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Welcome to Bishop ...

The city of Bishop is located just east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, west of the White Mountains and at the north end of Owens Valley.

Bishop is located in Inyo County<1>.

When the people of Bishop refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Bishopite<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Bishop has a population of 3,766 people<3> (see below for details).

While we don't have a date for the establishment of Bishop, you might get a feel for its founding by knowing that they incorporated May 6, 1903.

The origin (or the toponymy) of Bishop: Named after Bishop Creek, which was named for Samuel Addsion Bishop (1825-1893) - an early settler in this area.

Going back to its beginning, The community of Bishop was originally named Bishop Creek. For more information about the names of Bishop, see The Names of Bishop on our Genealogy Page.

Bishop is 4,150 feet [1,265 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the altitude of Bishop is about ¾ mile [or ~1¼ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Bishop lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Area codes for Bishop: (760) & (442)<5>

The ZIP codes for Bishop: 93512, 93514-93515<6>

Websites for Bishop ...

Official Website:   www.cityofbishop.com/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.bishopvisitor.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Bishop had an population of 3,766 people. This is a decrease of 2.91% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 5.34% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Bishop had a population of 3,879 people (which is 20.92% of the total population of Inyo County). This makes Bishop the county's most populous community.

The population of Bishop represents 0.01% of the total population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 436th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 3,879 people, the population of Bishop increased 8.5% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 3,575 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Bishop.

Adding Bishop to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Bishop in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Bishop was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Bishop on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Bishop ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 23 communities that are also named Bishop - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas (2), Kentucky (3), Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas (3), West Virginia and Wyoming.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Bishop.

Communities near Bishop ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Bishop.

  • Bigelow [Inyo County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bigelow
    • Bigelow [Inyo County] was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<7> to the southeast of Bishop
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Bigelow. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<8>
  • Rocking K [Inyo County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rocking K
    • Rocking K [Inyo County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<7> to the west of Bishop
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rocking K
  • Wilkerson [Inyo County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wilkerson
    • Wilkerson [Inyo County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<7> to the south of Bishop
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wilkerson
  • Keough Hot Springs [Inyo County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Keough Hot Springs
    • Keough Hot Springs [Inyo County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<7> to the south of Bishop
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Keough Hot Springs
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Alta Vista [Inyo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alta Vista
      • Alta Vista [Inyo County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<7> to the west of Bishop
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alta Vista
    • Mesa [Inyo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mesa
      • Mesa [Inyo County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<7> to the northwest of Bishop
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mesa
    • Peterson Mill [Inyo County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peterson Mill
      • Peterson Mill [Inyo County] was located 8 miles [12.9 km]<7> to the southwest of Bishop
    • Starlite Estates [Inyo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Starlite Estates
      • Starlite Estates [Inyo County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<7> to the west of Bishop
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Starlite Estates
    • Chalfant Valley [Mono County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chalfant Valley
      • Chalfant Valley [Mono County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<7> to the north of Bishop
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chalfant Valley
    • Round Valley [Inyo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Round Valley
      • Round Valley [Inyo County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<7> to the west of Bishop
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Round Valley

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Bishop. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Bishop.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Bishop. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Bishop.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Bishop. Our list includes 11 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Bishop.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Bishop ...

Looking for more information about Bishop? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Bishop, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Bishop.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Inyo County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Bishop: www.cityofbishop.com/

The official website for Inyo County: www.inyocounty.us/

The official website for State of California: https://www.ca.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Inyo, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Bishop refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Bishop may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Bishop.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Bishop - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (442) is an overlay for area code (760).
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Bishop). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Bishop or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Bishop includes: 93512, 93514 & 93515.
<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bishop) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bishop. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from BishopOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bishop. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3631, Longitude: -118.3953    
<8>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.






















 

 

 

 

 


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