U.S. Census 2000 Population Figures

Go here for a detailed explanation of the figures below.

Subject Number Percent
Total population 1,373 100.0
SEX AND AGE
Male 612 44.6
Female 761 55.4
Under 5 years 74 5.4
5 to 9 years 86 6.3
10 to14 years 79 5.8
15 to19 years 85 6.2
20 to 24 years 71 5.2
25 to 34 years 133 9.7
35 to 44 years 185 13.5
45 to 54 years 141 10.3
55 to 59 years 69 5.0
60 to 64 years 79 5.8
65 to 74 years 127 9.2
75 to 84 years 172 12.5
85 years and over 72 5.2
Median age (years) 43.3 (X)
18 years and over 1,090 79.4
Male 480 35.0
Female 610 44.4
21 years and over 1,031 75.1
62 years and over 418 30.4
65 years and over 371 27.0
Male 127 9.2
Female 244 17.8
RACE
One race 1,324 96.4
White 1,192 86.8
Black or African American 8 0.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 87 6.3
Asian 12 0.9
Asian Indian - -
Chinese 7 0.5
Filipino 1 0.1
Japanese 2 0.1
Korean - -
Vietnamese - -
Other Asian 2 0.1
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander - -
Native Hawaiian - -
Guamanian or Chamorro - -
Samoan - -
Other Pacific Islander - -
Some other race 25 1.8
Two or more races 49 3.6
Race alone or in combination with one or more other races:
White 1,236 90.0
Black or African American 9 0.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 120 8.7
Asian 19 1.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 4 0.3
Some other race 34 2.5
Subject Number Percent
HISPANIC OR LATINO AND RACE
Total population 1,373 100.0
Hispanic or Latino(of any race) 80 5.8
Mexican 59 4.3
PuertoRican 1 0.1
Cuban 2 0.1
Other Hispanic or Latino 18 1.3
Not Hispanic or Latino 1,293 94.2
White alone 1,152 83.9
RELATIONSHIP
Total population 1,373 100.0
In households 1,314 95.7
Householder 676 49.2
Spouse 212 15.4
Child 328 23.9
Own child under 18 years 270 19.7
Other relatives 42 3.1
Under 18 years 9 0.7
Nonrelatives 56 4.1
Unmarried partner 29 2.1
In group quarters 59 4.3
Institutionalized population 48 3.5
Noninstitutionalized population 11 0.8
HOUSEHOLD BY TYPE
Total households 676 100.0
Family households (families) 328 48.5
Withownchildrenunder18years 146 21.6
Married-couplefamily 212 31.4
Withownchildrenunder18years..........
66 9.8
Female householder, no husband present 92 13.6
With own children under 18years 62 9.2
Nonfamily households 348 51.5
Householder living alone 322 47.6
Householder 65 years and over 183 27.1
Households with individuals under 18 years 152 22.5
Households with individuals 65 years and over 294 43.5
Average household size 1.94 (X)
Average family size. 2.77 (X)
HOUSING OCCUPANCY
Total housing units 754 100.0
Occupied housing units 676 89.7
Vacant housing units 78 10.3
For seasonal, recreational, or occasional use 14 1.9
Homeowner vacancy rate (percent) 3.3 (X)
Rental vacancy rate (percent) 8.2 (X)
HOUSING TENURE
Occupied housing units 676 100.0
Owner-occupied housing units 320 47.3
Renter-occupied housing units 356 52.7
Average household size of owner-occupied units 1.90 (X)
Average household size of renter-occupied units 1.99 (X)

(95338)

County seat for Mariposa County and largest town in the county, Mariposa was originally built close to Mariposa Creek, but when that settlement washed away during the rainy winter of 1850, the miners relocated their town uphill. Once, about 70 square miles of land in this area belonged to General John C Frémont. Frémont acquired the grant in 1847 through his agent Thomas Larkin for $3,000 prior to the discovery of gold in the region, and considered the land nearly worthless. He soon changed his tune; eventually he sold the land for $3 million. Unfortunately, he squandered his fortune and died penniless.

Famed early-day explorer Kit Carson and Alex Goody discovered the Mariposa Mine near the south end of town in 1849. The mine produced well into the twentieth century. Several other large mines are in the Mariposa area: Mount Bullion, six miles north of Mariposa, once offered employment for 2,000 men. South of town, the Princeton Mine produced more than $4 million in gold.

For an overview of local history, visit the Mariposa History Center, at 12th and Jessie streets. Visitors will find extensive Gold Rush memorabilia, a recreation of a local general store, an operating stamp mill, and a recreation of a Native village. The California State Mining and Mineral Museum (at the fairgrounds, 1.8 miles south of central Mariposa on Highway 49) features an extensive collection of California gems and minerals (including a 13.8 pound nugget found in 1865 and value today at an estimated $80,000), as well as a 150-foot-long mock mine tunnel and mining implements.

On top of a hill on Bullion Street sits a two-story wooden courthouse. Built in 1854, the Greek Revival structure is the oldest continuously operating seat of government west of the Rocky Mountains. At one time, Mariposa held jurisdiction over a fifth of the state of California. Many original furnishings and other accoutrements remain intact. A clock tower was added in 1866; the clock was brought around Cape Horn in a sailing ship. Free guided tours are available on weekends. During the week, visitors may tour the public portions of the building. Across the street from the courthouse are the offices of the Mariposa Gazette, California's oldest weekly publication.

St. Joseph's Catholic Church, constructed of sugar pine in 1862, has been in continuous use since 1863. Topped by a bell built in Boston in 1861, the church stands on two blocks of land donated by the owners of the Mariposa Mine, part of the original Fremont Grant.

Please note: all photographs and other illustrations on this site are © sierrafoothillmagazine.com.

Do not copy without permission.

Home | Recreation | Lifestyle | Maps | Real Estate | Articles | Advertise Here | Contact Us

You are the visitor to visit this web page!