Carnelian Bay, California

Carnelian Bay, California
Carnelian Bay
—  census-designated place  —
Carnelian Bay is located in California
Carnelian Bay
Position in California.
Coordinates: 39°13′58″N 120°04′54″W / 39.23278°N 120.08167°W / 39.23278; -120.08167Coordinates: 39°13′58″N 120°04′54″W / 39.23278°N 120.08167°W / 39.23278; -120.08167
Country  United States
State  California
County Placer
 – Total 1.303 sq mi (3.376 km2)
 – Land 1.301 sq mi (3.370 km2)
 – Water 0.002 sq mi (0.006 km2)  0.18%
Elevation[2] 6,325 ft (1,928 m)
Population (2010)
 – Total 524
 – Density 402/sq mi (155.2/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 – Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Code 96140
Area code(s) 530
GNIS feature ID 2628716
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Carnelian Bay, California

Carnelian Bay (formerly, Cornelian Bay)[3] is a census-designated place located on the shore of Lake Tahoe in Placer County, California, in the United States. The elevation is 6,325 feet (1,928 m). The population was 524 at the 2010 census.

Nearby cities and towns include: Tahoe Vista, Brockway, Kings Beach, Crystal Bay, Incline Village, Truckee, Tahoma, Homewood, and Tahoe City. Its ZIP code is 96140 and its area code 530.

The Cornelian Bay post office operated from 1883 to 1887 and from 1891 to 1893.[3] The Carnelian Bay post office opened in 1908.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²), 99.82% of it land, and 0.18% of it water.


The 2010 United States Census[4] reported that Carnelian Bay had a population of 524. The population density was 402.0 people per square mile (155.2/km²). The racial makeup of Carnelian Bay was 493 (94.1%) White, 1 (0.2%) African American, 4 (0.8%) Native American, 14 (2.7%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 1 (0.2%) from other races, and 11 (2.1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13 persons (2.5%).

The Census reported that 524 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 256 households, out of which 38 (14.8%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 113 (44.1%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 14 (5.5%) had a female householder with no husband present, 11 (4.3%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 19 (7.4%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 3 (1.2%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 78 households (30.5%) were made up of individuals and 26 (10.2%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05. There were 138 families (53.9% of all households); the average family size was 2.45.

The population was spread out with 60 people (11.5%) under the age of 18, 39 people (7.4%) aged 18 to 24, 127 people (24.2%) aged 25 to 44, 184 people (35.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 114 people (21.8%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49.3 years. For every 100 females there were 126.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 126.3 males.

There were 947 housing units at an average density of 726.5 per square mile (280.5/km²), of which 171 (66.8%) were owner-occupied, and 85 (33.2%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 10.0%; the rental vacancy rate was 7.9%. 345 people (65.8% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 179 people (34.2%) lived in rental housing units.


  1. ^ U.S. Census
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Carnelian Bay, California
  3. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 461. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  4. ^ All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.

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