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Poway, California - Basic Facts

The City of Poway had a population of 49,742 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Poway is located at latitude 32.9877 and longitude -117.0218 in San Diego County. The formal boundaries for the City of Poway (see map below) encompass a land area of 39.08 sq. miles and a water area of 0.09 sq. miles. San Diego County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 515 feet.

The City of Poway (GNIS ID: 2411480) 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 Poway is located within San Diego CCD of San Diego County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Poway 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 Poway: Pawai.

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


Total Population 49,742
Population in Households 49,183
Population in Familes 43,440
Population in Group Qrtrs 559
Population Density1 1,273
Diversity Index2 60


Total Households 16,525
Average Household Size 2.98
Family Households 13,222
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 17,221 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 12,010 (69.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,515 (26.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 696 ( 4.0%)
Median Home Value $601,379
Average Home Value $667,310


Median Household Income $98,822
Average Household Income $130,523
Per Capita Income $43,981
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.64% 0.94%
Households 0.39% 0.81%
Families 0.35% 0.81%
Median Household Income   1.66%
Per Capita Income   1.5%
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.

Poway, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Poway 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 # 187 88th
Population Density1 # 721 53rd
Diversity Index2 # 813 46th
Median Household Income # 161 89th
Per Capita Income # 268 82nd

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