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Aromas, California
—  CDP  —
Downtown Aromas
Location in Monterey County and the state of California
Location in San Benito County and the state of California
Coordinates: 36°53′13″N 121°38′29″W / 36.88694°N 121.64139°W / 36.88694; -121.64139
Country United States
State California
Counties Monterey, San Benito
 - N/A
 - Senate Jeff Denham (R)
 - Assembly Anna M. Caballero (D)
 - U. S. Congress Sam Farr (D)
 - Total 4.7 sq mi (12.3 km2)
 - Land 4.7 sq mi (12.3 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 131 ft (40 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,797
 - Density 595.1/sq mi (227.4/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 95004
Area code(s) 831
FIPS code 06-02812
GNIS feature ID 1657949

Aromas is a census-designated place (CDP) in Monterey County, and San Benito County, California, United States. The CDP straddles the border of the two counties, with Monterey County to the west and San Benito County to the east. Santa Cruz County sits less than a mile to the Northwest, and Santa Clara County about two miles (3 km) to the North. The population was 2,797 at the 2000 census and was almost equally distributed between the two counties at 1,427 in Monterey County and 1,370 in San Benito County. Aromas is the only CDP in California that is divided between two or more counties.[1]



Aromas is located at 36°53′13″N 121°38′29″W / 36.88694°N 121.64139°W / 36.88694; -121.64139 (36.886988, -121.641396)[2]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.753 square miles (12.311 km²). 4.747 square miles (12.295 km²) of it is land and 0.006 square miles (0.016 km²) or 0.13% is water.[3]


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,797 people, 889 households, and 731 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 589.2 people per square mile (227.4/km²). There were 915 housing units at an average density of 192.7/sq mi (74.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 79.23% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 1.32% Native American, 2.61% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 11.01% from other races, and 5.58% from two or more races. 22.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 889 households out of which 45.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.6% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.7% were non-families. 11.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.15 and the average family size was 3.42.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 7.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 100.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $69,145, and the median income for a family was $70,000. Males had a median income of $51,771 versus $41,875 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $25,220. About 5.7% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over.

The Aromas-San Juan School District has three schools – Aromas Elementary School, San Juan School and Anzar High School. Aromas has one K-8 school, Aromas Elementary School with less than 400 students, (in 2000). Stephanie Siddens is the current principal of Aromas School. Anzar High School, which opened in 1994, was named after early area pioneers.

Aromas is also home to a Graniterock quarry.

External links


  1. ^ [1] Places in California, United States Census Bureau
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ [2] Aromas CDP, United States Census Bureau
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  


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