Stratford, California

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Stratford (formerly, Stratton)[1] is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kings County, California, United States. Stratford is located 14 miles (23 km) southwest of Hanford,[2] at an elevation of 203 feet (62 m).[1] It is part of the HanfordCorcoran Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,264 at the 2000 census.

The town was originally named Stratton in 1901 for William Stratton of the Empire Land and Water Company. The name was changed to Stratford in 1906 due to the efforts of the local women's club. [3]

The first post office at Stratford opened in 1910.[2]



Stratford is located at 36°11′22″N 119°49′23″W / 36.18944°N 119.82306°W / 36.18944; -119.82306.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²), all of it land.

Stratford lies near the historic shoreline of Tulare Lake. The Kings River flows through an artificial channel into the normally dry Tulare Lake bed about ten miles (16 km) south of Stratford.[4]


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,264 people, 292 households, and 259 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,816.9 people per square mile (697.2/km²). There were 311 housing units at an average density of 447.0/sq mi (171.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 33.47% White, 1.19% African American, 1.98% Native American, 1.74% Asian, 0.55% Pacific Islander, 54.83% from other races, and 6.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 75.95% of the population.

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