Empire, California

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Empire is a census-designated place (CDP) in Stanislaus County, California, United States. The population was 3,903 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Modesto Metropolitan Statistical Area. Influenced by the Mexican culture, Empire is agriculturaly active, and is home to the new Empire Community Park.



In 1854, the town of Empire City was founded on the south bank of the Tuolumne River, just 1 mile south of present-day Empire. The town served as a stopping point for steamboats. Empire City, being the county seat of Stanislaus County, flooded in 1862. Later in 1896 the town relocated 1 mile inland and was renamed Empire for the Santa Fe Railroad.


Downtown Empire is situated in the second town layout. It includes a small Post Office, a Church of the Brethren church, and the Empire Community Park with the Empire City Historic Landmark.


Empire is located at 37°38′39″N 120°54′27″W / 37.64417°N 120.9075°W / 37.64417; -120.9075 (37.644298, -120.907592)[1].

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.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,903 people, 1,160 households, and 881 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,463.7 people per square mile (953.8/km²). There were 1,214 housing units at an average density of 766.3/sq mi (296.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 65.92% White, 0.54% African American, 1.46% Native American, 1.82% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 24.62% from other races, and 5.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 42.89% of the population.

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