Shandon, California

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Shandon is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States. The population was 986 at the 2000 census.



Shandon is located at the bottom of the San Juan Valley, where San Juan Creek and Cholame Creek come together to form the Estrella River, which flows west to meet the Salinas River north of Paso Robles. Shandon is also at the junction of State Routes 41 and 46, at the southwestern portion of the stretch where the two highways merge together for approximately six miles. The even smaller town of Cholame is about six miles northeast of Shandon, where the two highways diverge again. The San Andreas Fault cuts perpendicular to the highways here, six miles from Shandon.

Grasslands and low hills surround the town, with the area immediately southwest of town being an agricultural region.


Shandon is located at 35°39′22″N 120°22′44″W / 35.65611°N 120.37889°W / 35.65611; -120.37889 (35.656178, -120.378817)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 986 people, 267 households, and 225 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 329.4 people per square mile (127.3/km²). There were 286 housing units at an average density of 95.5/sq mi (36.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 71.20% White, 0.51% African American, 0.61% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 20.59% from other races, and 6.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 47.67% of the population.

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