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Castro Valley, California

Castro Valley is a town located in Alameda County, California. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 57,292.

Castro Valley is one of the most populous unincorporated areas in California, if not the United States. This means it is governed by the county and does not have any city services.

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Geography Castro Valley is located at 37°42'14" North, 122°4'46" West (37.703796, -122.079384)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 38.2 km² (14.8 mi²). 37.4 km² (14.4 mi²) of it is land and 0.8 km² (0.3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.17% water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 57,292 people, 21,606 households, and 15,016 families residing in the town. The population density is 1,533.0/km² (3,971.6/mi²). There are 22,003 housing units at an average density of 588.7/km² (1,525.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 70.84% White, 5.14% African American, 0.59% Native American, 13.54% Asian, 0.44% Pacific Islander, 4.11% from other races, and 5.34% from two or more races. 12.19% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 21,606 households out of which 32.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% are married couples living together, 11.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% are non-families. 23.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.58 and the average family size is 3.05.

In the town the population is spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 91.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $64,874, and the median income for a family is $73,060. Males have a median income of $51,068 versus $38,907 for females. The per capita income for the town is $30,454. 4.5% of the population and 2.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 4.3% are under the age of 18 and 4.5% are 65 or older.

History Castro Valley is named after Don Castro who was the Spanish land grant owner. Castro was a sheep rancher who supposedly lost his land grant in a card game.

During the 1940s and 1950s, Castro Valley was known for its chicken ranches. Later it developed into a bedroom community, where workers would live and commute to their jobs in the surrounding communities.

Links http://www.mycastrovalley.com/castrovalley

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