Soda Springs, Nevada County, California

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Soda Springs
census-designated place
Soda Springs is located in California
Soda Springs
Soda Springs
Location of Soda Springs in California
Coordinates: 39°19′26″N 120°47′21″W / 39.32389°N 120.78917°W / 39.32389; -120.78917Coordinates: 39°19′26″N 120°47′21″W / 39.32389°N 120.78917°W / 39.32389; -120.78917
Country  United States
State  California
County Nevada
Area[1]
 • Total 0.339 sq mi (0.879 km2)
 • Land 0.339 sq mi (0.879 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation[2] 6,768 ft (2,063 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 81
 • Density 240/sq mi (92/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 95724
Area code(s) 530
GNIS feature IDs 234848; 2628790
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Soda Springs, Nevada County, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Soda Springs, Nevada County, California

Soda Springs (formerly, Summit Valley, Soda Springs Station, Hopkins, Hopkins Springs, and Tinkers Station)[4] is an unincorporated community and census-designated place[5] (CDP) in Nevada County, California, United States.[2] Soda Springs is located 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Donner Pass.[4] The population was 81 at the 2010 census.

The Soda Springs Ski Resort is located just off Highway 80 near the Donner Summit.

History[edit]

Mark Hopkins and Leland Stanford set up a resort at the place in the 1880s.[4]

The Summit Valley post office opened in 1870, changed its name to Soda Springs in 1875, and closed in 1881, only to be re-opened in 1929.[4] The Hopkins post office operated from 1885 to 1886.[4] The railroad station was named Tinkers Station from 1867 to 1873, commemorating J.A. Tinker who hauled freight to the mines.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[6] reported that Soda Springs had a population of 81. The population density was 238.6 people per square mile (92.1/km²). The racial makeup of Soda Springs was 79 (97.5%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 2 (2.5%) Native American, 0 (0.0%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 0 (0.0%) from other races, and 0 (0.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7 persons (8.6%).

The Census reported that 81 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 41 households, out of which 6 (14.6%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 8 (19.5%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 2 (4.9%) had a female householder with no husband present, 5 (12.2%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 3 (7.3%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 17 households (41.5%) were made up of individuals and 1 (2.4%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.98. There were 15 families (36.6% of all households); the average family size was 2.33.

The population was spread out with 9 people (11.1%) under the age of 18, 9 people (11.1%) aged 18 to 24, 34 people (42.0%) aged 25 to 44, 21 people (25.9%) aged 45 to 64, and 8 people (9.9%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.8 years. For every 100 females there were 211.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 200.0 males.

There were 136 housing units at an average density of 400.6 per square mile (154.7/km²), of which 21 (51.2%) were owner-occupied, and 20 (48.8%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 4.5%; the rental vacancy rate was 4.8%. 42 people (51.9% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 39 people (48.1%) lived in rental housing units.

Politics[edit]

In the state legislature, Soda Springs is in the 1st Senate District, represented by Republican Ted Gaines,[7] and the 1st Assembly District, represented by Republican Brian Dahle.[8]

Federally, Soda Springs is in California's 1st congressional district, represented by Republican Doug LaMalfa.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Census
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Soda Springs, Nevada County, California
  3. ^ "Census 2010: Table 3A — Total Population by Race (Hispanic exclusive) and Hispanic or Latino: 2010" (Excel). California Department of Finance. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 558. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Soda Springs, Nevada County, California
  6. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Soda Springs CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ "California's 1st Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 2, 2013.