Edna, California

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Edna Valley
Edna Valley
Location of Edna in San Luis Obispo County, California.
Location of Edna in San Luis Obispo County, California.
Edna is located in California
Position in California.
Coordinates: 35°12′39″N 120°36′21″W / 35.21083°N 120.60583°W / 35.21083; -120.60583Coordinates: 35°12′39″N 120°36′21″W / 35.21083°N 120.60583°W / 35.21083; -120.60583
Country United States
State California
CountySan Luis Obispo
 • Total1.219 sq mi (3.158 km2)
 • Land1.219 sq mi (3.158 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation266 ft (81 m)
 • Total193
 • Density160/sq mi (61/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
GNIS feature ID2583005
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Edna, California
Edna Geologic map showing the location of tar sands

Edna is a census-designated place in San Luis Obispo County, California.[2] Edna is at an elevation of around 266 feet (81 m).[2] The 2010 United States census reported Edna's population was 193. It is best known for the wine industry in the Edna Valley AVA.


The community was founded by Dairyman Edgar Steele who purchased 58,000 acres and built a town to house his employees. In 1883 Lynford Maxwell subdivided the area and called it Maxwellton. The citizens later renamed it Edna. There was coal tar mining of bituminous rock in the 1880s and 1890s and more recently wine grape growing has become the prominent industry.[3][4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²), all of it land.

The valley also includes Edna Fault, a prominent landform just south of the main community.


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

The 2010 United States Census[6] reported that Edna had a population of 193. The population density was 158.3 people per square mile (61.1/km²). The racial makeup of Edna was 185 (95.9%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 3 (1.6%) Native American, 0 (0.0%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 5 (2.6%) from other races, and 0 (0.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22 persons (11.4%).

The Census reported that 193 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 69 households, out of which 22 (31.9%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 44 (63.8%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 2 (2.9%) had a female householder with no husband present, 2 (2.9%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 6 (8.7%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 15 households (21.7%) were made up of individuals and 8 (11.6%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80. There were 48 families (69.6% of all households); the average family size was 3.19.

The population was spread out with 42 people (21.8%) under the age of 18, 12 people (6.2%) aged 18 to 24, 41 people (21.2%) aged 25 to 44, 68 people (35.2%) aged 45 to 64, and 30 people (15.5%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.4 years. For every 100 females, there were 119.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.3 males.

There were 71 housing units at an average density of 58.2 per square mile (22.5/km²), of which 50 (72.5%) were owner-occupied, and 19 (27.5%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.0%. 152 people (78.8% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 41 people (21.2%) lived in rental housing units.


  1. ^ U.S. Census Archived 2012-01-24 at WebCite
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Edna, California
  3. ^ David W. Kean, Wide Places in the California Roads: The encyclopedia of California's small towns and the roads that lead to them (Volume 1 of 4: Southern California Counties), p. 60
  4. ^ Krueger, Max (1943). Arroyo Grande (Edna) Oil Field, in Geologic Formations and Economic Development of the Oil and Gas Fields of California. San Francisco: State of California Dept. of Natural Resources Division of Mines, Bulletin 118. p. 450.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Edna CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014.