Salton Sea Beach, CA Profile: Facts & Data


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Salton Sea Beach, California - Basic Facts

The Salton Sea Beach Census Designated Place had a population of 450 as of July 1, 2020. Salton Sea Beach ranks in the upper quartile for 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 Salton Sea Beach is located at latitude 33.375 and longitude -116.0119 in Imperial County. The formal boundaries for the Salton Sea Beach Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 0.3 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Imperial County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is -217 feet.

The Salton Sea Beach Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2409243) 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 Salton Sea Beach Census Designated Place is located within West Imperial CCD of Imperial County.


Salton Sea Beach, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 450 (100%)
Population in Households 450 (100.0%)
Population in Families 395 (87.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 1,494
Diversity Index2 82


Median Household Income $40,651
Average Household Income $47,612
% of Income for Mortgage4 13%
Per Capita Income $14,055
Wealth Index5 35


Total HU (Housing Units) 317 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 134 (42.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 46 (14.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 137 (43.2%)
Median Home Value $121,552
Average Home Value $160,370
Housing Affordability Index3 211


Total Households 180
Average Household Size 2.5
Family Households 131
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 0.63% 0.83%
Households 0.16% 0.66%
Families 3.29% 0.75%
Median Household Income   1.35%
Per Capita Income   1.05%
Owner Occupied HU   0.15%


Salton Sea Beach, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Salton Sea Beach 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 # 1202 21st
Population Density # 678 55th
Median Household Income # 1317 13th
Housing Affordability Index # 1488 98th
Per Capita Income # 1417 7th
Diversity Index # 327 79th

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