Hickman is a census-designated place (CDP) in Stanislaus County, California, United States. The population was 457 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Modesto Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its history dates back to the goldrush era, and was once was a stop on a rail line (the old train stop still stands).
Hickman social life revolves around its school. Hickman Charter school district is a k-8 school district. After 8th grade, students can commute to one of the many local schools. Also of note, Hickman is home to Hickman Charter School with more students than native population and has attendance from students as far as Berkeley, California.
Hickman is a country town, and the most obvious form of income is agriculture. Almond orchards are everywhere, and there are several dairies. Foster Farms operates a dairy, and there is a wholesale nursery raising trees, especially decorative trees like redwoods. A large rooster farm reputedly sells fighting cocks (although actually using such birds in fighting is illegal). There are also other forms of industry, including a gravel mine, a welding shop, two country stores, a cabinet maker, a music education company and Hickman Hat Rack Co.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 457 people, 139 households, and 116 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 360.3 people per square mile (138.9/km²). There were 148 housing units at an average density of 116.7/sq mi (45.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 84.46% White, 1.53% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 9.19% from other races, and 4.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.38% of the population.
There were 139 households out of which 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.6% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.5% were non-families. 12.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.29 and the average family size was 3.55.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 30.4% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 109.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.3 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $33,333, and the median income for a family was $34,583. Males had a median income of $41,250 versus $21,618 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,693. About 13.3% of families and 21.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.4% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.