Avalon, California

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Avalon Bay and the city of Avalon.

Avalon is the only city on Santa Catalina Island. Its ZIP code is 90704 and it is located in Los Angeles County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 3,127.

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About Avalon

Avalon is a picturesque rural waterfront town with the usual tourist-oriented businesses and services lining the coastline. Apart from the town itself, primary attractions include various trails into the hills surrounding the town, and the Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Garden just outside of town in the hills to the southwest.

The older parts of the town nearer the shoreline are dominated by small houses and two and three-story buildings in various traditional architectural styles. There are also several large apartment complexes nestled in the hills away from the shoreline, so that they are not obvious in most postcard photos of Avalon.

Geography

Avalon is located at 33°20'27" North, 118°19'40" West (33.340941, -118.327821)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.2 km² (3.2 mi²). 7.3 km² (2.8 mi²) of it is land and 0.9 km² (0.3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 10.48% water.

Transportation

Intercity

The city is served by several ferry lines with regular daily service to Newport Beach, San Pedro, Long Beach, Marina del Rey, and Dana Point. Several helicopter companies also serve the city. The Catalina Airport-In-The-Sky is 10 miles away to the west.

Intracity

The main method of transportation in Avalon is by small gasoline-powered motorcars similar to golf carts. For purposes of vehicle registration, Catalina Island is divided into two parts: Avalon and everywhere else. It is very difficult to get a permit to have a full sized vehicle in Avalon. The city has its own strict permit program which local vehicle owners must comply with, in addition with the usual requirements imposed by the statewide Department of Motor Vehicles.

Visitors can walk, rent a cart, ride the local tram operated by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or hire one of several private taxis.

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 3,127 people, 1,158 households, and 719 families residing in the city. The population density is 429.7/km² (1,112.4/mi²). There are 1,839 housing units at an average density of 252.7/km² (654.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 71.63% White, 0.74% Black or African American, 1.02% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.22% Pacific Islander, 20.37% from other races, and 5.40% from two or more races. 45.95% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 1,158 households out of which 38.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.0% are married couples living together, 11.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 37.9% are non-families. 31.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.65 and the average family size is 3.38.

In the city the population is spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 99.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 98.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $39,327, and the median income for a family is $46,406. Males have a median income of $30,789 versus $24,643 for females. The per capita income for the city is $21,032. 10.4% of the population and 9.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 11.5% of those under the age of 18 and 4.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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