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History\nThe area was first settled by the Chumash Indians, and later by Spanish Franciscan missionaries. The community of Agoura was first known as Picture City. In order for the town to get its own post office, the residents were required to choose a one-word name, so in 1927 they chose a misspelling of the last name of Pierre Agoure, a local Basque rancher from the 1890's. Housing tracts quickly covered the land in the late 1960's. In 1982, most of the city split off from the unincorporated town of Agoura and became the city of Agoura Hills.
Geography\nAgoura Hills is located at 34°9'12" North, 118°45'42" West (34.153365, -118.761805)1.
The city calls itself the "Gateway to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area". United States Highway 101 passes from east to west through the city.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.2 km² (8.2 mi²). 21.2 km² (8.2 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.37% water.
Demographics\nAs of the census2 of 2000, there are 20,537 people, 6,874 households, and 5,588 families residing in the city. The population density is 969.4/km² (2,511.8/mi²). There are 6,993 housing units at an average density of 330.1/km² (855.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 86.96% White, 1.32% African American, 0.25% Native American, 6.50% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 2.09% from other races, and 2.78% from two or more races. 6.85% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 6,874 households out of which 47.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.7% are married couples living together, 9.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 18.7% are non-families. 13.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 3.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.98 and the average family size is 3.30.
In the city the population is spread out with 30.5% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 29.4% from 45 to 64, and 6.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 99.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 94.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $87,008, and the median income for a family is $95,765. Males have a median income of $72,081 versus $42,656 for females. The per capita income for the city is $39,700. 3.5% of the population and 2.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 3.8% are under the age of 18 and 2.9% are 65 or older.