Miranda (formerly, Jacobsen's) is a census-designated place in Humboldt County, California. It is located 2.5 miles (4 km) northwest of Phillipsville, in the heart of redwood country, at an elevation of 351 feet (107 m). The ZIP Code is 95553. The population was 520 at the 2010 census.
The name Miranda, was originally applied to the areas post office on August 26, 1905. One account states that it is not known whether the name giver had in mind a girl or the well-known Spanish place name and family name. Miranda means "admirable." Miranda was known as jacobsen's Valley until the post office was established. Another account states that Etta Coombs chose the name "Miranda" for the post office she started. The town of Miranda is a five-minute walk from the south fork of the Eel River, and is located amidst giant redwood trees. Miranda is located on the Avenue of the Giants between Myers Flat to the north and Phillipsville to the south.
Besides the post office, the town boasts one restaurant, a resort, market, and gas station (all owned by the Eldridge family), a small coffee shop, a Seventh-day Adventist church, a meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), a small, rural high school encompassing grades 8-12, a Community Grange, two gift shops, an art gallery specializing in functional burl wood art on the south side, and an active Volunteer Fire Department. There is a glass gallery one mile south of Miranda on the Avenue of the Giants in the historical unincorporated area formerly known as Firhaven.
South Fork High School is the only regular high school of Southern Humboldt Unified School District, and currently boasts around 150 students from all of Southern Humboldt County. The school's name refers to the South Fork of the Eel River. Osprey Learning Center, an alternative continuation high school, is located across the football field from SFHS in facilities that formerly housed Miranda Junior High School. Today, Miranda Junior High School now stands where the former tennis court was, as construction was completed in 2014.
The ZIP Code is 95553. The community is inside Area code 707. Elevation is said to be 351 feet at the town sign, though the terrain is generally not flat and encompasses sea level to over 2,000-foot elevations. Miranda is in the PST zone and observes Daylight Savings.