Amador City, California

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Amador City (formerly, Amadore's Creek and South Amador) is a city in Amador County, California, United States. The population was 196 at the 2000 census; by 2007, it was estimated to have increased to 213.[2]



Amador City is located at 38°25′10″N 120°49′27″W / 38.41944°N 120.82417°W / 38.41944; -120.82417Coordinates: 38°25′10″N 120°49′27″W / 38.41944°N 120.82417°W / 38.41944; -120.82417.

Only two miles from Sutter Creek on Highway 49, Amador City is the state's smallest incorporated city by area. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²), all land.


Amador City was incorporated into a city around 1915. Historically located in a rich gold bearing area in the Motherlode of California. In 1848-1849 an unknown creek was prospected by a wealthy rancher named Jose Maria Amador. There were no known settlements until 1851. The California Gold Rush changed the landscape of California. Amador's most famous and productive mine, the Keystone produced about $24 million in gold during 1853-1942. These prices would be higher using today's gold standard.[3]

A post office was established at Amador City in 1863.[4]


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 196 people, 85 households, and 54 families residing in the city. The population density was 601.7 people per square mile (229.3/km²). There were 91 housing units at an average density of 279.4/sq mi (106.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.82% White, 1.02% Native American, 4.08% from other races, and 4.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.18% of the population.

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