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El Sobrante, California

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

El Sobrante is a census-designated place (CDP) in Contra Costa County, California, United States. The population was 12,260 at the 2000 census. Its name literally means 'the leftovers' in Spanish.



As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 12,260 people, 4,676 households, and 3,170 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,527.0/km˛ (3,953.1/mi˛). There were 4,803 housing units at an average density of 598.2/km˛ (1,548.7/mi˛). The racial makeup of the CDP was 60.35% White, 12.16% Black or African American, 0.67% Native American, 12.50% Asian, 0.29% Pacific Islander, 6.97% from other races, and 7.06% from two or more races. 15.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,676 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.6% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $48,272, and the median income for a family was $59,342. Males had a median income of $44,232 versus $34,661 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $24,525. About 6.6% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.

El Sobrante is also home to a sizeable Sikh population, which in recent years has begun to establish a community of its own with many shops and speciality stores. Perhaps the most prominent example is the Gurdwara Sahib temple (known for its large golden dome) which looms above the valley above San Pablo Dam Road.


According to Les Claypool (Primus), the definition of an El Sobrante fortnight is somewhere between two weeks and a decade.


Famous musicians such as Kirk Hammett of Metallica and Exodus, Les Claypool of Primus, and Ler LaLonde of Primus and Possessed, Jason Beebout of Sam I Am and Isocracy and John Kiffmeyer of Green Day and Isocracy all grew up in El Sobrante, and most of them attended De Anza High School. Not unsurprisingly, many of these muscians have close ties. Hammett and Claypool were friends as children. LaLonde was a founding member of death metal pioneers Possessed, who toured with Metallica before joining Claypool in Primus, and Claypool auditioned to join Metallica. Though Claypool was turned down because his style was too funky for Metallica. Also, former Green Day drummer John Kiffmeyer took his stage name, "Al Sobrante" from the town.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11
3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: 3:2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3:3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 3:4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 3:5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, 3:6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 3:7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 3:8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. 3:9 What does the worker gain from his toil? 3:10 I have seen the burden God has laid on men. 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

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