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Whittier, California - Basic Facts

The City of Whittier had a population of 88,033 as of July 1, 2017. Whittier ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Whittier is located at latitude 33.9668 and longitude -118.0201 in Los Angeles County. The formal boundaries for the City of Whittier (see map below) encompass a land area of 14.65 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Los Angeles County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 367 feet.

The City of Whittier (GNIS ID: 2412260) 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 Whittier is located within Whittier CCD of Los Angeles County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Whittier 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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Whittier, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 88,033
Daytime Population: Workers 35,925
Daytime Population: Residents 46,950
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 82,875
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.94
Population in Households 86,547
Population in Familes 73,800
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,486
Population Density2 6,010
Diversity Index3 77


Median Household Income $69,355
Average Household Income $94,828
Per Capita Income $31,763


Total Housing Units 30,383 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16,279 (53.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 12,585 (41.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,519 ( 5.0%)
Median Home Value $493,342
Average Home Value $572,355


Total Households 28,864
Average Household Size 3.0
Family Households 21,151
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 0.43% 0.49%
Households 0.29% 0.41%
Families 0.36% 0.42%
Median Household Income   2.36%
Per Capita Income   2.28%

Whittier, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Whittier 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 # 94 94th
Population Density # 183 88th
Diversity Index # 452 70th
Median Household Income # 486 68th
Per Capita Income # 636 58th

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