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El Dorado County, California

El Dorado County is a county located in the Mother Lode[?] country of California, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Its 2000 population was 156,299. The county seat is Placerville.

Much of the population of El Dorado County has become suburbanized, as the metropolitan Sacramento area has expanded. In addition, the population of the Lake Tahoe area has also boomed recently.

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Geography According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,631 km² (1,788 mi²). 4,431 km² (1,711 mi²) of it is land and 200 km² (77 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 4.32% water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 156,299 people, 58,939 households, and 43,025 families residing in the county. The population density is 35/km² (91/mi²). There are 71,278 housing units at an average density of 16/km² (42/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 89.71% White, 0.52% African American, 1.00% Native American, 2.13% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 3.55% from other races, and 2.96% from two or more races. 9.32% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 58,939 households out of which 34.20% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.10% are married couples living together, 8.90% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.00% are non-families. 20.10% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.30% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.63 and the average family size is 3.04.

In the county the population is spread out with 26.10% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 26.90% from 45 to 64, and 12.40% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 99.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 97.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $51,484, and the median income for a family is $60,250. Males have a median income of $46,373 versus $31,537 for females. The per capita income for the county is $25,560. 7.10% of the population and 5.00% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 7.60% are under the age of 18 and 5.00% are 65 or older.

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The county is also home to the Heavenly Ski Resort.

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