Castaic (// (listen)) (Chumash: Kaštiq; Spanish: Castéc) is an unincorporated community in the northwestern part of Los Angeles County, California. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 19,015. For statistical purposes the Census Bureau has defined Castaic as a census-designated place (CDP).
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|• Total||7.28 sq mi (18.85 km2)|
|• Land||7.26 sq mi (18.81 km2)|
|• Water||0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2) 0.24%|
|Elevation||1,280 ft (390 m)|
|• Density||2,607.68/sq mi (1,006.87/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-7 (PDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||2582966|
|U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Castaic, California|
Tens of thousands of motorists pass through Castaic daily as they drive to or from Los Angeles on Interstate 5 (the Golden State Freeway). Castaic Lake is part of the California Water Project and is the site of a hydro-electric power plant. Castaic is 38 miles (61 km) northwest of Los Angeles Union Station and northwest of the city of Santa Clarita.
The Castaic Range War went on for decades in the late 19th and early 20th centuries resulting in dozens of deaths before hostilities ceased in 1916.