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Needles, California - Basic Facts

The City of Needles had a population of 4,826 as of July 1, 2016. Needles 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 Needles is located at latitude 34.8136 and longitude -114.6253 in San Bernardino County. The formal boundaries for the City of Needles (see map below) encompass a land area of 30.82 sq. miles and a water area of 0.46 sq. miles. San Bernardino County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 495 feet.

The City of Needles (GNIS ID: 2411220) 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 Needles is located within Needles CCD of San Bernardino County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Needles population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Needles: The Needles.

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


Total Population 4,826
Population in Households 4,821
Population in Familes 3,742
Population in Group Qrtrs 5
Population Density1 157
Diversity Index2 68


Total Households 1,892
Average Household Size 2.55
Family Households 1,196
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,911 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 974 (33.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 918 (31.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,019 (35.0%)
Median Home Value $103,947
Average Home Value $187,641


Median Household Income $36,077
Average Household Income $53,525
Per Capita Income $21,029
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.06% 0.17%
Households -0.22% 0.02%
Families -0.08% 0.0%
Median Household Income   -0.74%
Per Capita Income   0.58%
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.

Needles, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Needles 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 # 653 57th
Population Density1 # 1192 21st
Diversity Index2 # 678 55th
Median Household Income # 1308 14th
Per Capita Income # 1087 28th

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