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Bootjack, California
—  CDP  —
Location in Mariposa County and the state of California
Coordinates: 37°27′54″N 119°53′12″W / 37.465°N 119.88667°W / 37.465; -119.88667Coordinates: 37°27′54″N 119°53′12″W / 37.465°N 119.88667°W / 37.465; -119.88667
Country United States
State California
County Mariposa
 - Total 18 sq mi (46.7 km2)
 - Land 18 sq mi (46.7 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation [1] 2,238 ft (682 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,588
 - Density 88.2/sq mi (34/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 95338
Area code(s) 209
FIPS code 06-07525
GNIS feature ID 0277477

Bootjack is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Mariposa County, California, United States.[1] Bootjack is located 4.5 miles (7.2 km) east-southeast of Mariposa,[2] at an elevation of 2238 feet (682 m).[1] The population was 1,588 at the 2000 census.



Bootjack is located at 37°27′54″N 119°53′12″W / 37.465°N 119.88667°W / 37.465; -119.88667.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 18.0 square miles (46.7 km²), of which, 18.0 square miles (46.6 km²) of it is land and 0.06% is water.


Three versions are current of how the town was named.[2] The first, a fork in the road made a bootjack shape (basically, a "Y").[2] The second, is that a landmark tree at the place had a bootjack shape.[2] And third, that after a horse thief's hanging at the place a bootjack was used to remove his boots.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,588 people, 636 households, and 471 families residing in the community. The population density was 88.2 people per square mile (34.0/km²). There were 744 housing units at an average density of 41.3/sq mi (15.9/km²). The racial makeup of the community was 92.13% White, 0.31% Black or African American, 4.09% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 1.07% from other races, and 2.14% from two or more races. 4.47% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 636 households out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the community the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 21.2% from 25 to 44, 31.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.0 males.

The median income for a household in the community was $30,991, and the median income for a family was $33,092. Males had a median income of $39,145 versus $24,271 for females. The per capita income for the community was $14,771. About 8.2% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.8% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.


In the state legislature Bootjack is located in the 14th Senate District, represented by Republican Dave Cogdill, and in the 25th Assembly District, represented by Republican Tom Berryhill. Federally, Bootjack is located in California's 19th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +10[4] and is represented by Republican George Radanovich.


  1. ^ a b c d U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Bootjack, California
  2. ^ a b c d e Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 749. ISBN 9781884995149.  
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved 2007-10-20.  


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