Rio del Mar, California

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Rio del Mar
census-designated place
Location in Santa Cruz County and the state of California
Location in Santa Cruz County and the state of California
Coordinates: 36°57′50″N 121°53′16″W / 36.96389°N 121.88778°W / 36.96389; -121.88778Coordinates: 36°57′50″N 121°53′16″W / 36.96389°N 121.88778°W / 36.96389; -121.88778
Country  United States
State  California
County Santa Cruz
Area[1]
 • Total 4.612 sq mi (11.945 km2)
 • Land 3.001 sq mi (7.772 km2)
 • Water 1.611 sq mi (4.173 km2)  34.94%
Elevation 144 ft (44 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 9,216
 • Density 2,000/sq mi (770/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 95003
Area code(s) 831
FIPS code 06-60928
GNIS feature ID 1659513

Rio del Mar (From Spanish: Río del Mar, meaning River of the Sea) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California, United States. The name "Rio Del Mar" was chosen as a "catchy" name to promote real estate in the area during the 1920s.[2] There is no body of water by that name in Santa Cruz County. But there is a large creek, Aptos Creek, that goes through Rio del Mar and empties into the Monterey Bay at Rio del Mar. Aptos Creek is the "Rio" in Rio del Mar. The population was 9,216 at the 2010 census.

Geography[edit]

Rio del Mar is located at 36°57′50″N 121°53′16″W / 36.96389°N 121.88778°W / 36.96389; -121.88778 (36.963764, -121.887690).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.6 square miles (12 km2), of which, 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2) of it is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) of it (34.94%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

2010[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[4] reported that Rio del Mar had a population of 9,216. The population density was 1,998.3 people per square mile (771.5/km²). The racial makeup of Rio del Mar was 8,310 (90.2%) White, 61 (0.7%) African American, 50 (0.5%) Native American, 313 (3.4%) Asian, 7 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 188 (2.0%) from other races, and 287 (3.1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 899 persons (9.8%).

The Census reported that 9,210 people (99.9% of the population) lived in households, 6 (0.1%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 3,916 households, out of which 1,050 (26.8%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 2,082 (53.2%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 337 (8.6%) had a female householder with no husband present, 139 (3.5%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 228 (5.8%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 32 (0.8%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 1,008 households (25.7%) were made up of individuals and 486 (12.4%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35. There were 2,558 families (65.3% of all households); the average family size was 2.82.

The population was spread out with 1,820 people (19.7%) under the age of 18, 549 people (6.0%) aged 18 to 24, 1,932 people (21.0%) aged 25 to 44, 3,221 people (35.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 1,694 people (18.4%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.0 years. For every 100 females there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.

There were 4,924 housing units at an average density of 1,067.6 per square mile (412.2/km²), of which 2,848 (72.7%) were owner-occupied, and 1,068 (27.3%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.9%; the rental vacancy rate was 8.4%. 6,686 people (72.5% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 2,524 people (27.4%) lived in rental housing units.

2000[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 9,198 people, 4,008 households, and 2,549 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,077.3 people per square mile (1,187.7/km²). There were 5,022 housing units at an average density of 1,680.2 per square mile (648.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.74% White, 0.61% African American, 0.53% Native American, 2.58% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 1.87% from other races, and 2.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.46% of the population.

There were 4,008 households out of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.74.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 19.2% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 31.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.9 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $75,282, and the median income for a family was $85,355. Males had a median income of $70,612 versus $41,449 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $39,034. About 3.1% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

In the state legislature Rio del Mar is located in the 15th Senate District, represented by Republican Abel Maldonado, and in the 27th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Bill Monning. Federally, Rio del Mar is located in California's 17th congressional district, which is represented by Democrat Sam Farr.

Parks and recreation[edit]

Rio del Mar neighbors Seacliff State Beach, which features the remains of the cement ship, the SS Palo Alto. The ship was launched May 29, 1919. It was too late for duty in World War I, and after the war was beached as an entertainment boat, where it remains today, swamped, broken, and off-limits, adjoining a fishing pier.

Rio del Mar is known locally as the Rio Del Mar Flats. The surrounding area is a combination of tourist destination, summer rentals, and up-scale residences. Many of the homes in or near the Flats are of the beachcomber type, two-story townhouses with balconies and carports.

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