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Kingsburg, California
City of Kingsburg
Downtown Kingsburg
Downtown Kingsburg
Official seal of Kingsburg, California
Seal
Motto(s): 
Past, Present and Future: Celebrating Kingsburg
Location of Kingsburg in Fresno County, California.
Location of Kingsburg in Fresno County, California.
Kingsburg, California is located in the United States
Kingsburg, California
Kingsburg, California
Location in the United States
Country United States
State California
County Fresno
Incorporated May 29, 1908
Area
 • Total 3.71 sq mi (9.60 km2)
 • Land 3.71 sq mi (9.60 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0%
Elevation
302 ft (92 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 11,382
 • Estimate 
(2019)
12,108
 • Density 3,266.25/sq mi (1,261.04/km2)
Time zone UTC−08:00 (PST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−07:00 (PDT)
ZIP Code
93631
Area code(s) 559
FIPS code 06-38562

Kingsburg (formerly, Kings River Switch, Wheatville, Kingsbury, Drapersville, Farleyville, and Kingsburgh) is a city in Fresno County, California. Kingsburg is located 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Selma at an elevation of 302 feet (92 m), on the banks of the Kings River. The city is 21 miles (34 km) from Fresno, and about 130 miles (210 km) from the California Central Coast and Sierra Nevada mountain range. The population was 11,382 at the 2010 census.

History

Kingsburg was established as a railroad town, its site set by the Central Pacific Railroad when it completed the Valley Line in 1873. In the early 1870s, Swedish natives settled in a railroad town called "Kings River Switch". Kingsburg started out as a flag stop on the Central Pacific Railroad called Kings River Switch. In 1874 Kingsburg was called Wheatville and had a post office, later that year they changed the name to Kingsbury. During this time period, Josiah Draper and Andrew Farley each owned a quarter section, about 160 acres (65 ha), Draper on the east side of the railroad tracks and Farley on the west side of the tracks. So it was suggested that the east side be called Drapersville and the west side called Farleyville. Two years after that it became Kingsburgh and in January 1894 took on its present spelling, "Kingsburg", which was finally established as a town in 1908. By 1921, ninety-four percent of the population within a three-mile radius of Kingsburg was Swedish-American, giving the community the nickname of "Little Sweden". To keep up with the town's Swedish history they have most retail businesses designed in Swedish architecture.

Agriculture

For much of the town's history, the fields around Kingsburg were mostly grape vineyards which produce mainly raisin and table grapes; however in 2002 a large surplus of raisins and grapes drove the price for these commodities down to an all-time low. Subsequently, farmers were forced to replant the fields with stone fruit, or (particularly on the west side of town) sell their land to developers to help cope with the rising population. Kingsburg is the headquarters of Sun-Maid Growers of California, a producer of raisins and other dried fruits. Kingsburg is home to the world's largest box of raisins, built by students at California State University, Fresno.

Swedish Festival

One of the unique landmarks in the community is the Kingsburg water tower, which is shaped like an antique Swedish coffee pot. The Swedish immigrant heritage of the community is principally preserved with festivals. Kingsburg Swedish Festival, which is the biggest and most known festivals that bring people in from all over the country, is held annually during the third weekend in May. Activities include a Swedish pancake breakfast, a parade and the coronation of the Swedish Festival Queen. Many booths, rides and activities are set up all along the side of Downtown Kingsburg's Draper Street. This festival, which has traditionally been held on Friday, Saturday,and Sunday, was demoted to only Saturday and Sunday in 2009 after the town's centennial due to the suffering economy.But, in 2011 they added Thursday activities to the festival.

Geography

Kingsburg is located at 36°30′50″N 119°33′14″W / 36.51389°N 119.55389°W / 36.51389; -119.55389. Kingsburg is located in the central portion of the Central Valley of California. The town is two hours away from The Sierra Nevadas Mountain range and the coast. It is about 3–4 hours away from L.A., San Francisco, and Sacramento. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 88
1890 291 230.7%
1910 634
1920 1,316 107.6%
1930 1,322 0.5%
1940 1,504 13.8%
1950 2,310 53.6%
1960 3,093 33.9%
1970 3,843 24.2%
1980 5,115 33.1%
1990 7,205 40.9%
2000 9,199 27.7%
2010 11,382 23.7%
2019 (est.) 12,108 6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010

The 2010 United States Census reported that Kingsburg had a population of 11,382. The population density was 4,024.3 people per square mile (1,553.8/km2). The racial makeup of Kingsburg was 8,576 (75.3%) White, 62 (0.5%) African American, 146 (1.3%) Native American, 383 (3.4%) Asian, 21 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 1,706 (15.0%) from other races, and 488 (4.3%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4,883 persons (42.9%).

The census reported that 11,300 people (99.3% of the population) lived in households, no one lived in non-institutionalized group quarters and 82 (0.7%) were institutionalized.

There were 3,822 households, 1,671 (43.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 2,287 (59.8%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 474 (12.4%) had a female householder with no husband present, 176 (4.6%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 186 (4.9%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 19 (0.5%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 770 households (20.1%) were one person and 398 (10.4%) had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.96. There were 2,937 families (76.8% of households); the average family size was 3.41.

The age distribution was 3,368 people (29.6%) under the age of 18, 1,043 people (9.2%) aged 18 to 24, 2,899 people (25.5%) aged 25 to 44, 2,618 people (23.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 1,454 people (12.8%) who were 65 or older. The median age was 33.7 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.

There were 4,069 housing units at an average density of 1,438.7 per square mile (555.5/km2),of which 3,822 were occupied, 2,536 (66.4%) by the owners and 1,286 (33.6%) by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.8%; the rental vacancy rate was 6.5%. 7,518 people (66.1% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 3,782 people (33.2%) lived in rental housing units.

2000

At the 2000 census there were 9,199 people in 3,226 households, including 2,458 families, in the city. The population density was 3,933.4 people per square mile (1,517.8/km2). There were 3,358 housing units at an average density of 1,435.8 per square mile (554.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 71.93% White, 0.45% Black or African American, 0.67% Native American, 2.74% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 9.61% from other races, and 4.46% from two or more races. 34.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 21.7% were of German, 28.6% Swedish, 9.7% English and 5.4% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. Of the 3,226 households 40.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.4% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.8% were non-families. 21.3% of households were one person and 10.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.29.

The age distribution was 30.0% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% 65 or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males.

The median household income was $40,490 and the median family income was $44,737. Males had a median income of $35,452 versus $23,409 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,137. About 10.4% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.6% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.

1920

In 1920, Armenians comprised 46% of the population of the town of Kingsburg, with 600 Armenian residents out of a total population of 1,316.

Notable people

  • Rafer Johnson, Olympic gold-medal decathlete
  • Monte Clark, Monte Dale Clark was born in Kingsburg and was an American football player who served as head coach for two National Football League teams: the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions
  • Jimmy Johnson, cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers
  • Slim Pickens and Easy Pickens, Western film actors, born in Kingsburg
  • Larry Hillblom, co-founder of DHL Worldwide Express
  • Tyler Bray, former quarterback for the University of Tennessee and NFL free agent quarterback
  • Kody Swanson, 2014, 2015 & 2017 United States Auto Club Silver Crown Series Champion
  • Marcus Cabello, 2003-2008 Fresno Fuego, Professional Soccer Player 2009 USL

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