Carson, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Carson, California - Basic Facts

The City of Carson had a population of 94,132 as of July 1, 2016. Carson ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Carson is located at latitude 33.8404 and longitude -118.2496 in Los Angeles County. The formal boundaries for the City of Carson (see map below) encompass a land area of 18.72 sq. miles and a water area of 0.24 sq. miles. Los Angeles County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 39 feet.

The City of Carson (GNIS ID: 2409399) 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 Carson is located within Compton CCD of Los Angeles County.

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

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


Total Population 94,132
Population in Households 92,781
Population in Familes 82,950
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,351
Population Density1 5,028
Diversity Index2 91


Total Households 25,921
Average Household Size 3.58
Family Households 21,158
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 26,822 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 19,490 (72.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,431 (24.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 901 ( 3.4%)
Median Home Value $396,910
Average Home Value $413,869


Median Household Income $72,453
Average Household Income $86,386
Per Capita Income $24,402
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.42% 0.57%
Households 0.31% 0.5%
Families 0.33% 0.52%
Median Household Income   2.26%
Per Capita Income   1.7%
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.

Carson, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Carson 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 # 79 95th
Population Density1 # 237 84th
Diversity Index2 # 27 98th
Median Household Income # 406 73rd
Per Capita Income # 940 38th

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