Covelo is a census-designated place (CDP) in Mendocino County, California, United States. Covelo is located 14 miles (23 km) east-northeast of Laytonville, at an elevation of 1398 feet (426 m). The population was 1,175 at the 2000 census.
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According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.1 square miles (18.5 km²), all of it land.
Covelo is the location of the Covelo American Viticultural Area.
Covelo began in 1860, with the opening of the town's first store. The post office opened in 1870. The town was named after a village in Switzerland.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,175 people, 442 households, and 301 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 164.9 people per square mile (63.6/km²). There were 512 housing units at an average density of 71.8/sq mi (27.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 50.21% White, 0.85% Black or African American, 40.26% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 1.96% from other races, and 6.21% from two or more races. 8.09% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 442 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 20.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 27.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.4 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $27,639, and the median income for a family was $31,875. Males had a median income of $21,146 versus $17,014 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $12,628. About 17.1% of families and 27.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.4% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.
In the state legislature Covelo is located in the 2nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Pat Wiggins, and in the 1st Assembly District, represented by Democrat Patty Berg. Federally, Covelo is located in California's 1st congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +10 and is represented by Democrat Mike Thompson.