Downieville, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Downieville, California - Basic Facts

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The Downieville Census Designated Place had a population of 275 as of July 1, 2016. Downieville ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and 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 Downieville is located at latitude 39.5786 and longitude -120.8164 in Sierra County. The formal boundaries for the Downieville Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.18 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Sierra County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 2,930 feet.

The Downieville Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2583000) 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 Downieville Census Designated Place is located within West Sierra CCD of Sierra County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Downieville 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 Downieville: Downeyville, The Forks, Washingtonville.

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


Total Population 275
Population in Households 274
Population in Familes 196
Population in Group Qrtrs 1
Population Density1 87
Diversity Index2 29


Total Households 142
Average Household Size 1.93
Family Households 78
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 227 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 96 (42.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 45 (19.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 85 (37.4%)
Median Home Value $403,704
Average Home Value $405,469


Median Household Income $47,101
Average Household Income $62,140
Per Capita Income $31,460
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.4% -0.66%
Households -0.55% -0.71%
Families 0.42% -0.78%
Median Household Income   2.34%
Per Capita Income   1.94%
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.

Downieville, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Downieville 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 # 1291 15th
Population Density1 # 1302 14th
Diversity Index2 # 1400 8th
Median Household Income # 1001 34th
Per Capita Income # 582 62nd

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