Ocotillo, California

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Ocotillo is a census-designated place (CDP) in Imperial County, California. Ocotillo is located 26 miles (42 km) west of El Centro,[1] The population was 296 at the 2000 census. It is part of the El Centro, California Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Ocotillo was devastated by floods from Hurricane Kathleen in 1976; 3 people died.

On June 14, 2010, a 5.7 earthquake struck 5 miles southeast of Ocotillo at 9:26 PM PST.



Ocotillo is located at 32°44′19″N 115°59′39″W / 32.73861°N 115.99417°W / 32.73861; -115.99417.[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.9 square miles (23.0 km²), all of it land. According to the United States Census Bureau there are two places to get a drink in town—the Old Highway Cafe and the Lazy Lizard Saloon.

The mountains nearby grew a little taller as a result of a series of minor earthquakes on 15th June 2010 which seems to be a result of 7.2 Richter Scale earthquake in Baja California (Mexico) back in April 2010.


Ocotillo was originally a retirement community.[1] The post office was opened in 1957.[1]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 296 people, 145 households, and 79 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 33.3 people per square mile (12.9/km²). There were 253 housing units at an average density of 28.5/sq mi (11.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 87.8% White, 0.7% Black or African American, 1.7% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 4.4% from other races, and 4.7% from two or more races. 19.9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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