Agua Dulce, California

Agua Dulce (Spanish for "sweet water"[3]) is a census-designated place[4] in Los Angeles County, California, United States.[2] It lies at an elevation of 2,526 feet (770 m),[2] northeast of Santa Clarita. The community had a population of 3,342 at the 2010 census[5] and covers a geographic area of about 23 square miles (59 km2). The ZIP code is 91390, and the area code is 661.

Agua Dulce, California
Vasquez Rocks
Location within Los Angeles County
Agua Dulce
Location in California
Agua Dulce
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 34°29′47″N 118°19′32″W
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
  Total22.86 sq mi (59.20 km2)
  Land22.85 sq mi (59.18 km2)
  Water0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)  0.02%
Elevation2,526 ft (770 m)
  Density146.3/sq mi (56.47/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)661
GNIS feature IDs1660235; 2582928
FIPS code06-00450
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Agua Dulce, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Agua Dulce, California


Agua Dulce is located about 20 miles (32 km) by highway southwest of Palmdale and 45 miles (72 km) north of Los Angeles, in the Sierra Pelona Valley region of Southern California.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

The 2010 United States Census[7] reported that Agua Dulce had a population of 3,342. The population density was 146.3 people per square mile (56.5/km²). The racial makeup of Agua Dulce was 2,854 (85.4%) White (75.5% Non-Hispanic White),[8] 59 (1.8%) Black, 24 (0.7%) Native American, 78 (2.3%) Asian, 3 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 223 (6.7%) from other races, and 101 (3.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 611 persons (18.3%).

The Census reported that 3,314 people (99.2% of the population) lived in households, 28 (0.8%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 1,201 households, out of which 355 (29.6%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 795 (66.2%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 72 (6.0%) had a female householder with no husband present, 58 (4.8%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 64 (5.3%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 10 (0.8%) same-sex couples or partnerships. 200 households (16.7%) were made up of individuals and 73 (6.1%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76. There were 925 families (77.0% of all households); the average family size was 3.06.

The population was spread out with 645 people (19.3%) under the age of 18, 310 people (9.3%) aged 18 to 24, 588 people (17.6%) aged 25 to 44, 1,336 people (40.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 463 people (13.9%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.0 males.

There were 1,277 housing units at an average density of 55.9 per square mile (21.6/km²), of which 1,058 (88.1%) were owner-occupied, and 143 (11.9%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.2%; the rental vacancy rate was 3.4%. 2,929 people (87.6% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 385 people (11.5%) lived in rental housing units.

According to the 2010 United States Census, Agua Dulce had a median household income of $103,333, with 2.5% of the population living below the federal poverty line.[9]

About Agua Dulce

Vasquez Rocks has long been used as a popular filming location by the Hollywood movie industry, most notably The Flintstones movie, Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles, The Invaders episode "The Saucer", and the Star Trek episode "Arena." The 1971 movie Duel filmed extensively in the area, as was the western film More Dead Than Alive. Other films shot in the area are Rat Race, 127 Hours, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey and The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle. The History channel shoots the popular reality TV show "Top Shot" in the hills and canyons on the north side of the valley. Reno 911 has also filmed in locations off of Soledad Canyon Road. The Agua Dulce area has also played host to music video shoots, including those for the Bloodhound Gang's "Your Only Friends Are Make-Believe" and Weird Al Yankovic's "I Love Rocky Road", and various Nike commercials. L.A. based rockers and "Rat Pack" recording artist "Roxanne" filmed "Super Bad" at the Diamond View Ranch in Agua Dulce.

Vasquez Rocks got its name from the famous bandit Tiburcio Vásquez who used them as a hideout.

The Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from Mexico to Canada, goes through Agua Dulce.

Agua Dulce also has a general aviation airport known as Agua Dulce Airpark. The Airpark and surrounding area was the location for the ABC game show 101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow which premiered on June 21, 2011.


Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District:[10]

  • Vasquez High School, Acton[11]
  • High Desert Middle School, Acton[12]
  • Meadowlark School, Acton[13]
  • Agua Dulce Elementary School, Agua Dulce[14]


  1. "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  2. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Agua Dulce, California
  3. William Bright; Erwin Gustav Gudde (30 November 1998). 1500 California Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning. University of California Press. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-520-21271-8. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  4. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Agua Dulce, California
  5. "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Agua Dulce CDP, California". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  6. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  7. "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Agua Dulce CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  8. "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau.
  9. "United States Population: Census 2010 Total Population". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 10 December 2014.
  10. "Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District". Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  11. "Vasquez High School". Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  12. "High Desert School". Archived from the original on 6 February 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  13. "Meadowlark School". Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  14. "Agua Dulce Elementary School". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2010.

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