North Coast Region

The North Coast region consists of all of the coastal and adjacent mountain counties in Northwestern California, north of Sonoma and Lake Counties. Humboldt State is the only CSU campus in this region.

Humboldt State has an annual direct impact of $232 million on the North Coast’s economy, including:

  • $127 million in operational expenditures;
  • $30 million in capital expenditures;
  • $33 million in auxiliary expenditures;
  • $42 million in off-campus spending by students that reside outside the North Coast.

The total spending impact of Humboldt State on the North Coast economy is $190 million annually. This impact sustains over 2,200 jobs in the region, and generates nearly $10.6 million in tax revenue for state and local governments. $951 million of the earnings by Humboldt State alumni is attributable to their Humboldt State degrees.

In addition to the regional impact Humboldt State has on the North Coast region, there are additional leakages from spending beyond the region that impact the state. Statewide, Humboldt State creates a total spending impact of nearly $401,000, supports more than 3,400 jobs, and generates $25 million in tax revenue for state and local governments. Moreover, when the enhanced earning potential of Humboldt State alumni are considered, the campus produces a total direct annual impact of $1.2 billion for the state economy, which creates a total spending impact of $1.6 billion. This level of economic activity supports more than 11,000 jobs annually in the state and generates over $113 million in annual tax revenue for the state and local governments.

In 2008-09, state appropriations totaled more than $80 million to Humboldt State, and for every dollar invested, $2.36 in regional and $4.99 in statewide spending is generated. When the impact of the enhanced earnings of Humboldt graduates is included, the ratio rises to more than $20 in total spending impact for every dollar the state invests.