Carson, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Carson, California - Basic Facts

The City of Carson had a population of 95,625 as of July 1, 2017. Carson ranks in the upper 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 Carson is located at latitude 33.8404 and longitude -118.2496 in Los Angeles County. The formal boundaries for the City of Carson (see map below) encompass a land area of 18.72 sq. miles and a water area of 0.24 sq. miles. Los Angeles County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 39 feet.

The City of Carson (GNIS ID: 2409399) 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 Carson is located within Compton CCD of Los Angeles County.

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

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


Total Population 95,625
Daytime Population: Workers 61,515
Daytime Population: Residents 52,299
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 113,814
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.19
Population in Households 94,270
Population in Familes 84,244
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,355
Population Density2 5,107
Diversity Index3 91


Median Household Income $76,029
Average Household Income $90,618
Per Capita Income $25,558


Total Housing Units 27,113 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 19,808 (73.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,520 (24.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 785 ( 2.9%)
Median Home Value $418,292
Average Home Value $439,151


Total Households 26,328
Average Household Size 3.58
Family Households 21,478
Average Family Size 4
  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 0.58% 0.6%
Households 0.48% 0.53%
Families 0.49% 0.54%
Median Household Income   1.64%
Per Capita Income   2.32%

Carson, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Carson 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 # 80 95th
Population Density # 234 85th
Diversity Index # 27 98th
Median Household Income # 403 73rd
Per Capita Income # 935 38th

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