Cartago, California

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Cartago (formerly, Carthage, Daniersburg, and Lakeville) is a census-designated place in Inyo County, California, United States.[1] Cartago is located on the west side of Owens Lake 3 miles (4.8 km) north-northwest of Olancha,[2] at an elevation of 3629 feet (1106 m).[1] The population was 109 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km²), all of it land.


Located near the now abandoned settlement of Carthage, Cartago took its name from the Spanish name for ancient Carthage.[2] The first post office at Cartago opened in 1918.[2] During the heyday of mining in the area (the 1870s), Cartago was a steamboat port for shipment of wood and ore.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 109 people, 40 households, and 25 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 68.7 people per square mile (26.5/km²). There were 49 housing units at an average density of 30.9/sq mi (11.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 76.15% White, 2.75% Native American, 20.18% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. 38.53% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 40 households out of which 37.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.0% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.36.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 31.2% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 142.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 127.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $34,375, and the median income for a family was $50,625. Males had a median income of $33,750 versus $7,083 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,699. There were no families and 5.1% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 27.3% of those over 64.

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