Desert Center, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Desert Center, California - Basic Facts

The Desert Center Census Designated Place had a population of 211 as of July 1, 2016. Desert Center ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and 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 Desert Center is located at latitude 33.7378 and longitude -115.3666 in Riverside County. 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. Riverside County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 906 feet.

The Desert Center Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2582993) 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 Desert Center Census Designated Place is located within Chuckwalla Valley CCD of Riverside County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Desert Center 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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Desert Center, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 211
Population in Households 211
Population in Familes 172
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 7
Diversity Index2 81


Total Households 88
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 57
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 144 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 56 (38.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 32 (22.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 56 (38.9%)
Median Home Value $108,333
Average Home Value $141,964


Median Household Income $40,230
Average Household Income $51,127
Per Capita Income $18,282
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.54% 0.93%
Households 0.56% 0.67%
Families 2.79% 1.03%
Median Household Income   -0.89%
Per Capita Income   -0.23%
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 1,516 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 # 1328 12th
Population Density1 # 1494 2nd
Diversity Index2 # 321 79th
Median Household Income # 1192 21st
Per Capita Income # 1223 19th

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