Waterford, California

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City of Waterford
Motto: Gateway To Recreation
Location in Stanislaus County and the state of California
Location in Stanislaus County and the state of California
City of Waterford is located in USA
City of Waterford
City of Waterford
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 37°38′42″N 120°46′3″W / 37.64500°N 120.76750°W / 37.64500; -120.76750Coordinates: 37°38′42″N 120°46′3″W / 37.64500°N 120.76750°W / 37.64500; -120.76750
Country  United States
State  California
County Stanislaus
Established "Bakersville" in 1857
Incorporated as "Waterford" on November 7, 1969[1]
 • Type Council-Manager
 • City council[3] Mayor Michael Van Winkle,
Vice Mayor Jose Aldaco,
Ken Krause, and
Joshus Whitfield
 • City manager Tim Ogden[2]
 • Total 2.369 sq mi (6.135 km2)
 • Land 2.328 sq mi (6.030 km2)
 • Water 0.041 sq mi (0.105 km2)  1.72%
Elevation[5] 171 ft (52 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 8,456
 • Density 3,600/sq mi (1,400/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 95386
Area code(s) 209
FIPS code 06-83612
GNIS feature IDs 1660135, 2412192
Website cityofwaterford.org

Waterford, California is the eighth largest city in Stanislaus County, California, United States. The population was 8,456 at the 2010 census, up from 6,924 as of the 2000 census. Waterford is part of the Modesto Metropolitan Statistical Area.


View of Tuolumne River

Waterford is located at 37°38′42″N 120°46′3″W / 37.64500°N 120.76750°W / 37.64500; -120.76750 (37.645132, -120.767609).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), of which, 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (1.72%) is water.

The city was founded around the Tuolumne River. City population signs report Waterford's elevation is 51 feet (16 m) above sea level.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 63
1950 1,777
1960 1,780 0.2%
1970 2,243 26.0%
1980 2,683 19.6%
1990 4,771 77.8%
2000 6,924 45.1%
2010 8,456 22.1%
Est. 2015 8,824 [7] 4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]


The 2010 United States Census[9] reported that Waterford had a population of 8,456. The population density was 3,569.8 people per square mile (1,378.3/km²). The racial makeup of Waterford was 6,003 (71.0%) White, 77 (0.9%) African American, 110 (1.3%) Native American, 129 (1.5%) Asian, 11 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 1,740 (20.6%) from other races, and 386 (4.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3,579 persons (42.3%).

The Census reported that 8,433 people (99.7% of the population) lived in households, 23 (0.3%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 2,458 households, out of which 1,314 (53.5%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 1,499 (61.0%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 357 (14.5%) had a female householder with no husband present, 191 (7.8%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 172 (7.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 15 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 305 households (12.4%) were made up of individuals and 106 (4.3%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.43. There were 2,047 families (83.3% of all households); the average family size was 3.71.

The population was spread out with 2,786 people (32.9%) under the age of 18, 902 people (10.7%) aged 18 to 24, 2,295 people (27.1%) aged 25 to 44, 1,860 people (22.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 613 people (7.2%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29.6 years. For every 100 females there were 103.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.4 males.

There were 2,665 housing units at an average density of 1,125.1 per square mile (434.4/km²), of which 1,627 (66.2%) were owner-occupied, and 831 (33.8%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.5%; the rental vacancy rate was 7.1%. 5,489 people (64.9% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 2,944 people (34.8%) lived in rental housing units.


As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 6,923 people, 1,991 households, and 1,682 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,338.1 people per square mile (1,670.9/km²). There were 2,080 housing units at an average density of 1,303.2 per square mile (501.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 12.24% White, 0.48% African American, 1.53% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 19.99% from other races, and 4.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 78.44% of the population.

There were 1,990 households out of which 52.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.6% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.5% were non-families. 11.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.47 and the average family size was 3.71.

36.4% of Waterford's inhabitants were under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 15.9% from 45 to 64, and 7.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 101.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,286, and the median income for a family was $41,698. Males had a median income of $32,530 versus $25,341 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,933. About 11.2% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.2% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.


Waterford is located in the 14th Senate District of the state legislature, represented by Republican Tom Berryhill, and in the 12th Assembly District, represented by Republican Kristin Olsen.[11]

In the United States House of Representatives, Waterford is in California's 10th congressional district, represented by Republican Jeff Denham.[12]


Waterford Unified School District is the sole school district.

The Waterford Elementary School is named after the former school superintendent and current elementary school teacher, Richard Moon. The school mascot is the moon cub (a tiger cub). Immediately next to Richard Moon Elementary is the Waterford Head Start Program, which includes state preschool, full day Head Start, and half day Head Start.

Waterford Middle School serves approximately 400-600 students, grades 6-8. It is the oldest school in the Waterford School District. Their mascot is the tiger.

Waterford High School Campus

Waterford High School was built in 2001. The school recently earned the Title 1 Academician achievement award and continues to be the number one improving school in California. The high school is led by principal Don Davis and assistant principal Paul Paterson. Waterford High School's Track and Field team won both the men and women league title in 2007. The men and women both brought back home the SAL title in 2009 and in the 2010 season the men won it again becoming back to back champions of the SAL. The Waterford soccer team later added another league title. Around 700 students attend the High School, and there are around 600 alumni. The WHS mascot is the Wildcat. WHS Website


The community which became Waterford began to form in the latter half of the 19th century, after surrounding regions became populated with 49ers. At this time the area was known as Bakersville, after one of the town's influential members. It soon became apparent that mail was being mistaken between Bakersville and Bakersfield, California, and the smaller of the two was forced to change its name. At this time, the Tuolumne River did not have a bridge, and instead was crossed by Roberts Ferry on the waterfront. Since the area was well known for this ford, the town adopted the name of Waterford. For several decades, a regular steam locomotive could traverse the Tuolumne in Waterford on a tressel, which was demolished in the second half of the 20th century. There are now no longer railway lines running through or near Waterford, even though many maps will still show the tracks going through the post office building.


State Route 132.
County Route J9

The city is currently served by the StaRT bus, or Stanislaus Regional Transit bus. It has scheduled routes in and around the Modesto-Oakdale-Waterford region. It also has convenient custom stops at two locations.

Waterford has two main highways: CR J9, "F Street", and State Route 132, "Yosemite Blvd." Both intersect in Waterford. "F Street" goes to Oakdale to the north, and Turlock to the south. Yosemite goes to Modesto westbound, and to the Gold Country eastbound.

The Hickman-Waterford bridge is also located in Waterford. It is the only bridge for about 5 miles (8.0 km) both east and west to cross the Tuolumne River after Geer Road.


There are a wide range of churches in Waterford, most of which are Christian based. The biggest church is the Community Baptist Church with over 600 members. Another well known church is the First Southern Baptist Church.


  • Earth Metrics Incorporated, "Waterford Junior High School, California Environmental Quality Act, Environmental Assessment", Waterford Unified School District, prepared for the State of California Environmental Clearinghouse, Report No. 7895W1.001, February 2, 1990.


  1. ^ "California Cities by Incorporation Date" (Word). California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ "City Manager's Office". City of Waterford. Retrieved May 17, 2015. 
  3. ^ "City Council". City of Waterford. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files – Places – California". United States Census Bureau. 
  5. ^ "Waterford". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved May 17, 2015. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Waterford city". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ "Statewide Database". UC Regents. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  12. ^ "California's 10th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved September 28, 2014. 

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