Palo Verde, California

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Palo Verde (Hanyomalivah[1] in Mojave; formerly, Paloverde[2]) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Imperial County, California. Palo Verde is located on the Riverside County line 65 miles (105 km) northeast of El Centro,[3] The population was 236 at the 2000 census. It is part of the 'El Centro, California Metropolitan Statistical Area'. State Route 78 (Ben Hulse Highway) goes north-south through the community. The majority of its population lives east of SR78 and west of the nearby Colorado River. Its name comes from the Spanish for stick (palo) and green (verde). Therefore, its name literally means "green stick."

The Imperial County line passes just north of the town. A community named Ripley, in Riverside County lies along SR78 between Blythe and Palo Verde.

ZIP Code for the community is 92266 and there is no postal delivery, (residents use post office boxes). There is a U.S. Postal Service post office and an Imperial County Sheriff's substation. The first post office to operate at Palo Verde opened in 1903 as Paloverde, changed its name to Palo Verde in 1905, and closed in 1940.[3] A post office was re-established in 1949.[3]



Palo Verde is located at 33°25′58″N 114°43′56″W / 33.43278°N 114.73222°W / 33.43278; -114.73222.[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 236 people, 130 households, and 60 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 401.2 people per square mile (154.4/km²). There were 218 housing units at an average density of 370.6/sq mi (142.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 78.81% White, 0.85% Black or African American, 14.83% from other races, and 5.51% from two or more races. 19.49% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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