Pioneer, California

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Pioneer
census-designated place
Pioneer is located in California
Pioneer
Pioneer
Location in California
Coordinates: 38°25′55″N 120°34′19″W / 38.43194°N 120.57194°W / 38.43194; -120.57194Coordinates: 38°25′55″N 120°34′19″W / 38.43194°N 120.57194°W / 38.43194; -120.57194
Country  United States
State  California
County Amador County
Area[1]
 • Total 11.190 km2 (4.321 sq mi)
 • Land 11.190 km2 (4.321 sq mi)
 • Water 0 km2 (0 sq mi)  0%
Elevation [2] 910 m (2,986 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,094
 • Density 98/km2 (250/sq mi)
ZIP Code 95666
Area code(s) 209
GNIS feature IDs 230751; 2583116
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pioneer, CaliforniaU.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pioneer, California

Pioneer is a census-designated place[3] in Amador County, California. It is located 5 miles (8.0 km) east-northeast of Pine Grove,[4] at an elevation of 2986 feet (910 m), along State Route 88. The community is in ZIP code 95666 and area code 209. The population was 1,094 at the 2010 census.

Pioneer Station, built approximately 1925, is located in Pioneer however, it was never a Pony Express stop, a popular fallacy. It was a general store selling gas and water and offering camping sites. The old Pioneer Station still stands and is currently a private residence.

A post office opened in Pioneer in 1947.[4]

Demographics[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[5] reported that Pioneer had a population of 1,094. The population density was 253.2 people per square mile (97.8/km²). The racial makeup of Pioneer was 1,017 (93.0%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 34 (3.1%) Native American, 1 (0.1%) Asian, 2 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 12 (1.1%) from other races, and 28 (2.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 52 persons (4.8%).

The Census reported that 1,094 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 475 households, out of which 111 (23.4%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 255 (53.7%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 30 (6.3%) had a female householder with no husband present, 34 (7.2%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 25 (5.3%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 1 (0.2%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 132 households (27.8%) were made up of individuals and 67 (14.1%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30. There were 319 families (67.2% of all households); the average family size was 2.76.

The population was spread out with 197 people (18.0%) under the age of 18, 55 people (5.0%) aged 18 to 24, 180 people (16.5%) aged 25 to 44, 400 people (36.6%) aged 45 to 64, and 262 people (23.9%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 51.3 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.5 males.

There were 600 housing units at an average density of 138.9 per square mile (53.6/km²), of which 394 (82.9%) were owner-occupied, and 81 (17.1%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 4.3%; the rental vacancy rate was 7.9%. 866 people (79.2% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 228 people (20.8%) lived in rental housing units.

Politics[edit]

In the state legislature Pioneer is in the 8th Senate District, represented by Democrat Leland Yee,[6] and the 5th Assembly District, represented by Republican Frank Bigelow.[7] Federally, Pioneer is in California's 4th congressional district, represented by Republican Tom McClintock.[8]

Points of interest[edit]

Hwy 88 Pioneer CA Snow Storm

Pioneer offers beautiful scenery for Route 88 motorists. There are a number of centuries-old tall pine trees and oak trees, as well as lakes for water sports and fishing.

  • The Kirkwood Lake Tract is located near here.
  • Mace Meadow Golf Course - golf and restaurant
  • Scenic Hwy 88 drive
  • Outdoor Activities - boating, fishing

Climate[edit]

Area has a Köppen Climate Classification of Csb, which is a dry-summer subtropical climate often referred to as "Mediterranean".[9]

Climate data for Pioneer, California
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 11
(52)
13
(56)
14
(58)
18
(64)
22
(71)
26
(79)
31
(87)
31
(87)
28
(82)
23
(73)
16
(61)
12
(53)
20.4
(68.6)
Average low °C (°F) 1
(34)
2
(35)
2
(36)
4
(40)
8
(46)
12
(53)
16
(60)
15
(59)
13
(55)
9
(48)
4
(40)
2
(35)
7.3
(45.1)
Precipitation mm (inches) 211
(8.3)
170
(6.7)
180
(7)
99
(3.9)
50
(2)
20
(0.8)
5
(0.2)
8
(0.3)
30
(1)
64
(2.5)
150
(6)
173
(6.8)
1,160
(45.5)
Source: Weatherbase [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Census
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pioneer, California
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pioneer, California
  4. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 538. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Pioneer CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ "California's 4th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ Climate Summary for Pioneer, California
  10. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on August 21, 2013.