Pajaro, California

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Pajaro is a census-designated place (CDP) in Monterey County, California, United States. Pajaro is located on the south bank of the Pajaro River 5 miles (8 km) northeast of its mouth,[2] at an elevation of 26 feet (8 m).[1] The population was 3,384 at the 2000 census. The school district is in Santa Cruz County.

The town, the name of which is derived from pájaro (bird in Spanish), is in the Pajaro Valley on the Pajaro River, which divides the city from Watsonville and Santa Cruz County.



Pajaro is located at 36°54′15″N 121°44′55″W / 36.90417°N 121.74861°W / 36.90417; -121.74861.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²), all of it land.


The Pajaro post office operated from 1872 to 1873 and from 1882 to 1888.[2]

This town was heavily flooded in 1995 and 1998.

The oldest building in the community of Pajaro is the Porter-Vallejo Mansion. Constructed in the 1840s and remodeled multiple times, it was acquired in 1991 by then-Monterey County Supervisor Marc Del Piero and converted into a public library/senior citizen center. Additionally, it also houses a day-care facility for the children of migrant farm workers.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 3,384 people, 634 households, and 571 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,614.1 people per square mile (1,390.0/km²). There were 667 housing units at an average density of 712.4/sq mi (274.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 42.94% White, 0.47% African American, 1.65% Native American, 1.51% Asian, 0.35% Pacific Islander, 48.29% from other races, and 4.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 94.24% of the population.

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