Willits (formerly, Little Lake and Willitsville) is a city in Mendocino County, California. Willits is located 20 mile north-northwest of Ukiah, at an elevation of 1391 feet. The population was 5,073 at the 2000 census. Willits is at the center of Mendocino County and its redwood forests. An arch donated to the city by Reno, Nevada in 1995 stands in the center of town and displays Willits' slogans "Heart of Mendocino County" and "Gateway to the Redwoods."
Every 4th of July Willits hosts the Frontier Days & Rodeo, the oldest continuous rodeo and Independence Day celebration in California. It is also home to the Roots of Motive Power Locomotive Museum and the Mendocino County Museum.
The Willits area is the final home of the racehorse Seabiscuit. Ridgewood Ranch, where Seabiscuit trained, recuperated, lived out his retirement and was buried, is located a few miles south of the city.
Median Age 39
Average Age of Homes 24
Average Sale Price 2009 $228,218
Other Communities located in the Willits area:
Laytonville, Covelo, Branscomb, Leggett