Winchester, California

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Winchester is a census-designated place (CDP) in Riverside County, California, USA. As of the 2000 census, the CDP had a total population of 2,155.

Largely rural for most of its history, and home to agricultural businesses including the Winchester Cheese Company, Winchester experienced rapid growth during the housing construction boom in the early to mid 2000s. However, construction and growth slowed when the housing bubble burst in 2007, resulting in a housing market correction. In October 2008, the town was rocked by the brutal murders of Marine Corps Sgt. Jan Pawel Pietrzak and his wife, Quiana.[1]



Winchester is located at 33°42′28″N 117°5′13″W / 33.70778°N 117.08694°W / 33.70778; -117.08694 (33.707871, -117.086861).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.1 square miles (18.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,155 people, 741 households, and 532 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 304.1 people per square mile (117.4/km²). There were 819 housing units at an average density of 115.6/sq mi (44.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 78.1% White, 2.0% African American, 1.5% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 14.3% from other races, and 3.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 31.4% of the population.

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