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Downieville, California - Basic Facts

The Downieville Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Sierra County at latitude 39.5786 and longitude -120.8164. Sierra County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 2,930 feet.

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

The U5 Census Class Code for Downieville 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 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Downieville: The Forks, Washingtonville.

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


Total Population 271
Population in Households 271
Population in Familes 194
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 85
Diversity Index2 28


Total Households 142
Average Household Size 1.91
Family Households 78
Average Family Size 2


Total Housing Units 221 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 96 (43.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 46 (20.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 79 (35.7%)
Median Home Value $205,769
Average Home Value $270,876


Median Household Income $50,000
Average Household Income $59,085
Per Capita Income $30,322
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.93% -0.83%
Households -0.81% -0.71%
Families 0.61% -0.52%
Median Household Income   1.53%
Per Capita Income   1.55%
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 1,523 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 # 1299 15th
Population Density1 # 1310 14th
Diversity Index2 # 1395 8th
Median Household Income # 865 43rd
Per Capita Income # 526 66th

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