Chualar is a census-designated place (CDP) in Monterey County, California, United States. Chualar is located 10 miles (16 km) southeast of Salinas, at an elevation of 115 feet (35 m).The population was 1,444 at the 2000 census.
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According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²), all of it land.
In her Spanish and Indian Place Names of California (1914) Sanchez states that Chualar was the indigenous word for an abundant and native goosefoot. This plant could possibly be Chenopodium californicum, the California goosefoot (also known as pigweed). In his 1500 California Place Names (1998), William Bright writes that the name is Spanish for "where the chual grows," chual being Mexican Spanish for pigweed or goosefoot, and derived ultimately from Nahuatl tzoalli.
The Chualar post office opened in 1871, closed in 1873, and re-opened in 1874.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,444 people, 279 households, and 261 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,392.9 people per square mile (929.2/km²). There were 286 housing units at an average density of 473.9/sq mi (184.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 15.44% White, 0.42% Black or African American, 0.55% Native American, 3.19% Asian, 76.11% from other races, and 4.29% from two or more races. 93.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 279 households out of which 71.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 77.4% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 6.1% were non-families. 3.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 5.18 and the average family size was 5.22.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 39.4% under the age of 18, 14.9% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 12.0% from 45 to 64, and 3.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23 years. For every 100 females there were 115.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 115.5 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $43,125, and the median income for a family was $40,000. Males had a median income of $20,667 versus $19,643 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $10,096. About 12.4% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.9% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.