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Ferndale, California - Basic Facts

The City of Ferndale had a population of 1,389 as of July 1, 2016. Ferndale ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Ferndale is located at latitude 40.5799 and longitude -124.2619 in Humboldt County. The formal boundaries for the City of Ferndale (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.03 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Humboldt County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 56 feet.

The City of Ferndale (GNIS ID: 2410497) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Ferndale is located within Ferndale CCD of Humboldt County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Ferndale population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Ferndale: Cream City, Little Denmark.

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Ferndale, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,389
Population in Households 1,389
Population in Familes 1,079
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 1,353
Diversity Index2 31


Total Households 613
Average Household Size 2.27
Family Households 379
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 722 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 361 (50.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 252 (34.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 109 (15.1%)
Median Home Value $418,852
Average Home Value $449,931


Median Household Income $53,624
Average Household Income $75,334
Per Capita Income $33,130
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.21% 0.2%
Households 0.05% 0.1%
Families 0.13% 0.11%
Median Household Income   1.34%
Per Capita Income   1.89%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Ferndale, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ferndale to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 962 37th
Population Density1 # 701 54th
Diversity Index2 # 1360 10th
Median Household Income # 797 47th
Per Capita Income # 505 67th

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