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El Cerrito, California - Basic Facts

The City of El Cerrito had a population of 24,841 as of July 1, 2020. 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 37.9158 and longitude -122.3116 in Contra Costa County. The formal boundaries for the City of El Cerrito 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.

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


El Cerrito, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 24,841 (100%)
Population in Households 24,748 (99.6%)
Population in Families 18,393 (74.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 93 ( 0.4%)
Population Density 6,793
Diversity Index2 74


Median Household Income $108,314
Average Household Income $144,839
% of Income for Mortgage4 32%
Per Capita Income $62,027
Wealth Index5 201


Total HU (Housing Units) 10,977 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,367 (58.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,261 (38.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 349 ( 3.2%)
Median Home Value $834,998
Average Home Value $869,562
Housing Affordability Index3 75


Total Households 10,628
Average Household Size 2.33
Family Households 6,421
Average Family Size 3
  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.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.52% 0.47%
Households 0.46% 0.42%
Families 0.4% 0.41%
Median Household Income   1.81%
Per Capita Income   2.29%
Owner Occupied HU   0.57%


El Cerrito, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares El Cerrito 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 # 303 80th
Population Density # 146 90th
Median Household Income # 221 86th
Housing Affordability Index # 470 31st
Per Capita Income # 163 89th
Diversity Index # 557 63rd

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