South Lake Tahoe is a city in El Dorado County, California, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The population was 23,609 at the 2000 census. The east end of the city, on the California-Nevada state line, is mainly geared towards tourism, with T-shirt shops, restaurants, hotels, and Heavenly Mountain Resort with the Nevada casinos just across the state line in Stateline, Nevada. The city extends about five miles west-southwest along U.S. Route 50, also known as Lake Tahoe Blvd. The western end of town is mainly residential, and clusters around "The Y" (new intersection October 2008), the X-shaped intersection of US 50, State Route 89, and the continuation of Lake Tahoe Boulevard after it loses its federal highway designation.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.5 square miles (42.7 km²), of which, 10.1 square miles (26.1 km²) of it is land and 6.4 square miles (16.7 km²) of it (39.03%) is water. Elevation is 6260 ft.
As of the census of 2000, there were 23,609 people, 9,410 households, and 5,391 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,347.5 people per square mile (906.1/km²). There were 14,005 housing units at an average density of 1,392.5/sq mi (537.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.73% White, 0.75% Black or African American, 0.97% Native American, 6.01% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 12.48% from other races, and 3.90% from two or more races. 26.66% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 9,410 households out of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.3% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.7% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.15.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 11.4% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 107.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $34,707, and the median income for a family was $40,572. Males had a median income of $26,352 versus $22,280 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,452. About 9.1% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.7% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over. South Lake Tahoe is located at (38.929237, -119.984347). As its name suggests it is located on the southern shore of Lake Tahoe, right next to the Nevada border and the town of Stateline, Nevada.
In the state legislature South Lake Tahoe is located in the 1st Senate District, represented by Republican Dave Cox, and in the 4th Assembly District, represented by Republican Ted Gaines. Federally, South Lake Tahoe is located in California's 4th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +11 and is represented by Republican Tom McClintock.
The city incorporated in 1965 by combing the previously unincorporated communities of Al Tahoe, Bijou, Bijou Park, Stateline, Tahoe Valley, and Tallac Village. A post office was established in 1967. In 1991, Jaycee Lee Dugard was abducted from a bus-stop in South Lake Tahoe, aged 11. She was found in 2009.
|Weather data for South Lake Tahoe|
|Average high °F (°C)||41 |
|Average low °F (°C)||15 |
|Source: http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/monthly/USCA1083 September 2009|
The fire spread through out the region destroying homes and forests. Highway closures followed by evacuations put the city in the direct line of the fire. Hotels in the area responded by opening their doors to the hundreds of evacuees that needed shelter.
On June 25, a state of emergency was announced by Lt. Gov. John Garamendi acting on behalf of the absent Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who was traveling in Europe. No lives were lost. Over three thousand acres (12.5 square kilometers) were burned with more than 275 structures, including 254 homes and 26 buildings damaged. On June 27, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, toured the area after he returned to California.
Full containment of the fire was announced on July 2, 2007, two days before the 4th of July holiday.