas for hikers, bicyclists and campers to explore in and around the Willits area. Little Darby Nature Trail, Jackson Demonstration State Forest and Brooktrails offer trails of various lengths and terrain. Lake Emily and Ada Rose in Brooktrails are local favorites for fishing and fun.

Willits has three public parks for the community and visitors to enjoy. Recreation Grove Park, the largest, is the location for several annual events ranging from the Community Festival & Car Show (May) and Willits Frontier Days (July), which boasts "the Oldest Continuous Rodeo in the State of California."

Visitors staying in one of the many motels or our bed and breakfast inn can take trips in any direction. North of Willits is the Avenue of the Giants, where some of the world's tallest and oldest redwood trees thrive. To the West is the Mendocino Coast with century old towns like the picturesque village of Mendocino and City of Fort Bragg. South of Willits are several excellent wineries. A short drive East along scenic Highway 20 are Lake Mendocino and Blue Lakes. Hunting, fishing, hiking, golfing and horseback riding are other activities that are enjoyed in and around Willits.

Back to TopSchools, Colleges & Education

The Willits Unified School District provides area students with an excellent educational system. The high school, a California Distinguished School, is accredited and provides an outstanding curriculum. Both primary and secondary schools are well staffed with qualified teachers and aides. Several alternative schools are within the area.

Health Coordinators provide hearing, vision, and dental screenings. A complete range of Special Education services are available to identified students. Counseling services are available at all schools within the District. For additional information on the public schools in the Willits area contact:

Schools, Colleges & Education
Willits Unified School District Office
120 Pearl St., Willits, CA 95490
(707) 459-5314 ~ (707) 459-7862 fax
Web Site: http://www.edline.net/pages/Willits_High_School
Special Education Services (707) 459-5314 ext. 1102 or ext. 1112
Transportation Department (707) 459-5111
Food Service Center (707) 459-7700 ext. 1515
Head Start (707) 459-1048 or (707) 459-5141
Brookside School Campus (Spruce & Lincoln Ways)
P.O. Box 1088, Willits, CA 95490
 
School/Grade
Brookside Elementary School (K - 2nd)
(707) 459-5385
Spruce & Lincoln Ways, Willits, CA 95490
San Hedrin Continuation High School (9th - 12th)
(707) 459-4801
120 N. Main St., Willits, CA 95490
Blosser Lane Elementary School (3rd -5th)
(707) 459-3232
1275 Blosser Ln., Willits, CA 95490
Secondary Community Day School (9th - 12th)
(707) 459-7754
370 E. Commercial St., Willits, CA 95490
Baechtel Grove Middle School (6th - 8th)
(707) 459-2417
1150 Magnolia St., Willits, CA 95490
Sherwood Elementary School (K - 6th)
(707) 984-6769
32600 Sherwood Rd. (Note: Mailing address is 618 S. Main St., Willits, CA 95490)
Willits High School (9th - 12th)
(707) 459-7700
299 N. Main St., Willits, CA 95490
Willits Charter School (6th - 12th)
(707) 459-5506
1431 S. Marin St., Willits, CA 95490
New Horizons/Independent Study (K - 12th)
(707) 459-4801 ext. 1138
120 N. Main St., Willits, CA 95490
Willits Seventh-Day Adventist School (Elementary)
(707) 459-4333
22751 Bray Rd., Willits, CA 95490
Regional Colleges & Universities

Mendocino College
Willits Center, 11 Marin St., Willits, CA 95490 (707) 459-6224
Ukiah (Main) Campus, 1000 Hensley Creek Rd., Ukiah, CA 95482 (707) 468-3000
Lake Center, 1005 Parallel Dr., Lakeport, CA 95453 (707) 263-4944

Mendocino College provides a variety of educational opportunities. In addition to the standard curriculum, the College has two programs that are particularly relevant to businesses. First, the Contract Education Program allows employers to request specific training for employees which is customized to the needs of their individual business. Second, the Community Extension Program provides on-site local short courses for small groups.

In addition to Mendocino College, there are several colleges that provide excellent educational opportunities.

  • College of the Redwoods - Fort Bragg, 35 miles west
  • Empire College - Santa Rosa, 80 miles south
  • Heald Business College - Santa Rosa, 80 miles south
  • Humboldt State University - Arcata, 150 miles north
  • Santa Rosa Junior College - Santa Rosa, 80 miles south
  • Sonoma State University - Santa Rosa, 80 miles south
  • University of San Francisco - Santa Rosa, 80 miles south
Educational Attainment for Population 25Yrs +
1990City Limits%Willits Area%
Less than 9th Grade 284 9.2 618 7.3
9th-12th Grade, No Diploma 580 18.8 1,214 14.3
High School Graduate 1,055 34.1 2,543 30.0
Some College, No Degree 759 24.6 2,394 28.2
Associate Degree 81 2.6 497 5.9
Bachelor's Degree 251 8.1 892 10.5
Graduate or Prof. Degree 80 2.6 332 3.9
TOTAL 3,090   8,490  

Source: Claritas

Back to TopTransportation

Willits, centrally located in Mendocino County and on U.S. Hwy 101, is in close proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area.

INTERSTATES

Interstate 5 - 96 miles east

HIGHWAYS

Hwy 101 - 0 miles
Hwy 20 West - 0 miles
Hwy 20 East - 14 miles south

AIRPORTS

Willits Municipal Airport (Ell's Field)

The airport is located north west of Willits in Brooktrails, approximately 2-1/2 miles from town. The airport is 2,054 feet above sea level with a 3,000-ft. runway, 24hr fuel service, FBO on site and 21 hangers. Pattern altitude - 2,800 feet MSL., Unicom 122.8

Longitude: 123 - 22
Latitude: 39 - 27

Ukiah Municipal Airport - 25 miles south of Willits.
Santa Rosa Airport - 80 miles south of Willits.
San Francisco International Airport - 150 miles south of Willits.
Sacramento International Airport - 150 miles east of Willits.
Oakland International Airport - 150 miles south of Willits.

RAILROADS

North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) - NCRA is the governing body for the Northwestern Pacific Railroad

Skunk Train - Willits is the eastern terminus of the Skunk Train. The train provides passenger excursion service between Willits and Fort Bragg . For information call 866-45-SKUNK or visit the web site at www.SkunkTrain.com.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Mendocino Transit Authority (MTA) - MTA provides local dial-a-ride and senior transportation service within the Willits valley. In addition to local service, MTA provides connecting service to Ukiah, the Mendocino Coast, Santa Rosa and to the Bay Area. For more information regarding service and fares call 1-800-696-4MTA.

Greyhound Bus Line - provides long distance service. For more information call (800) 231-2222

Amtrak ThruWay Bus Service - offering guaranteed connections to and from Amtrak trains at California Western Depot, Commercial St. Call 1-800-872-7245 for more information regarding service.

TRUCKING

Local industrial and manufacturing firms are served by trucking firms offering trans-continental, interstate and regional shipping options to provide service to the Willits area.

Back to TopUtilities

 

Utilities

Electric
Pacific Gas & Electric - 1-800-743-5000

Natural Gas
Pacific Gas & Electric - 1-800-743-5000

Telecommunications
AT&T - basic phone service - 1-800-310-2355 (Residential service) or 1-800-750-2355 (Business service)
Long distance - provided by various companies
Cellular service - provided by various companies
Internet service - provided by various local companies

Water
City of Willits - (707) 459-4601
Provides service inside city limits.
Current storage capacity - 3.5MGD
Current usage - 2.2MGD

Alternative Energy
Because of the rural character of the Willits area, a high percentage of the population choose not to use conventional forms of power rather they are - "off the grid," using solar electric power systems.

Gaia Productions Solar - (707) 456-0881

Water service outside the incorporated City limits:

  • Brooktrails Community Services Dist. - (707) 459-2494
  • Pine Mountain Mutual Water Dist. - (707) 459-4171
  • Well or spring water may be available in some areas.
Solid Wastes of Willits - (707) 459-4778 provides residential & commercial refuse collection service.
Additionally, they operate a recycling center and transfer station located at 350 Franklin St.
(707) 459-0272 Open Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00am to 4:30pm.

Waste Water Treatment
City of Willits - (707) 459-4601

Sanitation Service
Within the City limits residents are required to have refuse collection service. The City of Willits strongly encourages and supports recycling efforts.