Chualar, California

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Chualar is a census-designated place (CDP) in Monterey County, California, United States. Chualar is located 10 miles (16 km) southeast of Salinas,[2] at an elevation of 115 feet (35 m).[1] The population was 1,444 at the 2000 census.



Chualar is located at 36°34′14″N 121°31′07″W / 36.57056°N 121.51861°W / 36.57056; -121.51861.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²), all of it land.

In her Spanish and Indian Place Names of California (1914) Sanchez states that Chualar was the indigenous word for an abundant and native goosefoot. This plant could possibly be Chenopodium californicum, the California goosefoot (also known as pigweed). In his 1500 California Place Names (1998), William Bright writes that the name is Spanish for "where the chual grows," chual being Mexican Spanish for pigweed or goosefoot, and derived ultimately from Nahuatl tzoalli.


The Chualar post office opened in 1871, closed in 1873, and re-opened in 1874.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,444 people, 279 households, and 261 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,392.9 people per square mile (929.2/km²). There were 286 housing units at an average density of 473.9/sq mi (184.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 15.44% White, 0.42% Black or African American, 0.55% Native American, 3.19% Asian, 76.11% from other races, and 4.29% from two or more races. 93.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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