Shingle Springs (formerly, Shingle Spring and Shingle) is a census-designated place (CDP) in El Dorado County, California, United States. The population was 2,643 at the 2000 census. It is located about 40 miles from Sacramento in the historic Gold Country foothills and sits directly on Highway 50. The historic towns of Coloma and Placerville are less than 15 miles away.
Like any number of other towns in California's Mother Lode, Shingle Springs grew on the site of a mining camp set up by gold miners during the California Gold Rush, in this case a group of "48ers" who had followed the Carson-Emigrant Trail through Pleasant Valley, Nevada. It took its name from a horse-drawn shingle machine capable of producing 16,000 shingles a day that was located near the springs at the western edge of the camp. The Boston-Newton Joint Stock Association, which left Boston April 16, 1849, camped there the night before their arrival at Sutter's Fort on September 27, after a remarkable journey across the continent. A rich store of written records preserved by these pioneers has left a detailed picture of the Gold Rush. As a result, the town is now designated California Historical Landmark #456.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13.5 km²), of which, 5.2 square miles (13.5 km²) of it is land and 0.19% is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,643 people, 951 households, and 731 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 507.4 people per square mile (195.9/km²). There were 969 housing units at an average density of 186.0/sq mi (71.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.68% White, 0.38% Black or African American, 1.29% Native American, 1.63% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 1.32% from other races, and 3.56% from two or more races. 6.62% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 951 households out of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.1% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 29.4% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $55,100, and the median income for a family was $59,263. Males had a median income of $48,026 versus $31,635 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $25,795. About 5.9% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 1.4% of those age 65 or over.
In the state legislature Shingle Springs is located in the 1st Senate District, represented by Republican Dave Cox, and in the 4th Assembly District, represented by Republican Ted Gaines. Federally, Shingle Springs is located in California's 4th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +11 and is represented by Republican Tom McClintock.