Parkfield is a village in Monterey County, California. As of 2004 road signs announce the population as 37 but some sources list the population as 900.
Parkfield is located at 35.899N, 120.431W. Its elevation is 1,530 feet.
The town itself is located in the central coastal range in Central California. Mining used to be a prosperous activity in this community, but the mines were exhausted below economic recovery levels and the industry moved elsewhere. Today, it is a small town of about 900 people who are mostly ranchers and farmers or merchants supporting these activities. There is a small tourism industry in the town that basis itself on the prospect of earthquakes (see the geology section below). The Parkfield slogan is, "Eat here when it happens, Sleep here when it happens."
Web Sites and Links
ParkfieldInformation about the small town famed for its seismic activity. Includes several businesses and local activities.
U.S. Geological Survey - Parkfield Two-Color PageLocation of geodetic network at Parkfield.
US Geological Survey - ParkfieldParkfield, 1966 more earthquake information.