Big Pine, California

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Big Pine (formerly, Bigpine)[2] is a census-designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Big Pine is located 15 miles (24 km) south-southeast of Bishop,[2] at an elevation of 3990 feet (1216 m).[1] The population was 1,350 at the 2000 census. The Big Pine Band of Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Indians of the Big Pine Reservation operates their tribal headquarters from here.



It is on U.S. Route 395, the main north-south artery through the Owens Valley, connecting the Inland Empire to Reno, Nevada. US 395 also connects Big Pine to Los Angeles via State Route 14 through Palmdale.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.3 km²), all of it land.


The Big Pine post office first opened in 1870, closed for a time during 1877, changed its name to Bigpine in 1895, and reverted to Big Pine in 1962.[2]

Big Pine has a significant geologic feature (an earthquake scarp) related to the 1872 Lone Pine earthquake.

Matt Williams, a professional baseball player, lived there for part of his life.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,350 people, 571 households, and 403 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 556.4 people per square mile (214.5/km²). There were 668 housing units at an average density of 275.3/sq mi (106.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 86.07% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 4.30% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 3.19% from other races, and 5.70% from two or more races. 8.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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