Rio del Mar, California

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Rio del Mar (From Spanish: Río del Mar, meaning River of the Sea) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California, United States. The name "Rio Del Mar" was chosen as a "catchy" name to promote real estate in the area during the 1920's.[1] There is no body of water by that name in Santa Cruz County. But there is a large creek, Aptos Creek, that goes through Rio del Mar and empties into the Monterey Bay at Rio del mar. Aptos Creek is the "Rio" in Rio del Mar. So there is a body of water in Santa Cruz County referred to by the name of the place. The population was 9,198 at the 2000 census.



Rio del Mar is located at 36°57′50″N 121°53′16″W / 36.96389°N 121.88778°W / 36.96389; -121.88778 (36.963764, -121.887690)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.6 square miles (11.9 km²), of which, 3.0 square miles (7.7 km²) of it is land and 1.6 square miles (4.2 km²) of it (35.14%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 9,198 people, 4,008 households, and 2,549 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,077.3 people per square mile (1,187.7/km²). There were 5,022 housing units at an average density of 1,680.2/sq mi (648.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.74% White, 0.61% African American, 0.53% Native American, 2.58% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 1.87% from other races, and 2.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.46% of the population.

There were 4,008 households out of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.74.

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