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El Cerrito, California - Basic Facts

The City of El Cerrito had a population of 24,844 as of July 1, 2017. El Cerrito ranks in the upper 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 El Cerrito is located at latitude 37.9196 and longitude -122.3025 in Contra Costa County. The formal boundaries for the City of El Cerrito (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.66 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Contra Costa County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 69 feet.

The City of El Cerrito (GNIS ID: 2410410) 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 El Cerrito is located within West Contra Costa CCD of Contra Costa County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with El Cerrito population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for El Cerrito: County Line, El Cerito, Rust.

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El Cerrito, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 24,844
Daytime Population: Workers 7,024
Daytime Population: Residents 12,243
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 19,267
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.78
Population in Households 24,748
Population in Familes 18,393
Population in Group Qrtrs 96
Population Density2 6,794
Diversity Index3 73


Median Household Income $87,547
Average Household Income $117,773
Per Capita Income $50,376


Total Housing Units 11,081 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,237 (56.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,345 (39.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 498 ( 4.5%)
Median Home Value $634,447
Average Home Value $659,832


Total Households 10,583
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 6,412
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.74% 0.79%
Households 0.59% 0.7%
Families 0.54% 0.68%
Median Household Income   2.54%
Per Capita Income   2.48%

El Cerrito, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares El Cerrito to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 306 80th
Population Density # 150 90th
Diversity Index # 558 63rd
Median Household Income # 269 82nd
Per Capita Income # 213 86th

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