Stratford (formerly, Stratton) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kings County, California, United States. Stratford is located 14 miles (23 km) southwest of Hanford, at an elevation of 203 feet (62 m). It is part of the Hanford–Corcoran Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,264 at the 2000 census.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,264 people, 292 households, and 259 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,816.9 people per square mile (697.2/km²). There were 311 housing units at an average density of 447.0/sq mi (171.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 33.47% White, 1.19% African American, 1.98% Native American, 1.74% Asian, 0.55% Pacific Islander, 54.83% from other races, and 6.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 75.95% of the population.
There were 292 households out of which 64.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.3% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.0% were non-families. 8.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.33 and the average family size was 4.57.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 40.8% under the age of 18, 11.7% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 15.7% from 45 to 64, and 5.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females there were 103.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.6 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $29,205, and the median income for a family was $35,481. Males had a median income of $33,750 versus $28,125 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $9,790. About 20.2% of families and 24.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.1% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.
Many local residents are employed in agriculture. However, the community has been impacted by the late 2000s recession as well as the decline of the cotton industry, drought and restrictions on pumping from the Sacramento River delta to protect endangered species. In July 2009, the unemployment rate was at 32 percent.
Kings Area Rural Transit (KART) operates regularly scheduled fixed route bus service, vanpool service for commuters and Dial-A-Ride (demand response) services throughout Kings County as well as to Fresno .
In the state legislature Stratford is located in the 16th Senate District, represented by Democrat Dean Florez, and in the 30th Assembly District, represented by Republican Danny Gilmore. Federally, Stratford is located in California's 20th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +5 and is represented by Democrat Jim Costa.
Stratford is represented on the Kings County Board of Supervisors by a Stratford resident, Joe Neves.