Ocotillo is a census-designated place (CDP) in Imperial County, California, United States. Ocotillo is located 26 miles (42 km) west of El Centro, The population was 296 at the 2000 census. It is part of the El Centro, California Metropolitan Statistical Area.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.9 square miles (23.0 km²), all of it land. According to the United States Census Bureau there are two places to get a drink in town—the Old Highway Cafe and the Lazy Lizard Saloon.
As of the census of 2000, there were 296 people, 145 households, and 79 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 33.3 people per square mile (12.9/km²). There were 253 housing units at an average density of 28.5/sq mi (11.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 87.84% White, 0.68% Black or African American, 1.69% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.34% Pacific Islander, 4.39% from other races, and 4.73% from two or more races. 19.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 145 households out of which 22.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.5% were non-families. 42.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.04 and the average family size was 2.78.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 3.7% from 18 to 24, 18.9% from 25 to 44, 32.1% from 45 to 64, and 23.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 112.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $23,438, and the median income for a family was $43,125. Males had a median income of $24,196 versus $55,556 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,849. None of the families and 16.6% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 26.2% of those over 64.
In the state legislature Ocotillo is located in the 40th Senate District, represented by Democrat Denise Moreno Ducheny, and in the 80th Assembly District, represented by Republican Bonnie Garcia. Federally, Ocotillo is located in California's 51st congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +7 and is represented by Democrat Bob Filner.