Catheys Valley, California

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Catheys Valley
census-designated place
Catheys Valley is located in California
Catheys Valley
Catheys Valley
Location in California
Catheys Valley is located in the US
Catheys Valley
Catheys Valley
Catheys Valley (the US)
Coordinates: 37°25′57″N 120°05′53″W / 37.43250°N 120.09806°W / 37.43250; -120.09806Coordinates: 37°25′57″N 120°05′53″W / 37.43250°N 120.09806°W / 37.43250; -120.09806
Country  United States
State  California
County Mariposa
Named for Andrew Cathey
 • Total 23.464 sq mi (60.770 km2)
 • Land 23.415 sq mi (60.644 km2)
 • Water 0.049 sq mi (0.126 km2)  0.21%
Elevation[2] 1,325 ft (404 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 825
 • Density 35/sq mi (14/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Code 95306
Area code(s) 209
FIPS code 06-12062
GNIS feature IDs 254727, 2582968
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Catheys Valley, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Catheys Valley, California

Catheys Valley (formerly, Cathay and Cathey's Valley) is a census-designated place[3] in Mariposa County, California.[2] It lies in Catheys Valley 22 miles (35.2 km) northeast of Merced, and 8 miles (13 km) southwest of Mariposa,[4] at an elevation of 1325 feet (404 m).[2] As of the 2010 census, Catheys Valley had a population of 825. Catheys Valley was named after Andrew Cathey, a native of North Carolina, who settled in the valley around 1850.[2] The ZIP Code is 95306. The community is inside area code 209.


The first Catheys Valley post office opened in 1879, and closed in 1881.[4] The Cathay post office opened in 1882, closed in 1918, re-opened in 1919, and changed its name to Catheys Valley in 1964.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 23.464 square miles (60.771 km2), virtually all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

The 2010 United States Census[6] reported that Catheys Valley had a population of 825. The population density was 35.2 people per square mile (13.6/km²). The racial makeup of Catheys Valley was 730 (88.5%) White, 6 (0.7%) African American, 12 (1.5%) Native American, 12 (1.5%) Asian, 1 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 33 (4.0%) from other races, and 31 (3.8%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 80 persons (9.7%).

The Census reported that 825 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 316 households, out of which 93 (29.4%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 208 (65.8%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 22 (7.0%) had a female householder with no husband present, 17 (5.4%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 16 (5.1%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 5 (1.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 54 households (17.1%) were made up of individuals and 17 (5.4%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61. There were 247 families (78.2% of all households); the average family size was 2.92.

The population was spread out with 184 people (22.3%) under the age of 18, 56 people (6.8%) aged 18 to 24, 146 people (17.7%) aged 25 to 44, 300 people (36.4%) aged 45 to 64, and 139 people (16.8%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.2 years. For every 100 females there were 109.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.4 males.

There were 381 housing units at an average density of 16.2 per square mile (6.3/km²), of which 224 (70.9%) were owner-occupied, and 92 (29.1%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.2%; the rental vacancy rate was 16.7%. 544 people (65.9% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 281 people (34.1%) lived in rental housing units.


In the state legislature Catheys Valley is located in the 14th Senate District, represented by Republican Tom Berryhill, and in the 25th Assembly District, represented by Republican Kristin Olsen.

In the United States House of Representatives, Catheys Valley is in California's 4th congressional district, represented by Republican Tom McClintock.[7]

Notable people[edit]

Home of New England Patriots 2005 1st round Pick Logan Mankins


  1. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files – Places – California". United States Census Bureau. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Catheys Valley". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Catheys Valley, California
  4. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 756. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Catheys Valley CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ "California's 4th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved October 2, 2014.