Corning is a city with nearly 7,000 people in Tehama County, California, United States. The population was 6,741 at the 2000 census. Corning hosts a beautiful downtown intermodal station, opened in 1998, that hosts dedicated Amtrak Thruway Motorcoaches linking to Amtrak California Capitol Corridor and San Joaquin trains at Sacramento, California and the county's local bus system TRAX. It's the city with the most I-5 traveler services south of Red Bluff and north of Woodland.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km²), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,741 people, 2,422 households, and 1,642 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,320.3 people per square mile (894.4/km²). There were 2,614 housing units at an average density of 899.8/sq mi (346.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 74.48% White, 0.52% African American, 2.18% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 17.42% from other races, and 4.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 50.82% of the population.
There were 2,422 households out of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.33.
In the city the population was spread out with 32.5% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 17.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,357, and the median income for a family was $32,151. Males had a median income of $30,563 versus $19,736 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,357. About 21.1% of families and 26.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.6% of those under age 18 and 15.6% of those age 65 or over.
These compare to the national median household income of $45,135 and national per capita income of $23,201. 69.4% of the Residents in the city have graduated from High School or achieved further education compared to 80.35% nationally.
In the state legislature Corning is located in the 4th Senate District, represented by Republican Sam Aanestad, and in the 2nd Assembly District, represented by Republican Doug LaMalfa. Federally, Corning is located in California's 2nd congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +13 and is represented by Republican Wally Herger.
Corning is popularly known as the Olive City and has a significant agriculture industry as well as a Bell Carter cannery.
Corning is also the home of the Rolling Hills Casino.
Interstate 5 passes through Corning as well as the California Northern Railroad. The California Northern has been leasing and operating the 110.7-mile (178.2 km) line between Davis and Tehama through Corning from Southern Pacific (now Union Pacific) since September 26, 1993. The line was built by Southern Pacific's subsidiary, the Northern Railway Company, in August/September 1882.