Rubidoux, California

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Rubidoux (pronounced /ˈruːbɨdoʊ/ ROO-bə-doh) is a census-designated place and an unincorporated community in Riverside County, California, United States. As of the 2000 census, the population was 29,180. Like much of the fast-growing Inland Empire Metropolitan Area, Rubidoux is rapidly changing from a rural area of quarries and dairy farms to an exurb of Riverside. As of the 2000 Census, Rubidoux is the largest unincorporated community in the Inland Empire and in Riverside County.

Flabob Airport (FAA identifier: RIR) in Rubidoux has a 3,200-foot (980 m) runway.

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Geography

Rubidoux is located at 33°59′45″N 117°25′6″W / 33.99583°N 117.41833°W / 33.99583; -117.41833 (33.995814, -117.418266).[1] According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 9.3 square miles (24.1 km2), of which, 9.2 square miles (23.8 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2) of it (1.19%) is water.

History

The community's name refers to Louis Robidoux who settled in the area in 1843. Of French Canadian origin, his grandfather migrated from Quebec to St. Louis, Missouri, where his interest in the fur trade expanded to become the family business. Louis and his brothers officially became US citizens after 1803 when St Louis officially became part of the United States. Robidoux was also a naturalized Mexican citizen who had served as Alcalde of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Rubidoux resides on part of what was once Rancho Jurupa, the Robidoux family ranch. Current descendants of Louis spell their surname Rubidoux.

Demographics

2000 29,180
1990 24,367
1980 16,763
1970 13,969
1960 not returned
1950 3,798 (Z)

(Z): Area returned as West Riverside

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 29,180 people, 7,991 households, and 6,464 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,186.5 people per square mile (1,230.0/km²). There were 8,497 housing units at an average density of 927.9/sq mi (358.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 51.8% White, 7.3% African American, 1.4% Native American, 2.2% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 32.0% from other races, and 4.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 54.3% of the population.

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