Corcoran, California

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Corcoran is a city in Kings County, California, United States. Corcoran is located 17 miles (27 km) south-southeast of Hanford,[2] at an elevation of 207 feet (63 m).[1] It is part of the Hanford–Corcoran, Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 14,458 at the 2000 census. However, the California Department of Finance estimates that the population had grown to 25,692 as of January 1, 2010.[3] Corcoran is most famous as the site of the California State Prison, Corcoran, home to a number of notable inmates such as Charles Manson, and Juan Corona. The California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran is a separate facility that is also located in the city. As of September 2007, the two prisons held a combined total of 13,144 inmates. Inmates are counted as city residents by both the United States Census and the California Department of Finance. Thus, the incarcerated persons in the two prisons comprise approximately 50% of the total population of Corcoran.

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Geography

Corcoran is located at 36°05′53″N 119°33′37″W / 36.09806°N 119.56028°W / 36.09806; -119.56028.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.4 square miles (16.6 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 14,458 people, 2,769 households, and 2,229 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,260.2 people per square mile (872.2/km²). There were 3,016 housing units at an average density of 471.5/sq mi (182.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 34.08% White, 14.21% Black or African American, 1.42% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 46.42% from other races, and 3.08% from two or more races. 59.61% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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