Sand City, California

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Sand City is a very small city in Monterey County, California, United States, located on the shores of Monterey Bay, and surrounded on most sides by the larger city of Seaside. Sand City is located 2 miles (3.2 km) northeast of Monterey,[2] at an elevation of 72 feet (22 m).[1] The population was 261 at the 2000 census. The city is predominantly a business community, and has a number of larger retail stores. The West End area of Sand City, once an industrial area, hosts a growing artists' colony. Every August, the artists of Sand City and neighboring areas hold a street fair called the "West End Celebration".[3]



Sand City is located at 36°37′02″N 121°50′54″W / 36.61722°N 121.84833°W / 36.61722; -121.84833.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.6 km²), of which, 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²) of it is land and 2.4 square miles (6.1 km²) of it (80.55%) is water.


Sand City incorporated in 1960.[2] The Sand City post office opened in 1961[2], but has now been combined with the Seaside Post Office and shares Seaside's zip code (93955) as well. The city is mostly industrial.[2]


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 261 people, 80 households, and 33 families residing in the city. The population density was 463.5 people per square mile (180.0/km²). There were 87 housing units at an average density of 154.5/sq mi (60.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 71.26% White, 4.98% African American, 3.07% Native American, 1.53% Asian, 14.56% from other races, and 4.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 27.59% of the population.

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