Tahoma, California

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census-designated place
Tahoma is located in California
Coordinates: 39°04′03″N 120°07′42″W / 39.06750°N 120.12833°W / 39.06750; -120.12833Coordinates: 39°04′03″N 120°07′42″W / 39.06750°N 120.12833°W / 39.06750; -120.12833
Country  United States
State  California
Counties Placer & El Dorado
 • Total 2.594 sq mi (6.717 km2)
 • Land 2.594 sq mi (6.717 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 6,270 ft (1,910 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,191
 • Density 460/sq mi (180/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 96142
Area code(s) 530
GNIS feature IDs 1659948[1]; 2628793
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Tahoma, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Tahoma, California

Tahoma (formerly, Chambers Lodge)[2] is a census-designated place[3] in Placer and El Dorado counties, California, United States. Tahoma is located along Lake Tahoe 2 miles (3.2 km) southeast of Homewood.[2] Tahoma has a population of 1,191 (780 in El Dorado County and 411 in Placer County).

Tahoma has a post office with ZIP code 96142, which opened in 1946.[2][4]


During the 1960 Winter Olympics in near-by Squaw Valley, Tahoma was selected as the site of the cross-country skiing and biathlon, as there was insufficient space in Squaw Valley. The temporary McKinney Creek Stadium was built for the game and demolished afterwards.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km²), all of it land.


The 2010 United States Census[6] reported that Tahoma had a population of 1,191. The population density was 459.2 people per square mile (177.3/km²). The racial makeup of Tahoma was 1,129 (94.8%) White, 6 (0.5%) African American, 10 (0.8%) Native American, 14 (1.2%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 12 (1.0%) from other races, and 20 (1.7%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 51 persons (4.3%).

The Census reported that 1,191 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 553 households, out of which 134 (24.2%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 250 (45.2%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 29 (5.2%) had a female householder with no husband present, 27 (4.9%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 62 (11.2%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 4 (0.7%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 172 households (31.1%) were made up of individuals and 29 (5.2%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15. There were 306 families (55.3% of all households); the average family size was 2.66.

The population was spread out with 208 people (17.5%) under the age of 18, 89 people (7.5%) aged 18 to 24, 342 people (28.7%) aged 25 to 44, 443 people (37.2%) aged 45 to 64, and 109 people (9.2%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.1 years. For every 100 females there were 124.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 126.5 males.

There were 2,058 housing units at an average density of 793.5 per square mile (306.4/km²), of which 359 (64.9%) were owner-occupied, and 194 (35.1%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 6.0%; the rental vacancy rate was 12.6%. 773 people (64.9% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 418 people (35.1%) lived in rental housing units.


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 566. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Tahoma, California
  4. ^ ZIP Code Lookup
  5. ^ Squaw Valley Organizing Committee (1960). VIII Olympic Winter Games Squaw Valley, California 1960 Final Report (PDF). Squaw Valley: California Olympic Commission. p. 115. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  6. ^ 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.