Dorris is a city in Siskiyou County, California, United States. The population was 939 at the 2010 census, up from 886 at the 2000 census. The town being small, the only attractions are the flagpole and county library. The most notable people who have been residents of Dorris are two athletes who were born here.
Dorris is located at 41°57′54″N 121°55′8″W (41.965075, −121.918967). Dorris is located in the Butte Valley of northern California between Mount Shasta and the Oregon border on U.S. Route 97. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2), 97.81% of it land and 2.19% of it water.
The town was named in 1907 by the Southern Pacific Railroad for brothers Presley A. and Carlos J. Dorris who raised stock in Little Shasta in the 1860s before moving to Dorris' Bridge on the Pit River, renamed Alturas, California in 1876.
At the 2010 census Dorris had a population of 939. The population density was 1,307.5 people per square mile (504.8/km2). The racial makeup of Dorris was 764 (81.4%) White, 19 (2.0%) African American, 18 (1.9%) Native American, 5 (0.5%) Asian, 8 (0.9%) Pacific Islander, 77 (8.2%) from other races, and 48 (5.1%) from two or more races.