Planada, California

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Planada (formerly, Geneva and Whitton)[2] is a census-designated place (CDP) in Merced County, California, United States. Planada is located 9 miles (14 km) east of Merced,[2] at an elevation of 226 feet (69 m).[1] The population was 4,369 at the 2000 census.



Planada is located at 37°17′N 120°19′W / 37.283°N 120.317°W / 37.283; -120.317.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²), all of it land.


The railroad bestowed the name Whitton to the place.[2] Among the first white settlers at the place was a group of Swiss dairy farmers, who named the settlement Geneva.[2] The Geneva post office opened in 1896, closed in 1897, re-opened in 1898, and changed its name to Planada in 1911.[2] The name Planada was the product of a contest to rename the town held in 1911.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 4,369 people, 1,007 households, and 900 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,051.1 people per square mile (792.0/km²). There were 1,043 housing units at an average density of 489.6/sq mi (189.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 24.28% White, 0.69% African American, 1.81% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 67.91% from other races, and 4.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 92.10% of the population.

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