Winton was established along the original Santa Fe Rail Road and has grown only a very small amount since it was established. At one time, Passenger trains would stop at this location.
Winton was mentioned by Johny Carson on the "Tonight Show" in the early 1970's while reading information from a magazine. It was noted that, at the time, Winton had the highest crime rate for a city its size in the nation.
Another note to some fame was the old Wagon Wheel Bar, which for years was a Hell's Angels bar.
There were 2,343 households out of which 54.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.4% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.8% were non-families. 12.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.77 and the average family size was 4.11.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 39.1% under the age of 18, 12.0% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 15.3% from 45 to 64, and 6.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females there were 100.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.1 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $19,787, and the median income for a family was $19,834. Males had a median income of $16,832 versus $11,676 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $10,451. About 23.5% of families and 28.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.8% of those under age 18 and 13.5% of those age 65 or over.