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Ivanhoe, California

I am from Ivanhoe, California, and believe growing up in a small, Hispanic, farming community has influenced most of my decisions. Before viewing my slide show, I think you should know about the place I call home.
Population (year 2000):4,474
Median resident age:24.9 years
California median age:33.3 years
Ivanhoe median household income in 2005:$29,700
California median household income in 2005:$53,629
Ivanhoe median house/condo in 2000:$76,900
Ivanhoe median house/condo in 2005:$159,100
California median house/condo in 2005:$477,700
The ethnic composition of Ivanhoe also shaped my views on social issues:
Races in Ivanhoe
Hispanic76.2%
Other race40.4%
White Non-Hispanic21.8%
Two or more races9.5%
American Indian2.0%
As you can tell, it is not what people imagine of California. My wife and I uploaded some of our photos of the area around Ivanhoe, which I have marked as a slideshow on Flickr. Somewhere in storage I have photos of Ivanhoe's Main Street, with Ivanhoe Hardware, Ivanhoe Drug, and a handful of small shops. The school in town is, of course, Ivanhoe Elementary, and the county library branch is under 1400 sq. feet.


This is home, but I also consider "home" to range from Sequoia to the Coast Range. On a clear day, you can see from Sequoia to the Pacific Coast Range, nearly 200 miles. Home will never be urban... but Los Angeles has some surprisingly wonderful national parks within an hour to two hours. (Los Padres is really great during the winter and spring months.) San Francisco used to be "closer" to farmland, but much of the wine country is sprouting homes.

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