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Inyo County, California

Inyo County California
US county information
NameInyo County
StateCalifornia
SeatIndependence
Largest cityBishop
US Area
Total Area10226.98 sq mi (26487.9 km2)
Land Area10203.10 sq mi (26426 km2)
Water Area23.88 sq mi (61.8 km2)
Population18546 (2010)
Density0.7/km2 (1.8/sq mi)
Named for"dwelling place of the great spirit" in Mono language
Congressional district25th
Time zonePacific

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Inyo County is a county situated on the east side of the Sierra Nevada and southeast of Yosemite National Park in eastern-central part of the U.S. state of California. Inyo County includes the Owens River Valley; it is flanked on the east by the Sierra and by the White Mountains and the Inyo Mountains.

Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the Continental United States, is on Inyo County's western border (with Tulare County). The Badwater Basin, in Death Valley National Park, the lowest place in North America, is in eastern Inyo County. The two points are not visible from each other, but both can be observed from the Panamint Range on the west side of Death Valley, above the Panamint Valley.

The county seat is Independence. As of 2010 Inyo County had a population of 18,546.


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