River Pines, California

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River Pines
River Pines is located in California
River Pines
River Pines
Location in California
Coordinates: 38°32′47″N 120°44′39″W / 38.54639°N 120.74417°W / 38.54639; -120.74417Coordinates: 38°32′47″N 120°44′39″W / 38.54639°N 120.74417°W / 38.54639; -120.74417
Country United States
State California
CountyAmador County
 • Total0.366 sq mi (0.947 km2)
 • Land0.366 sq mi (0.947 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation2,006 ft (605 m)
 • Total379
 • Density1,000/sq mi (400/km2)
ZIP Code
Area code209
GNIS feature IDs1659517; 2586445
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: River Pines, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: River Pines, California

River Pines is a census-designated place[3] in Amador County, California. It is located 3 miles (4.8 km) north-northeast of Fiddletown,[4] at an elevation of 1985 feet (605 m). A post office opened at River Pines in 1948;[4] it has the zip code of 95675. River Pines has a population of 379 (2010 census).


In the 1920s, the growing middle class looked for weekend or summer vacation property to buy a cabin amid the pines. Developers Roy and Helen Brooke found suitable land along the south fork of the Cosumnes in the Bridgeport district, and developed River Pines Resort to sell cabin sites.

By damming the river, the resort developed water activities and sports. With the resort thriving for a time, the Brookes subdivided more land for lots. In time, the resort became just another rural, remote community with a post office and store and much privacy.

By May 1926, Brooke had engaged Cassius M Phinney, surveyor and civil engineer, to subdivide some of the property bounded northerly by the Cosumnes River, and southerly by the Plymouth-Aukum county road.[citation needed]


The 2010 United States Census[5] reported that River Pines had a population of 379. The population density was 1,036.3 inhabitants per square mile (400.1/km2). The racial makeup of River Pines was 324 (85.5%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 5 (1.3%) Native American, 4 (1.1%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 8 (2.1%) from other races, and 38 (10.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 31 persons (8.2%).

The Census reported that 379 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 157 households, out of which 46 (29.3%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 71 (45.2%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 17 (10.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 11 (7.0%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 16 (10.2%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 0 (0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 44 households (28.0%) were made up of individuals, and 15 (9.6%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41. There were 99 families (63.1% of all households); the average family size was 2.94.

The population was spread out, with 81 people (21.4%) under the age of 18, 36 people (9.5%) aged 18 to 24, 68 people (17.9%) aged 25 to 44, 148 people (39.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 46 people (12.1%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.6 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.1 males.

There were 200 housing units at an average density of 546.8 per square mile (211.1/km2), of which 157 were occupied, of which 110 (70.1%) were owner-occupied, and 47 (29.9%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.6%; the rental vacancy rate was 16.1%. 242 people (63.9% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 137 people (36.1%) lived in rental housing units.


  1. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files – Places – California". United States Census Bureau.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: River Pines, California
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: River Pines, California
  4. ^ 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. 546. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - River Pines CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.