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City of Holtville
Holtville City Hall
Holtville City Hall
Holtville, CA seal
Seal
Motto(s): 
"The Carrot Capital of the World"
Location of Holtville in Imperial County, California.
Location of Holtville in Imperial County, California.
Holtville, California is located in southern California
Holtville, California
Holtville, California
Location in southern California
Holtville, California is located in California
Holtville, California
Holtville, California
Location in California
Holtville, California is located in the United States
Holtville, California
Holtville, California
Location in the United States
Country United States
State California
County Imperial
Incorporated July 1, 1908
Area
 • Total 1.16 sq mi (3.00 km2)
 • Land 1.15 sq mi (2.99 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)  0.40%
Elevation
-10 ft (-3 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 5,939
 • Estimate 
(2019)
6,621
 • Density 5,737.44/sq mi (2,215.75/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
92250
Area codes 442/760
FIPS code 06-34246
GNIS feature IDs 1660761, 2410780
Holtville, California - Aerial (32517612160)
Holtville, California - Aerial

Holtville (formerly, Holton) is a city in Imperial County, California. Holtville is located 10.5 miles (17 km) east of El Centro. The population was 5,939 at the 2010 census, up from 5,612 in 2000.

History

The city was founded by Swiss-German settlers in the 1880s, who often entered through the border from Mexico. The construction of railroads in the 1890s, the All-American Canal in the late 1940s, U.S. Route 80 in the 1920s later converted to Interstate 8 in the 1970s and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) economic boom in the 1990s brought more people to Holtville and the Imperial Valley.

The city of Holtville, which was originally called Holton, was founded in 1903 by W.F. Holt, and incorporated on June 20, 1908. The name was changed to Holtville due to a request by the U. S. Postal Service because the name Holton sounded too much like Colton, (in San Bernardino County), the regional headquarters of the Southern Pacific Railroad at the time. The name honors W.F. Holt, founder of the community.

The city lies on the northeast bank of the Alamo River formed by the floods of 1905-07 when the Colorado River break made the river's course turn west and filled the low-lying depression of water now known as the Salton Sea.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2), with 1.1 square miles land and 0.40% water.

Climate

This area has a large amount of sunshine year round due to its stable descending air and high pressure. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Holtville has a mild desert climate, abbreviated "Bwh" on climate maps.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 729
1920 1,347 84.8%
1930 1,758 30.5%
1940 1,772 0.8%
1950 2,472 39.5%
1960 3,080 24.6%
1970 3,496 13.5%
1980 4,399 25.8%
1990 4,820 9.6%
2000 5,612 16.4%
2010 5,939 5.8%
2019 (est.) 6,621 11.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010

At the 2010 census Holtville had a population of 5,939. The population density was 5,152.0 people per square mile (1,989.2/km2). The racial makeup of Holtville was 3,655 (61.5%) White, 37 (0.6%) African American, 41 (0.7%) Native American, 50 (0.8%) Asian, 4 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 1,977 (33.3%) from other races, and 175 (2.9%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4,858 persons (81.8%).

The whole population lived in households, no one lived in non-institutionalized group quarters and no one was institutionalized.

There were 1,799 households, 894 (49.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 1,033 (57.4%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 290 (16.1%) had a female householder with no husband present, 106 (5.9%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 81 (4.5%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 6 (0.3%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 319 households (17.7%) were one person and 164 (9.1%) had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 3.30. There were 1,429 families (79.4% of households); the average family size was 3.72.

The age distribution was 1,850 people (31.2%) under the age of 18, 618 people (10.4%) aged 18 to 24, 1,327 people (22.3%) aged 25 to 44, 1,416 people (23.8%) aged 45 to 64, and 728 people (12.3%) who were 65 or older. The median age was 32.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.

There were 1,937 housing units at an average density of 1,680.3 per square mile (648.8/km2),of which 1,799 were occupied, 904 (50.3%) by the owners and 895 (49.7%) by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.6%; the rental vacancy rate was 6.5%. 3,017 people (50.8% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 2,922 people (49.2%) lived in rental housing units.

2000

At the 2000 census there were 5,612 people in 1,564 households, including 1,340 families, in the city. The population density was 4,920.8 people per square mile (1,900.7/km2). There were 1,617 housing units at an average density of 1,417.8 per square mile (547.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 54.4% White, 0.6% Black or African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 39.2% from other races, and 4.1% from two or more races. 73.8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the 1,564 households 52.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.9% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.3% were non-families. 12.3% of households were one person and 5.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 3.5 and the average family size was 3.8.

The age distribution was 35.2% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% 65 or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.4 males.

The median household income was $36,318 and the median family income was $39,347. Males had a median income of $31,328 versus $26,477 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,505. About 15.7% of families and 18.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.2% of those under age 18 and 11.8% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Annual cultural events

The city's major civic event is the annual Carrot Festival, held in late January or early February. It usually features a parade, a carnival and other activities over a 10-day period. Holtville was famous in the mid 20th century with having the Holtville "Carrot Festival" but was confused with the "Coachella Valley" name from Bugs Bunny animated shorts in the 1940s when he reads the map seeking a "Carrot Festival".

In literature

The city was featured in Milton J. Silverman's bestselling novel "Open and Shut," which chronicled the true crime story of Norma Winters, a Holtville resident who contracted for the death of her husband during the summer of 1974.

Infrastructure

Transportation

The old U.S. Route 80 once ran along Fifth Street through the center of town. A small obelisk in Holt Park, just north of Fifth Street, gives the distances to various points to the north, east and west. U.S. Route 80 has been decommissioned and made as County Route S80 in California. The portion in and near Holtville is now part of State Route 115.

Much of the east–west automobile traffic has been diverted to Interstate 8, about 2.5 miles to the south. Holtville is easily accessible through the Orchard Road interchange. The newly constructed State Route 7 connects Holtville with the factories and industrial areas of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.

The city was once joined by railroad to El Centro, but this line (nicknamed the "Holton Interurban"), and another railroad line going to the north, have been abandoned. The closure of the railroad station brought economic decline to the town in the late 20th century.

Pete Mellinger Alamo River Trail

A trail was constructed in the 2010s that begins along Evan Hewes Highway and ends at the Holtville Skatepark. The trail was dedicated to former city planning commissioner, Pete Mellinger.

Notable people

  • Daniel Everett (born 1951), American linguist known for his study of the Amazon Basin's Pirahã people and their language, was born and raised in Holtville.
  • George E. Brown Jr. (1920-99), U.S. Member of Congress (1962-70, 1972-99) known for his support for civil rights, science and space exploration, public schools and higher education, and environmental protection and his opposition to the Vietnam War, was born and spent his early years in Holtville.
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