Valley Springs (formerly, Spring Valley and Valley Spring) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Calaveras County, California, United States. The population was 2,560 at the 2000 census. The town is located at the intersection of State Route 12 and Route 26. It is registered as California Historical Landmark #251.
In 1885 the San Joaquin and Sierra Nevada Railroad completed a narrow-gauge railroad from Brack's Landing to Valley Springs. The line eventually became the property of Southern Pacific Railroad, and a standard-gauge line into Valley Springs was substituted.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 9.8 square miles (25.4 km²), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,560 people, 960 households, and 740 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 260.7 people per square mile (100.7/km²). There were 1,021 housing units at an average density of 104.0/sq mi (40.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 87.54% White, 0.66% Black or African American, 1.80% Native American, 1.37% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 4.84% from other races, and 3.67% from two or more races. 10.74% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 960 households out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.6% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.9% were non-families. 19.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $43,125, and the median income for a family was $45,327. Males had a median income of $36,524 versus $29,861 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $19,670. About 9.7% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.5% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.
In the state legislature Valley Springs is located in the 1st Senate District, represented by Republican Dave Cox, and in the 25th Assembly District, represented by Republican Tom Berryhill. Federally, Valley Springs is located in California's 3rd congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +7 and is represented by Republican Dan Lungren.