Helendale or Silver Lakes is an unincorporated community and census-designated place located in the Victor Valley of the Mojave Desert, within San Bernardino County, California.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 5.6 square miles (14.4 km²), 5.2 square miles (13.4 km²) of it land, and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (7.15%) water.
Helendale is located in a generally flat area in the Mojave Desert, between Victorville and Barstow. It is located 100 miles (160 km) northeast of Los Angeles and 180 miles (290 km) southwest of Las Vegas at an elevation of 2,464 feet (751 m).
The town consists primarily of the Silver Lakes resort community, which is built around two manmade lakes. Water for these lakes comes from Mojave River, which, while dry at the surface, has flow underground.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Silver Lakes had a population of 5,623. The population density was 1,009.4 people per square mile (389.7/km²). The racial makeup of Silver Lakes was 4,566 (81.2%) White (71.8% Non-Hispanic White), 315 (5.6%) African American, 39 (0.7%) Native American, 198 (3.5%) Asian, 15 (0.3%) Pacific Islander, 270 (4.8%) from other races, and 220 (3.9%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 907 persons (16.1%).
The Census reported that 5,623 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.
There were 2,238 households, out of which 654 (29.2%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 1,392 (62.2%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 201 (9.0%) had a female householder with no husband present, 83 (3.7%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 94 (4.2%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 14 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 458 households (20.5%) were made up of individuals and 253 (11.3%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51. There were 1,676 families (74.9% of all households); the average family size was 2.89.
The population was spread out with 1,267 people (22.5%) under the age of 18, 324 people (5.8%) aged 18 to 24, 1,099 people (19.5%) aged 25 to 44, 1,642 people (29.2%) aged 45 to 64, and 1,291 people (23.0%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males.
There were 2,754 housing units at an average density of 494.4 per square mile (190.9/km²), of which 1,699 (75.9%) were owner-occupied, and 539 (24.1%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 7.3%; the rental vacancy rate was 12.0%. 4,008 people (71.3% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 1,615 people (28.7%) lived in rental housing units.
The census also defines a Zip Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA), 92342, for Helendale, California, which includes surrounding rural areas. As of the 2000 census, there were 4,936 people and 4,909 households in the ZCTA of 92342. The population was made up of 50.5% males and 49.5% females. The median age was 45.7.
According to the 2010 United States Census, Silver Lakes had a median household income of $67,214, with 12.1% of the population living below the federal poverty line.