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Shingle Springs
Location in El Dorado County and the state of California
Location in El Dorado County and the state of California
Shingle Springs, California is located in the United States
Shingle Springs, California
Shingle Springs, California
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  California
County El Dorado
 • Total 8.238 sq mi (21.335 km2)
 • Land 8.209 sq mi (21.260 km2)
 • Water 0.029 sq mi (0.075 km2)  0.35%
1,421 ft (433 m)
 • Total 4,432
 • Density 537.99/sq mi (207.734/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 530
FIPS code 06-71554
GNIS feature ID 1659645
Reference #: 456

Shingle Springs (formerly, Shingle Spring and Shingle) is a census-designated place (CDP) in El Dorado County, California, United States. The population was 4,432 at the 2010 census, up from 2,643 at the 2000 census. It is located about 40 miles (64 km) from Sacramento in the Gold Country foothills and sits directly on Highway 50. The towns of Coloma and Placerville are less than 15 miles (24 km) away.

Shingle Springs is part of the Sacramento–Arden-ArcadeRoseville Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, a federally recognized tribe of Maidu and Miwok people, are headquartered in Shingle Springs.


Like many of the other towns in California's Mother Lode, Shingle Springs grew on the site of a mining camp set up by gold miners during the California Gold Rush, in this case a group of "49ers" who had followed the Carson-Emigrant Trail through Pleasant Valley, Nevada. It took its name from a horse-drawn shingle machine capable of producing 16,000 shingles a day that was located near the springs at the western edge of the camp. The Boston-Newton Joint Stock Association, which left Boston April 16, 1849, camped there the night before their arrival at Sutter's Fort on September 27, after a remarkable journey across the continent. A rich store of written records preserved by these pioneers has left a detailed picture of the Gold Rush. As a result, the town is now designated California Historical Landmark #456.

The Shingle Spring post office operated from 1853 to 1855. The Shingle Springs post office opened in 1865, the name was changed to Shingle in 1895, and reverted in 1955.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.2 square miles (21 km2), of which, over 99% is land.

For the 2000 census, the CDP had a total area of 5.2 square miles (13 km2), of which, 5.2 square miles (13 km2) of it was land and 0.19% was water.


The 2010 United States Census reported that Shingle Springs had a population of 4,432. The population density was 538.0 people per square mile (207.7/km2). The racial makeup of Shingle Springs was 3,919 (88.4%) White, 14 (0.3%) African American, 108 (2.4%) Native American, 50 (1.1%) Asian, 3 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 132 (3.0%) from other races, and 206 (4.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 469 persons (10.6%).

The Census reported that 4,344 people (98.0% of the population) lived in households, 88 (2.0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 1,627 households, out of which 527 (32.4%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 1,015 (62.4%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 163 (10.0%) had a female householder with no husband present, 73 (4.5%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 76 (4.7%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 12 (0.7%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 291 households (17.9%) were made up of individuals, and 104 (6.4%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67. There were 1,251 families (76.9% of all households); the average family size was 3.01.

The population was spread out, with 1,031 people (23.3%) under the age of 18, 334 people (7.5%) aged 18 to 24, 874 people (19.7%) aged 25 to 44, 1,568 people (35.4%) aged 45 to 64, and 625 people (14.1%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.6 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.

There were 1,718 housing units at an average density of 208.6 per square mile (80.5/km2), of which 1,627 were occupied, of which 1,248 (76.7%) were owner-occupied, and 379 (23.3%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.2%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.2%. 3,343 people (75.4% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 1,001 people (22.6%) lived in rental housing units.


The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Csa" (Mediterranean Climate).

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