Located in the corner of far northeast California, bordering Oregon and Nevada, Modoc County has the third smallest population of any county within the state. Alturas is not only the county seat, but the only incorporated city of the county. The economy of the area is largely propped up by the many federal agencies serving the federally protected land of the county. These national protected areas included Modoc National Forest, Shasta National Forest, Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Within these areas native tress such as the Garry Oak and Washoe Pine can be found.
Embodying the way of life of Modoc County are the two official slogans “The last best place” and “Where the West Still lives.”
The county was named for the Modoc people who originally inhabited the area. The first American explorers of Modoc County were John Freemont and Kit Carson (of Carson City fame). When Nevada was originally granted statehood Modoc was under Shasta County Jurisdiction.
The county received national attention during the Modoc War of 1873, where 52 Modoc tribesmen engaged U.S. military forces. The Lava Beds National Monument is located at the original site of Modoc relocation.
Veterans in Modoc
Because the total population of Modoc is only 9,327 it would stand to reason that the veteran population would be equally small. However, the 1,000 veterans living in the area present a higher percentage of the total populous than the national average. A republican stronghold, in 2008 Modoc voted more heavily for John McCain than any other county in California.
Local veterans have access to a number of services provided through the office of veterans’ services in Alturas. Furthermore Veterans of Memorial Park houses a local VFW (Pete Christensen Post 3327) and an American Legion Post. These provide social support system to veterans through the establishment of a local community of vets.
The median income of Modoc is $37,600 and the median household price is $158,200.
Veterans interested in homeownership in Modoc County potentially qualify for property tax exemptions of up to $4,000. Disabled Veterans as well as the surviving spouses of disabled veterans may be eligible to receive exemptions of up to $150,000 of assessed property value. Veterans also might qualify for the CalVet Home Loan Program, designed for veterans, active duty, and spouses.
Maximum VA Appraisal Fees Allowable In Modoc County:
- Single Family: $450
- Condominium: $450
- Manufactured Housing ( including modular): $450
- Duplex $500
- Triplex $600
- Fourplex $600
- Repair Certification $100
Modoc County VA Homes Property Search
The Modoc County VA HLC property search can be used for the following cities: Adin, Alturas, California Pines, Canby, Cedarville, Davis Creek, Day, Eagleville, Ft. Bidwell, Lake City, Likely, Lookout, Newell, New Pine Creek, Stronghold and Tionesta.
The property search is being updated. Please call 888-573-4496 to request an email of current VA homes for sale.
VA Approved Condos in Modoc County
At this time, there are no VA approved condos in Modoc County. If you would like to have VA HLC assist you in condo project approval, please use this link.
- California VA Loan Information: https://www.vahomeloancenters.org/california-va-home-loan-limits/
- VA Loan Information by State: https://www.vahomeloancenters.org/va-loan-limit-maximum-va-loan-amount/