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Los Alamos, California
Los Alamos is located at 34°44'31" North, 120°16'31" West (34.741984, -120.275397).
Los Alamos is located near the Santa Ynez Valley , along U.S. Highway 101. It is a small, unincorporated town surrounded primarily with ranches, vegetable farms (broccoli, lettuce, and strawberries), and wine grape vineyards.
Los Alamos is relatively isolated. It is about 10 miles to Buellton, California and Los Olivos, California to the Southeast, and Santa Maria, California to the Northwest along Highway 101. Lompoc, California and Vandenberg Air Force Base are to the Southwest.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 1,372 people, 471 households, and 349 families residing in the CDP. The population density is 225.4/km² (582.8/mi²). There are 488 housing units at an average density of 80.2/km² (207.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP is 76.90% White, 0.22% African American, 1.82% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 0.51% Pacific Islander, 15.09% from other races, and 4.74% from two or more races. 34.69% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 471 households out of which 44.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.0% are married couples living together, 11.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% are non-families. 20.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.91 and the average family size is 3.36.
In the CDP the population is spread out with 31.9% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 34.2% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 102.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 96.0 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP is $47,321, and the median income for a family is $49,125. Males have a median income of $32,206 versus $30,714 for females. The per capita income for the CDP is $18,013. 13.1% of the population and 10.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 18.2% of those under the age of 18 and 2.2% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
U.S. Highway 101 used to pass right through town on Bell Street before the highway was realigned in the 1950s. This realignment was both a blessing and a curse for Los Alamos. There were a number of deaths due to cars versus pedestrians in Los Alamos when Highway 101 went through town. However, when the highway was moved just North of town, there was far less traffic to patronize the local businesses, and Los Alamos declined economically.
At the end of September of each year, Los Alamos hosts a town festival called "Old Days." Food and craft vendors line Bell Street and there is music and other forms of entertainment. Old Days has been held for more than 55 years.
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