Quincy is a census-designated place and the county seat of Plumas County, California. The population was 1,879 at the 2000 census. Quincy is named after the city of Quincy, Illinois. The town is noted as being the most recent home of the High Sierra Music Festival and as the home town of Major League Baseball utility outfielder, Jason Ellison, who was born in Quincy in 1978.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,879 people, 858 households, and 479 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 443.4 people per square mile (171.1/km²). There were 899 housing units at an average density of 212.2/sq mi (81.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 90.90% White, 1.54% African American, 2.24% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 1.49% from other races, and 2.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.79% of the population.
There were 858 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.2% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.1% were non-families. 38.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.79.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $30,508, and the median income for a family was $40,536. Males had a median income of $38,438 versus $27,411 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $19,944. About 5.1% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.3% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over.
Quincy is the only town in Plumas County to possess a large chain grocery store, Safeway. Quincy was the only town with a standard fast-food franchise, Taco Bell, until Portola obtained a Subway (restaurant). Quincy now has a Subway as well.
Quincy started as a Gold Rush community just outside of Elizabethtown, CA. Elizebethtown started in 1852 and slowly dissolved and moved a mile away into American Valley to form Quincy after 1858. When visiting Quincy you can visit the Plumas County Museum which houses Maidu Indian and Gold Rush artifacts as well as many other items. It is located across the street and behind the Plumas County Courthouse. The museum's website is here: Plumas County Museum