Just north of the Bay Area and home to the largest freshwater lake in the United States, Clearlake is one of California's most scenic and eco-friendly communities. With a high quality of life and Mediterranean climate year round, Clearlake apartments for rent could quite possibly sell themselves. Bordered by California's wine country and a short drive to everything the San Francisco area has to offer, it makes sense that so many people are calling Clearlake home. With its many natural wonders and quaint small-town atmosphere, this fantastic city is sure to prosper and thrive.
Pomo Native Americans had been living in the Clearlake area for more than 10,000 years; however, Spanish settlers did not discover the area until 1821. By the mid-1800s, Clearlake was already becoming populated by pioneers in search of riches during the California Gold Rush and European settlers looking for opportunities on the West Coast. Today, Clearlake's local economy is based on wine agriculture, tourism and geothermal energy, attracting many nature lovers and some of the nation's most innovative industries to the area. Besides wine grapes, the area is also famous for farming pears and walnuts. According to information from the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, Clearlake is home to more than 15,000 California residents and has seen a 16 percent rise in population from 2000 to 2010 according to City-Data.
One of the community events that attracts many visitors and brings a lot of pride to the community is the Kelseyville Pear Festival held every autumn in Lake County. A festival held to celebrate the agricultural history of Clearlake and one of their most prized cash crops, this event holds a parade, live music, food vendors and a pear dessert competition.
Perhaps the biggest attraction to the area is the namesake of the city itself. Clearlake State Park is home to some of the best freshwater fishing in the Golden State, plenty of nature and hiking trails, and overnight camping that attracts many California visitors to the area every year.
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