Pacheco, California

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Coordinates: 37°59′01″N 122°04′31″W / 37.98361°N 122.07528°W / 37.98361; -122.07528

Pacheco is a census-designated place (CDP) in Contra Costa County, California, United States. The population was 3,562 at the 2000 census. It is located 5.5 miles (9 km) north of Walnut Creek.[2]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²), all of it land.


The town was laid out in 1857 by Dr. J.H. Carothers and named for Salvio Pacheco, grantee of the Rancho Monte del Diablo Mexican land grant.[2] A post office operated at Pacheco from 1859 to 1913 and from 1955 to the present.[2]

Pacheco was briefly a prosperous commercial center. During this period, Pacheco Slough was deep enough to receive ocean-based shipping. A series of fires and floods, as well as an earthquake, destroyed the town and filled the Slough with silt during the 1860s. Pacheco was subsequently depopulated by the attraction of the nearby town of Todos Santos, later to be known as Concord.[3]


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 3,562 people, 1,563 households, and 923 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 4,878.4 people per square mile (1,884.0/km²). There were 1,620 housing units at an average density of 2,218.7/sq mi (856.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 82.85% White, 2.22% Black or African American, 0.79% Native American, 7.41% Asian, 0.22% Pacific Islander, 2.95% from other races, and 3.57% from two or more races. 11.82% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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