Diamond Springs, California
Location in El Dorado County and the state of California
|• Total||16.712 sq mi (43.286 km2)|
|• Land||16.642 sq mi (43.104 km2)|
|• Water||0.070 sq mi (0.182 km2) 0.42%|
|Elevation||1,791 ft (546 m)|
|• Density||660/sq mi (250/km2)|
|Time zone||Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||0277499|
Diamond Springs (formerly, Diamond Spring and Diamond) is a census-designated place (CDP) in El Dorado County, California, United States. It is part of the Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 11,037 at the 2010 census, up from 4,888 at the 2000 census. The town is registered as California Historical Landmark #487. It lies at an elevation of 1791 feet (546 m).
This town, settled in 1848, derived its name from its crystal clear springs. Among the most gold-rich locations in the region, the area produced a 25-pound nugget, one of the largest ever found in El Dorado County. Its most thriving period was in 1851 and, through its lumber, lime production, and agriculture, Diamond Springs has retained some of its early importance.
A post office was established at Diamond Spring in 1853; the name was changed to Diamond Springs in 1950.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 16.7 square miles (43 km2), of which, 16.6 square miles (43 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.42%) is water.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Diamond Springs had a population of 11,037. The population density was 660.4 people per square mile (255.0/km²). The racial makeup of Diamond Springs was 9,743 (88.3%) White, 39 (0.4%) African American, 176 (1.6%) Native American, 110 (1.0%) Asian, 6 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 518 (4.7%) from other races, and 445 (4.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1,377 persons (12.5%).
The Census reported that 10,904 people (98.8% of the population) lived in households, 23 (0.2%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 110 (1.0%) were institutionalized.
There were 4,579 households, out of which 1,195 (26.1%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 2,208 (48.2%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 530 (11.6%) had a female householder with no husband present, 199 (4.3%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 230 (5.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 29 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 1,380 households (30.1%) were made up of individuals and 848 (18.5%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38. There were 2,937 families (64.1% of all households); the average family size was 2.94.
The population was spread out with 2,253 people (20.4%) under the age of 18, 776 people (7.0%) aged 18 to 24, 2,200 people (19.9%) aged 25 to 44, 3,373 people (30.6%) aged 45 to 64, and 2,435 people (22.1%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.1 years. For every 100 females there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.3 males.
There were 4,921 housing units at an average density of 294.5 per square mile (113.7/km²), of which 3,301 (72.1%) were owner-occupied, and 1,278 (27.9%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 3.4%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.0%. 7,849 people (71.1% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 3,055 people (27.7%) lived in rental housing units.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,888 people, 1,984 households, and 1,327 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 823.0 people per square mile (317.7/km²). There were 2,057 housing units at an average density of 346.3 per square mile (133.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 90.16% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 2.23% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 4.48% from other races, and 2.48% from two or more races. 8.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,984 households out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 21.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $36,449, and the median income for a family was $40,833. Males had a median income of $35,844 versus $26,500 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $19,466. About 8.4% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.0% of those under age 18 and 10.6% of those age 65 or over.
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