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Weedpatch, California
—  CDP  —
Location in Kern County and the state of California
Coordinates: 35°14′17″N 118°54′54″W / 35.23806°N 118.915°W / 35.23806; -118.915Coordinates: 35°14′17″N 118°54′54″W / 35.23806°N 118.915°W / 35.23806; -118.915
Country United States
State California
County Kern
Government
 - N/A
 - Senate Dean Florez (D)
 - Assembly Nicole Parra (D)
 - U. S. Congress Jim Costa (D)
Area
 - Total 3.1 sq mi (7.9 km2)
 - Land 3.1 sq mi (7.9 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation [1] 387 ft (118 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,726
 - Density 879.4/sq mi (345.1/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 93307
Area code(s) 661
FIPS code 06-83863

Weedpatch (formerly, Weed Patch[1] and Alexander's Corner[2]) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kern County, California, United States. Weedpatch is located 10 miles (16 km) south-southeast of Bakersfield,[2] at an elevation of 387 feet (118 m).[1] As of the 2000 census, the CDP had a total population of 2,726.

Weedpatch is located off State Route 184 (Weedpatch Highway) to the South-East of Bakersfield, just South of Lamont, and about 5 miles (8.0 km) South of State Route 58, the Bakersfield - Tehachapi Highway.

Weedpatch is the location of the Arvin Federal Government Camp, known colloquially (and in the John Steinbeck novel The Grapes of Wrath) as "Weedpatch Camp" [1]. This camp was a government rescue center for distressed migrant workers fleeing the Oklahoma Dust Bowl agricultural disaster, during the Great Depression. The camp still aids migrants today.

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Geography

Weedpatch is located at 35°14′17″N 118°54′54″W / 35.23806°N 118.915°W / 35.23806; -118.915.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.1 square miles (7.9 km²), all of it land.

History

Although the name Weed Patch was applied to the site as early as 1874, the community only began in 1922.[2] The town was also named Alexander's Corner in honor of Cal Alexander, a resident.[2]

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,726 people, 634 households, and 554 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 890.9 people per square mile (344.0/km²). There were 670 housing units at an average density of 219.0/sq mi (84.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 48.39% White, 0.70% Black or African American, 3.74% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 41.34% from other races, and 5.50% from two or more races. 89.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 634 households out of which 59.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.0% were married couples living together, 17.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.5% were non-families. 9.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.30 and the average family size was 4.46.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 41.8% under the age of 18, 11.7% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 13.2% from 45 to 64, and 4.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23 years. For every 100 females there were 109.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.8 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $19,838, and the median income for a family was $20,734. Males had a median income of $17,740 versus $19,500 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $7,655. About 40.7% of families and 43.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 51.6% of those under age 18 and 20.4% of those age 65 or over.

References

  1. ^ a b c d U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Weedpatch, California
  2. ^ a b c d Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 1125. ISBN 9781884995149.  
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  







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