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Cathedral City, California - Basic Facts

The City of Cathedral City had a population of 52,878 as of July 1, 2016. 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, 2016.

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


Total Population 52,878
Population in Households 52,600
Population in Familes 41,847
Population in Group Qrtrs 278
Population Density1 2,460
Diversity Index2 80


Total Households 17,493
Average Household Size 3.01
Family Households 11,352
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 21,758 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,694 (49.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,799 (31.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,265 (19.6%)
Median Home Value $237,482
Average Home Value $281,564


Median Household Income $45,220
Average Household Income $64,992
Per Capita Income $21,776
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.52% 0.85%
Households 0.41% 0.74%
Families 0.42% 0.74%
Median Household Income   0.06%
Per Capita Income   1.54%
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.

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, 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 # 177 88th
Population Density1 # 536 65th
Diversity Index2 # 382 75th
Median Household Income # 1055 30th
Per Capita Income # 1050 31st

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