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Armona, California
Census-designated place
Armona, California
Armona, California
Location in Kings County and the state of California
Location in Kings County and the state of California
Country  United States
State  California
County Kings
Area
 • Total 1.904 sq mi (4.932 km2)
 • Land 1.904 sq mi (4.932 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation 239 ft (73 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,156
 • Density 2,182.8/sq mi (842.66/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC−8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC−7)
ZIP code 93202
Area code 559
FIPS code 06-02700
GNIS feature IDs 1652665, 2407762

Armona is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kings County, California, United States. Armona is located 3.5 miles (6 km) west-southwest of Hanford, at an elevation of 239 feet (73 m). It is part of the HanfordCorcoran Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 4,156 at the 2010 census. Armona's motto is "Small But Proud".

Geography

Armona is located at 36°18′57″N 119°42′30″W / 36.31583°N 119.70833°W / 36.31583; -119.70833.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), all of it land.

History

The name "Armona" was applied to a railroad station in the 1880s. It was subsequently transferred to the present location on the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1891. Reportedly, the name was coined by transposing the first two letters of the name "Ramona".

The first school in the Armona vicinity was the Giddings School built in 1880. The Giddings School District was renamed Armona in 1907. A new brick school house was constructed in the early 1920s. As that structure did not comply with California's earthquake standards (the Field Act), it was replaced in 1953 with what is now the Armona Elementary School.

The Armona post office was established in 1887.

Demographics

2010

The 2010 United States Census reported that Armona had a population of 4,156. The population density was 2,182.5 people per square mile (842.7/km²). The racial makeup of Armona was 2,058 (49.5%) White, 99 (2.4%) African American, 64 (1.5%) Native American, 85 (2.0%) Asian, 13 (0.3%) Pacific Islander, 1,597 (38.4%) from other races, and 240 (5.8%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2,784 persons (67.0%).

The Census reported that 4,156 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 1,152 households, out of which 640 (55.6%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 641 (55.6%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 214 (18.6%) had a female householder with no husband present, 106 (9.2%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 105 (9.1%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 5 (0.4%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 147 households (12.8%) were made up of individuals and 51 (4.4%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.61. There were 961 families (83.4% of all households); the average family size was 3.88.

The age distribution of the population shows 1,421 people (34.2%) under the age of 18, 438 people (10.5%) aged 18 to 24, 1,089 people (26.2%) aged 25 to 44, 902 people (21.7%) aged 45 to 64, and 306 people (7.4%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28.7 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.

There were 1,202 housing units at an average density of 631.2 per square mile (243.7/km²), of which 728 (63.2%) were owner-occupied, and 424 (36.8%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.1%; the rental vacancy rate was 4.1%. 2,645 people (63.6% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 1,511 people (36.4%) lived in rental housing units.

2000

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,239 people, 961 households, and 786 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,688.3 people per square mile (651.3/km²). There were 1,012 housing units at an average density of 527.5 per square mile (203.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 56.25% White, 4.29% Black or African American, 2.41% Native American, 1.33% Asian, 0.25% Pacific Islander, 29.98% from other races, and 5.50% from two or more races. 48.60% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 961 households out of which 47.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married couples living together, 16.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.2% were non-families. 13.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.37 and the average family size was 3.68.

In the CDP, the age distribution of the population shows 35.4% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 7.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.

Transportation

Bus

Kings Area Rural Transit (KART) operates regularly scheduled fixed route bus service, vanpool service for commuters and Dial-A-Ride (demand response) services throughout Kings County as well as to Fresno [1].

Major highway

California 198.svg Highway 198

Rail

Amtrak does not have a station in Armona but does provide passenger service to Hanford, which is 3.5 miles (5.6 km) east of Armona. Freight service is available from the San Joaquin Valley Railroad, which passes through Armona.

Notable sites

Raven's Deli, located on 14th Avenue and operated by Bill Raven and his family, produces various meats and foodstuffs. Raven's Brand jerky is sold throughout the region and easily recognized by its distinctive taste and black raven on a bright yellow background on the otherwise clear bag. Raven's also markets its own line of meat seasonings that is sold at local grocery stores.

La Escanita, a Mexican restaurant, is convieniently located on an Armona corner. The restaurant is open 24 hrs.

The first franchise fast food restaurant located in Armona, Subway, was opened in 2014.

Armona Methodist Church 3
Armona United Methodist Church.

The United Methodist Church was constructed in 1910.

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