Orcutt, California

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Orcutt is an unincorporated township located in the Santa Maria Valley of California, and a census-designated place; it is in Santa Barbara County, California, United States. Orcutt is named for William W. Orcutt, the manager of the Geological, Land and Engineering Departments of the Union Oil Company. Known as the “Dean of Petroleum Geologists" Orcutt is credited with discovering fossilized prehistoric animal bones preserved in pools of asphalt on the Hancock Ranch. These would be the first of many fossils excavated from the La Brea Tar Pits. In commemoration of Orcutt’s initial discovery, paleontologists named the La Brea Coyote in W.W. Orcutt’s honor, Canis Orcutti.[1]

The population of Orcutt was 28,830 at the 2000 census.


Orcutt is located at 34°52′28″N 120°25′41″W / 34.87444°N 120.42806°W / 34.87444; -120.42806 (34.874550, -120.428067)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 11.3 square miles (29.3 km²), all of it land.

Orcutt, originally sited along a railroad siding of the Pacific Coast Railroad as a townsite for oil field workers[3], is now primarily a bedroom community/suburb of Santa Maria, which is adjacent to the north. In 2005 it was one of the fastest-growing places in Santa Barbara County.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 28,830 people, 10,420 households, and 8,023 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,551.0 people per square mile (985.1/km²). There were 10,640 housing units at an average density of 941.5/sq mi (363.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 86.68% White, 1.40% African American, 0.92% Native American, 3.20% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 3.91% from other races, and 3.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.45% of the population.

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