Live Oak is a city in Sutter County that was incorporated in 1947. It is located west of the Feather River, northwest of Sunset, north of Encinal, northeast of the Sutter Buttes, and southeast of Pennington. It has a population of 8,571 (as of the 2009 California Department of Finance estimate), which is a 1.5% increase from the previous year and a 37.6% increase from 2000. Its total area is 1.9 square miles. Its elevation is 79 feet. The average annual rainfall is 18.6 inches and average annual snowfall is 0.1 inch. The average high temperature in July is 96.3°, and the average low temperature in January is 38.0°.

The native plant community of Live Oak is central oak woodland.

The U.S. Postal Service sometimes lists addresses in Encinal, Pennington, Sullivan, Sunset, and West Butte as being in Live Oak, because they are all in the 95953 zip code. However, on the Yuba-Sutter Wiki, we prefer listing the more specific locations.


The Live Oak post office was established in 1874.1 Live Oak was incrporated as a city in 1947.


Penny Candy Store on Highway 99 in Live Oak. Photo by queerbychoice. As of a July 2007 estimate2, residents' median age was 31 years.

48.6% of residents were white and non-Hispanic, followed by 36.9% of residents who were Hispanic and 7.8% who were Asian Indian (predominantly Punjabi).

Of residents 25 or older, 50.3% had at least a high school degree, 4.6% had at least a bachelor's degree, and 0.9% had a graduate or professional degree. Live Oak has the second-lowest proportion of high school graduates in the Yuba-Sutter area (after Robbins), the second-lowest proportion of 4-year college graduates in the Yuba-Sutter area (after Linda), and the second-lowest proportion of residents with graduate or professional degrees in the Yuba-Sutter area (after Sutter).

Of residents 15 or older, 58.5% were married, 23.1% had never married, 8.6% were divorced, 6.9% were widowed, and 2.8% were separated.

4.8% of households were headed by unmarried partners. 0.5% of households were headed by self-identified same-sex couples.

For employed residents, the average travel time to work was 24 minutes. The most common industry for males to work in was Farming (32%). The most common industries for females to work in were Health Care (12%) and Farming (10%).

The 2007 median annual household income was $34,483 and 2008 median home price was $155,310. Live Oak has the second-lowest median home price in the Yuba-Sutter area (after Olivehurst). 30.2% of residents were below the poverty level in 2007, and 13.6% were below half the poverty level. The 2008 cost of living index was 91.0 (the United States average is 100).


September: Live Oak Fall Festival



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Links Live Oak entry on Wikipedia Sperling's Best Places: Live Oak City Data: Live Oak, California


1. California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State by David L. Durham. Word Dancer Press, 1998
2. City Data: Live Oak, California