Yolo County is located in the northern part of the U.S. state of California, bordered by the counties of Sacramento, Solano, Napa, Lake, Colusa, and Sutter. Woodland is the county seat.
As of the 2000 census, Yolo County had a population of 168,660, and notwithstanding the presence of the University of California, Davis in its midst and the state capital in the neighboring county of Sacramento, Yolo County remains a relatively rural agricultural area, home to the multi-billion dollar California tomato industry, which dominates 90% of the tomato market in the United States.
Yolo County was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood.
In the original act of 1850 the name was spelled "Yola." Yolo is a Native American name variously believed to be a corruption of a tribal name Yo-loy meaning "a place abounding in rushes" or of the name of the chief, Yodo, or of the village of Yodoi.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,649 km˛ (1,023 mi˛). 2,624 km˛ (1,013 mi˛) of it is land and 25 km˛ (10 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 0.94% water.
The county is governed by a board of five district supervisors as well as the governments of its four incorporated cities: Davis, West Sacramento, Winters, and Woodland.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 168,660 people, 59,375 households, and 37,465 families residing in the county. The population density is 64/km˛ (166/mi˛). There are 61,587 housing units at an average density of 23/km˛ (61/mi˛). The racial makeup of the county is 67.67% White, 2.03% Black or African American, 1.16% Native American, 9.85% Asian, 0.30% Pacific Islander, 13.76% from other races, and 5.23% from two or more races. 25.91% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 59,375 households out of which 33.60% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.60% are married couples living together, 11.10% have a female householder with no husband present, and 36.90% are non-families. 23.30% 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 2.71 and the average family size is 3.25.
In the county the population is spread out with 25.20% under the age of 18, 18.30% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 18.90% from 45 to 64, and 9.40% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 30 years. For every 100 females there are 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 92.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $40,769, and the median income for a family is $51,623. Males have a median income of $38,022 versus $30,687 for females. The per capita income for the county is $19,365. 18.40% of the population and 9.50% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 16.00% of those under the age of 18 and 7.40% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Cities and towns
- West Sacramento
- County of Yolo website (http://www.yolocounty.org/)
- Yolo County, California USENET FAQ (http://www.faqs.org/faqs/yolo/faq/part1/)
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