Holtville, California

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Holtville (formerly, Holton)[1] is a city in Imperial County, California. Holtville is located 10.5 miles (17 km) east of El Centro,[2] The population was 5,612 at the 2000 census. It is part of the 'El Centro, California, Metropolitan Statistical Area'. City officials believed the population doubled in the last 6 years by 2007.

Holtville was famous in the 20th century with having the Imperial Valley Carrot Festival but was confused with the Coachella Valley from Bugs Bunny animated shorts in the 1940s when he reads the map seeking a Carrot Festival.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2), all of it land.


The community started in 1903 as Holton.[2] The first post office at Holtville was transferred from Eastside in 1904.[2] Holtville incorporated in 1908.[2] The name honors W.F. Holt, founder of the community.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 5,612 people, 1,564 households, and 1,340 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,920.8 people per square mile (1,900.7/km²). There were 1,617 housing units at an average density of 1,417.8/sq mi (547.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 54.4% White, 0.6% Black or African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 39.2% from other races, and 4.1% from two or more races. 73.8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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