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Big River, California - Basic Facts

The Big River Census Designated Place had a population of 1,354 as of July 1, 2016. Big River ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Big River is located at latitude 34.1398 and longitude -114.3621 in San Bernardino County. The formal boundaries for the Big River Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 10.83 sq. miles and a water area of 0.52 sq. miles. San Bernardino County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 440 feet.

The Big River Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2407844) 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 Big River Census Designated Place is located within Needles CCD of San Bernardino County.

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


Total Population 1,354
Population in Households 1,354
Population in Familes 948
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 125
Diversity Index2 48


Total Households 647
Average Household Size 2.09
Family Households 363
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,078 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 512 (47.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 134 (12.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 431 (40.0%)
Median Home Value $102,289
Average Home Value $150,682


Median Household Income $25,692
Average Household Income $49,563
Per Capita Income $24,421
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.32% 0.37%
Households 0.17% 0.28%
Families -0.43% 0.27%
Median Household Income   1.12%
Per Capita Income   0.43%
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.

Big River, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Big River 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 # 969 36th
Population Density1 # 1242 18th
Diversity Index2 # 1020 33rd
Median Household Income # 1486 2nd
Per Capita Income # 939 38th

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