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Glen Ellen, California

Glen Ellen is a town located in Sonoma County, California. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 992.


\nGlen Ellen is located at 38°21'52" North, 122°31'52" West (38.364564, -122.531085)
1. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.4 km² (2.1 mi²). 5.4 km² (2.1 mi²) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.


As of the
census of 2000, there are 992 people, 340 households, and 219 families residing in the town. The population density is 182.4/km² (473.3/mi²). There are 387 housing units at an average density of 71.2/km² (184.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 89.42% White, 1.92% African American, 1.21% Native American, 1.21% Asian, 0.40% Pacific Islander, 2.72% from other races, and 3.12% from two or more races. 8.47% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 340 households out of which 34.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% are married couples living together, 10.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% are non-families. 25.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 3.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.39 and the average family size is 2.91.

In the town the population is spread out with 28.6% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 33.9% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 41 years. For every 100 females there are 120.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 98.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $52,143, and the median income for a family is $54,219. Males have a median income of $50,714 versus $35,952 for females. The per capita income for the town is $22,680. 14.8% of the population and 11.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 16.8% are under the age of 18 and 0.0% are 65 or older.


Writer Jack London lived in Glen Ellen from 1909 to his death in 1917, where he devoted much of his time to development of his Beauty Ranch and the building of his mansion, Wolf House. Many of his novels and stories, notably The Iron Heel and The Valley of the Moon mention Glen Ellen and Sonoma County.

The site of his ranch is now Jack London State Historic Park, which contains the ruins of Wolf House, several ranch buildings, the grave of Jack and Charmian London, and a museum housed in Charmian London's "House of Happy Walls."

Glen Ellen is also home to the Jack London Educational Research Foundation and the Jack London Bookstore.

The Sonoma Developmental Center is located in Glen Ellen near the Jack London ranch. Its predecessor, the California Home for the Care and Training of Feeble Minded Children, was the setting for Jack London's story "Told in the Drooling Ward."

Glen Ellen is the site of many wineries and vineyards.

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