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Modoc County, California

Modoc County California
Full nameCounty of Modoc
Official nameCounty of Modoc
Settlement typeCounty
CountryUnited States
RegionShasta Cascade
County seatAlturas
Total Area4203.37 sq mi (10886.7 km2)
Land Area3944.10 sq mi (10215.2 km2)
Water Area259.28 sq mi (671.5 km2)
Total Population9686 (2010)
Other information
Time zonePacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
- Summer (DST)Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)

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Modoc County is a county located in the far northeast corner of the U.S. state of California, bounded by the state of Oregon to the north and the state of Nevada to the east. As of the 2010 census, its population was 9,686, up from 9,449 at the 2000 census. The current county seat is Alturas, the county's only incorporated city. Previous county seats include Lake City and Centerville, the latter of which is now a ghost town. The county's official slogans include, "The last best place," and "Where the West still lives."

A large portion of Modoc County is federal land. The presence of several federal agencies, including the United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, forms a significant part of the economy and provide services to this rural area.

Modoc is the only county in California bordered by both Nevada and Oregon, and is one of only two counties in California bordering more than one US state (the other being San Bernardino County, bordering Nevada and Arizona in the southern part of the state).

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