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Desert Center, California - Basic Facts

The Desert Center Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Riverside County at latitude 33.7378 and longitude -115.3666. Riverside County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 906 feet.

The formal official name is the Desert Center Census Designated Place, but most people and references simply refer to it as Desert Center, California.

The U5 Census Class Code for Desert Center indicates a populated place that is also a census designated place with the same name.. The Census Designated Place has a Functional Status Code "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The formal boundaries for the Desert Center Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 30.42 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

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Desert Center, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 217
Population in Households 217
Population in Familes 177
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 7
Diversity Index2 81


Total Households 90
Average Household Size 2.41
Family Households 59
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 149 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 57 (38.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 33 (22.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 59 (39.6%)
Median Home Value $56,667
Average Home Value $134,483


Median Household Income $44,013
Average Household Income $72,370
Per Capita Income $25,620
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 1.46% 1.78%
Households 1.35% 1.72%
Families 4.97% 1.64%
Median Household Income   2.41%
Per Capita Income   2.11%
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.


Desert Center, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Desert Center to the other 1,523 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 1329 13th
Population Density1 # 1501 2nd
Diversity Index2 # 330 79th
Median Household Income # 1022 33rd
Per Capita Income # 756 50th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE California Census Data Comparison Tool.