|Madera County, California|
Location in the state of California
California's location in the U.S.
2,153 sq mi (5,576 km²)
2,136 sq mi (5,532 km²)
17 sq mi (44 km²), 0.81%
57/sq mi (22/km²)
Madera County is a county of the U.S. state of California, located in the Central Valley north of Fresno County. It is part of the Madera Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census the population was 123,109. The county seat is Madera.
The southernmost part of Yosemite National Park is located in the county's northeast.
History[edit | edit source]
Madera in Spanish means timber or lumber. The county derives its name from the town of Madera, named when the California Lumber Company built a log flume to carry lumber to the railroad there in 1876.
Geography[edit | edit source]
Cities and towns[edit | edit source]
- Bonadelle Ranchos-Madera Ranchos
- Madera Acres
- North Fork
- Bass Lake
- Yosemite Lakes
Adjacent Counties[edit | edit source]
- Fresno County - south, west
- Merced County - northwest
- Mariposa County - north
- Tuolumne County - northeast
- Mono County - northeast
Transportation Infrastructure[edit | edit source]
Major Highways[edit | edit source]
- California State Route 41
- California State Route 49
- California State Route 99
- California State Route 145
- California State Route 152
Public Transportation[edit | edit source]
- Madera County Connection provides service between the cities of Madera and Chowchilla. Routes also run to eastern Madera County. A connection to Fresno can be made at Children's Hospital Central California near the county line.
- The cities of Madera and Chowchilla also have their own local transit services.
- Greyhound buses and Amtrak trains stop in Madera.
Airports[edit | edit source]
Demographics[edit | edit source]
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 123,109 people in the county, organized into 36,155 households, and 28,598 families. The population density is 22/km² (58/sq mi). There are 40,387 housing units at an average density of 7/km² (19/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county is 62.23% White, 4.12% Black or African American, 2.61% Native American, 1.27% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 24.35% from other races, and 5.25% from two or more races. 44.28% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. 63.6% spoke English and 33.7% Spanish as their first language.
There are 36,155 households out of which 40.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.9% are married couples living together, 12.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 20.9% are non-families. 16.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 3.18 and the average family size is 3.52.
In the county the population is spread out with 29.6% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 33 years. For every 100 females there are 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 86.0 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $36,286, and the median income for a family is $39,226. Males have a median income of $33,658 versus $24,415 for females. The per capita income for the county is $14,682. 21.4% of the population and 15.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 28.6% of those under the age of 18 and 9.0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Politics[edit | edit source]
|2004||64.0% 24,871||34.7% 13,481||1.3% 498|
|2000||60.7% 20,283||34.9% 11,650||4.4% 1,462|
|1996||53.8% 16,510||36.7% 11,254||9.5% 2,898|
|1992||43.2% 13,066||35.9% 10,863||20.9% 6,316|
|1988||54.6% 13,255||43.8% 10,642||1.6% 384|
|1984||60.0% 13,954||38.7% 8,994||1.3% 293|
|1980||53.6% 10,599||39.3% 7,783||7.1% 1,398|
|1976||46.0% 6,844||51.2% 7,625||2.8% 423|
|1972||52.6% 7,835||44.2% 6,580||3.2% 477|
|1968||43.5% 6,229||48.5% 6,932||8.0% 1,142|
|1964||32.2% 4,461||67.7% 9,391||0.1% 10|
|1960||41.8% 5,869||57.8% 8,126||0.4% 62|
The vast majority of Madera is part of California's 19th congressional district, which is held by Republican George Radanovich; a tiny part of Madera is in the 18th district, which is held by Democrat Dennis Cardoza. In the State Assembly, most of Madera is in the 25th district with a small part in the 19th district. Both districts are held by Republicans, Tom Berryhill and Michael Villines respectively. In the State Senate, Madera is part of the 12th and 14th districts, which are held by Republicans Jeff Denham and Dave Cogdill respectively.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Sierra National Forest
- Nelder Grove
- Fresno Dome
- List of school districts in Madera County
- USS Madera County (LST-905)
[edit | edit source]
- Official Madera County website
- Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce
- Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau
- Madera Tribune, 100-year-old newspaper for the county
- Madera Online News & Photo, Madera County's Online Newspaper
- Superior Court of Madera County
- Madera County Library
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