Georgetown, California

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Location in El Dorado County and the state of California
Location in El Dorado County and the state of California
Georgetown is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 38°54′25″N 120°50′19″W / 38.90694°N 120.83861°W / 38.90694; -120.83861Coordinates: 38°54′25″N 120°50′19″W / 38.90694°N 120.83861°W / 38.90694; -120.83861
CountryUnited States
CountyEl Dorado
 • Total15.132 sq mi (39.193 km2)
 • Land15.128 sq mi (39.182 km2)
 • Water0.004 sq mi (0.011 km2)  0.03%
Elevation2,654 ft (809 m)
 • Total2,367
 • Density160/sq mi (60/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)530
FIPS code06-29350
GNIS feature ID1658606[2]
Reference no.484

Georgetown (formerly Growlersburg)[3] is a census-designated place (CDP) in El Dorado County, California. It is the northeasternmost town in the California Mother Lode.[4] The population was 2,367 at the 2010 census, up from 962 in 2000. The town is registered as California Historical Landmark #484.[5]


Founded August 7, 1849, by George Phipps and party, Georgetown was nicknamed "Growlersburg" due to the heavy, gold-laden quartz rocks that "growled" in the miners' pants as they walked around town. Georgetown is named for George Phipps.[6] The first post office was established in 1851.[3] After a disastrous fire in 1852, the old town was moved from the canyon in lower Main Street to its present site, and, unique in early-day planning, Main Street was laid out 100 feet (30 m) wide, with side streets 60 feet (18 m). After this new reconstruction, the residents of the city proclaimed their town as the "Pride of the Mountains". The hub of an immensely rich gold mining area, Georgetown had a population of about three thousand from 1854 to 1856. As a gold rush camp, the community outlasted many other towns, because the gold found nearby was solid primary deposits, as opposed to placer deposits. Gold production continued until after the turn of the 20th century.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 15.1 square miles (39 km2), of which over 99% is land.

For the 2000 census, the CDP's area was smaller. It had a total area of 4.1 square miles (11 km2), of which 4.1 square miles (11 km2) was land and 0.24% was water.


According to the Köppen climate classification system, Georgetown has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csa" on climate maps.[7]


The 2010 United States Census[8] reported that Georgetown had a population of 2,367. The population density was 156.4 people per square mile (60.4/km2). The racial makeup of Georgetown was 2,128 (89.9%) White, 47 (2.0%) African American, 59 (2.5%) Native American, 18 (0.8%) Asian, 2 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 45 (1.9%) from other races, and 68 (2.9%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 177 persons (7.5%).

The Census reported that 2,239 people (94.6% of the population) lived in households, 14 (0.6%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 114 (4.8%) were institutionalized.

There were 913 households, out of which 242 (26.5%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 521 (57.1%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 66 (7.2%) had a female householder with no husband present, 64 (7.0%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 46 (5.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 7 (0.8%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 218 households (23.9%) were made up of individuals, and 97 (10.6%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45. There were 651 families (71.3% of all households); the average family size was 2.82.

The population was spread out, with 441 people (18.6%) under the age of 18, 181 people (7.6%) aged 18 to 24, 513 people (21.7%) aged 25 to 44, 809 people (34.2%) aged 45 to 64, and 423 people (17.9%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46.4 years. For every 100 females, there were 111.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 114.7 males.

There were 1,069 housing units at an average density of 70.6 per square mile (27.3/km2), of which 913 were occupied, of which 709 (77.7%) were owner-occupied, and 204 (22.3%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 3.5%; the rental vacancy rate was 8.1%. 1,689 people (71.4% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 550 people (23.2%) lived in rental housing units.


In the state legislature, Georgetown is in the 1st Senate District, represented by Republican Brian Dahle,[9] and the 5th Assembly District, represented by Republican Frank Bigelow.[10]

Federally, Georgetown is in California's 4th congressional district, represented by Republican Tom McClintock.[11]


The Black Oak Mine Unified School District, headquartered in Georgetown,[12] serves Georgetown.[13]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files – Places – California". United States Census Bureau.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Georgetown, California
  3. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 490. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  4. ^ a b Varney, Philip (2001). Ghost Towns of Northern California. St. Paul, MN: Voyageur Press. p. 22. ISBN 978-0-89658-442-6.
  5. ^ "Georgetown". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-07.
  6. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 136.
  7. ^ Climate Summary for Georgetown, California
  8. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Georgetown CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  9. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
  10. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
  11. ^ "California's 4th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  12. ^ "Welcome to the Black Oak Mine Unified School District Archived February 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine." Black Oak Mine Unified School District. Retrieved on October 27, 2010.
  13. ^ Home page. Black Oak Mine Unified School District. July 20, 2002. Retrieved on October 27, 2010.