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Susanville is the county seat of Lassen County, California, United States. Susanville is located on the Susan River in the southern part of the county, at an elevation of 4186ft. The population was 17,974 in the 2010 census, up from 13,541 in the 2000 census. Much of the population increase is related to persons held at two state prisons in the city.Susanville, a former logging and mining town, is the site of two state prisons: the California Correctional Center, a minimum-medium security facility, which opened in 1963; and the High Desert State Prison, California, which opened in 1995. The Federal Correctional Institution, Herlong is nearby, having opened in 2007.The prisons and their effects on the community, including the provision of much needed jobs, were explored in the documentary, Prison Town, USA, aired on PBS Nearly half the adult population of Susanville works at the three prisons in the area where 11,000 people are incarcerated.GeographySusanville is located at. The elevation of Susanville is approximately 4258ft above sea level. It is considered a gateway city to Reno on U.S. Route 395.According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.0 square miles (20.8 km²), of which 7.9 square miles (20.5 km²) is land and 1.07% is water.Susanville is in California. With our custom trip planner, United States vacations can be built around trips to Susanville and other destinations in United States.
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