El Dorado County, California


El Dorado County, California
County of El Dorado
—  County  —
A scene from El Dorado County

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Location in the state of California
California's location in the United States
Country  United States
State  California
Region Sierra Nevada/Gold Country
Metro area Greater Sacramento
Incorporated 1850
County seat Placerville
Largest city South Lake Tahoe
Area
 – Total 1,788.10 sq mi (4,631.2 km2)
 – Land 1,710.85 sq mi (4,431.1 km2)
 – Water 77.25 sq mi (200.1 km2)
Population (2010)
 – Total 181,058
 – Density 101.3/sq mi (39.1/km2)
Time zone Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
 – Summer (DST) Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)
Website www.co.el-dorado.ca.us

El Dorado County is a county located in the historic Gold Country in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and foothills of the U.S. state of California. The 2010 population was 181,058. The El Dorado county seat is in Placerville.

The population of El Dorado County has grown as the Greater Sacramento has expanded into the region. In the unique Lake Tahoe area of the county, environmental awareness and environmental protection initiatives have grown along with the population since the 1960 Winter Olympics, hosted at Squaw Valley Ski Resort in neighboring Placer County.

Contents

History

Local landmarks:

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 20,057
1860 20,562 2.5%
1870 10,309 −49.9%
1880 10,683 3.6%
1890 9,232 −13.6%
1900 8,986 −2.7%
1910 7,492 −16.6%
1920 6,426 −14.2%
1930 8,325 29.6%
1940 13,229 58.9%
1950 16,207 22.5%
1960 29,390 81.3%
1970 43,833 49.1%
1980 85,812 95.8%
1990 125,955 46.8%
2000 156,299 24.1%
2010 181,058 15.8%
[1][2][3]

2010

The 2010 United States Census reported that El Dorado County had a population of 181,058. The racial makeup of El Dorado County was 156,793 (86.6%) White, 1,409 (0.8%) African American, 2,070 (1.1%) Native American, 6,297 (3.5%) Asian, 294 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 7,278 (4.0%) from other races, and 6,917 (3.8%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 21,875 persons (12.1%).[4]


Population reported at 2010 United States Census
The County
Total
Population
White
African
American
Native
American
Asian
Pacific
Islander
other
races
two or
more races
Hispanic
or Latino
(of any race)
El Dorado County 181,058 156,793 1,409 2,070 6,297 294 7,278 6,917 21,875
Incorporated
cities
Total
Population
White
African
American
Native
American
Asian
Pacific
Islander
other
races
two or
more races
Hispanic
or Latino
(of any race)
Placerville 10,389 8,716 80 162 98 13 867 453 1,863
South Lake Tahoe 21,403 15,733 182 232 1,186 39 3,230 801 6,665
Census-designated
places
Total
Population
White
African
American
Native
American
Asian
Pacific
Islander
other
races
two or
more races
Hispanic
or Latino
(of any race)
Auburn Lake Trails 3,426 3,190 6 28 36 5 45 116 208
Cameron Park 18,228 16,242 143 194 425 36 461 727 2,056
Camino 1,750 1,604 7 14 18 4 55 48 197
Cold Springs 446 413 4 5 3 0 15 6 43
Coloma 529 462 4 3 8 0 15 37 63
Diamond Springs 11,037 9,743 39 176 110 6 518 445 1,377
El Dorado Hills 42,108 35,089 615 196 3,563 71 681 1,893 3,802
Georgetown 2,367 2,128 47 59 18 2 45 68 177
Grizzly Flats 1,066 954 6 14 7 2 19 64 96
Pollock Pines 6,871 6,195 18 128 56 3 251 220 713
Shingle Springs 4,432 3,919 14 108 50 3 132 206 469
Tahoma‡ 780 736 2 7 7 0 11 17 35
Unincorporated
communities
Total
Population
White
African
American
Native
American
Asian
Pacific
Islander
other
races
two or
more races
Hispanic
or Latino
(of any race)
All others not CDPs (combined) 56,226 51,669 242 744 712 110 933 1,816 4,111
‡ Note: these numbers reflect only the portion of this CDP in El Dorado County

2000

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 156,299 people, 58,939 households, and 43,025 families residing in the county. The population density was 91 people per square mile (35/km²). There were 71,278 housing units at an average density of 42 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.7% White, 0.5% Black or African American, 1.00% Native American, 2.1% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 3.55% from other races, and 2.96% from two or more races. 9.32% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 14.9% were of German, 13.4% English, 10.3% Irish, 6.6% Italian and 6.6% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 90.5% spoke English and 6.5% Spanish as their first language.

There were 58,939 households out of which 34.2% had kids under the age of 18 living with them, 60.1% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 99.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.

The 2000 census also states that the median income for a household in the county was $51,484, and the median income for a family was $60,250. Males had a median income of $46,373 versus $31,537 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,560. About 5.0% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.6% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.

Geography

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1,788.10 square miles (4,631.2 km2), of which 1,710.85 square miles (4,431.1 km2) (or 95.68%) is land and 77.25 square miles (200.1 km2) (or 4.32%) is water.[6]

Recreation

Parks

Skiing

Wineries

Transportation infrastructure

Major highways

Map of El Dorado County in Northern California

Public transportation

  • El Dorado Transit runs local service in Placerville and surrounding areas (as far east as Pollock Pines). Commuter service into Sacramento and Folsom is also provided.
  • BlueGo is the transit operator for the South Lake Tahoe area. Service also runs into the state of Nevada.

Airports

General aviation airports are include: Placerville Airport, Georgetown Airport, Cameron Airpark and Lake Tahoe Airport.

Cities and towns

El Dorado County Courthouse, Placerville

Incorporated Cities

Communities over 10,000 population

Communities under 10,000 population

Politics

Presidential election results
Year GOP DEM Others
2008 54.1% 50,314 43.6% 40,529 2.2% 2,083
2004 61.2% 52,878 37.3% 32,242 1.4% 1,244
2000 58.3% 42,045 36.4% 26,220 5.4% 3,871
1996 51.8% 32,759 36.3% 22,957 11.8% 7,480
1992 39.9% 25,906 32.4% 21,012 27.7% 17,969
1988 59.3% 30,021 39.1% 19,801 1.5% 781
1984 64.9% 27,583 33.7% 14,312 1.4% 583
1980 58.3% 21,238 29.5% 10,765 12.2% 4,446
1976 47.7% 12,472 48.8% 12,763 3.5% 919
1972 54.2% 11,330 41.4% 8,654 4.4% 921
1968 49.0% 7,468 39.7% 6,054 11.3% 1,719
1964 39.5% 5,775 60.3% 8,810 0.2% 25
1960 49.2% 6,065 50.1% 6,175 0.8% 97

El Dorado is a predominantly Republican county in Presidential and congressional elections. The last Democrat to win a majority in the county was Lyndon Johnson in 1964 election, and the last Democrat to win the county was Jimmy Carter in the 1976 presidential election.

El Dorado is part of California's 4th congressional district, which is held by Republican Tom McClintock. In the State Assembly, El Dorado is part of the 4th district, which is held by Republican Beth Gaines and also part of the 10th district, which is held by Democrat Alyson Huber. In the State Senate, El Dorado is part of the 1st district, which is held by Republican Ted Gaines.

The county is represented by U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer in Washington, D.C..

Adjacent counties

Asbestos

Portions of El Dorado county are known to contain natural asbestos formations near the surface.[8] The USGS studied amphiboles in rock and soil in the area in response to an EPA sampling study and subsequent criticism of the EPA study. The study found that many amphibole particles in the area meet the counting rule criteria used by the EPA for chemical and morphological limits, but do not meet morphological requirements for commercial-grade-asbestos. The executive summary pointed out that even particles that do not meet requirements for commercial-grade-asbestos may be a health threat and suggested a collaborative research effort to assess health risks associated with "Naturally Occurring Asbestos".[9]

In 2003 after construction of the Oak Ridge High School (El Dorado Hills, CA) soccer field, the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry found that some student athletes, coaches and school workers received substantial exposures. The inside of Oak Ridge High School needed to be cleaned of dust.[8]

See also

References

External links

Coordinates: 38°47′N 120°32′W / 38.78°N 120.53°W / 38.78; -120.53


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