Aromas, California

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Aromas is a census-designated place (CDP) in Monterey County, and San Benito County, California, United States. The CDP straddles the border of the two counties, with Monterey County to the west and San Benito County to the east. The Santa Cruz County line is less than a mile to the Northwest, and Santa Clara County about two miles (3 km) to the North. The population was 2,797 at the 2000 census and was almost equally distributed between the two counties at 1,427 in Monterey County and 1,370 in San Benito County. Aromas is the only CDP in California that is divided between two or more counties.[1]



Aromas is located at 36°53′13″N 121°38′29″W / 36.88694°N 121.64139°W / 36.88694; -121.64139 (36.886988, -121.641396).[2] According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.753 square miles (12.311 km²). 4.747 square miles (12.295 km²) of it is land and 0.006 square miles (0.016 km²) or 0.13% is water.[3]


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,797 people, 889 households, and 731 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 589.2 people per square mile (227.4/km²). There were 915 housing units at an average density of 192.7/sq mi (74.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 79.23% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 1.32% Native American, 2.61% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 11.01% from other races, and 5.58% from two or more races. 22.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 889 households out of which 45.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.6% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.7% were non-families. 11.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.15 and the average family size was 3.42.

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