|— CDP —|
Location in San Joaquin County and the state of California
|- Senate||Dave Cogdill (R)|
|- Assembly||Greg Aghazarian (R)|
|- U. S. Congress||Jerry McNerney (D)|
|- Total||8.4 sq mi (21.7 km2)|
|- Land||8.4 sq mi (21.7 km2)|
|- Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||102 ft (31 m)|
|- Density||378.5/sq mi (146.5/km2)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|- Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||0277543|
Lockeford is located at .(38.157565, -121.151455)
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,179 people, 1,099 households, and 856 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 379.7 people per square mile (146.6/km²). There were 1,136 housing units at an average density of 135.7/sq mi (52.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 77.41% White, 0.25% African American, 1.04% Native American, 1.42% Asian, 0.38% Pacific Islander, 16.07% from other races, and 3.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 24.66% of the population.
There were 1,099 households out of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.4% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.1% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.26.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 105.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.4 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $43,750, and the median income for a family was $55,750. Males had a median income of $37,759 versus $24,353 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $19,533. About 10.5% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.5% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.
Lockeford was settled during the gold rush period. It was one of the jumping-off points for shipments of goods to the mines, located east in the foothills. The name comes from the existence of a fordable low point in the Mokelumne River, and the name of the first settler to set up permanent structures, named Locke. The river was navigable for a spell up to the ford. But there were no dams as there are now to control the water flow, so it was erratic. The idea and hope at the time was that Lockeford would be the "head of navigation" for the Mokelumne. This had an economic value of course since goods would come to Lockeford and then be off-loaded for further transportation and sale, thence to the mines by wagon, etc. But after a few years the water flow was not sufficient for navigation most of the time. Nevertheless Lockeford survived as a local center for trade.
Lockeford is located on Highway 88, which is one of four through routes over the Sierra Nevada in the region--the others being Highway 80, a freeway, Highway 50, a major road, and Highway 4, a mountain route which is closed in the winter due to snow.
Highway 88 itself is predominately a winding two-lane highway which crosses the mountain passes at between seven and eight thousand feet elevation. At some points it could be challenging to the inexperienced or elderly driver, especially in winter. For example, in one stretch, which is at a high elevation and where the road is narrow and winds, hugging a sheer rock face, signs warn not to stop, danger of landslides.