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Salton City is a census-designated place (CDP) in Imperial Countymarker, Californiamarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 978 at the 2000 census. It is part of the 'El Centro, Californiamarker Metropolitan Statistical Area'. Although maps (such as those seen at Google Maps[15815]) at first glance show Salton City to be a sizable community, in fact very few of the surveyed streets and roads were ever developed. The town was developed in the 1950s as a resort community on the Salton Seamarker, a saline, endorheic rift lake located directly on the San Andreas Faultmarker, but as the salinity of the already highly polluted Sea rose, very little development took place and much of what was built — including the city's marina — was abandoned.


Salton City is located at .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 21.6 square miles (56.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 978 people, 416 households, and 267 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 45.2 people per square mile (17.5/km²). There were 730 housing units at an average density of 33.8/sq mi (13.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 73.62% White, 0.82% Black or African American, 1.94% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 17.38% from other races, and 5.52% from two or more races. 32.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 416 households out of which 21.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.4% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.91.

An example of the road system that was laid out in Salton City but never utilized.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 18.9% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 30.4% who were 65 years of age or older.

The median age was 49 years.

For every 100 females there were 91.4 males.

For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $21,563, and the median income for a family was $20,208. Males had a median income of $26,458 versus $4,886 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,106. About 26.3% of families and 29.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 71.8% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.

Currently, Salton City is being developed and several new homes have been built in the area.

A few scenes in the 2007 film Into the Wild were shot in Salton City.



Salton City and its neighboring community of Desert Shores 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 is authorized to provide seven services: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 Salton City 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, Salton City is located in California's 51st congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +7 and is represented by Democrat Bob Filner.


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