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Linda is a census-designated place in Yuba County. It is located southeast of the Yuba River (opposite Marysville, to which it is connected by the Simpson Lane bridge), southwest of Dantoni, west of Beale Air Force Base, and northeast of West Linda. It is bounded approximately on the north and south by Simpson Dantoni Road and Erle Road and on the east and west by Griffith Avenue and Highway 70. It has a population of 13,474 (as of the 2000 census) and a total area of 5.6 square miles. Its elevation is 69 feet. The average annual rainfall is 21.5 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 Linda is central oak woodland.

The U.S. Postal Service sometimes lists addresses in Linda as being in Marysville, because they are both in the 95901 zip code. However, on the Yuba-Sutter Wiki, we prefer listing the more specific location Linda.


As of a July 2007 estimate1, residents' median age was 26 years, the second-youngest in the Yuba-Sutter area (after Beale Air Force Base).

49.5% of residents were white and non-Hispanic, followed by 22.1% of residents who were Hispanic, 16.8% who were East Asian (predominantly Hmong), 6.9% who were multiracial, and 5.4% who were Native American. Linda has the highest proportion of East Asian residents in the Yuba-Sutter area.

Of residents 25 or older, 58.9% had at least a high school degree, 3.6% had at least a bachelor's degree, and 1.6% had a graduate or professional degree. Linda has the lowest proportion of 4-year college graduates in the Yuba-Sutter area.

Of residents 15 or older, 45.7% were married, 30.2% had never married, 14.7% were divorced, 6.3% were widowed, and 3.0% were separated. Linda has the second-lowest proportion of married residents in the Yuba-Sutter area (after Marysville).

8.4% of households were headed by unmarried partners, the highest proportion in the Yuba-Sutter area. 0.5% of households were headed by self-identified same-sex couples.

For employed residents, the average travel time to work was 26 minutes. The most common industries for males to work in were the construction industry (16%) and farming (14%). The most common industries for females to work in were health care (13%) and accommodation and food services (11%). Linda has an unusually high proportion of accommodation and food services workers, compared to the rest of the Yuba-Sutter area.

The 2007 median annual household income was $31,905 (the lowest in the Yuba-Sutter area) and 2008 median home price was $163,540. 37.6% of residents were below the poverty level in 2007 (the highest proportion in the Yuba-Sutter area), and 15.2% were below half the poverty level (also the highest proportion in the Yuba-Sutter area). The 2008 cost of living index was 99.1 (the United States average is 100).


In 1850, John Rose laid out the original town of Linda, which was located near Hammonton, at the furthest upstream point on the Yuba River where boats were able to navigate. He had bought the land from Michael C. Nye and named the town after a boat called the Linda. It lasted only two years before being abandoned, and was buried under mine tailings during the Gold Rush. It remains buried to this day, and is often underwater during the winter.

The History of Yuba County, California (Chapter XXV: Linda Township) by Thompson & West, 1879, described the original Linda this way:

John Rose, William J. Reynolds, and George Kinloch bought the grant land along the south bank of the Yuba river from Michael C. Nye in the spring of 1849.
They kept large numbers of cattle which they grazed on the plains and with which they supplied the mines with meat. Rose and Kinloch had charge of the ranch while Reynolds kept the store at Rose Bar. They lived at the old house where the town of Linda was afterwards built. In December, 1849, the Linda Company arrived at the ranch in the steamer "Linda" and disembarked. They were well pleased with the location and beauty of the spot, and thinking as they had succeeded in reaching this point in their vessel, navigation to the mines would be extended as far as this place, and they advised Rose to lay out a town. They promised to take or sell enough lots to repay him for any outlay he might make in that direction. The partnership of Rose, Reynolds and Kinloch, was dissolved in the spring of 1850, Rose keeping the ranch as his portion. In the spring, Rose laid out a town containing about one square mile and named it Linda in honor of the company and the little pioneer steamer. The "Linda" brought up a load of Marysville people, and the new town was inaugurated and christened over many a bottle of wine. Lots were advertised for sale in Sacramento, April 26, 1850, by J. B. Starr & Co., auctioneers. Rose established a ferry across the river, Charles Lupton built a house, a store was opened, and two or three small dwellings were erected. This was the condition of the place for two years, when all expectation of building a town was given up, and the people who had settled there removed to other parts. In 1856, a bridge was built across the river, at this point, and was carried away by the great flood in December, 1861.
The site of the old town is now covered with sand and overgrown with willows. The waters of the Yuba sweep over it in winter, leaving no indication of the once fertile spot on which stood the little town of Linda.



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Linda entry on Wikipedia Linda entry on Wikimapia Sperling's Best Places: Linda City Data: Linda, California Chapter XXV - Linda Township from History of Yuba County, California by Thompson & West, 1879


1. City Data: Linda, California