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Inyo County, California
Seal of Inyo County, California
Map of California highlighting Inyo County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
California's location in the U.S.
Founded 1866
Seat Independence
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

10,227 sq mi (26,488 km²)

24 sq mi (62 km²), 0.23%
 - (2000)
 - Density

3/sq mi (1/km²)

Inyo County is located in east-central California in the southwestern United States, on the east side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and south of Yosemite National Park. As of 2000 the county had a population of 17,945. The county seat is Independence.

Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states, is located in Inyo County. Badwater, in Death Valley National Park and the lowest point in the United States, is also located in the county. The two points are not visible from each other, but both can be observed from the Panamint Range on the west side of Death Valley.

History[edit | edit source]

Inyo County was formed in 1866 from parts of Mono and Tulare Counties.

The county derived its name from the Native American name for the mountains in its area. The meaning of the word inyo is "dwelling place of the great spirit."

Natural History[edit | edit source]

Inyo County is host to a number of natural superlatives. Among them are:

Owens Valley and the Sierra Escarpment.

Geography[edit | edit source]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 10,227 square miles (26,488 km²), of which 10,203 sq mi (26,426 km²) is land and 24 sq mi (62 km²) is water. Relatively, it is an extremely large county, the second-largest in the state and one of the largest in the nation.

Cities and towns[edit | edit source]

Inyo County, California (ca. 1872-1873) by Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902)

Adjacent Counties[edit | edit source]

Transportation Infrastructure[edit | edit source]

Major Highways[edit | edit source]

Public Transportation[edit | edit source]

Inyo Mono Transit operates intercity bus service along U.S. 395, as well as local services in Bishop. Service extends south to Ridgecrest (Kern County) and north to Reno.

Airports[edit | edit source]

Bishop Airport, Independence Airport, and Lone Pine Airport are general aviation airports located near their respective cities. Stovepipe Wells Airport and Furnace Creek Airport are located near Death Valley National Park.

Demographics[edit | edit source]

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 17,945 people, 7,703 households, and 4,937 families residing in the county. The population density was 1/km² (2/sq mi). There were 9,042 housing units at an average density of 0/km² (1/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 80.06% White, 0.16% Black or African American, 10.04% Native American, 0.91% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 4.60% from other races, and 4.15% from two or more races. 12.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 89.2% spoke English and 9.3% Spanish as their first language.

There were 7,703 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 5.80% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,006, and the median income for a family was $44,970. Males had a median income of $37,270 versus $25,549 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,639. About 9.30% of families and 12.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.00% of those under age 18 and 8.30% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit | edit source]

Presidential election results
Year DEM GOP Others
2004 59.1% 5,091 38.9% 3,350 2.0% 175
2000 60.3% 4,713 33.9% 2,652 5.8% 450
1996 51.8% 3,924 34.4% 2,601 13.8% 1,044
1992 43.6% 3,689 31.8% 2,695 24.6% 2,080
1988 64.3% 5,042 33.9% 2,653 1.8% 142
1984 70.3% 5,863 28.3% 2,360 1.4% 115
1980 64.8% 5,201 25.9% 2,080 9.3% 736
1976 58.2% 3,905 39.3% 2,635 2.5% 166
1972 68.1% 4,873 28.0% 2,006 3.9% 280
1968 54.5% 3,641 34.6% 2,314 10.9% 732
1964 46.5% 2,751 53.4% 3,161 0.1% 3
1960 54.6% 2,962 45.1% 2,443 0.3% 15

Inyo is a strongly Republican county in Presidential and congressional elections. The last Democrat to win a majority in the county was Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

Inyo is part of California's 25th congressional district, which is held by Republican Buck McKeon. In the state legislature, Inyo is part of the 34th Assembly district, which is held by Republican Bill Maze, and the 18th Senate district, which is held by Republican Roy Ashburn.

Education[edit | edit source]

School district in Inyo County are:

External links[edit | edit source]

Coordinates: 36°35′N 117°29′W / 36.59, -117.48

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