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Thermal, California - Basic Facts

The Thermal Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Riverside County at latitude 33.6264 and longitude -116.1309. Riverside County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is -118 feet.

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

The U5 Census Class Code for Thermal 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 Thermal Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 9.45 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

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


Total Population 2,964
Population in Households 2,962
Population in Familes 2,723
Population in Group Qrtrs 2
Population Density1 314
Diversity Index2 83


Total Households 706
Average Household Size 4.2
Family Households 621
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 782 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 260 (33.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 446 (57.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 76 ( 9.7%)
Median Home Value $128,378
Average Home Value $197,596


Median Household Income $28,128
Average Household Income $39,321
Per Capita Income $9,484
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.8% 1.13%
Households 0.75% 1.03%
Families 0.42% 1.01%
Median Household Income   2.17%
Per Capita Income   2.26%
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.


Thermal, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Thermal 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 # 793 48th
Population Density1 # 1047 31st
Diversity Index2 # 260 83rd
Median Household Income # 1452 5th
Per Capita Income # 1481 3rd

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