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Beale Air Force Base is an active United States Air Force base and a census-designated place in Yuba County. Beale is part of the Air Combat Command, and its primary role is reconnaissance. It is located south of the Yuba River, north of Wheatland, and east of Linda. It has a population of 5,115 (as of the 2000 census) and a total area of 36 square miles. Its elevation is 112 feet. The average annual rainfall is 17.5 inches. The average high temperature in July is 96.3°, and the average low temperature in January is 38.0°.

The native plant community of Beale Air Force Base is central oak woodland.

The zip code of Beale Air Force Base is 95903.


As of a July 2007 estimate1, residents' median age was 23 years, the youngest in the Yuba-Sutter area.

66.9% of residents were white and non-Hispanic, followed by 11.2% of residents who were Hispanic, and 10.7% who were black. Beale Air Force Base has the highest proportion of black residents in the Yuba-Sutter area.

Of residents 25 or older, 97.1% had at least a high school degree, 21.9% had at least a bachelor's degree, and 8.3% had a graduate or professional degree. Beale Air Force Base has the highest proportion of high school graduates in the Yuba-Sutter area and the second-highest proportion of residents with graduate or professional degrees (after Brownsville).

Of residents 15 or older, 80.6% were married, 16.0% had never married, 1.1% were divorced, 0.0% were widowed, and 2.2% were separated. Beale Air Force Base has the highest proportion of currently married residents and lowest proportion of never married, divorced, and widowed residents in the Yuba-Sutter area.

0.5% of households were headed by unmarried partners, the lowest proportion in the Yuba-Sutter area. 0.2% of households were headed by self-identified same-sex couples.

For employed residents, the average travel time to work was 17 minutes. The most common industries for males to work in were public administration (43%), the construction industry (16%), and farming (10%). The most common industries for females to work in were education (15%), social assistance (15%), health care (11%), and accommodation and food services (10%). Beale Air Force Base has an unusually high proportion of public administration and social assistance workers, compared to the rest of the Yuba-Sutter area.

The 2007 median annual household income was $40,079 and 2008 median home price was $211,560. 6.7% of residents were below the poverty level in 2007, and 1.6% were below half the poverty level. Beale Air Force Base has the lowest proportion of residents below half the poverty level in the Yuba-Sutter area. The 2008 cost of living index was 103.0, the highest in the Yuba-Sutter area (the United States average is 100).


Beale Air Force Base was established in 1943. It is named for Edward Fitzgerald Beale, a Lieutenant in the United States Navy and a Brigadier General in the California Militia who was an explorer and frontiersman.

In early 2008, Beale Air Force Base applied to become the home of the new Air Force Cyber Command.


February: African-American Heritage Festival - Beale Air Force Base

April: Wheatland/Beale Community Fair - Bear River Middle School in Wheatland



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Beale Air Force Base official website

Beale Air Force Base entry on Wikipedia

Sperlings Best Places: Beale AFB

City Data: Beale AFB, California


1. City Data: Beale AFB, California