Woodland is the county seat of Yolo County, California.The population was 55,468 at the 2010 census.
Before the settlement of the area by people of European descent, the Woodland area was inhabited by the Patwin, a subgroup of the Wintun Native Americans.In 1851, the year after California became a state and Yolo County was formed, "Uncle Johnny" Morris settled in what is now the corner of First and Clover Streets in Woodland. Two years later Henry Wyckoff arrived and built a store he named "Yolo City".This new Yolo City might have stayed a singular store if Frank S. Freeman had not bought it and acquired 160 acres (0.65 km2) of land in 1857 and began to develop a town that he hoped would be a trading center for one of the richest crop-growing areas in America. Freeman was giving land to anyone who would clear it and build their home on it. In 1859, Freeman suggested to the post office that the town be called Woodland and the post office accepted.In 1910 Woodland was the most populous city in the county with a population of 3,187 and for the next forty years Woodland continued growing slowly but steadily in population, businesses and industries.