Dos Palos, California

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Dos Palos (formerly, Dospalos)[2] is a city in Merced County, California, United States. Dos Palos is located 23 miles (37 km) south-southwest of Merced,[2] at an elevation of 118 feet (36 m).[1] The population was 4,581 at the 2000 census. Also known as 'Two Sticks' because of a poor translation from Spanish to English.



Dos Palos is located at 36°59′10″N 120°37′36″W / 36.98611°N 120.62667°W / 36.98611; -120.62667.[1]


The Dos Palos post office operated from 1891 to 1906.[2] The Dos Palos post office opened in 1906.[2] Dos Palos incorporated in 1935.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 4,581 people, 1,424 households, and 1,116 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,075.7 people per square mile (1,187.1/km²). There were 1,491 housing units at an average density of 1,001.1/sq mi (386.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 39.80% White, 4.15% Black or African American, 1.38% Native American, 0.61% Asian.54.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,424 households out of which 45.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.6% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.20 and the average family size was 3.63.

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