|• Total||3.149 sq mi (8.156 km2)|
|• Land||3.149 sq mi (8.156 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2) 0%|
|Elevation||2,336 ft (712 m)|
|• Density||210/sq mi (80/km2)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|ZIP code||91963, 91990|
|GNIS feature ID||247733|
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 3.1 square miles (8.2 km²), all of it land.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Potrero had a population of 656. The population density was 208.3 people per square mile (80.4/km²). The racial makeup of Potrero was 338 (51.5%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 8 (1.2%) Native American, 0 (0.0%) Asian, 3 (0.5%) Pacific Islander, 281 (42.8%) from other races, and 26 (4.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 499 persons (76.1%).
The Census reported that 656 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.
There were 189 households, out of which 92 (48.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 95 (50.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 31 (16.4%) had a female householder with no husband present, 9 (4.8%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 18 (9.5%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 37 households (19.6%) were made up of individuals and 17 (9.0%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.47. There were 135 families (71.4% of all households); the average family size was 4.11.
The population was spread out with 217 people (33.1%) under the age of 18, 60 people (9.1%) aged 18 to 24, 155 people (23.6%) aged 25 to 44, 156 people (23.8%) aged 45 to 64, and 68 people (10.4%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32.4 years. For every 100 females there were 103.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.7 males.
There were 208 housing units at an average density of 66.1 per square mile (25.5/km²), of which 113 (59.8%) were owner-occupied, and 76 (40.2%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 5.0%; the rental vacancy rate was 1.3%. 379 people (57.8% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 277 people (42.2%) lived in rental housing units.
In 2007, Blackwater USA submitted plans to build a weapons training facility in Potrero. The plans generated substantial controversy in the community. Local activists organized a recall campaign against the members of the local planning group. On 11 December 2007, all five members of the Potrero Community Planning Group who approved the Blackwater project lost their seats in a recall election. Subsequently, on March 7, 2008, Blackwater USA pulled their application for this facility.
- U.S. Census
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Potrero, California. Retrieved on 2008-03-16.
- "ZIP Code Lookup". Retrieved 2008-06-09.
- All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
- Moore, Solomon (11 December 2007). "Disputed in Iraq, Blackwater Now Splits California Town". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-16.
- Sizemore, Bill (12 December 2007). "Voters in California town recall planners who approved Blackwater facility". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 2008-03-16.
- Krueger, Anne (8 March 2008). "Security-training camp won't be built in Potrero". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2008-03-16.
- Moore, Solomon (December 11, 2007). "Disputed in Iraq, Blackwater Now Splits California Town". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-19.
- Krueger, Anne (March 7, 2008). "Blackwater pulls application for Potrero training center". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2008-03-19.