Val Verde, California

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Val Verde is a census-designated place (CDP) in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population was 1,472 at the 2000 census. The predominant feature is the small rural valley in which this town sits, north of the San Fernando valley, isolated from development and unlikely to be visited by anyone who does not already know of it. There is a park in the town with the typical rolling hills of California which is especially pleasant in the springtime, when the grass is green and not golden, as it is in the rest of the year. Thus it is possible to watch birds fly from above them, while sitting on the hills.

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History

Originally the settlement of Val Verde was a short-lived boom town built by Spanish settlers near a gold strike in the 19th century. Later, the modern settlement was founded in the mid-1920s as the name Eureka. That later incarnation was designed as a resort community for African Americans as in that period African Americans were frequently barred from public beaches and swimming pools. The town became known as the "Black Palm Springs." Later the name reverted to the original name of Val Verde.

With the advent of civil rights reforms in the 1960s, many African Americans moved out of the area for larger areas they were previously segregated from. The town now boasts a large percentage of Latinos and Whites.[1]

Geography

Val Verde is located at 34°26′43″N 118°39′26″W / 34.44528°N 118.65722°W / 34.44528; -118.65722 (34.445211, -118.657240).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.9 km² (0.3 mi²), all land.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,472 people, 424 households, and 318 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,722.2/km² (4,428.8/mi²). There were 444 housing units at an average density of 519.5/km² (1,335.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 55.98% White, 4.28% African American, 0.68% Native American, 1.63% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 33.22% from other races, and 4.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 51.63% of the population.

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