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Ripon, California

Gamer Capital of the World
Ripon.jpg
Motto(s): 
"The Jewel of the Valley"
Location in San Joaquin County and the state of California
Location in San Joaquin County and the state of California
Ripon, California is located in the United States
Ripon, California
Ripon, California
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  California
County San Joaquin
Incorporated November 27, 1945
Area
 • Total 5.52 sq mi (14.29 km2)
 • Land 5.33 sq mi (13.79 km2)
 • Water 0.19 sq mi (0.50 km2)  3.47%
Elevation
69 ft (21 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 14,297
 • Estimate 
(2019)
16,386
 • Density 3,077.18/sq mi (1,188.20/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
95366
Area code(s) 209
FIPS code 06-61026
GNIS feature ID 0277615
Website City website

Ripon is a city located in San Joaquin County, California. The population was 14,297 at the 2010 census. Ripon was originally known as Stanislaus City, but was renamed for Ripon, Wisconsin, in 1876.

History

Ripon, on the site previously known as Murphy's Ferry, Stanislaus City, & Stanislaus Station, was renamed for Ripon, Wisconsin, which was itself named for a city in North Yorkshire, England. Ripon's economy is largely agriculture based, known especially for its high almond production.

Geography

Ripon is located at 37°44′26″N 121°07′42″W / 37.7405°N 121.1282°W / 37.7405; -121.1282 (37.740478, -121.128224).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.5 square miles (14.2 km2), of which, 5.3 square miles (13.7 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km2) of it (3.47%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 1,550
1960 1,894 22.2%
1970 2,679 41.4%
1980 3,509 31.0%
1990 7,455 112.5%
2000 10,146 36.1%
2010 14,297 40.9%
2019 (est.) 16,386 14.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

The 2010 United States Census reported that Ripon had a population of 14,297. The population density was 2,601.8 people per square mile (1,004.5/km2). The racial makeup of Ripon was 11,392 (79.7%) White, 221 (1.5%) African American, 125 (0.9%) Native American, 599 (4.2%) Asian, 36 (0.3%) Pacific Islander, 1,208 (8.4%) from other races, and 716 (5.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3,177 persons (22.2%).

The census reported that 14,207 people (99.4% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 90 (0.6%) were institutionalized.

There were 4,855 households, out of which 2,057 (42.4%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 3,099 (63.8%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 472 (9.7%) had a female householder with no husband present, 227 (4.7%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 193 (4.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 20 (0.4%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 896 households (18.5%) were made up of individuals, and 437 (9.0%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93. There were 3,798 families (78.2% of all households); the average family size was 3.34.

The population was spread out, with 4,119 people (28.8%) under the age of 18, 1,210 people (8.5%) aged 18 to 24, 3,469 people (24.3%) aged 25 to 44, 3,811 people (26.7%) aged 45 to 64, and 1,688 people (11.8%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.

There were 5,129 housing units at an average density of 933.4 per square mile (360.4/km2), of which 3,530 (72.7%) were owner-occupied, and 1,325 (27.3%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.6%; the rental vacancy rate was 7.4%. 10,574 people (74.0% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 3,633 people (25.4%) lived in rental housing units.

Education

Students are served by five K–8 elementary schools (self-contained at all grade levels), and one high school by Ripon Unified School District, located in the Central Valley. All schools have API scores above 700. Three of the elementary schools have API scores above 800.

Schools

  • Colony Oak Elementary - California Distinguished School
  • Park View Elementary
  • Ripon Elementary California Distinguished School
  • Ripona Elementary- opened 1965, California Distinguished School
  • Weston Elementary - opened 1985, California Distinguished School
  • Ripon High School
  • Ripon Christian School
  • Harvest High School

Transportation

Ripon station is an Altamont Corridor Express commuter rail station planned to be constructed for service starting in 2023.

Notable people

  • Gay Jacobsen D'Asaro, fencing champion
  • Walter Hawkins, Grammy Award-winning gospel artist
  • Edward L. Kessel, biologist
  • Kim Johnston Ulrich, actress
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