Downey, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Downey, California - Basic Facts

The City of Downey had a population of 115,498 as of July 1, 2016. Downey 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 Downey is located at latitude 33.9382 and longitude -118.1309 in Los Angeles County. The formal boundaries for the City of Downey (see map below) encompass a land area of 12.41 sq. miles and a water area of 0.16 sq. miles. Los Angeles County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 118 feet.

The City of Downey (GNIS ID: 2410352) 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 Downey is located within Downey-Norwalk CCD of Los Angeles County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Downey 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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Downey, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 115,498
Population in Households 114,791
Population in Familes 100,615
Population in Group Qrtrs 707
Population Density1 9,308
Diversity Index2 81


Total Households 34,614
Average Household Size 3.32
Family Households 27,058
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 36,659 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16,819 (45.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 17,795 (48.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,045 ( 5.6%)
Median Home Value $484,744
Average Home Value $531,922


Median Household Income $58,056
Average Household Income $73,395
Per Capita Income $22,251
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.53% 0.64%
Households 0.32% 0.52%
Families 0.34% 0.53%
Median Household Income   2.18%
Per Capita Income   1.72%
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.

Downey, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Downey 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 # 55 96th
Population Density1 # 74 95th
Diversity Index2 # 332 78th
Median Household Income # 667 56th
Per Capita Income # 1033 32nd

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