Laton is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fresno County, California, United States. The population was 1,236 at the 2000 census. Laton is located 23 miles (37 km) south-southeast of Fresno, at an elevation of 259 feet (79 m).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.9 square miles (5.0 km²), all of it land.
Laton's first post office opened in 1900, having been transferred from Lillis. The name honors Charles A. Laton, developer.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,236 people, 331 households, and 285 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 641.4 people per square mile (247.3/km²). There were 340 housing units at an average density of 176.4/sq mi (68.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 45.15% White, 0.40% Black or African American, 1.13% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 49.03% from other races, and 3.56% from two or more races. 68.85% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 331 households out of which 49.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.7% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.6% were non-families. 10.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.72 and the average family size was 3.96.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 35.9% under the age of 18, 11.7% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 7.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.5 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $35,408, and the median income for a family was $34,688. Males had a median income of $25,125 versus $25,417 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $9,702. About 14.4% of families and 17.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.7% of those under age 18 and 19.7% of those age 65 or over.