Hughson, California

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City of Hughson
City
Official seal of City of Hughson
Seal
Motto: A Small Community, with a Big Heart!
Location in Stanislaus County and the state of California
Location in Stanislaus County and the state of California
Coordinates: 37°36′11″N 120°52′1″W / 37.60306°N 120.86694°W / 37.60306; -120.86694Coordinates: 37°36′11″N 120°52′1″W / 37.60306°N 120.86694°W / 37.60306; -120.86694
Country  United States
State  California
County Stanislaus
Incorporated December 9, 1972[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 1.815 sq mi (4.701 km2)
 • Land 1.815 sq mi (4.701 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation 125 ft (38 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,640
 • Density 3,700/sq mi (1,400/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 95326
Area code 209
FIPS code 06-34904
GNIS feature ID 1656082
Website www.hughson.org

Hughson is a city in Stanislaus County, California, United States. It is part of the Modesto Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 6,640 at the 2010 census, up from 3,980 at the 2000 census.

History of farming[edit]

Hughson is surrounded by orchards and has been a long time farming community. Initially it was known for its enormous production of peaches, which garnered the area the title "The Peach Capital of the World". Peaches are no longer the primary crop in the area, however and have been replaced for the most part by almond trees. Almond production in the area is one of the largest in the world. The crops grown in Hughson are, but not limited to: Almonds, Peaches, Walnuts, Nectarines, Cherries, Apples, and the occasional vineyard.

In recent years many orchards have been torn down due to development.

Geography[edit]

Hughson is located at 37°36′11″N 120°52′1″W / 37.60306°N 120.86694°W / 37.60306; -120.86694 (37.603082, -120.866838).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

2010[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[4] reported that Hughson had a population of 6,640. The population density was 3,658.0 people per square mile (1,412.3/km²). The racial makeup of Hughson was 5,125 (77.2%) White, 55 (0.8%) African American, 74 (1.1%) Native American, 97 (1.5%) Asian, 13 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 982 (14.8%) from other races, and 294 (4.4%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2,871 persons (43.2%).

The Census reported that 6,621 people (99.7% of the population) lived in households, 17 (0.3%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 2 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 2,069 households, out of which 994 (48.0%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 1,258 (60.8%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 260 (12.6%) had a female householder with no husband present, 110 (5.3%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 103 (5.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 20 (1.0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 367 households (17.7%) were made up of individuals and 219 (10.6%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.20. There were 1,628 families (78.7% of all households); the average family size was 3.64.

The population was spread out with 2,024 people (30.5%) under the age of 18, 678 people (10.2%) aged 18 to 24, 1,784 people (26.9%) aged 25 to 44, 1,438 people (21.7%) aged 45 to 64, and 716 people (10.8%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32.8 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.9 males.

There were 2,234 housing units at an average density of 1,230.7 per square mile (475.2/km²), of which 1,388 (67.1%) were owner-occupied, and 681 (32.9%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.5%; the rental vacancy rate was 13.1%. 4,558 people (68.6% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 2,063 people (31.1%) lived in rental housing units.

2000[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 3,980 people, 1,223 households, and 993 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,554.3 people per square mile (1,372.0/km²). There were 1,252 housing units at an average density of 1,118.1 per square mile (431.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 68.79% White, 0.60% African American, 1.43% Native American, 1.11% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 24.30% from other races, and 3.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 38.82% of the population.

There were 1,223 households out of which 46.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.7% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.8% were non-families. 16.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.25 and the average family size was 3.63.

In the city the population was spread out with 33.5% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males.

An almond orchard just outside of Hughson. Almonds are an important product for the area.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,385, and the median income for a family was $46,325. Males had a median income of $36,991 versus $25,521 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,636. About 16.1% of families and 19.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.2% of those under age 18 and 12.2% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

In the California State Legislature, Hughson is in the 8th Senate District, represented by Republican Tom Berryhill, and in the 12th Assembly District, represented by Republican Kristin Olsen.[6]

In the United States House of Representatives, Hughson is in California's 10th congressional district, represented by Republican Jeff Denham.[7]

Thom Crowder, Doug Humphreys and Ben Manley were recalled from the City Council in a special election held on August 24, 2010.[8]

Education[edit]

Hughson High School and Emily J. Ross Junior High School serve the students of Hughson and Waterford. The Hughson Huskies football team claimed victory in the 1997 State Championships. Hughson Huskies also were CIF San Jouquin Division 3 Title holders in 1991, 1992,1997, and 2000.[9] The Huskies were also Trans Valley League Champions 1969, 1973, 1977, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998.[10]

Hughson High School's Cross Country team were the section champions of Division IV in 2003. They have sent at least one person to the State meet every year since 1999, except 2006 and 2007.[citation needed]

Media[edit]

The Hughson Chronicle,[11] a legal newspaper with a general circulation[12] of approximately 4,200, covers the City of Hughson and surrounding rural areas.

Valley Entertainment Monthly, a regional entertainment newspaper published in the 1990s, maintained its mailing address in Hughson and was available in a number of the city's shops and restaurants.

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