Darwin is a census-designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Darwin is located 22 miles (35 km) southeast of Keeler, at an elevation of 4790 feet (1460 m). The population was 54 at the 2000 census. It is named after Dr. Darwin French.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²), all of it land.
Silver and lead discovery at the place led to the founding of a settlement in 1875. A post office opened in 1875, closed for a time in 1902, and remains open.
As of the census of 2000, there were 54 people, 36 households, and 14 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 39.3 people per square mile (15.1/km²). There were 54 housing units at an average density of 39.3/sq mi (15.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 90.74% White, 1.85% Black or African American, 3.70% Native American, and 3.70% from two or more races. 5.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 36 households out of which 8.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 22.2% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 61.1% were non-families. 55.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.50 and the average family size was 2.00.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 5.6% under the age of 18, 1.9% from 18 to 24, 16.7% from 25 to 44, 59.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53 years. For every 100 females there were 145.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 142.9 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $13,333, and the median income for a family was $15,000. Males had a median income of under $2500 versus $36,250 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $11,048. There were 33.3% of families and 37.7% of the population living below the poverty line, including 100.0% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.
In the state legislature Darwin is located in the 18th Senate District, represented by Republican Roy Ashburn, and in the 18th Assembly District, represented by Republican Bill Maze. Federally, Darwin is located in California's 25th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +7 and is represented by Republican Buck McKeon.