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Desert Shores (formerly, Fish Springs) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Imperial Countymarker, Californiamarker, United Statesmarker. It is located on Salton Seamarker west-northwest of Calipatriamarker. It is part of the El Centro, Californiamarker Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 792 at the 2000 census.


Desert Shores is located at .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 792 people, 279 households, and 181 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,208.4 people per square mile (463.3/km²). There were 406 housing units at an average density of 619.5/sq mi (237.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 73.48% White, 1.39% Black or African American, 0.88% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 21.09% from other races, and 2.90% from two or more races. 60.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 279 households out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.60.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 128.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 125.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $24,712, and the median income for a family was $29,550. Males had a median income of $26,176 versus $19,375 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $8,352. About 12.0% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 14.9% of those age 65 or over.



Desert Shores and its neighboring community of Salton Citymarker are governed by the Salton Community Services District (SCSD) which is a special district per California Government Code. The legislative body of the SCSD is a five member Board of Directors who are elected by the registered voters in the district every two years.

The SCSD has seven services that it is authorized to provide:1. Collect, treat, or dispose of sewage.2. Collect, transfer, and dispose of solid waste.3. Provide fire protection.4. Acquire, construct recreational facilities.5. Organize, promote community recreation.6. Acquire, construct, and improve street lighting and landscaping.7. Provide emergency medical services.

Aside from acting as the architectural committee for architectural compliance with the Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&R’s) of the 80 plus tracts within the district the SCSD has no land use authority under existing law, that responsibility falls on the County of Imperial Board of Supervisors.

State and Federal

In the state legislature Desert Shores is located in the 40th Senate District, represented by Democrat Denise Moreno Ducheny, and in the 80th Assembly District, represented by Republican Bonnie Garcia. Federally, Desert Shores is located in California's 51st congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +7 and is represented by Democrat Bob Filner.


External links

  • Desert Shores Improvement Association is the Non-Profit Organization serving the residents in the Seaside village Desert Shores, CA. We hold monthly meeting pertaining to the Health, happiness & well being of our Community. We also take the Community’s concerns to the Salton Community Services District. We help out when there is an emergency that affects our residents. We have neighborhood watch programs, Community Emergency Response Team, Elderly/Welfare checks. etc. We believe in supporting our residents and community, we also are supporters of a viable Salton Sea that will help bring in Economic growth, provide wetlands, and recreation. DSIA is working towards a bright and wonderful future.
  • Salton Sea Westis a non-commercial website with a large library of government documents pertaining to Desert Shores

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