Palo Verde, California

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Palo Verde
census-designated place
Location in Imperial County and the state of California
Location in Imperial County and the state of California
Coordinates: 33°25′58″N 114°43′56″W / 33.43278°N 114.73222°W / 33.43278; -114.73222Coordinates: 33°25′58″N 114°43′56″W / 33.43278°N 114.73222°W / 33.43278; -114.73222[1]
Country  United States
State  California
County Imperial
Area[2]
 • Total 0.590 sq mi (1.530 km2)
 • Land 0.590 sq mi (1.530 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation[1] 233 ft (71 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 171
 • Density 290/sq mi (110/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 92266
Area code(s) 760
FIPS code 06-55422
GNIS feature IDs 247170, 2409022

Palo Verde (Hanyomalivah[3] in Mojave; formerly, Paloverde[1]) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Imperial County, California. Its name comes from the Spanish for stick (palo) and green (verde), sharing its name with the Palo Verde Valley, the valley it is located. Therefore, its name literally means "green stick."

The Imperial County line passes just north of the town. A community named Ripley, in Riverside County lies along SR78 between Blythe and Palo Verde.

The ZIP Code for the community is 92266 and there is no postal delivery; residents use post office boxes. There is a U.S. Postal Service post office and an Imperial County Sheriff's substation. The first post office to operate at Palo Verde opened in 1903 as Paloverde, changed its name to Palo Verde in 1905, and closed in 1940.[4] A post office was re-established in 1949.[4]

Geography[edit]

Palo Verde is located on the Riverside County line 65 miles (105 km) northeast of El Centro,[4] The population was 171 at the 2010 census, down from 236 in 2000. It is part of the 'El Centro, California Metropolitan Statistical Area'. State Route 78 (Ben Hulse Highway) runs north-south through the community. The majority of its population lives east of SR78 and west of the nearby Colorado River. It is also in the southern portion of the Palo Verde Valley.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), all land.

Demographics[edit]

2010[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[5] reported that Palo Verde had a population of 171. The population density was 289.6 people per square mile (111.8/km²). The racial makeup of Palo Verde was 124 (73%) White, 2 (1%) African American, 5 (3%) Native American, 1 (1%) Asian, 0 (0%) Pacific Islander, 26 (15%) from other races, and 13 (8%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 33 persons (19%).

The Census reported that 171 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 84 households, out of which 11 (13%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 28 (33%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 4 (5%) had a female householder with no husband present, 7 (8%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 7 (8%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 40 households (48%) were made up of individuals and 17 (20%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.04. There were 39 families (46% of all households); the average family size was 2.90.

The population was spread out with 25 people (15%) under the age of 18, 15 people (9%) aged 18 to 24, 23 people (14%) aged 25 to 44, 65 people (38.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 43 people (25%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 54.5 years. For every 100 females there were 119.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 121.2 males.

There were 211 housing units at an average density of 357.3 per square mile (138.0/km²), of which 35 (41.7%) were owner-occupied, and 49 (58.3%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 17%; the rental vacancy rate was 17%. 63 people (37% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 108 people (63%) lived in rental housing units.

2000[edit]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 236 people, 130 households, and 60 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 401.2 people per square mile (154.4/km²). There were 218 housing units at an average density of 370.6 per square mile (142.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 79% White, 1% Black or African American, 15% from other races, and 6% from two or more races. 19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 130 households out of which 17% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35% were married couples living together, 6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 54% were non-families. 50% of all households were made up of individuals and 33% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.82 and the average family size was 2.63.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 17% under the age of 18, 1% from 18 to 24, 20% from 25 to 44, 29% from 45 to 64, and 32% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 55 years. For every 100 females there were 110.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $12,772, and the median income for a family was $14,333. Males had a median income of $13,281 versus $9,792 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $7,275. About 45% of families and 47% of the population were below the poverty line, including 71% of those under the age of eighteen and 13% of those sixty five or over.

Politics[edit]

In the state legislature, Palo Verde is in the 40th Senate District, represented by Democrat Ben Hueso,[7] and the 56th Assembly District, represented by Democrat V. Manuel Perez.[8]

Federally, Palo Verde is in California's 51st congressional district, represented by Democrat Juan Vargas.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Palo Verde". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ U.S. Census
  3. ^ Munro, P et al. A Mojave Dictionary Los Angeles: UCLA, 1992
  4. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 1453. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Palo Verde CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  9. ^ "California's 51st Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved April 11, 2013.