Winton, California

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Winton (formerly, Merced Colony No. 1, Merced Colony No. 2, and Windfield)[2] is a census-designated place (CDP) in Merced County, California, United States. Winton is located 2.5 miles (4 km) north of Atwater,[2] at an elevation of 177 feet (54 m).[1] The population was 8,832 at the 2000 census.

Winton was established along the original Santa Fe Rail Road and has grown only a very small amount since it was established. At one time, passenger trains would stop at this location.

Winton was mentioned by Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the early 1970s while reading information from a magazine. It was noted that, at the time, Winton had the highest crime rate for a city its size in the nation.

Another note to some fame was the old Wagon Wheel Bar, which for years was a Hell's Angels bar.



Winton is located at 37°23′22″N 120°36′48″W / 37.38944°N 120.61333°W / 37.38944; -120.61333.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.4 km²), all of it land.


The Winton post office, transferred from Yam, opened in 1912.[2] The name honors J.E. Winton, county surveyor.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 8,832 people, 2,343 households, and 1,949 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,073.8 people per square mile (1,188.2/km²). There were 2,514 housing units at an average density of 875.0/sq mi (338.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 44.28% White, 2.33% African American, 1.08% Native American, 5.36% Asian, 0.34% Pacific Islander, 41.00% from other races, and 5.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 62.19% of the population.

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