|Amador County, California|
Location in the state of California
California's location in the U.S.
605 sq mi (1,567 km²)
12 sq mi (31 km²), 1.94%
60/sq mi (23/km²)
Amador County bills itself as "The Heart of the Mother Lode" and lies within the Gold Country. There is a substantial wine-growing industry in the county.
History[edit | edit source]
The county is named for Jose Maria Amador, soldier, rancher and miner, who was born in San Francisco in 1794, the son of Sergeant Pedro Amador, a Spanish soldier who settled in California in 1771. In 1848, Jose Maria Amador, with several Native Americans, established a successful gold mining camp near the present town of Amador City. In Spanish, the word amador means "one who loves."
Geography[edit | edit source]
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,566 km² (605 sq mi). 1,536 km² (593 sq mi) of it is land and 30 km² (12 sq mi) of it (1.94%) is water. Water bodies in the county include Lake Amador, Lake Camanche, Pardee Reservoir, Bear River Reservoir, Silver Lake, Sutter Creek, Cosumnes River, Mokelumne River, and Jackson Creek.
Amador County ranges in elevation from approximately 250 feet in the western portion of the county to over 9,000 feet in the eastern portion of the county. The county is bordered on the north by the Consumnes River and on the south by the Mokelumne River.
Cities and towns[edit | edit source]
Adjacent counties[edit | edit source]
- Calaveras County - south
- San Joaquin County - southwest
- Sacramento County - west
- El Dorado County - north
- Alpine County - east
Shenandoah Valley[edit | edit source]
Though not as well known as the Napa Valley or Sonoma Valley wine growing regions of California, the Shenandoah Valley was once the wine growing region of California. With the discovery of gold, the area quickly became a mecca for those trying to make their fortune. In the process numerous wineries sprouted up many of whose vineyards are still in use by wineries today. The decline of the California Gold Rush coupled with the onset of Prohibition devastated the wine making region of Amador County. Today this area has been resurrected and is now home to over 40 different wineries. Amador County is renowned for its Zinfandel, but many other varietals are produced as well. Amador County has a high percentage of old Zinfandel vines. Some of the Zinfandel vineyards in this county are more than 125 years old. These old vines produce intense flavors allowing winemakers to make the outstanding Zinfandels for which this area is famous.
Gold mining[edit | edit source]
Attractions[edit | edit source]
Amador County is home of the Gold Rush era in California. Many century-old gold-mining places in the county are now popular tourist destinations. Amador County offers several tourists destinations and things to do:
- Jackson Main Street - antique shops
- Sutter Creek Main Street - antique shops, Sutter Creek Theater
- Jackson Rancheria - casino and hotel
- Volcano Theater Company and the Cobblestone Theater and the St. George Hotel in Volcano
- Mace Meadows Golf Course in Pioneer
- Old Mill Shopping Center in Martell
- Underground caves with tours
- Campgrounds areas with gold-panning activities
- Wineries with wine-tasting activities
- Lakes for boating and fishing
- Winter Ski Resorts - for skiers, snowboarders, etc
- Outdoor Activities - camping, picnic, ATV riding, horseback riding, whitewater kayaking, birding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, etc
- Historic sites: Kennedy Mine in Jackson, Chew Kee Store in Fiddletown, Knight Foundry in Sutter Creek
Transportation infrastructure[edit | edit source]
Major highways[edit | edit source]
- California State Route 16
- California State Route 26
- California State Route 49
- California State Route 88
- California State Route 104
- California State Route 124
Public transportation[edit | edit source]
Amador Regional Transit System (ARTS) provides service in Jackson and the nearby communities. Connections are available to Sacramento and to Calaveras County.
Airports[edit | edit source]
Amador County Airport is a general aviation airport located near Jackson.
Demographics[edit | edit source]
As of the census² of 2000, there were 35,100 people, 12,759 households, and 9,071 families residing in the county. The population density was 23/km² (59/sq mi). There were 15,035 housing units at an average density of 10/km² (25/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 85.79% White, 3.87% Black or African American, 1.78% Native American, 1.00% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 5.04% from other races, and 2.41% from two or more races. 8.91% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 93.1% spoke English and 5.1% Spanish as their first language.
There were 12,759 households out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.9% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.81.
In the county the population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 122.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 123.4 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $42,280, and the median income for a family was $51,226. Males had a median income of $39,697 versus $28,850 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,412. About 6.10% of families and 9.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.10% of those under age 18 and 5.40% of those age 65 or over.
Politics[edit | edit source]
|2004||62.1% 11,107||36.6% 6,541||1.3% 243|
|2000||56.7% 8,766||38.2% 5,906||5.1% 792|
|1996||47.5% 6,870||40.6% 5,868||11.9% 1,714|
|1992||35.5% 5,477||34.3% 5,286||30.3% 4,671|
|1988||55.9% 6,893||42.1% 5,197||2.0% 148|
|1984||61.5% 6,986||36.9% 4,188||1.7% 189|
|1980||55.9% 5,401||33.0% 3,191||11.1% 1,078|
|1976||46.1% 3,699||50.4% 4,037||3.5% 282|
|1972||53.4% 3,533||40.9% 2,705||5.7% 378|
|1968||42.1% 2,269||45.3% 2,440||12.6% 681|
|1964||33.0% 1,682||66.9% 3,410||0.1% 6|
|1960||44.5% 2,175||55.0% 2,690||0.5% 22|
Amador is part of California's 3rd congressional district, which is held by Republican Dan Lungren. In the State Assembly, Amador is part of the 10th district, which is held by Republican Alan Nakanishi. In the State Senate, Amador is part of the 1st district, which is held by Republican Dave Cox.
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