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Rail Road Flat, California - Basic Facts

The Rail Road Flat Census Designated Place had a population of 497 as of July 1, 2020. Rail Road Flat 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 Rail Road Flat is located at latitude 38.3432 and longitude -120.5121 in Calaveras County. The formal boundaries for the Rail Road Flat Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 33.01 sq. miles and a water area of 0.16 sq. miles. Calaveras County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 2,602 feet.

The Rail Road Flat Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2409122) 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 Rail Road Flat Census Designated Place is located within Arnold-West Point CCD of Calaveras County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Rail Road Flat: Railroad Flat.

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Rail Road Flat, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)

POPULATION

Total Population 497 (100%)
Population in Households 497 (100.0%)
Population in Families 375 (75.5%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 15
Diversity Index2 34
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $36,972
Average Household Income $57,449
% of Income for Mortgage4 32%
Per Capita Income $26,904
Wealth Index5 61
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 352 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 173 (49.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 55 (15.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 123 (34.9%)
Median Home Value $286,250
Average Home Value $357,471
Housing Affordability Index3 83
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 229
Average Household Size 2.17
Family Households 140
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.44% 0.2%
Households 0.39% 0.17%
Families 1.27% 0.14%
Median Household Income   2.26%
Per Capita Income   2.23%
Owner Occupied HU   0.34%

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Rail Road Flat, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Rail Road Flat to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 1183 22nd
Population Density # 1485 2nd
Median Household Income # 1375 10th
Housing Affordability Index # 599 39th
Per Capita Income # 984 35th
Diversity Index # 1350 11th

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