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Cathedral City, California - Basic Facts

The City of Cathedral City had a population of 53,940 as of July 1, 2017. Cathedral City ranks in the upper 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 Cathedral City is located at latitude 33.8355 and longitude -116.4631 in Riverside County. The formal boundaries for the City of Cathedral City (see map below) encompass a land area of 21.5 sq. miles and a water area of 0.26 sq. miles. Riverside County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 328 feet.

The City of Cathedral City (GNIS ID: 2409412) 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 Cathedral City is located within Cathedral City-Palm Desert CCD of Riverside County.

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


Total Population 53,940
Daytime Population: Workers 13,649
Daytime Population: Residents 29,900
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 43,549
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.81
Population in Households 53,664
Population in Familes 42,690
Population in Group Qrtrs 276
Population Density2 2,509
Diversity Index3 80


Median Household Income $47,374
Average Household Income $68,322
Per Capita Income $22,958


Total Housing Units 21,979 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,951 (49.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,961 (31.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,067 (18.5%)
Median Home Value $265,686
Average Home Value $304,779


Total Households 17,912
Average Household Size 3.0
Family Households 11,628
Average Family Size 4
  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 0.72% 0.97%
Households 0.69% 0.91%
Families 0.7% 0.92%
Median Household Income   0.99%
Per Capita Income   2.21%

Cathedral City, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cathedral City 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 # 176 88th
Population Density # 537 65th
Diversity Index # 384 75th
Median Household Income # 1015 33rd
Per Capita Income # 1043 31st

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