|Named for||Chumash name:
Sa'aqtik'oy, "it is sheltered from the wind" 
|• Senate||Tony Strickland (R)|
|• Assembly||Pedro Nava (D)|
|• U. S. Congress||Lois Capps (D)|
|• Total||0.373 sq mi (0.965 km2)|
|• Land||0.373 sq mi (0.965 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2) 0%|
|Elevation||154 ft (47 m)|
|• Density||2,800/sq mi (1,100/km2)|
|Time zone||Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature IDs||1661671; 2585446|
|U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Saticoy, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Saticoy, California|
Saticoy is an unincorporated town and census-designated place (CDP) in Ventura County, California. It lies in the Santa Clara River Valley, south of the intersection of Wells Road (State Route 118) and the Santa Paula Freeway, on the east side of Ventura, and north of the Santa Clara River at the head of the delta. The population was 1,029 at the 2010 census.
The settlement, laid out in 1887, is referred to as "Old Town." There are several historic buildings: Farmers & Merchants Bank, Walnut Growers Association Warehouse, and Saticoy Bean Warehouse. Some of the area around Saticoy is used for industrial purposes.
Saticoy is located on part of the river's rich alluvial fan—one of three areas in the world that has 60 feet (18 m) of rich topsoil. Agriculture in the area includes avocados, lemons, oranges, strawberries, and many other row crops. Along the shore of the Santa Clara River, amidst the agriculture area east and northeast of the town is the Saticoy Oil Field, discovered in 1955 and operated by Vintage Petroleum.
The earliest known human inhabitants of the vicinity were the Oak Grove People. Some ancient mealing stones of this prehistoric tribe were found near Saticoy in 1932 and traced back to about 3000 B.C. In about the early 15th century, the Chumash tribe inhabited the area. They built canoes and milled the acorns.
The name Saticoy comes from the Chumash village named Sa'aqtik'oy (Chumash language: "it is sheltered from the wind"). It was one of the largest settlements of the Chumash region, which extended from Point Conception to Santa Monica and back into the foothills as far as the Coast Range. The natural underground springs located in the area made Saticoy a prime location for the tribe to hold their yearly meetings.
In November 1861, Jefferson L. Crane settled at the site of the Chumash village, and other Americans followed soon after. Saticoy, which was then 8 miles (13 km) from Ventura, had a school as early as 1868. W.D.F. Richards, considered the founder of Saticoy, arrived in 1868, and bought 650 acres (2.63 km2) of land. He contributed to the upbuilding of the community and followed many experiments in farming.
The U.S. Post Office Department established Saticoy Post Office in 1873. The streets and lots in the unincorporated present day "Old Town" were laid out in September 1887 on both sides of the "Southern Pacific Branch Line: Saugus to Santa Barbara."
There have been many bridges across the Santa Clara River at Saticoy. They were often washed out due to abundant rainfall and flooding. The most notable washout, however, was due to the flood wave of water caused by the rupture of the St. Francis Dam, in northwest Los Angeles County, which occurred three minutes before midnight on March 12, 1928. The bridge was washed out again in the flood of 1969, and cars were rerouted through the riverbed east of the bridge while it was under repair.
A "lengthy confrontation in the 1970s between farmworkers who lived at a rundown labor camp in Saticoy and the growers who wanted to raze their cramped homes for development" ended in 1976, when "82 farmworker families," advised by affordable housing advocate Rodney Fernandez, "pitched in and bought their deteriorating cottages from the Saticoy Lemon Assn. It was perhaps the first time that U.S. farmworkers had purchased the camp they lived in." 
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), all of it land.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Saticoy had a population of 1,029. The population density was 2,760.7 people per square mile (1,065.9/km²). The racial makeup of Saticoy was 413 (40.1%) White, 9 (0.9%) African American, 29 (2.8%) Native American, 2 (0.2%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 508 (49.4%) from other races, and 68 (6.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 895 persons (87.0%).
The Census reported that 1,029 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.
There were 262 households, out of which 145 (55.3%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 130 (49.6%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 59 (22.5%) had a female householder with no husband present, 33 (12.6%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 22 (8.4%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 3 (1.1%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 29 households (11.1%) were made up of individuals and 9 (3.4%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.93. There were 222 families (84.7% of all households); the average family size was 4.08.
The population was spread out with 331 people (32.2%) under the age of 18, 133 people (12.9%) aged 18 to 24, 297 people (28.9%) aged 25 to 44, 177 people (17.2%) aged 45 to 64, and 91 people (8.8%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28.0 years. For every 100 females there were 109.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.5 males.
There were 278 housing units at an average density of 745.8 per square mile (288.0/km²), of which 94 (35.9%) were owner-occupied, and 168 (64.1%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.1%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.1%. 365 people (35.5% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 664 people (64.5%) lived in rental housing units.
- McCall, Lynne; Perry, Rosalind (2002). California’s Chumash Indians : a project of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Education Center (Revised edition ed.). San Luis Obispo, Calif: EZ Nature Books. ISBN 0936784156.
- U.S. Census
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Saticoy, California
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Saticoy, California
- "TOWN OF SATICOY" 3 MR 20. Ventura County Recorder Retrieved October 28, 2013 from CountyView GIS: layer "Record Maps"
- City of Ventura. "Saticoy and Wells Community Plan and Code Draft Environmental Impact Report" EIR-2473 SCH# 2006081139. VOLUME 1, MAY 2009
- "Relics Labeled Ancient Races --- Mealing Stones at Saticoy Traced by Expert --- Curator Places Age at More Than 5000 Years --- Oak Grove People Declared Owners of Metates." Los Angeles Times. May 20, 1932, from Ventura May 19. p. 6.
- "Chumash Placenames Still Surviving". Samala Chumash Language Tutorial. Retrieved 2009-05-24.
- "Indian Mealing Stones Found At West Saticoy." Los Angeles Times. May 3, 1932. p. A 16.
- "Spanish and Mexican Land Grants in Ventura County". Retrieved 2009-05-26.
- "Saticoy," Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo And Ventura Counties, California, Vol. I. 1917. p. 445.
- "Saticoy [Ventura]". Durham's Place-Names of Greater Los Angeles: Includes Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties. 2001. p. 161.
- MITCHELL, J.E.. (1994-7-30) "SATICOY : Completion of Bridge Will Be Celebrated" Los Angeles Times WEST VENTURA COUNTY FOCUS Retrieved 2013-10-29.
- FARLEY, SHANNON. 1990-1-18) New Saticoy Bridge Demanded Los Angeles Times Retrieved 2013-10-29.
- Chawkins, Steve (2013-10-25). "Rodney Fernandez dies at 68; fought for affordable housing". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
- "Cabrillo Village" Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation Website. Accessed 28 October 2013
- 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.