West Carson, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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West Carson, California - Basic Facts

The West Carson Census Designated Place had a population of 23,152 as of July 1, 2017. West 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 West Carson is located at latitude 33.8231 and longitude -118.2937 in Los Angeles County. The formal boundaries for the West Carson Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.27 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Los Angeles County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 43 feet.

The West Carson Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2409546) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The West Carson Census Designated Place is located within Compton CCD of Los Angeles County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with West Carson population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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West Carson, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 23,152
Daytime Population: Workers 11,900
Daytime Population: Residents 12,295
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 24,195
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.05
Population in Households 21,896
Population in Familes 18,413
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,256
Population Density2 10,218
Diversity Index3 87


Median Household Income $68,982
Average Household Income $92,716
Per Capita Income $32,659


Total Housing Units 7,814 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,662 (72.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,910 (24.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 242 ( 3.1%)
Median Home Value $444,537
Average Home Value $441,205


Total Households 7,572
Average Household Size 2.89
Family Households 5,362
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.9% 0.8%
Households 0.76% 0.72%
Families 0.8% 0.75%
Median Household Income   2.48%
Per Capita Income   2.28%

West Carson, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Carson to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 321 79th
Population Density # 63 96th
Diversity Index # 91 94th
Median Household Income # 493 68th
Per Capita Income # 604 60th

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