Volta, California

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census-designated place
Volta is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 37°05′51″N 120°55′34″W / 37.09750°N 120.92611°W / 37.09750; -120.92611Coordinates: 37°05′51″N 120°55′34″W / 37.09750°N 120.92611°W / 37.09750; -120.92611
Country  United States
State  California
County Merced
 • Total 4.434 sq mi (11.484 km2)
 • Land 4.370 sq mi (11.318 km2)
 • Water 0.064 sq mi (0.165 km2)  1.44%
Elevation[2] 105 ft (32 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 246
 • Density 55/sq mi (21/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Code 93635
Area code(s) 209
GNIS feature IDs 1660110; 2583179
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Volta, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Volta, California

Volta is a census-designated place[3] in Merced County, California.[2] It is located 5 miles (8 km) west-northwest of Los Banos,[4] at an elevation of 105 feet (32 m).[2] The population was 246 at the 2010 census.

From 1858 to 1861, Lone Willow Station a swing station for the Butterfield Overland Mail was located east of here on the west bank of Mud Slough, 18 miles east of the St. Louis Ranch Station and 13 miles northwest of Temple's Ranch station.

A post office operated at Volta from 1890 to 1972.[4] The name was from the Volta Improvement Company.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 4.4 square miles (11.5 km²), 98.56% of it land, and 1.44% of it water.


The 2010 United States Census[5] reported that Volta had a population of 246. The population density was 55.5 people per square mile (21.4/km²). The racial makeup of Volta was 201 (81.7%) White, 7 (2.8%) African American, 0 (0.0%) Native American, 1 (0.4%) Asian, 4 (1.6%) Pacific Islander, 29 (11.8%) from other races, and 4 (1.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 132 persons (53.7%).

The Census reported that 246 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 83 households, out of which 31 (37.3%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 47 (56.6%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 5 (6.0%) had a female householder with no husband present, 7 (8.4%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 8 (9.6%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 1 (1.2%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 17 households (20.5%) were made up of individuals and 7 (8.4%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96. There were 59 families (71.1% of all households); the average family size was 3.47.

The population was spread out with 59 people (24.0%) under the age of 18, 31 people (12.6%) aged 18 to 24, 61 people (24.8%) aged 25 to 44, 68 people (27.6%) aged 45 to 64, and 27 people (11.0%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.6 years. For every 100 females there were 101.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.8 males.

There were 106 housing units at an average density of 23.9 per square mile (9.2/km²), of which 43 (51.8%) were owner-occupied, and 40 (48.2%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.2%; the rental vacancy rate was 11.1%. 114 people (46.3% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 132 people (53.7%) lived in rental housing units.


  1. ^ U.S. Census
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Volta, California
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Volta, California
  4. ^ 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. 842. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  5. ^ 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.